Sting is the type of artist who performs music that cuts deep into the listener.
While no one can deny the quality of some of the Police’s ex-frontman’s greatest hits, how about we show you a female cover of a song that defined Sting’s solo career? Yes, we’re talking about “Shape of My Heart.”
Morgan James recorded her version of the song in 2016 in Samurai Hotel Studios, and we couldn’t be happier to share it with you.
James went to Memphis to record her debut album, which makes sense once you know that Morgan’s husband, Doug Wamble, is from Memphis. Moreover, Wamble is also Morgan’s producer, co-writer and arranger.
The couple lives in New York City, and James says that they’ve “always wanted to make a classic record.”
The duo spent months writing lyrics and perfecting every possible detail. As a result, James’ latest album Memphis Magnetic finally saw the light of day in 2020. James also added that she wouldn’t have made it without all the patrons who supported her music over the past couple of years.
To make a contribution, and enable this lovely lady to progress even further, you can always tip her on Patreon.
In case you want to know a bit more about her work before making any donation, go to her official website!
Wait until you hear that the multi-talented young woman appeared in numerous Broadway shows, including Motown: The Musical, Godspell and The Addams Family.
To prove that one should never give up, James shared her story and told her fans that she didn’t make her Broadway debut until 2010, after years of searching for any type of job.
Today, she’s also well-known for her numerous musical collaborations with the Jazz collective Postmodern Jukebox, and her YouTube channel’s got 219,000 subscribers.
Let’s not forget that James loves to describe herself as the love child of Prince and Bonnie Raitt!
After hearing her outstanding vocals, we must say that we were convinced that there’s a little bit of both in this fierce musician.
Interestingly, Morgan also released The White Album, her interpretation of the Beatles’ album, to honor its 50th anniversary.
If nothing else, Morgan’s cover has to be praised for the impeccable pronunciation!
Her voice is simple, pure and very clear, and the fact that she brought several instruments for an accompaniment speaks volumes about the effort she made to make it sound as perfect as possible.
The whole song presents a fine mixture of electric guitar and bass guitar—all of it gives the piece a lot of charm.
When you scroll in to about 2:30, James hits a high tone that makes her sound almost like an actual angel! Undoubtedly, James’s high notes are pure gold. This is a performance that will definitely catch you off guard. We have to mention, once again, her perfect diction in the higher register.
It is simply unbelievable—we had goosebumps throughout the whole song!
There’s something about the original song that makes it perfectly fit for a female vocalist, and the lyrics make sense differently when a lady sings it. A beautiful cover of the ever so poignant song. Bravo!
Congratulations to Morgan James on this awesome performance! Be sure to watch the entire thing by clicking the link below:
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