Undivided — adj.: not parted by conflict; characterized by unity; being or joined into a single entity, a single devotion.
Morley — the New Yorker singer and composer whom the New York Times said, "embodies modern-day New York femininity in all its multicultural finesse." — will release her uplifting, genre-mixing new album, Undivided, on April 3, which also marks her debut as solo producer. She is joined on the album by a stellar cast of musicians including Joan Wasser (Joan As Police Woman), Raúl Midón, Dave Eggar, and the legendary David Amram (Thelonious Monk, Allen Ginsberg).
"This is album is influenced, sonically and rhythmically, by my time in the desert of Morocco. I went there to heal from a personal loss and found solace and strength."
Undivided, Morley’s fourth recording, is also deeply rooted in her work with young people from international conflict zones, through the organization Face to Face/Faith to Faith. "I’ve witnessed an amazing kind of alchemy in the teenagers I get to work with from conflict zones, their willingness to open doors that have been boarded up by generations before them and stand in a place of possibility amazes and inspires me."
From the driving rhythms of "On My Way" and "Thank You" to the ethereal, pensive "Wild Bird" to the playful call-to-action of "Love and Understanding" and "Be the One", Morley fuses hip-hop, world rhythms, acoustic guitars, and piano to take the listener on a journey of celebration and reflection.
Morley has performed at TEDWomen and 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, Norah Jones, Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow, Queen Latifah, Angélique Kidjo, Sarah McLachlan, Wynton Marsalis, and Cassandra Wilson. Growing up in diverse and urban bustle of Jamaica, Queens, Morley has been a dancer and choreographer, yoga instructor, and a teacher of expressive movement in a variety of settings, from public high schools to community centers to rehabilitation centers for the formerly incarcerated.
Musicians, fans, and press alike have embraced Morley. Elle Magazine has said, "Morley creates modern soul music — cerebral lyrics, sultry grooves, and vocal sophistication." Multiple Grammy® Award-winning artist-producer Daniel Lanois says, "The music of Morley: love, kindness and hope at every bend."
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