A Jamaica, Queens native, singer-songwriter Morley makes music that is global, to say the least. Her latest album, Undivided (due out today, April 3rd), was recorded hot off the heels of a year of travel and takes cues from the music of the Sahara and Morocco. Morley’s brand of internationally influenced pop has been pegged by some as the missing link between Sade and Joni Mitchell, touting love and tolerance to hip-hop beats and acoustic guitar. And well, we love it.
When it comes to social-awareness, Morley not only talks the talk, but walks the walk. For the past three years she has served as a dialogue facilitator for the international youth program Face to Face/Faith to Faith, working with teenagers from across the globe to promote religious tolerance. She’s performed for everyone from the Dalai Lama to Nelson Mandela. The video for her latest single, “Wild Bird” (directed by Damani Baker) was shot on location in the shimmering sands of the Sahara. “Wild Bird” is an otherworldly track, the artist’s reflection on the journey—both literal and figurative—to find one’s place in the world. An album release party for Undivided is planned for 9:30 PM on April 7th at NYC downtown vanguard Joe’s Pub.
Can’t wait for the show at Joe’s Pub? Can’t make it to the Big Apple? You can buy Undivided here.
Guest blogger Kristin E. Anderson writes about music and travel.