In an ever evolving business such as the Jamaican music industry, to succeed, one must boast musical dynamism and versatility. Karl Morrison although not a Jamaican household name yet, has a few accolades under his belt that many belonging to the fraternity would envy. Producer, musician, music teacher, background vocalist, engineer, and singer.
Karl Morrison exudes his musical prowess in a variety of ways in order to keep himself relevant and carve his niche in the entertainment market. In his own words “I have never done anything but music”. Karl divulges that from the age of sixteen when he was in high school he started doing cabaret singing in hotels on the North coast as a member of a quartet who named themselves ‘Solid Harmony’ (SH1).
Music has always been how he provided for his family, and how he funded himself through school. Karl quickly learned that singing alone was not sufficient to cater to his financial needs, seeking and gaining support from Theophilus Edwards, an elder at St. Peter and Paul Church. It was here with this added support and attendance to the church that allowed Karl to further evolve his talents and learn to play the keyboard.
After finishing high school, he was hired as a music teacher at St. Peter and Paul Preparatory, which helped with him achieving his dream of attending The Edna Manley College of the Visual Arts to study Classical Piano. His academic success led to him gaining a scholarship to attend Talladega College in Alabama but due to having to undergo a medical procedure had to forfeit his attendance.
After regaining his health Karl started out singing on his own then transitioned to back ground singing for musical greats such as:
and many others.
Soon after Karl started producing when he realised that most renowned producers would not voice young artistes, so he learned the art of producing and was soon ready to make his name as a Producer. Karl is now known for producing hits such as:
Busy Signal – ‘One More Night’ & ‘Night Shift’
George Nooks – Broken Vessel
Junior Kelly – Ease my Pain
Ryan Mark’ – Word of Prayer
T.O.K – Cry no More
Lutan Fyah – Tangle Up
Pressure – Speak Your Mind
Petah Morgan from Morgan Heritage – Saying Goodbye
G Whiz aka Garland Rowe – It Hurts
Overtime in his time producing, he also went on to co-produce many tracks including Gyptian’s ‘Mama don’t Cry’ & ‘School Girl’ as well as a numerous number of tracks on Ken Boothe’s album ‘Journey’ and a large number of Riddim’s featuring big name artist such as Sean Paul, Lukie D and Bounty Killa amongst the different riddims.
Though most of Karl success came through Producing, he is a remarkable singer the world has yet to acknowledge. With his soothing and contagious singing voice, coupled with his charisma and musical knowledge, Karl is ready to add his vocal talent to the forefront of the music industry. Karl Morrison the singing sensation has now teamed up with Team Gorilla Music and is focused and ready for the next stage of his career.