music recording artist Cory Morrow is probably best known as one of the
most popular performers in Texas, working his way up from unknown
songwriter in 1993 to current bona-fide household name on the Texas
music scene and beyond.
With his rugged good looks and passionate song delivery, Morrow has sold
more than 200,000 records independently, released six albums to date
(four studio and two live recording), received acclaim from country
music's toughest critics and established a massive base of fans that
stretches from the dance halls of Texas to rock clubs in North Carolina
. His latest studio recording, Nothing Left to Hide (street date:
Aug. 30, 2005), reflects Morrow's personal and professional evolution.
Morrow penned several songs for Nothing Left to Hide that mirror
the changes he had been going through, including “Heart
of Fire” (a life-affirming anthem with a galloping beat); the
first single, “Beat of Your Heart” (
romantic lyrics with drum-driven organ swells); “A
Whole Lot” (with its big arena sound); and the closer, “Carnival
Ride” (a modern dirge).
Teaming with producer/songwriter/guitarist Keith Gattis (Dwight Yoakam
and Waylon Payne), Nothing Left To Hide blends West Coast country
and rock sounds with Texas storytelling, resulting in a tight mix of
ballads and stompers with lyrical depth.
“Really, this record is an extension of my growth as a songwriter,
performer and — more important — as a person. I've grown a lot from
the time that I put out my last studio record. I've found that going
with my gut and listening to my heart is the most important thing,”
says Morrow. “I wanted Keith to produce this record from the get-go,
and he was instrumental in cultivating my music, molding it and shaping
it into new directions. He allowed other influences to break through
without stripping away the roots or core of what I do best.”
Morrow was born in 1972 in Houston . He started playing guitar while a
student at Memorial High School and attended Texas Tech University until
1993, when he moved to Austin to pursue music full-time.
Morrow's break into mainstream country came in 2002 with the release of
his independent studio album Outside the Lines . It quickly
climbed to #28 on Billboard's Country Album chart, #3 on the magazine's
Internet Sales chart, #8 on its Independent Album chart and #16 on
Heatseekers chart — and SoundScan ranked him #7 among “country debut
artists” that year.
Morrow and his band continue to connect with music lovers — drawing
standing-room-only crowds, filling dance floors and delighting fans with
more than 150 high-energy performances a year — on tours that take
them through Texas, the Southeast, Midwest and Southwest.