Craig Morgan


Craig Morgan Greer (born July 17, 1964), known professionally as Craig Morgan, is an American country music artist. A veteran of the United States Army as a forward observer, Morgan began his musical career in 2000 on Atlantic Records, releasing his self-titled debut album for that label before the closure of its Nashville division in 2000. In 2002, Morgan signed to the independent Broken Bow Records, on which he released three studio albums: 2003's I Love It, 2005's My Kind of Livin', and 2006's Little Bit of Life. These produced several chart hits, including "That's What I Love About Sunday," which spent four weeks at the top of the Billboard country charts and was that publication's Number One country hit of 2005. A greatest hits package followed in mid-2008 before Morgan left the label for BNA Records, on which he released That's Why later that same year. My Kind of Livin' is also his highest-selling album, having been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). After exiting BNA, Morgan signed with Black River Entertainment and released This Ole Boy in 2012.

 

 

Morgan has charted seventeen times on the Billboard country charts. Besides "That's What I Love About Sunday," six more of his singles have reached that chart's Top Ten: "Almost Home," "Redneck Yacht Club," "Little Bit of Life," "International Harvester", "Love Remembers", and "Bonfire."


by Jim Casey | @TheJimCasey  |  June 25, 2018

Craig Morgan Receives One of the U.S. Army’s Highest Civilian Awards

Country star Craig Morgan—who spent almost 10 years on active duty in the U.S. Army in the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions—was awarded the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal on June 23 in recognition of his dedication to entertaining troops and their families around the world. The presentation took place at the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (GLAC AUSA) annual Army Ball at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Huntington Beach, Calif.

 

The Outstanding Civilian Service Medal is one of the highest awards that the Department of the Army can bestow upon a civilian. The Army recognized Craig for his significant dedication to supporting military members who have served their country, often in harm’s way. Craig has made 15 overseas tours for U.S. troops and performed for more than 37,000 service members and their families all over the world


Craig, who has scored numerous Top 10 hits over his career (“That’s What I Love About Sunday,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “Bonfire”), recently completed his 10th USO Tour to entertain U.S. military members stationed overseas. The eightday tour visited seven countries and included stops in western Tokyo, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq and Spain as well as the Korean Peninsula where the U.S. Army veteran was once stationed.

 

Craig served in the Army for nearly two decades, both as an active duty soldier and in the reserves. photo by Louis Katz


by Jim Casey | @TheJimCasey  |  January 25, 2017

 

Craig Morgan Remembers Son Jerry Greer on What Would Have Been His 20th Birthday

On July 10, 2016, Craig Morgan’s son, Jerry Greer, 19, died in a tubing accident on Kentucky Lake.

 

Yesterday (Jan. 24), on what would have been Jerry’s 20th birthday, Craig shared a Facebook post with multiple pictures of Jerry and the message:

 

«Happy Birthday son because He lives we will see you again. Deuteronomy 15:10 thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the Lord thy God will bless the in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto.»



by Jason Simanek | May 19, 2016

Check Out Craig Morgan's Powerful «I'll Be Home Soon» Performance

 

Craig Morgan's latest music video recorded in Studio A at Ocean Way Studios - which is housed in a 100-year-old gothic revival church on Nashville's Music Row.

 

Craig delivers a powerful and impassioned performance of «I'll Be Home Soon», the new single from his upcoming 12-song album.



by Jim Casey | @TheJimCasey | July 21, 2016

Craig Morgan Speaks Out After the Loss of His Son, Jerry Greer: «Hardest Thing We Have Ever Had to Endure as a Family»

 

Craig Morgan, who lost his son Jerry Greer after a boating accident on July 10, posted a message to his social media platforms last night (July 20).


 The loss of our son Jerry is the hardest thing we ever hat to endure as a family. Karen and I are so grateful for all of the wonderful people who have shown us unwavering support during this difficult time. There are too many to name here, but we are especially thankful for the Humphreys County sheriff and Fire Departments, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, and all the additional agencies and volunteers who turned out to bring our son home. We would also like to thank our friends, family members, and Jerry's friends who have all shown us an immense amount of love and support. Additionally, we cannot thank the music and outdoor communities enough for wrapping their arms around us, as well as our industry friends, fans and all those that loved our son. We are blessed by the outpouring of prayers and condolences from across the world. Jerry may be gone from this earth, and we will miss him every day, but his spirit will live on in our hearts. We will find peace knowing that God has a bigger plan, and that one day, we'll be reunited with him again in Heaven. John 3:16 - Craig

 

The Jerry Greer Memorial Scholarship has been established by his friends and family who were so impacted by Jerry's energy and his love for life that in his departure they want to ensure that the future athletes o Dickson County High School, in particular those with dyslexia, not only remember him, but also celebrate his life through opportunities that they will receive because of Jerry.


