Photo by Corina Bernstein
Morris’ love for music originated from her parents record collection, with David Bowie, The Beatles, and Frank Sinatra songs helping to shape her musical DNA. She laid the groundwork for her musical career at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, followed by a post-graduation move to Nashville, TN. Her time in Nashville helped instill a traditional songwriting sensibility that shines through in her music. In recent years, Morris has taken on new roles as a wife and mother, both of which have given a unique voice to her craft.
After releasing two albums in 2011 alone (Grateful Moon, Lonely or Free), Morris has been building a solid reputation with her honest and authentic songwriting and powerful performances, becoming a regular performer at The Dakota, Aster Café, and Hell’s Kitchen in Minneapolis.
In summer 2014 Morris began participating in weekly online songwriting challenges, and suddenly found herself with a wealth of new songs that eventually became the album “Ordinary Things.” In spring of 2015, Sarah Morris and her band (Thomas Nordlund, Andrew Foreman, and Zach Schmidt) hunkered down at RiverRock Studios and recorded this latest album. Released September 17, 2015, “Ordinary Things” is Morris’ most critically acclaimed album to date. The signature blend of alt-country and Americana with the addition of a bit of pop and some rock edges on the album is the unique result of a creative collaboration between her bandmates, and producer Eric Blomquist.
Thanks to her songwriting talent and performing skills, Morris was invited to perform at Lincoln Center in New York City at the NewSong Music Finals, a continent-wide contest that had over 1,500 songwriting entrants this year, and earned a place in the top four.
“The songs on [Sarah Morris’] new album, Ordinary Things, trace the connection between the head and the heart, and each track is earnestly full of heart, love, and most importantly, hope, sans the preachiness that sometimes comes with music talking about life.” -Youa Vang, City Pages
“God damn, is Sarah Morris a bright, clear, brilliant songwriter…Ordinary Things is part of a wee renaissance going on off to the side of the mainstream pop bro-country that people rail against when they talk about “country.”…Ordinary Things is kind of a marvel, an album full of super-sharp songs that never once fall into maudlinity or mawkishness…[it] can and should be added to the handful of nearly perfect country albums that 2015 has brought us.” -Jon Hunt, L’Etoile
17th place, “Lie Here Tonight,” The Current’s top 89 local songs of 2015.