GRAND CASINO MILLE LACS
LORRIE MORGAN AND MARK WILLS
Friday, December 6, at 7 p.m.
Ticket Price(s): $25, $30
Lorrie Morgan, the first woman in her genre to begin her career with three consecutive Platinum albums, re-emerges on Shanachie Entertainment with Letting Go...Slow. It is a collection that showcases a rainbow of emotions, from darkest heartache to bright, shiny humor.
Lorrie Morgan has been around great songs all her life. She is a Nashville native who is the daughter of Country Music Hall of Fame member George Morgan. She made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage at age 13, singing “Paper Roses.” Her father died suddenly of a heart attack at age 51. She was l6 at the time and just beginning her musical career. Lorrie Morgan began making records shortly thereafter. She was honored with induction into the Opry cast when she was just 24.
Morgan married fellow country singer Keith Whitley in 1986. She was signed to RCA Records in 1987, and her onslaught of hits began the following year. Whitley’s tragic death of an alcohol overdose in 1989 left her a widowed working mother. Their duet “Til a Tear Becomes a Rose” earned her a 1990 CMA award. Her first three albums, Leave the Light On (1989), Something in Red (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 Record winners.
She sang “The Sad Cafe“ on Common Threads: Songs of the Eagles, which was named the CMA Album of the Year in 1994. Country fans voted Lorrie Morgan their TNN/Music City News Female Vocalist of the Year in 1994, 1996, 1997, and 1998.
The Reader's Digest version of Mark Wills' story makes it clear he is an award-winning singer's singer. His matchless phrasing, passionate and meaningful delivery, and right-on-the money vocals make every song he performs come alive. Like a picture-perfect painting, Wills' music is a vocal work of art that walks right off the canvas and into the hearts of country music lovers alike.
Bringing the Wills' dimension to some of the greatest songs ever written, he's not necessarily become known for being trendy, hip, or even on the cutting edge, but rather and simply as a damn good singer!
"I think I'm a good storyteller to make a song meaningful. Whether romantic or 'reality,' my focus is on the music delivery to make it my own for the people who listen — so that they can make it their own."
And the people listen...
His list of accolades is his testament. Mark Wills is a multi-platinum-selling country music star with eight top-10 hits to his name, including "19 Something," "Wish You Were Here," and "Don't Laugh at Me," all of which received nominations for Single, Song, and Video of the Year by the Country Music Association. Wills won the Academy of Country Music's award for Top New Male Vocalist in 1998. In 2002, his single "19 Something" spent six consecutive weeks at No. 1, was Billboard's top country hit of the year, and was the second-most-played song of the decade in 2009.