WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Morgan Myles never lived in Wilmington, NC. The Pennsylvania native has spent the past 16 years working full-time as a singer/songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee, mastering her talents while having the opportunity to tour the country and open for familiar artists like Luke Bryan, Rick Springfield and Old Dominion. These trips and tours brought her to southeastern North Carolina for several shows, and Myles fell in love with the coastal town and its bounty.
“I’ve played in Wilmington many times over the past seven years, and it’s always that ‘open arms’ feeling for me,” said Myles, who won the award for artist and record at the year at the Nashville Industry Music Awards in 2020 for his debut. album, Therapywhich received positive reviews from Billboard and rolling stone. “We are treated so well as artists when we come to town. You have hosted us very well, take care of us and feed us. It goes very far. I love everyone there, I love playing in Wilmington. I always have, I always will.
It is this positive vibe Myles has received from the city and the friendship she has with Christi Ferretti, one of the owners of Pine Valley Marketwhich turned into Wilmington having a connection to the hit NBC show, The voice. Myles gave it a try, and once she became a finalist who was to appear in a primetime episode, Myles chose Wilmington for her own contest.
“I’m doing this contest, Myles Across America,” she said. “And whoever throws the best watch party or watch parties all season [of The Voice], I will choose and I think I will play more than one, a grand prize winner to come and play for free in his hometown next year. I want to have something fun that ups the ante.
Myles starred in the first episode of The voices 22nd season, and she started things off by impressing the four famous coaches. Just seconds after Myles began his portrayal of Leonard Cohen Alleluia, Camila Cabello flipped her chair and blocked Gwen Stefani, who was a millisecond behind. Blake Shelton and John Legend also pressed their buttons to spin and watch Myles complete his 90 seconds in the spotlight.
“I felt very encouraged in that moment,” recalls Myles. “I feel like I did this for 16 years in Nashville, I don’t know if I would have focused on the one chair that didn’t flip over if I hadn’t had all four, just because you know, it’s been a long road for me. And really what the judges had to say after that, I just, I kept crying, like ‘God, no, I’m crying on national television!’ I was so humbled, honored and moved by what they had to say.
Myles decided to join Team Camila after her successful debut on national television. Cabello called her “a dream performer”, saying “…you were singing with your soul”. The caption described the performance as “exquisite, one of the best blind auditions I’ve seen in a long time.” Stefani said Myles looked like he was “…already on the Grammy stage,” while Shelton, who joined the other three in giving Myles a standing ovation, told him, “Your gift is that you can really make people believe what you sing. .’ The accolades from superstar performers provide much-needed validation for a veteran musician who knows how difficult life is on the road trying to reach their level of success.
“After last year, 117 shows, acoustic solo on the road, I mean, I was exhausted,” Myles said. “Some things happened with my booking agent who had committed fraud, and that’s why I ended up taking a chance on The voice. I was like, like, ‘How am I going through this all over again?’ And so, when I got that validation, it was, ‘Okay, that’s the encouragement. That’s the sign you keep praying for, and that’s pretty important. So stop, you know, boohooing, and wipe away those tears, put on your bootstraps. You went too far, and you tried too long, and you have a talent, Morgan!.’ I believe that is why God gave me this gift. I really believe in it, and my intentions really come from a good place, and I hope people see it.
In his second appearance on the show, Myles faced a “Battle Round” with Team Camila member Steve McMorran. The duo performed Miley Cyrus’ hit song wrecking ball, and their emotional and high-energy performance received compliments from all four celebrities. Cabello said she ultimately chose Myles to move forward, ‘…because I think she’s irreplaceable on this show. No one can move like her. I think Morgan is someone who can definitely make it to the final!”
While Wilmington fans can show their support for Myles with watch parties, they can also get the chance to vote for her during live performances of The voice later in the season. Myles said she was looking for these comments from America.
“My biggest reason to continue The voice is the fact that we kind of cut out the middleman,” she said. “It’s really the fans who decide if they want to keep listening, or if they identify with me as a musician, or if they want to go buy tickets after this thing is done. So, I love this item.If you believe in me,just take some time,download The voice app and hopefully I get to that round where you need to start voting.
We made it easy to download The voice application by clicking here. You can learn all about Morgan Myles and download her award-winning debut album Therapy by clicking here to visit their website. I hope you enjoyed the conversation with Morgan Myles as much as I did. Keep watching The voice on WECT to follow his progress in Team Camila!
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