Gary Morris Biography
His voice is the only instrument needed to move your heart and soul, and his vocal mastery can hold audiences mesmerized in total silence. He has been asked to perform for every U.S. President starting with President Jimmy Carter. In November, 2015, former President George H. Bush and his wife, Barbara, invited Gary to perform at their home in Houston, Texas, for a private gathering of their friends. It doesn’t matter who is in the audience, Gary Morris is at home on any stage.
Morris recorded twelve albums which spawned sixteen Top 10 and five #1 hit singles, including Why Lady Why, The Love She Found in Me, Baby Bye Bye, 100% Chance of Rain, Leave Me Lonely, and Wind Beneath My Wings. In 1984, his original rendition of Wind Beneath My Wings won both the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Song of the Year Award. In 1982, he was also named Billboard’s “Male Artist of the Year.”
At the height of his Nashville recording career, the Texas-bred tenor was offered the role of Rodolfo starring opposite Linda Ronstadt in the Broadway production of Puccini’s opera, “La Bohème.” After its run on Broadway, Morris immediately returned to recording and touring, garnering more #1 hits in Country music.
Once again he was offered a lead role on Broadway as Jean Valjean in the musical Les Miserables at the height of its popularity. Morris had only three weeks to learn the challenging lines and songs. His performance received resounding critical praise and the Drama Desk Best Actor nomination.
His famous rendition of Bring Him Home on the platinum-selling Grammy Award winning international cast album resulted in a Command Performance by Her Majesty, the Queen of England. Upon meeting Morris, she mentioned how happy she was to finally put a face to the music and asked to shake his hand.
Morris is equally comfortable holding a bow, gun, or fishing rod as he is holding a guitar. His love of the great outdoors combined with his respect and compassion for veterans have resulted in his partnering with Project Healing Waters. (www.projecthealingwaters.org)
In 2005, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) began serving wounded military service members at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, who were returning from combat. PHWFF uses the therapeutic properties of the serene sport of fly fishing to treat PTSD and other combat related conditions. This program provides basic fly fishing, fly casting, fly tying, and rod building classes, along with clinics participants ranging from beginners to those with prior fly fishing and tying experience who are adapting their skills to their new abilities. Morris is a supporter of PHWFF and is very active in its various programs throughout the year.
Whether it is melting hearts with his voice and music, amazing critics with his acting ability, using his outdoor experience to teach others respect for the environment, or using his gifts to help our wounded service men and women through a difficult time in their lives, there is no doubt that Gary Morris has many gifts to share.
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AWARDS: Billboards New Male Artist of the Year 1982; ACM Single of the Year 1984 for "Wind Beneath My Wings"