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One of the most eloquently emotive country vocalists of moderntimes is launching her first new solo album in five years.Lorrie Morgan, the first woman in her genre to begin her careerwith three consecutive Platinum albums, re-emerges on ShanachieEntertainment with Letting Go….Slow. It is a collection that showcasesa rainbow of emotions, from darkest heartache to bright, shiny humor.“Where I am in my life right now, I’m not afraid to express whatI feel, or what I don’t feel,” she comments about the collection’s variedmoods. “I’m not afraid to express my views on anything, especially onbeing a woman.“I have been a daughter, a bride, a mother, a divorcee, a widow,a single mother, a breadwinner and, ultimately, a survivor. In manyways, I am a living, breathing country song, and I know what I sing.“I didn’t want this to be just another album. I wanted it to besomething that really moved me. When I listened to songs for it, I’dthink, ‘No, not that one. I’m not going to be able to sing that one,because I’m not going to be able to feel it.’ It was very important tome for this album to reflect the things that I am feeling today.”Morgan has long been the envy of her peers for her lustrousvocal phrasing and the down-to-earth believability of her torchyperformances. On records such as “A Picture of Me Without You” and “IGuess You Had to Be There,” she ached with pain. She was feisty andsassy in “Watch Me,” “What Part of No” “Five Minutes” and “I Didn’tKnow My Own Strength.” She has kicked up her stiletto heels in fun onher hits “Except for Monday” and “Go Away.” On her epic “Somethingin Red” she was an anguished, struggling everywoman.Her performances on Letting Go….Slow can match any of herearlier efforts, for they are among the most vibrant of her career. Thecollection is divided equally between new songs and her reinventionsof country classics.This peerless song interpreter brings a soprano lilt and a cha-charetro tempo to the Patsy Cline favorite “Strange.” Bobbie Gentry’sSouthern-gothic saga “Ode to Billie Jo” is taken at a slow, swampypace with Morgan dipping into her deep alto register. She brings enormous tenderness to Vern Gosdin’s “Is It Raining at Your House.”On Bob Dylan’s “Lay, Lady Lay,” Morgan is pert and jaunty,riding a reggae groove. She resonates sadness in her version of LarryGatlin’s “I’ve Done Enough Dying Today,” but rises resiliently in herreworking of Earl Thomas Conley’s “What I’d Say.”Each of the new songs she has chosen for Letting Go…Slow is asmall revelation. “Something About Trains” is a highly inventivearrangement and a contemplative lyric, both of which fit this singingstylist like fine couture. “Slow” is a power ballad that she gives atorrid, emotional undertow. “Jesus and Hairspray is “one for the girls,”a humorous, upbeat and highly entertaining ditty incorporating the oldaphorism, “the higher the hair, the closer to heaven.”Morgan co-wrote “How Does It Feel” in response to her divorcefrom singer Sammy Kershaw several years ago. The sublimely country“Lonely Whiskey” is the penultimate barroom weeper. The stunning“Spilt Milk,” on the other hand, finds the singer exploring a jazzier toneas she adopts an after-hours cabaret mood.To record this remarkable return to disc, Lorrie Morgan reunitedwith producer Richard Landis. He has helped craft many of her priorhits, as well as acclaimed recordings for Vince Gill, Neil Diamond,Ronnie Milsap, Juice Newton, Eddie Rabbitt, Poco, Kenny Rogers,Dionne Warwick, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and dozens more.“Richard is so creative,” says Morgan. “It sounds like a cliche,but he really is a musical genius. And he believes in what he producesso passionately that it scares people. He’s very intense. We feed off ofeach other in the studio. We push each other to be better. He has away of making me try harder.