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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
R & B Singer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Aruba
Favorite Quote:
The First Law Of Nature Is Self Preservation.

Birthplace

Born:
12/6/1960
Birth Location:
Queens, New York

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
R & B Singer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Aruba
Favorite Quote:
The First Law Of Nature Is Self Preservation.

Birthplace

Born:
12/6/1960
Birth Location:
Queens
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Biography

R&B singer Meli’sa Morgan was born on December 6, 1964 in Queens, New York. She began her singing career at the early age of nine years old as a member of the Starlets of Corona gospel choir. She went on to study music and theatre at The Juilliard School Performing Arts Conservatory in New York.

In 1978, a fourteen-year-old Morgan released her debut single “I’m In The Prime Of Love” on Stang Records with the funk group Business Before Pleasure. Morgan next joined Shades of Love; and, in 1982, the group’s track “Body to Body (Keep in Touch) charted on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. That year, disco producer Jacques Fred Petrus asked Morgan to join his new studio group, High Fashion. The group’s song “Feelin’ Lucky Lately” charted on U.S. Black Singles. It was their sole hit, and Morgan soon left the group to sing back-up with the likes of Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston, and Melba Moore. In 1986, Morgan released her solo debut album Do Me Baby on Capitol Records. The title track, her cover of the Prince original, topped R&B charts for three weeks. Her 1987 duet with Kashif was released on her album, Good Love, and served as the title track of Kashif’s Love Changes. In 1990, she returned to Capitol with The Lady In Me. Her 1992 release with Pendulum Records, Still in Love with You, included her cover of Al Green’s “I’m Still in Love with You.” In 2005, Morgan wrote and sang background for Mary J. Blige’s song “Good Woman Down,” which was featured in Tyler Perry’s film I Can Do Bad All by Myself. The next year, she released her fifth solo album I Remember on Orpheus Records; Valerie Simpson played piano on Morgan’s rendering of Ashford & Simpson’s Motown hit “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing.” Morgan also teamed up with Freddie Jackson to record the classic song “Back Together Again.” In 2014, Morgan collaborated with fellow 1980s R&B stars Cheryl Pepsii Riley and Full Force on “Thank You for Leaving Me.” She was also nominated for a Soul Train Music Award for “In the Mood to Take It Slow,” her collaboration with jazz artist Najee. Morgan was the subject of a 2015 episode of TVOne’s Unsung; and, in 2016, released her new single, “So Good,” and signed a contract with Cleopatra Recards. Morgan has writing credits on most of her songs, which have been remixed and sampled by Junior Vazquez, Mary J. Blige, Cool Million and others. She continues to tour in the United States and abroad, and released the album Love Demands in 2018.

Meli’sa Morgan was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 23, 2016.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Meli'sa Morgan describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Meli'sa Morgan describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Meli'sa Morgan talks about how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Meli'sa Morgan describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Meli'sa Morgan lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Meli'sa Morgan describes the sights and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Meli'sa Morgan recalls her early interest in music
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Meli'sa Morgan remembers her early education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Meli'sa Morgan recalls joining the Starlets of Corona
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Meli'sa Morgan remembers performing with the Starlets of Corona
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Meli'sa Morgan talks about her early musical performances
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Meli'sa Morgan describes her informal music training
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Meli'sa Morgan remembers recording 'Keep in Touch (Body to Body)'
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Meli'sa Morgan describes the disco scene in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Meli'sa Morgan remembers moving into her father's household
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Meli'sa Morgan talks about Jacques Fred Petrus
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Meli'sa Morgan remembers New York City's underground club scene
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Meli'sa Morgan talks about the members of High Fashion
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Meli'sa Morgan remembers leaving High Fashion
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Meli'sa Morgan recalls auditioning to tour with Chaka Khan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Meli'sa Morgan remembers touring with Chaka Khan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Meli'sa Morgan remembers working with Whitney Houston and Kashif
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Meli'sa Morgan talks about the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Meli'sa Morgan recalls her decision to record 'Do Me Baby'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Meli'sa Morgan remembers recording 'Do Me Baby'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Meli'sa Morgan talks about the popularity of 'Do Me Baby'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Meli'sa Morgan remembers visiting Kashif's mansion in Connecticut
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Meli'sa Morgan remembers meeting Prince
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Meli'sa Morgan remembers recording 'Love Changes'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Meli'sa Morgan recalls being featured on the cover of Ebony magazine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Meli'sa Morgan remembers leaving Hush Productions
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Meli'sa Morgan talks about her decision to leave Capitol Records
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Meli'sa Morgan talks about the importance of business sense for recording artists
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Meli'sa Morgan remembers her first marriage
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Meli'sa Morgan describes the advantage of hip hop music for record labels
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Meli'sa Morgan remembers working with Mary J. Blige
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Meli'sa Morgan remembers recording 'Can't Knock the Hustle' with Mary J. Blige and Jay Z
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Meli'sa Morgan talks about her work with Pendulum Records
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Meli'sa Morgan describes the perks of music remakes
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Meli'sa Morgan talks about the popularity of 'Fool's Paradise'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Meli'sa Morgan remembers signing a contract with Orpheus Music
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Meli'sa Morgan talks about the Sugar Bar in New York City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Meli'sa Morgan remembers recording 'Sweet Baby' with Cool Million
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Meli'sa Morgan remembers the death of Whitney Houston
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Meli'sa Morgan recalls her collaboration with Full Force
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Meli'sa Morgan talks about her appearance on TV One's 'Unsung'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Meli'sa Morgan describes the Meli'sa Morgan Foundation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Meli'sa Morgan reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Meli'sa Morgan shares her advice to aspiring entertainers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Meli'sa Morgan reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 14 - Meli'sa Morgan talks about her relationship with her fiance
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Meli'sa Morgan narrates her photographs