Born in December of 1948 in Fort Worth, Texas, country artist Gary Morris featured a style known as “countrypolitan” in his songs throughout the 1980s. He was descended from a long line of traditional country singers, featuring hard-twang country and gospel sounds in their music. In the late 1950s, his family moved to North Richland Hills, Texas, where Morris and his sisters won a talent show with their rendition of “This Old House.” Throughout the early 70s, Morris made his living singing in nightclubs in Denver, Colorado. In 1976, he signed on with Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign, through which he sang at the White House following Carter’s election. In the audience at this performance was country music producer Norro Wilson, who signed Morris on to Warner Bros. Records.
Throughout his career as a recording artist, Morris released nearly thirty singles, five of which peaked at the Number One spot on the Country charts: “Baby Bye Bye,” “I’ll Never Stop Loving You,” “100% Chance of Rain,” “Leave Me Lonely” and “Makin’ Up for Lost Time (The Dallas Lovers Song).” He has also reached the Top 10 nine other times, with singles like “Headed for a Heartache,” “The Wind Beneath My Wings,” “Between Two Fires,” “Lasso the Moon” and “Plain Brown Wrapper.”
Morris took a temporary break from touring to pursue his acting career. He played Jean Valjean in a Broadway production of Les Misérables, the production of the album winning a Grammy, featuring Morris’ version of “Bring Him Home.” He has also appeared a production of Puccini’s opera La Boheme.
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