Morgan Heritage regroups for tour

On the road again

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer

Friday, May 17, 2013

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EXTENDED breaks for artistes are unheard of in the fast-paced music business where trends change in the wink of an eye.


Sibling group Morgan Heritage, who return to the fold after five years, have been around long enough to know this is one industry the old adage 'absence makes the heart grow fonder' does not apply.


The Morgans are preparing to hit the road to promote Here Come The Kings, their new album, which is scheduled for a June 11 release by VP Records.


A five-week tour of Europe is scheduled to start in June. Some of the dates in the United Kingdom will be with singer Beres Hammond.


Peetah Morgan, who has been lead vocalist since Morgan Heritage's first album Miracles in 1996, is not concerned about reconnecting with fans in a changing market.


"We just took a break as Morgan Heritage to do different things, but we were still writing," he told Splash this week. "It wasn't like we drifted apart."


Those different things include a solo album from keyboardist/vocalist Gramps and a handful of singles by Peetah.


On their previous album, the Morgans stuck mainly to their roots sound. Mission In Progress included the hit ballad Love You Right and a cover of Steel Pulse's Blues Dance Raid.


For Here Come The Kings, the siblings recruited producers Don Corleon and Shane Brown, two of the most successful producers in contemporary dancehall. Also on board is Jason 'J Vibes' Farmer, another hip producer who works out of Florida.


Linton 'TJ' White produced Perfect Love Song, the album's lead track.


Morgan points out that while roots-reggae remains the Morgan Heritage mantra, they are keen to reach a younger audience.


"We are a roots band but we have to keep relevant with the youths," he said.


After getting their feet wet with the Rhythm and Blues-influenced Miracles for the major MCA Records, the Morgans came into their own in the late 1990s with Don't Haffi Dread to be Rasta.


Produced by Bobby 'Bobby Digital' Dixon, the song and album of the same name were popular with lovers of roots-reggae and hardcore dancehall fans.


Songs such as Down By The River and She's Still Loving Me maintained the band's popularity until 2008 when they decided to take a break for solo projects.


Morgan Heritage are scheduled to kick off their Here Come The Kings tour in Rotterdam, The Netherlands on June 28.


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