This is what British Country Airplay have to say about Phoenix ….
Phoenix Morby is UK Outlaw Country at its best! Famed for singing the truth and labelled to have a bright future in the genre, both in the UK and the USA.
A traditional Country Music singer/songwriter Phoenix writes songs based on his life. He is a reflective storyteller using his past experiences to transport the listener, and paint pictures with his lyrics.
Hailing from Portsmouth, a port city and naval base on England’s south coast, Phoenix grew up as Graham and started playing the guitar about 10 years ago, and spent some time in a Kings of Leon tribute band. But his life changed when he first heard Kris Kristofferson singing “Me and Bobby McGee”. He said that “The story and the visions it painted in my head came together. It was like watching an artist paint on canvas, and I was hooked.”
He soon picked up a Kristofferson album and felt at home. Listening to songs such as “Casey’s Last Ride” and “Darby’s Castle”, struck a chord with the Status Quo rocking metal head, and he began to pen his turbulent past and create poems.
These poems turned into his 2017 release A Love Letter to Charlotte; an EP containing 5 tracks with such live must-haves as “Rear View Mirror” and “Rattlesnake Highway”. The local music scene and radio gave the EP some airplay, and Phoenix Morby was born and the country scene started to take to the new traditional style.
‘Driving along and hearing one of your songs on the radio for the first time is amazing!’ – Phoenix said after hearing ‘Rattlesnake Highway’ on Express FM.
“So about 5 years ago I started taking pen to paper and trying to tell my own stories, my own little moments in time transformed into song. I have relived painful memories, fun times, lost loves and much more as I try and paint the same pictures in your mind as Kris did for me all those years ago. I created a music bucket list of the things I wanted to achieve, and here it goes.”
Another track on the EP is “Whiskey”, which Phoenix found inspiration from a Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash documentary, “which deals with the uncomfortable feeling of trying to remember what you’ve done wrong, but not even being able to recall quite what it was you’ve done
The follow up to A Love Letter to Charlotte was 2018’s Butterfly; a four-track EP that tackles some very sensitive subjects such as suicide and adultery. Both are very sensitive subjects on their own, yet Phoenix’s songs handle them with grace and beauty.
The radio play continued and gigs were played. Even a few live radio sessions took place and the Phoenix name continued to grow.
Towards the end of 2018, Phoenix hit the road and recorded a live album in California. Live in Placerville is a raw, unplugged and omits vulnerability; this is encased in an album containing a few new songs and favourites from the first two EP’s.
The album is a real insight to Phoenix’s song writing as before each song he explains how the lyrics came about.
Following that A Message From An Angel was released in February 2019, which contains 7 new tracks and a few hand-picked tracks from the first EP’s; giving the listener a full 12 track album.
Track 8, “Chalk Pit Rise” was Phoenix’s love letter to his hometown of Portsmouth. Referencing the seaside town known as ‘Pompey’, you could tell it was a place that he still has a deep passion for.
2019 has seen a brand new approach to his music with the release of “Outlaw” in July, which received rave reviews, and gave Phoenix a full band arrangement.
The track is about an ‘Outlaw’ living out on his own and moving from town to town to escape the law.
Phoenix explains that:
“The track has easy-going vocals and drifting instrumentation mark cognizant lyrics about an isolated vagabond existence. The gradually unwinding arrangement cleverly mirrors the song’s prolonged soul-searching story.”
Along with continuing to further write and release his own new material, Phoenix and country singer and radio presenter Jess T have created ‘Carson City’; a new traditional Country Music duo. Their debut single ‘Candlelight’ released in August, reached number 39 on the iTunes Country Music Chart.
His next single was released at the beginning of October. “Working Man” describes some of the things that are associated with an average working day. The lyrics tell the story of a man who works for a living and feels that the government are taking far more than their fair share in taxes. But he knows he must struggles on, pushing aside his dreams, to work hard, so that he can support his family.
We all know that feeling don’t we?
Well, that is what Phoenix’s songs are all about. His own journey, through life’s ups and downs.
Phoenix was nominated as the UK Country Radio Male Solo Artist of the Year for 2019 and has also been performing with the sensational Kezia Gill, who has recently been crowned Female Artiste of the Year at the British Country Association Awards.
Kezia is also featured on his next album, Phoenix Morby – Live In Cardiff, which was recorded in front of a live audience at the Acapela Studios.
“Cardiff was amazing and I still relive it daily. Such a cool city that has a wonderful lust for country music.”
Live In Cardiff and is now available to Pre Order here, along with all Phoenix Morby’s back catalogue.
The BCA would like to wish Phoenix every success for 2020 and beyond, as we look forward to more of his unique material.
For more information on Phoenix Morby, please visit his website (https://phoenixmorby.com) and check out the socials for the latest updates…
To find out where you can hear Phoenix Morby being showcased all this week, check out http://britishcountryairplay.co.uk/artiste-of-the-week