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GARY MORRIS TO STEP IN FOR CONNIE SMITH AND MARTY STUART ON THE OPRY

GARY MORRIS TO STEP IN FOR CONNIE SMITH AND MARTY STUART ON THE OPRY
Multi-award winner, singer, songwriter and Broadway star, Gary Morris will perform on the Grand Ole’ Opry at 7:15pm, Friday, April 8, 2016.  Morris will be replacing Opry members, Connie Smith and Marty Stuart, who were asked to sing for Country Music legend, Merle Haggard’s funeral.
“I
had the honor and privilege to sing at my friend’s Lynn Anderson’s
funeral, so I am glad to fill in for Connie and Marty as they go out to
sing for Merle’s service.  He was one of my personal heroes.”- Gary
Morris.
Having
performed for Kings, Queens, Prime Ministers and every US President
beginning with Jimmy Carter, Gary Morris is an exceptional talent who
has amassed varied fans from around the World.  Morris is a prolific
songwriter, but is best known for his recording of “Wind Beneath My
Wings,” which went to number one and won song of the year from both the
Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM).
The song was later recorded by Bette Midler, who took the song to the
top of the Pop charts. Morris has had 5 Number 1s and 16 Top 10 singles
on the Country Music charts. Besides his signature song, his many hits
include; “Why Lady Why,” “Second Hand Heart,” “The Love She Found In
Me,” “100% Chance of Rain,” “I’ll Never Stop Loving You,” and many other
Country classics.
In
1982, Billboard Magazine named the tall vocalist “Male Artist of the
Year.” As his career began to soar in the mid 80s, Joseph Papp, one of
the most influential producers in the history of the American theater,
hand picked the Texas tenor and offered him the role of Rodolfo,
starring with fellow country and rock artist Linda Ronstadt, in the
opera La Boheme.  Soon after, notable theater producer, Sir Cameron
Macintosh personally chose the Ft. Worth native to play the lead role of
Jean Valjean in his production of Les Miserables on Broadway. Gary
Morris was the first American actor/singer to perform the lead role of
Valjean in the World-renowned play at the height of its popularity. He
received resounding critical praise, including a Drama Desk Best Actor
nomination and a Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth. Morris’ famous
rendition of “Bring Him Home” can be found on the Official
platinum-selling Grammy Award- winning International cast album.
Gary
Morris is equally comfortable on stage or in front of the camera as he
is behind a microphone. Besides his recurring acting roles in General
Hospital, The Colbys, Designing Women and Mike Hammer to name a few, he
has been called upon to sing the title movie soundtracks including
“Blind Date,” starring Bruce Willis and Kim Basinger as well as the
title cut for NBC’s daytime soap opera “Another World.” Many of his
songs have been placed in television series such as the legendary
television drama “Dallas.”

The Colorado resident is currently recording, touring and working on film projects.

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