"Undivided" - The latest collection of songs from this captivating performer, the thirteen songs on this self-produced album reflect a vulnerable journey of love, loss, and the willingness to begin again, with instrumental and vocal contributions by a stellar cast of musicians including Joan Wasser/Joan As Police Woman, Raul Midon, Dave Eggar and the legendary David Amram.
Growing up absorbing the sights and sounds of the multi-ethnic community of Jamaica Queens — an experience which clearly informs her sound and world view — Morley sees her music as an extension of her experience as a teacher in a variety of communities, from public high schools to community centers to ex-offenders. A major focus for her has been working with young people from international conflict zones on conflict resolution, highly rewarding work that has profoundly influenced the songs on this album.
Morley has performed all over the world, and most recently had the distinct honor of presenting at TEDWomen. Her song “Women of Hope” (video by Damani Baker) has been featured in several Nobel Women’s Initiative documentaries and has brought her before many world leaders and policy makers. Morley has performed “Women of Hope” and joined panel discussions, including recent USIP with Pat Mitchell and Abbey Disney at the Women and War Symposium in Washington DC. She has performed for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Ban Ki-moon, Mary Robinson, and Ela Gandhi. She has also written, collaborated, and shared the stage with renowned artists such as Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, Toshi Reagon, Raul Midón, Amadou et Mariam, Joan Wasser, Antony Hegarty, Norah Jones, Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow, Queen Latifah, Angélique Kidjo, Sarah McLachlan, Wynton Marsalis and Cassandra Wilson.
Morleys previous recording, Seen, came out on Universal/Polydor. Prior to that, the Days Like These CD was released independently before being picked up by Universal. Morleys debut, Sun Machine, was released on Sony/WORK, and songs from that album were featured on several television programs. Morleys voice was heard all over the world as the soundtrack for the Ralph Lauren Fragrance “My Romance”.
“Morley embodies modern-day NY femininity in all its multicultural finesse.”
(New York Times, Emerging Artist of the Year)
“Morley expertly combines an earthiness, sensuality, etherealness, intelligence and social consciousness, and melds it into sophisticated, globally-minded pop that would easily fit into your playlist amidst Sade, Joni Mitchell, Amadou & Mariam, Annie Lennox and Marvin Gaye”
“Morley creates modern soul music – cerebral lyrics, sultry grooves and vocal sophistication.”
“Morley is one of the outstanding voices of her generation, as a singer, songwriter and bandleader she’s in a class of her own, transcends all categories and is making a major contribution to contemporary music.”
“The music of Morley… love, kindness and hope at every bend.”
“Morley’s harmonically interesting low-key vibe is one that combines Nina Simone’s coy wisdom with Joan Armatrading’s vulnerable expressions of emotion.”
“Morley’s melodies sway with a quiet and stately grace, so that even in their sparse settings, her rich inflection creates a sense of deep purpose and conviction.”
“Morley lovingly weaves songs of love, trust, compassion, and honesty with her affectionate yet sultry voice…”
“A beautiful combination of jazz and singer-songwriter with a pinch of country twang…Morley weaves it all in a mysterious cloak.”
The Celebrity Cafe
“Universal and spiritual conscious music for the 21st century.”