Check Out Craig Morgan's Powerful «I'll be Home Soon» Performance

Craig Morgan's latest music video was recorded in Studio A at Ocean Way Studios - which is housed in a 100-year old gothic revival church on Nashville's Music row.

Craig delivers a powerful and impassioned performance of «I'll be Home Soon», the new single from upcoming 12-song album.

 

 

 

 

 



Background information From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Biography

Craig Morgan Greer was born in Kingston Springs, Tennessee on July 17, 1964. He became an Emergency medical technician at age 18. He served on active duty for nine and a half years in the US Army as a member of the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions and remained in the reserves for another six and a half years.

Musical career

Upon his return home to Tennessee, he worked various jobs to support his family, including as a construction worker, a security guard and a Wal-Mart employee. He would later land a job in Nashville singing demos for other songwriters and publishing companies. The demos led to releasing his first album with Atlantic Records, the self-titled Craig Morgan in 2000. It produced three singles, including "Something to Write Home About," which reached number 39 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. The album was produced by Buddy Cannon and Norro Wilson, with co-writing credits from Cannon, Bill Anderson and Harley Allen among others. The album's final track, "I Wish I Could See Bakersfield," included a recitation from Merle Haggard. Country Standard Time critic Jon Weisberger gave the album a mixed review, saying that Morgan had a strong singing voice but that most of the songs were "by-the-numbers." Jim Patterson of The Ledger said that lead-off single "Something to Write Home About" was "pedestrian," but that the rest of the album was "an uncommonly assured hard-country effort."

 

Late in the year, Morgan charted a Christmas single entitled "The Kid in Me." Morgan left Atlantic Records in early 2001 when the label closed its Nashville branch, but said that he was not afraid of his musical future because he still had a publishing contract at the time.

2002-2004: «I Love It»

In 2002, Morgan signed with Broken Bow Records, an independent record label. The label released his second album, I Love It, in March 2003. Leading off this album was "God, Family and Country", a song dedicated to former Nashville session drummer Randy Hardison, with backing vocals from the group 4 Runner. It peaked at number 49 on the country charts. Following this song was Morgan's first top ten, the number 6 "Almost Home". This song also brought him to the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time, peaking at number 59 there. In addition, it won Morgan and co-writer Kerry Kurt Phillips a Song of the Year award from Broadcast Music Incorporated. The album's next two singles, "Every Friday Afternoon" and "Look at Us", both reached the country top 30. By 2004, the album had sold more than 300,000 copies, and its success was cited by Billboard as the beginning of a new wave of commercial success among independently signed country music artists.

 

Rick Cohoon of Allmusic gave I Love It four stars out of five, saying that Morgan's songwriting was "well-crafted" and that his service in the Army justified the patriotic themes of "God, Family and Country". Jeffrey B. Remz of Country Standard Time commended the album for maintaining a neotraditionalist country sound, but said that the ballads were "generic".

2005-2006: «My Kind of Livin'»

Morgan released his third album, My Kind of Livin', in 2004. It included eight songs that he co-wrote, and guest vocals from John Conlee and Brad Paisley on "Blame Me". The first single release, "That's What I Love About Sunday", became his only number one hit on the country charts and a number 51 pop hit. It was also the first number one for the Broken Bow label, as well as the first independently distributed single to top the country charts in five years and the first independently distributed single to spend multiple weeks at number one on the country chart since The Kendalls' "Heaven's Just a Sin Away" in 1977. "That's What I Love About Sunday" also placed at number one on that year's Billboard Year-End charts for the country format.

 

The album's next single, "Redneck Yacht Club", reached number two on the country charts and accounted for his highest peak on the Hot 100, where it went to number 45. After it came "I Got You". Morgan wrote this song while on tour with Keith Urban, with the intention of having Urban record it, but decided to keep it for himself after recording a demo of it. My Kind of Livin' was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipping 500,000 copies, and "Redneck Yacht Club" received a gold single certification for 500,000 music downloads.

 

Chris Willman of Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B rating, saying in his review that "Morgan's is an idealized Kind of Americana, to be sure. But at least he provides enough writerly detail to avoid setting off smarm alarms." Country Standard Time reviewer Jeffrey B. Remz was generally favorable in his review, saying that Morgan has "a strong voice" and "a number of quality songs," but his review criticized the album's "big and clean" production. 

2006-2008: «Little Bit of Life» and «Greatest Hits»

His third and final album for Broken Bow, Little Bit of Life, was issued in 2006. Morgan and O'Donnell co-produced the album with Keith Stegall, a record producer known for his work with Alan Jackson, and Morgan co-wrote four of its eleven songs. The label shipped more than 200,000 copies of the album in its first week, and made special exclusive releases for retailers such as Target and Walmart.

