Gary Morris is at home on any stage, anywhere…
Whether he is melting hearts with his voice and music, amazing critics with his acting abilities, using his outdoor experience to teach others respect for the environment, or using his gifts to help our wounded service men and women through a difficult time in their lives, there is no doubt that Gary Morris has many gifts to share. His voice is the only instrument Gary Morris needs to move your heart and soul. His precision and vocal mastery can hold entire audiences in total, mesmerized silence. He has been asked to perform for every U.S. President since former President Jimmy Carter, and was invited to perform at the home of former President George H. Bush and his wife, Barbara, at a private gathering of their friends.
During his illustrious career, Morris recorded twelve albums which spawned sixteen Top 10 and five #1 hit singles, including “Why Lady Why”, “The Love She Found in Me”, “Baby Bye Bye”, “100% Chance of Rain”, “Leave Me Lonely”, and “Wind Beneath My Wings”. In 1984, his original rendition of “Wind Beneath My Wings” won both the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM) “Song of the Year” Award. In 1982, he was also named Billboard’s “Male Artist of the Year.”
At the height of his Nashville recording career, the Texas-bred tenor was offered the role of “Rodolfo” in the Broadway production of Puccini’s opera, La Bohème, starring opposite Linda Ronstadt. After its run on Broadway ended, Morris immediately resumed recording and touring, garnering more #1 hits on the country music charts. He later returned to Broadway when he was offered the role of “Jean Valjean” in the musical Les Miserables at the height of its popularity. Morris had only three weeks to learn the challenging lines and songs, but his performance received resounding critical praise and earned him a Drama Desk Award-nomination for “Best Actor”. His famous rendition of “Bring Him Home” on the platinum-selling, Grammy Award-winning international cast album resulted in a Command Performance by Her Majesty, the Queen of England. Upon meeting Morris, she mentioned how happy she was to finally put a face to the music and asked to shake his hand.
Morris is equally comfortable holding a bow, gun, or fishing rod as he is holding a guitar. His love of the great outdoors combined with his respect and compassion for veterans have resulted in his partnering with Project Healing Waters. (www.projecthealingwaters.org). In 2005, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) began serving wounded military service members returning from combat at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. PHWFF uses the therapeutic properties of the serene sport of fly fishing to treat PTSD and other combat related conditions. This program provides basic fly fishing, fly casting, fly tying, and rod building classes, along with clinics participants ranging from beginners to those with prior fly fishing and tying experience who are adapting their skills to their new abilities. Morris is a supporter of PHWFF, and is very active in its various programs throughout the year.