Denroy Morgan Opens Up.

IN the summer of 1981 when he made the pop charts in the United States
and Europe with I’ll Do Anything For You, Denroy Morgan assured himself a
place in the history books.

The song’s success earned him a deal with RCA Records, the first
Jamaican artiste signed to that major American label. It paved the way
for Jamaican acts such as Yellowman who got deals with other American
record companies in that decade.


To many in the contemporary music world, Morgan is best known as
patriarch of the Morgan Heritage band. However, he is quick to point out
that there is more to him than music, which is the focus of his
autobiography Confession Aloud, scheduled to be released by American
publishing company Hanover House in February.

Morgan, 67, says he has no problem talking about that brush with the
law. He was charged with possession of marijuana but was cleared in
December 2011.

“That was a manifestation of the Almighty,” says Morgan, who openly supports legalization of ganja.

Looking dapper in a khaki outfit and a fedora, Morgan speaks with
conviction about his religious beliefs, describing himself as a
“Christian, Israelite and Rastafarian.” The eldest of 10 children, he
was born in May Pen, Clarendon into a Christian family, but by 1975, he
had settled in Brooklyn, New York and exposed to different religious
forms.

That year, the diminutive Morgan says he was overcome by a spiritual
awakening and accepted the Rastafarian faith. His conversion came at a
time of personal challenges and he credits the epiphany for a new lease
on life that also changed the focus of his music.

At the time, Morgan was a singer with the Black Eagles Band, a regular
on the New York City club scene. He got the breakthrough as a solo act
in 1981 with I’ll Do Anything For You, a horn-hooked funk jam that
reverberated throughout the Big Apple before taking off in other parts
of the United States and Europe.

Morgan was signed briefly to RCA, recording the album Make My Day which was driven by the title song.

He has a new album in the works, recorded with the Anthem band which is
based in Bridgeport, Connecticut. For now, however, he simply wants to
tell his story through Confession Aloud.

“I would love to reach as many people as possible with this book. It is going to answer a lot of questions.”

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