By Michele Stevens Bernard, TSB Entertainment Writer
Whether you’re a writer, an actor, a singer/songwriter, musician, or simply a fan, you’re not going to want to miss it when award-winning country music and Broadway great, Gary Morris, brings his highly acclaimed master class, Silence Says It All, to McKinney. Morris’ workshop happens June 13 at the McKinney Performing Arts Center from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Morris’ “hands-on” workshop will allow participants the opportunity to work closely with him as he shares wisdom garnered from his highly successful career in country music, as well as his journey to starring in the leading role in, “Les Miserables”, Broadway’s number 1 play at the time. Morris will work with participants on songwriting, auditioning, proper preparation, performance and vocal endurance for long production schedules. He will also share insights garnered from is own career as an entertainer, songwriter, music publisher, TV host, producer and actor.
Best known for his award-winning original recording of “Wind Beneath My Wings,” Morris took country music by storm, winning both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music Song of the Year Awards. He continued to ride high through the 80’s producing 12 albums, generating 16 Top 10 singles, and 5 No. 1 hits, including, “Baby Bye Bye, “100% Chance Of Rain,” and “Leave Me Lonely.”
Morris gained international attention and critical acclaim when at the pinnacle of his country music fame, he forged a new path. Heading for Broadway, Morris, became the first American to star as Jean Valjean, the lead role in “Les Miserables.” Awards soon followed. Morris’ stellar performance was rewarded with a Grammy, as well as a Drama Desk nomination.
I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Morris in Norman, Oklahoma. We sat down for a pre-concert green room chat at the historical Sooner Theater, where fans lined the sidewalk a good two hours before showtime. To hear our conversation, check out the video below.
Registration for Morris’ master class is $50. Participants may register through McKinney Performing Arts Center by calling 972-547-2650, or better yet, by clicking here to grab your seats now.