Valdosta Daily Times


March 18, 2014

Musician moves toward R&B

VALDOSTA — Judging by the smiling face under the cowboy hat in the cover photograph, a viewer might assume that Valdosta musician Melvin Morrison’s new CD is another country album.

Spinning “Your Love Got a Hold On Me,” a listener realizes that Morrison retains some of his country twang but he’s aiming more for an R&B groove on this second CD.

The Valdosta musician has long had a love for R&B. A few years ago, he recalled singing “Only You” for his 96-year-old father. “Your Love Got a Hold On Me” owes more to that selection than his debut 2008 CD, “Country Soul.”

On the latest CD, Morrison sings covers of well-known songs such as “One in a Million,” “Rainy Night in Georgia,” “This Magic Moment,” etc. He also wrote the title track which opens this 10-song CD, as well as “A Walk on the Beach” with a Jimmy Buffett-style lyric and tune that hews close to “Rhinestone Cowboy.”

The CD has received Internet attention finding its way on some independent R&B and soul charts.

He’s working on the third CD. Four songs are already written, with the expectation of it being a combination of country and R&B.

Morrison hopes to build upon the CD to form a live band for shows in various venues. His live shows are a combination of country music and R&B.

“Country is easy,” Morrison says. “You’re telling a story, but with R&B and blues, you have to get into it. You have to feel it while you sing it.”

A few people have suggested that if he’s going to sing R&B, he needs to get rid of his signature cowboy hat.

Melvin Morrison says, no, the hat stays. Only appropriate for a performer whose country has a little bit of R&B, and whose R&B has a little bit of country.

Melvin Morrison’s CD, “Your Love Got a Hold On Me,” is available through various Internet outlets and through his website

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