Lorrie Morgan coming to Calumet

By KURT HAUGLIE

khauglie@mininggazette.com

CALUMET – Lorrie Morgan has been singing most of her life, and on April 15, she’ll bring her brand of country music to the Calumet Theatre.

Morgan said she sang professionally for the first time at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville when she was 13 years old. She sang the country standard “Paper Roses,” and it went over well.

“I got the first standing ovation (at the Opry) in 25 years,” she said.

Morgan said she lives in the country about 30 minutes east of Nashville.

“It’s beautiful where I live,” she said.

Country music is part of Morgan’s DNA. She is the daughter of Opry star George Morgan, and widow of the late Keith Whitley.

Morgan has sold more than eight million records, including fourteen top 10 hits, 12 recorded albums and has won four Female Vocalist of the Year awards.

She was also the first female artist in country music history to have two consecutive albums certified platinum.

On Feb. 12 she released her first solo album in five years called “Letting Go … Slow” on the Shanachie Entertainment label, Morgan said. The album before that was a duet with Pam Tillis called “Dos Divas” released in 2013.

At the Calumet Theatre, Morgan said she’ll be performing an acoustic set with a keyboard and two acoustic guitars. She’ll decide what she’ll play when she gets closer to the performance date.

Morgan said she’s performed in Michigan in the past, including the Upper Peninsula. She prefers the older venues, such as the Calumet Theatre.

“I love ’em,” she said. “They’re my favorite places to play.”

She prefers places such as the Calumet Theatre because of the intimacy with the audience they provide.

“I like the people to see me,” she said.

She made her mark with what have now become timeless country standards: “Five Minutes,” “Except For Monday,” “Something In Red,” “Watch Me” and “What Part Of No,” and established her place as a country star – a modern woman making country music history.