Morgan’s willing to show her flaws
Kate Morgan is branching out.
After four months on the road, playing shows in New York and working with producers in L.A., the Kamloops singer-songwriter is returning home with new songs and a new musical direction.
“I’ve always been folky and a singer-songwriter but, for this next phase, I want to try something a little more pop,” Morgan told KTW.
“It’s still me, it’s totally still me, but I wanted to do a really fun, upbeat record that would be good for radio and good for people to dance to.”
While her next album is still a work in progress, Kamloops fans can get a preview on Monday, July 2, at 7 p.m., during this year’s Music in the Park concert series at Riverside Park.
For Morgan, going pop has meant getting more personal.
Her latest single, One of the Guys, deals with falling for a male friend but having her own tomboyish tendencies get in the way — a situation she’s grappled with in real life as well.
But, instead of angsting, Morgan is looking for laughs.
“I talk about my flaws a lot more than I would have in my last record,” she said.
“Before, it was more just about falling in love and having heartbreak but, for these songs, some of it is a bit more humorous.”
While she’s promising Kamloops a show filled with “music to come hang out to,” Morgan’s own summer won’t leave too much time for lounging on the grass.
While she’s at home, she’ll teach a class on songwriting at the Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music.
In August, she’ll head back to L.A. to work on an EP, which she hopes will become the basis of
a full-length album by 2013.
She’ll also join the Vans Warped Tour for two shows in the Pacific Northwest.
Through it all, she’ll be working on her pop hooks.
“I’m starting to get my shot, you know?” Morgan said.
“I’ve just really got my head down and I’m trying to just write and be on top of my game.”