Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.
Morgen La Civita, United States (we’re really sorry about Trump), Date of birth: April 27, 1973. I grew up in Jersey City which is right outside of New York City where I also lived for a few years.
Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.
Morgen La Civita is a singer/songwriter , now residing in Easton, Pennsylvania. She has been featured on over 30 albums and has received airplay from stations including WWOZ in New Orleans, Jazz88 in San Francisco and NBC’s “Good Morning New Orleans”. Morgen’s lyrics have been featured in American Songwriter Magazine, and she’s been a Songwriter Universe featured artist numerous times. Her song, “What Love Can Do” was used in a Kia Soul advertisement in Amsterdam, where she has a strong following, and her song “Down The Rabbit Hole” has been used in two independent films. In addition to writing and recording, she is also a recording and editing engineer.
Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.
My genre is mostly singer/songwriter, although I love to blend world, soul and blues into my music as well. My partner, Jake R. Tanner, is a two-time Grammy winning engineer in the Latin music industry, so you can hear a lot of his influences as well in our productions. Most everything I write is introspective and a little dark. I’m big on minor keys and “chill”. This song was written about my experience falling in love too quickly and blindly, without really knowing what I was getting into. It’s about not wanting to take responsibility for being impulsive. It’s always easier to blame someone else than to look at your own mistakes. The video was made from a 1915 version of “Alice in Wonderland” and was put together by my good friend, Dave Davis who did a few of my videos. I love pairing my music with old movies. I feel like it gives it drama.
Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.
I think, because I write from personal experience, I am often told that my music is not relatable or commercial enough. A lot of today’s commercial music is big and loud, and I don’t fit very well into that mold. I love the storytelling nature of the songs from the 60’s and 70’s, and always seem to lean that way. I prefer minimal productions to big ones and tend to be a bit “wordy”. On the upside, when a song is right for a project, it tends to be a project I really love and is really different in its own right. That makes me feel really good. Like I made a connection with someone else who doesn’t quite fit the mold either.
Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.
Jake R. Tanner is the producer, musician and arranger for this track. He also mixed and mastered it. I love his string arrangements and he does them for all my tracks. I write the lyrics and melodies and record and edit the vocals. The song was recorded in our home studio. The video was created when I wanted to come up with an idea that was budget friendly. I also have horrible stage fright, so I don’t do performances very often. I felt like this song didn’t really need a video of me, and I loved the idea of pairing it with an old movie. My friend, Dave Davis put it all together for me.
Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
I’ve only been in the music industry for about 10 years, but Jake has over 25 years experience. I started out with just writing lyrics, and then moved to singing. I always envisioned writing for TV and movie placements as opposed to being a touring or performing artist. I would also love to see one of my songs be covered by a big artist or remixed by a great DJ.
Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
I’m inspired by life events. I tend to write about sadder things because I feel like, for me, that elicits the most emotion and motivation. I am very partial to simple piano, in a minor key and heavy, sad cello pieces. I also love percussion instruments. They seem to move me more than traditional drum kit sounds. I like things that sound old.
Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
I have no idea, as I haven’t written one yet lol. But, I’m told a catchy hook is really important as well as a lot of changes in a song. I do think the song should bring out emotion and resonate with people in some way too.
Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
I’m weird. And I appreciate that you’re weird too. Sometimes you want to hear happy, uplifting songs, but I’m here for the people who like a good sad one. Sometimes listening to a sad song when you’re down helps you move through it. And every time someone buys and downloads a track they like, it really makes me feel good. Like I connected with someone on a personal level. Even if 100 people didn’t like the song, none of it matters when one person is feeling it. It makes me feel connected too. So, if you’re buying this track, or sharing it, thank you. It really means a lot to me personally.
Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
I’d say, be yourself. Make music and write lyrics you like. Because you will drive yourself insane trying to please everyone. Music and art in general is so subjective. It’s crazy making to keep dismantling and re-writing a song based on 100 different opinions. Right something you are proud of, because once its out there, there’s no taking it back. It will be right for someone else eventually.
Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.
Right now I have two albums out, but I often re-arrange them and add to them like compilations. We add a lot of extras and remixes to older albums too. You can check out my Bandcamp page to see what else I have out there. Jake R. Tanner has two Grammy’s and a dozen nominations, and for me, I’ve been 2nd Place Winner American Songwriter Magazine,1st Place Singer Universe’s Best Vocalist, had several top 5 placements for both Songwriter & Singer Universe, 1st Place Winner for Gary Allen’s Best Song Competition. I am also going to upload a newly mastered version of my cover album: “In Another Life”.
List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.
I’ve been featured on a Kia Soul commercial, have tracks airing on the show “American Pickers”, and have been featured on several blogs and playlists in the Netherlands where I seem to have a stringer following. Most recently, The Dutch Guy featured my new single, “Boy’s Got Me Crazy” on his blog, and Cigar City Music Management released the same track across their platforms.
Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
The lyrics usually kind of just hit me all at once. I can tap out a few notes on a keyboard to get the key and chords, but I will go to Jake to flesh out the music. I take a subject or situation that I’m feeling, and try to tell that story. Then, I will record a demo track. A lot of times, that’s what ends up getting used because it usually turns out the best as far as relaying the emotion or melody ideas I had in mind. If I try to “fix” it too much, I lose some of the feeling. I hate, hate, hate autotune and normally never use it. So, I will punch in parts that need to get fixed, but if a track ends up with little flaws, but the performance was good, I will leave it as is.
Name five biggest artists that you look up to like idols.
Annie Lennox, Linda Perry, Bonnie Raitt, Nikka Costa, and Stevie Nicks to name a few. But there are so many more!
Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.
I’ve collaborated with Marc Blackwell on his album “Bring Me Trouble” where I arranged and sang background vocals. I’ve also collaborated with the late George Mena who was Donna Summer’s bassist and worked with the late Sharon Jones. I’ve also collaborated with my favorite songwriting team, Stacy and Steven Swinford. Stacy is my “Minor Key Sister” 🙂 I am always open to new collaborations.
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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.
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