 

The album's first single was its title track, which reached number 7 on the country charts. After it, "Tough" made number 11, and "International Harvester" peaked at number 10. Kevin Oliver of Country Standard Time commended the album's neotraditionalist sound and called Morgan "a classic country singer" but said that, beyond the title track and "Tough," "the traditional sound is mostly wasted." Billboard reviewer Deborah Evans Price gave "Tough" a positive review, praising Morgan's "strong, warm voice" and calling the song "yet another gem" from the album.

A Greatest Hits package followed in February 2008, shortly before his departure from Broken Bow.

2008-2010: «That's Why»

On September 18, 2008, Morgan was invited by John Conlee to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Conlee formally inducted him as a member during the October 25, 2008 edition of the Opry.

Although it had been first announced that Morgan would sign to Big Machine Records' sister label Valory Music Group, he instead signed to BNA Records, a division of Sony BMG Nashville. His first album for the label, That's Why, was released in October 2008. Its first single, "Love Remembers", became his sixth top ten hit by early 2009, but follow-up "God Must Really Love Me" peaked at number 26. BNA re-issued the album in May 2009, replacing two of its tracks with the newly recorded "Bonfire" and "This Ain't Nothin'". The former was released that month as the album's third single, also reaching top ten. In October 2009, the music video for "God Must Really Love Me" won Video of the Year from the Inspirational Country Music Awards. In early 2010, "This Ain't Nothin'" was released as the album's fourth single. It became a top 20 country hit by year's end. Stephen Thomas Erlewine criticized the album for having "uninspired" material, but praised Morgan's "cured country croon". In a more favorable review, Country Standard Time wrote that the songs were "simple but profoundly observant" and compared Morgan's singing voice to Randy Travis.

Morgan's last single for BNA, "Still a Little Chicken Left on That Bone", was released in October 2010. The song peaked at number 37 on the country music charts in January 2011. A month later, he left the label.

2011-2015: «This Ole Boy», «The Journey» (Livin' Hits)

On April 1, 2011, Morgan signed with Black River Entertainment. Two months later, he sang guest vocals on Colt Ford's single "She Likes to Ride in Trucks". Morgan's first release for Black River was "This Ole Boy", a song co-written by The Peach Pickers (Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, and Ben Hayslip) that also appears on Joe Nichols' 2011 album It's All Good. The song is the title track to Morgan's first Black River album, This Ole Boy, which was released on February 28, 2012. The title track was a Top 20 hit for Morgan on the Hot Country Songs chart. After it, "Corn Star" failed to make Top 40, while "More Trucks Than Cars" reached top 30.

 

In July 2013, Morgan released "Wake Up Lovin' You", the first single from his second compilation album The Journey (Livin' Hits).

 

Morgan canceled several shows in May 2014 due to surgical complications for torn tendons in his shoulders.

2015-present: «A Whole Lot More to Me»

The lead single to Morgan's third album for Black River Entertainment, "When I'm Gone", was released to digital retailers on September 18, 2015 and to radio on September 21, 2015. The song peaked at number 48 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. The album, A Whole Lot More to Me, was released on June 3, 2016.

Personal life

Morgan is married to wife Karen and has four children: daughter Aly and sons Kyle, Jerry, and Wyatt. He and his family currently reside in Dickson, Tennessee.

 

In February 2011, Morgan rescued two young children from a burning house in Dickson, Tennessee, and then manned a fire hose to help put out the fire.

 

On April 23, 2011, Morgan became an honorary initiate of the Delta Theta chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

 

On July 10, 2016, Morgan's son, Jerry Greer, went missing after falling off an innertube in Kentucky Lake on the Tennessee River. His body was recovered dead the next day. He was 19 years old. 

Charitable efforts

Morgan frequently performs at military bases both in the U.S. and abroad and on USO tours. He was awarded the 2006 USO Merit Award for his tireless support of US soldiers and their families. Having served in the military, Morgan told American Songwriter Magazine, "Because I have been there, I can appreciate that and have the ability to communicate with them a little differently." Morgan has been active in raising money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

 

Morgan has an annual two-day charity (Craig Morgan Charity Fund) for Billy’s Place. The most recent, and fifth one, was held in Dickson, Tennessee on August 6–7, 2011. The event raised more than $95,000. Morgan came up with the idea for Billy’s Place while serving as an assistant Dickson County sheriff's deputy from 1995 to 1996. Through the Craig Morgan Charity Fund, Morgan plans to provide lasting funding to the home.

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