“We recorded in a former church that has been turned into arecording studio on Music Row. It had a great vibe. We had all themusicians in there with me. I wanted it to sound like me and the guysjust sitting and playing. It’s a very warm sounding record, with thesteel, the harmonica and the dobro ‘answering’ my vocals. I like tosing ‘live’ with the musicians. A lot of the vocals on this album weredone in one take, because I feed off the musicians. And Richardencourages that.“I have been living with some of these songs for more than ayear. ‘I’ve Done Enough Dyring Today’ and ‘Is It Raining at Your House’ are songs I have wanted to record for 10 years. I sang ‘Ode toBillie Jo’ in my live shows for a long time.”“Slow” is co-written by Ashlee Hewitt, who is Lorrie Morgan’sdaughter-in-law and former backup singer. Hewitt now performs in theup-and-coming Nashville trio Post Monroe. “How Does It Feel” is evencloser to home, since Morgan co-wrote it herself.“I have always written songs, and I do love to write,” shecomments. “But I don’t like to pair up with a lot of people. It’s more ofa personal thing with me. It usually bothers me to co-write, and Idon’t like appointment writing, at all. Plus, I’m not one of those peoplewho says, ‘If I didn’t write it, I’m not going to record it.’ If somebodyelse’s song is better, I’m going to record it and not mine.”Lorrie Morgan has been around great songs all her life. She is aNashville native who is the daughter of Country Music Hall of Famemember George Morgan. She made her debut on the Grand Ole Oprystage at age 13, singing “Paper Roses.” Her father died suddenly of aheart attack at age 51. She was l6 at the time and just beginning hermusical career. Lorrie Morgan began making records shortlythereafter. She was honored with induction into the Opry cast whenshe was just 24.Morgan married fellow country singer Keith Whitley in 1986. Shewas signed to RCA Records in 1987, and her onslaught of hits beganthe following year. Whitley’s tragic death of an alcohol overdose in1989 left her a widowed working mother. Their duet “Til a TearBecomes a Rose” earned her a 1990 CMA award.Her first three albums, Leave the Light On (1989), Something inRed (1991) and Watch Me (1992), all earned Platinum Record awards.Her Greatest Hits collection (1999) is also Platinum. War Paint (1994),Greater Need (1996) and Shakin’ Things Up (1997) are all Gold Recordwinners.She sang “The Sad Cafe“ on Common Threads: Songs of theEagles, which was named the CMA Album of the Year in 1994. Countryfans voted Lorrie Morgan their TNN/Music City News Female Vocalist ofthe Year in 1994, 1996, 1997 and 1998.Lorrie Morgan maintained her recording pace in the newmillennium, releasing collections in 2002, 2004, 2009 and 2010. In2012 and 2013, Morgan starred and sparkled in the lavish Enchanted Christmas productions at the opulent Opryland Resort in Nashville. Shetook that show on the road in 2014.In 2013, she teamed with fellow Opry star Pam Tillis for the duetCD Dos Divas. The two hit makers then embarked on a two-year jointtour that sold out every appearance.“We had a blast,” says Morgan with a chuckle. “It wasn’t untilthe Grits & Glamor tour that we really connected. We connected asworking mothers, as businesswomen, as second-generationperformers.” Pam is the daughter of Country Music Hall of Famemember Mel Tillis, who co-wrote “Strange” on Morgan’s new CD. Bothwomen also share a finely honed sense of humor.“I pride myself on my humor. My dad used to say, ‘You shouldnever take yourself too seriously,’ and I got my sense of humor frommy dad. I love to have fun. I’ve reached the age where I feel that Ideserve good company around me, people who can make me laugh,who love music and who love to have a good time.“On the outside, I’m very lighthearted. But on the inside, I havea lot of pain that I deal with. Singing is my therapy, and that is whatthis album is all about. ‘Lonely Whiskey’ says it all. Like I said, I’m atthe point where I’m not afraid to sing about what I want to sing and tobe creative. And this record gave me that chance.“I didn’t want to record just another nice little album that getsput away on a shelf. I wanted to record a Grammy Award winningalbum. That was my goal.“But no matter what happens, I think these recording sessionswere just magical. It was the most fun I’ve ever had doing an album.”