Cindy Morgan with one of her 2008 Dove Awards.
Cindy Morgan’s latest project Beautiful Bird is her first official venture into producing her own record. “I have produced my own demos for years and spent the better part of my adult life in a studio, but until now haven’t felt completely ready for such a task. I have been very fortunate to work with so many great producers over the years. The last couple of years, there has been a little voice in my head telling me to step out and stand on my own two creative feet. So that is what I decided to do.”
“A few years ago, I decided it was time for a rest from the road and take more seriously my desire to become a better songwriter. I decided of all places, to do this in Los Angeles. Along with my husband and our then one-year-old daughter, we headed to our little apartment in Burbank, California.” In Burbank, Morgan worked as a full-time songwriter in the Christian, pop, and country genres. “It was so great to be around people who were not necessarily Christians because I recognized that their search goes on earnestly, and I felt so blessed that I knew what I believed and that I felt truth in that belief.”
The result of Cindy’s stepping up to the producer’s role and stepping away from touring to focus on songwriting is an album that represents the multiple facets of her life as storyteller, wife, mother, and daughter. Anyone who has talked to Cindy about her influences and her life knows how much her father meant to her, and the first single off Beaufiful Bird is the song “Most of All” which Cindy wrote about her dad. Although the pain of his loss is still fresh, Cindy finds joy daily in her husband, author Sigmund Brouwer, and her two daughters.
“One of the greatest things in my life is being a mother to my two girls, Olivia and Savannah. I love seeing the world through their eyes; they teach me so much everyday and, of course, they inspire me.”
Cindy speaking to the media at GMA Week.
Beautiful Bird is a mix of all the musical styles Morgan has been a fan of. “It is a mix of Pop, Appalachia, Country, and Symphonic. I can’t choose the cello over the doboro so I wanted to make a record where they could live together.” Morgan, who is a dynamic vocalist and pianist, has added to her musical quiver, the lap dulcimer. “I have written on the piano for so many years, it was great writing on different instruments.”
Morgan is releasing Beautiful Bird exclusively in digital format through her website (cindymorganmusic.com) and iTunes as well as other hand picked online outlets. “The wonderful thing about doing a record like this is that you throw the rule book out the window… it really leaves the creative spirit free to let each song and the record as a whole be what it is without boundaries that often squash the creative process.”
A songwriter’s songwriter, Morgan has garnered eighteen number one hits that include “Listen,” “Praise the King,” “Take my life,” and “I Know You,” as well as Point of Grace’s recent hit “How You Live.” Morgan has captured several Dove Awards, including this year’s Songwriter of the Year and Country Recorded Song of the Year for writing “How You Live (Turn Up The Music).” Her songs have been recorded by luminaries such as Michael W. Smith, Point Of Grace, Avalon, Rachael Lampa, Brit Nicole, Mandisa, The Martins, Michael English, BeBe Winans, Sandi Patty, Jaci Velasquez, Mark Schultz, John Tesh, Natalie Grant and Christy Carlson Romano.
In spite of all the accolades, the unassuming Morgan enjoys simplicity and homey things like wearing her torn blue jeans, watching “The Andy Griffith Show,” reading the “Mitford” series of books, and spending time with her family.
Cindy Morgan (R) with Jeni Varnadeau (L) and Kathryn Darden.
“Everyday is a new journey for me…I think we just keep on struggling and walking toward the path that God has set before us. I am so thankful to be here and to have a wonderful husband and two healthy children. I am so happy that I know Jesus and that He knows me and hears the prayers of my heart. I pray that whatever gifts he has given me, that I make the most of these gifts…never letting anything stand in the way of making manifest the wonderful goodness of God and the good news of what He has done for us.”
For the latest on Cindy Morgan please visit her website cindymorganmusic.com
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