When the pop singer-songwriter morgxn was first trying to come out as an artist from his hometown of Nashville, there were a lot of tough obstacles in his way, preventing him from being the person he always wanted to be.
“A manager once sat me down and said ‘You will never be successful in music as an openly gay man in Nashville,'” he recalled on a recent episode of American songwriter’s twitch spectacle, Off The Record Live. “I think 10 years ago was another time … at the time, it was exactly the truth.”
As hard as it was to swallow, morgxn ultimately chose to pack his bags and move to a more accommodating city and scene. He went to New York for a while (and even had a stint on Broadway as part of the cast of Spring awakening) and eventually ended up in Los Angeles, where he really started to make a name for himself as a creator of organic and irresistibly fresh pop tracks.
Then, in 2018, he broke through with his single “Home”, featuring indie pop behemoths, WALK ON THE MOON, morgxn has had his first hit. Accumulating millions of streams, the song went around the world … Billie Eilish’s List of Six “Songs That Inspired a ‘Villain'”
After that morgxn had even more wind under his wings, then in 2020 he again struck gold with his melody “Wonder,” that exploded on TikTok. Striking in the moment, morgxn used the incredible community of creative collaborators around him and made WONDER [reimagined], a complete disc containing different versions of “Wonder”. This project finally came to a head when Sara Bareilles reached out with interest to cut a duet version of it – last August the two sang the song live on Jimmy Kimmel live.
All of this led morgxn to do the one thing he wanted to do from the start: return to Nashville. Returning recently with a sense of triumph up his sleeve, he has been busy working on his latest effort: Meridian vol. 2, the second half of his Meridian project which will arrive on the DSP on November 11th.
Discussing everything from his upbringing to current success, process, morning routine, coffee preferences, and more, the Off The Record episode gives viewers the chance to truly experience morgxn and the magic of his work. Playing a few songs, he even showed off one of the Meridian Vol. 2the pieces of “Burden”.
Watch the full interview and performance below: