Morgan James, an Idaho native and alumna of Juilliard, got her professional start on the stages of Broadway. Since then, she has toured tirelessly as a soul singer, taking the stage at such august venues as the Hollywood Bowl, Montreal Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center. Today, James is releasing her debut solo album, Reckless Abandon, which features 12 original songs that James co-wrote with other songwriters. For Songwriter U, we asked James to weigh in on how she keeps her voice in shape on the road. Here's what she had to say. When people see my tour schedule, the first thing they ask is, "How do you keep your voice in shape." And let me tell you: that is a job in and of itself! It may seem strange that a little girl from Idaho with Broadway dreams, who went to Juilliard to study opera, now makes soul music for a living ... but I truly thank my lucky stars that I had the Broadway and classical training I did, because it has prepared my voice and body for a life on the road. As I always say, this is the only path I could have taken, and for good reason. Somewhere between the strict and conservative practices of the classical music world, and the loose and wild rock and roll world, is where I live. I'm no stranger to a good bottle of wine and a late night. When I was on Broadway, the socializing really began when the curtain came down at 10 p.m. So burning the candle at both ends is what we all did. I like to joke that Broadway "drove me to drink," because there is a real sense of camaraderie and community, and we all spent time socializing after the shows. In addition, getting through eight shows a week is one of the hardest things you can ever attempt to do, so you definitely need to unwind at the end of it. Being on Broadway taught me everything I... Sign In to Keep Reading
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