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.”