"It's rare to meet someone who's a natural in more than one creative area"
- Adrian Breakspear, ARIA Award Winning Producer / Gang of Youths
M O R G A N J O A N E L
Next Release: Feb 7 2020 | Disappear (Single / Independent)
All Media Enquiries: Adam Weston Firestarter Music [adam @ firestartermusic . net]
Fuelled by self-belief and a passion that itself is fuelled by talent and hard work, Morgan Joanel is steadily building a creative empire that spans beyond her native art-form of music into visual and wearable art. An unbridled spirit, Morgan has been a creative force for the last decade Australia-wide and beyond, recently returning to her hometown of Perth to create her latest music release. Whilst her ride from independent to major label artist and back again has been a roller coaster of big dreams and stifled creativity, the highs and lows have only strengthened her resolve and lifted her game to a world class standard. Strewn throughout a handful of engrossing, seductive alt-pop songs, this energy abounds on Morgan's upcoming EP, Night Blooms – marking the highest point of her storied music career.
Morgan's new single DISAPPEAR will be released on February 7th 2020.
Blessed with a smoky, honey-toned voice, Morgan's music has always had an alluring quality, highlighted especially in her evocative live performances where live looping of layered harmonies, beats and guitars showcase her musical abilities. From a creatively frustrating experience signed to the world's largest major label to the freedom and artistic limitlessness of her own independence, Morgan is merging both music and art into a multi-dimensional vision. The concept: A 5 track EP with visual artworks to expand on the music, was funded entirely by her wide-spread fanbase through a hugely successful Kickstarter.
Her music has evolved over time, though maintains the same essential core of sultry tones, heartfelt lyrics and a bewitching vocal delivery. From the explosive lust of Wind Me Up, to the introspective Love Is A Dirty Word, Night Blooms takes Morgan's strengths and gives them a brilliant finish, marked by a level of finesse indicative of a painstaking level of work.
Whether singing, songwriting, or creating artworks; her natural curiosity and strong worth ethic has always been at the centre of Morgan's successes, and indeed her happiness. If the excellent standard of her work can be attributed to anything, it is this. Sometimes though, it is a bolt of lightning sent and received without effort or intervention. Lead single Disappear, as the perfect example, was written in 15 minutes... coming completely naturally as if to say the song wrote itself. Ending a bout of writer's block, Disappear came just days before Morgan was scheduled to enter the studio, and was a much welcome sign of good things to come.
From traversing the USA working with Grammy-nominated producers, to hunkering down in Perth's Blackbird Studios with the esteemed team of Adrian Breakspear (Gang of Youths) and Dave Parkin (Tired Lion, Abbe May) Morgan has experienced more of the music industry than most. Given her latest break came by UK sensation Anne-Marie, who personally invited her on tour after unexpectedly catching her perform an intimate show - Morgan has wasted no opportunity put in front of her. Night Blooms signifies a new era in her career that builds upon all she has learned. Expanding on her live sound of intricate loops and rich husky vocal hooks, Night Blooms is undoubtedly the right move for Morgan as she proves herself the talent so many others have heralded her to be.
SATURDAY FEB 8th:
ART SHOW + LISTENING PARTY
Secret location to be advised one week before event.
5 original collections of Morgan's work will be on display and for sale.
All original pieces for sale and prints available, there will also be a silent auction for large pieces of original work.
A live performance of the single Disappear and other songs from the upcoming EP will be live-streamed.
Please email if you would like an invitation, limited space available.
FRIDAY FEB 21st:
SINGLE LAUNCH + WIRES BUSHFIRE RELEIF FUNDRAISER
Four5Nine (The Rosemount)
Tickets on sale Monday 27th January
Support acts and artists to be announced
Silent Auctions of artworks, proceeds going to WIRES
Percentage of sales from the night going to WIRES to help with wildlife after the fires through Vic, NSW and QLD.
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Supporting Katy Steele @ The Rosemount, Aug 2019
Rapid Rugby Entertainment @ HBP Park, June 2019
After landing a major label record deal in her 20’s, relocating to the other side of the country, running her own fashion label, and creating large scale artworks; her visions for music and art were suffocating with the restraints of being on a major - so she decided to walk away from it all, in search of artistic freedom and a desire to challenge the status quo.
“It was a weird time of these constant crazy highs and lows and then just realising that if something doesn’t feel right, you have to go with your gut and say no, even if that means you have to start all over again - on your own, in a whole new way.”
Morgan has spent years travelling between the US and Australia working with Grammy nominated producers and songwriters but she accredits her total rebirth in artistic expression to relocating to a coastal, spacious lifestyle in Perth; “it has given me the space to create with total freedom” says the artist.
During her time exploring other creative expressions, the multi-disciplinary artist produced an extensive list of fashion design successes including having her original collections stocked in Myer stores Australia wide and her face emblazoned on t-shirts in Zara stores globally. She’s been featured in Nylon Magazine (Japan), opened a Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Runway show and was labelled ‘genius’ by MTV Style (New York).
Although Morgan is constantly challenging her expression with new artistic mediums, it has always been music that brings her heart to life. Coming full circle, Morgan’s new project is an exploration of how music relates to imagery and story-telling, and takes its first breath with the independent release of lead single, Buy a Little Time, accompanied with visual artworks to expand on the music.
A sneak peek into Morgan's world...
Morgan is currently bringing her most evocative work to life; the result of a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign funded by her loyal following. In 2020, Morgan will release a 5 track EP of new songs accompanied by a visual art collection where the imagery expands on the music. The exhibition of pieces and live performances will then be taken on a national tour of Australia.
As she brings together the visuals for this current project, Morgan will continue to collaborate with other artists and venues to paint large scale murals and commissioned artworks, all of which can be seen in more details by exploring the Art links at morganjoanel.com