In the Hot Seat: Morgan James, Singer/Songwriter

Morgan James is a New York-based pop/soul singer and songwriter. She has appeared on Broadway in The Addams Family, Godspell, and Motown the Musical. Morgan has become a YouTube sensation, her music videos accumulating more than 15 million views and collaborating with Postmodern Jukebox. Her cover of Ariana Grande’s “Break Free” went viral when it appeared on America’s #1 morning show, Good Morning America. This dedicated and talented singer promises her audiences she’ll sing like she’s “never going to sing again” and to “capture that power and passion every time.”

In this segment of In the Hot Seat, readers will get to know Morgan James before seeing her perform live on Sunday, December 6 at 7:00 pm. MSU student tickets are available for just $15. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit


Name: Morgan James

Where were you born/raised: Born in Boise, ID. Raised in Pocatello, ID, and then in Modesto, CA

Where do you live now: Harlem, NYC

Where did you attend college: The Juilliard School



Zodiac sign: Sagittarius

Favorite song to perform: “The Sweetest Sound”

Special skills: Accents, Characters, and Voices

First concert you ever went to: Crosby, Stills and Nash 

If you could go back in time and see any band or singer perform, who would it be: Nina Simone!

Current band/singer you’re recommending to friends: Emily King 

Most played song on your iPod: “Tiger” by Emeli Sande

Performer you would drop everything to go see: D’Angelo

Favorite pre-performance meal: I don’t really like to eat before a show…

Worst job you ever had: So many!  Catering for horrible parties and hauling garbage bags the size of santa’s sleigh.

Dream venue to perform: Red Rock in CO and The Ryman in Nashville

Favorite TV show: Inside Amy Schumer

Most proud accomplishment: Graduating from Juilliard, and writing/completing my first album (Hunter)

Biggest regret: I don’t believe in regrets. (But I sometimes wish I had stood up to certain people more in the past, bullies in the business)

Number one on your bucket list: Playing on SNL

Guilty pleasure: Watching “Empire”


Inside the Actors Studio

What is your favorite word: Dream

What turns you on: Good music, good food, good wine

What turns you off: Passive aggressive people

What sound or noise do you love: Purring kittens and crunchy snow under feet

What sound or noise do you hate: Mouth breathers eating loudly

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt: Working with animals or as a care taker or doctor


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