A local singer/songwriter who hails from Naugatuk recently won the title of Modern Country Female Entertainer of the Year by the world’s largest award program for independent artists.
Morgan White (Brittany Morgan Shrum White) has been singing most of her life and for past several years has been trying to become a professional country musician. She has been working the Nashville scene for several years and has earned several career breakthroughs — the most significant came last month when the Josie Music Awards presented her with their top honor.
The Josie Awards honors singers, musicians, songwriters and other members of the music industry from around the world in more than 100 categories in all genres including county, rock, blues/jazz, gospel and country. White was nominated for three of those awards in 2019: Female Artist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year and Female Entertainer of the Year all in the Modern Country Divisions.
“You practice as a little girl in your bedroom with a hairbrush for a microphone for a moment like this. You can’t imagine what it will really be like. It was kind of a surreal moment,” White said. “I had things prepared in case I won, but I was shocked and totally surprised when they called by name. It seemed like I floated to the stage and then forgot everything I had prepared.”
This was the second time she has been spotlighted by the awards program. In 2018, White was nominated for seven awards.
White said she and her band has been touring and preforming all year. In that time she released a new single “Good Things Gone” and has signed a recording contract with MC1 Nashville.
White, a graduate of Tug Valley High School, grew up singing in church and said she has been influenced by the likes of Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood and Reba McEntire. She was been called the “Modern Coal Miner’s Daughter.”
Her first album entitled “I’m Gone” produced two No. 1 singles with the title track “I’m Gone” remaining at the top of the charts for 12 weeks straight on Hot Country Radio in the Carolinas.
Even with all of these, Morgan said the honor that has meant the most to her was when she made Mingo County’s local radio station’s Top 5 at Five.
“The most important thing to me is that my family, friends and the people I grew up with like what I sing,” Morgan said. “Everything I do comes from the Lord. It means the world to me that local people support me because I have never been ashamed of Mingo County.”
In addition to the music award and recording contract, White is getting ready to take on an entirely new role. In about a month, she will become the mother to her first child, a daughter.