Over the past couple of years, rising country singer Morgan Myles has turned heads (and ears) with her soulful swagger. And when it came to the video for her song “We Won’t Go Home,” which Billboard is premiering below, the Pennsylvania native says she’s happy she took a risk on her choice of a creative force behind the video.
“Charles Robinson and Music City Media House, who are the directors behind the video, really believe in the song and what I am trying to do. But, they had never done a country video before. So, I was a little hesitant about it, but they kept telling me ‘No, we can do this,’” Myles explains. “I had this premise of wanting the band in it, because we have a lot of energy together. The song is a very energetic party song, so we never go home. I just wanted to capture that positive energy vibe that we have together. It was a lot of fun. We just went from there.”
Music City natives watching the video might recognize a local landmark — or two — in the clip. Music City natives watching the video might see a local landmark in the clip. “We did it at Sally’s Famous Kitchen in Antioch, which is one of Nashville’s top restaurants. Unique Automotive loaned us the car to use in the video, and another friend of the directors’ let us use the rooftop. We shot it for next to nothing, but their hearts were in it so much. They wanted to do a good, fresh, country video, and it turned out great.”
Watch “We Won’t Go Home” below, which Billboard is premiering exclusively.
She has also brought her soulful stylings to stages as an opening act for acts such as Little Big Town, Justin Moore, and Hank Williams, Jr. “For doing something that is a little bit off center, we have gotten such a great response,” she says.
The release of her Miss Morgan Myles EP this past winter has definitely perked up ears all along Music Row. Myles feels the EP, which is a mix of musical styles ranging from the fun vibe of her current single to the sensual “What You Do To Me, is indicative of how she has dreamed of her music evolving all along. “It’s definitely country-soul, with a lot of groove and beat,” she says of her sound. “I hope people feel it, and maybe it will become a new wave. I have a lot of soul in my voice, and I sing country music. With me being authentic, I think that’s why fans are finding me and sticking with me. Before Keith Urban was doing his guitar style, there wasn’t a Keith Urban, so I think you definitely want to pave your own way.”
Myles’ sound reflects her eclectic influences. “I learned to play guitar by following along with Bonnie Raitt. Then, I discovered Janis Joplin and Eva Cassidy. As a little girl, I was obsessed with the big voices of the 1990s, like Shania and Trisha to Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. Then, when my guitar teacher got me, he taught me how to play the blues. So, it was a morph of all that.”
Another artist that she has a high opinion of is the legendary Reba McEntire, whom she performed on the same bill with recently. “She’s somebody that I think the music industry looks up to so much,” says Myles. “I was with another artist, and it wasn’t the most pleasant of situations. They didn’t treat us well, and it was really tough. Reba, who was there, didn’t have to go out of her way to check on the little girl sitting in catering that wanted to go home. She came up to me and said, ‘Hey, little girl. How are you? Are you ok?’ I think it goes back to what your parents taught you about treating others the way you would want to be treated.”
It’s a lesson that she is glad to have learned, even if it did come the hard way. “When you run a band, it’s a team. So, whatever energy or emotional pace you set, they’re gonna play behind you because they want to. But, if you’re going to play like a dictatorship, nobody wants to play with you. It was so good to see her level of compassion and professionalism. That’s why she’s Reba McEntire,” says Myles. “It was really good for me to see that. God gave me a really good lesson.”
Myles hopes to put her music in front of as many listeners as possible. “We’re touring our butts off. We’re still pushing the EP, and have more music ready to release come the right time. I just want to keep releasing material, getting it out to the people, and getting out to their cities,” she says. “Hopefully, we can build even more of a team — maybe a label comes into the picture. I just want to be able to keep things up, to be creative, and hopefully capture people’s hearts and their attention. That’s the goal.”