“My grandmother told me, ‘Your gifts will open up doors for you,’” reflects vocalist and musician Adrian Morris. “I may have slept on a gift that had been there for a while.”
Growing up, Morris was an avid football player, surrounded by music—whether it was hearing his mother sing or his siblings and cousins play various instruments. Although music was always in his home, Morris didn’t pursue his own vocal talents until college when he won his school’s talent show.
Morris sang Gerald Levert’s “My Forever Love” and fondly remembers the crowd’s enthusiastic response. Morris always looked up to Levert, who was part of the R&B group, The O’Jays, as well as musical group LeVert. Morris won a second talent show singing LeVert’s “All Seasons,” and realized what path he wanted to take in life.
“I’ll be paying a tribute to Gerald Levert in the Soul of Southside festival,” says Morris, who will perform both as a featured soloist and with Tallahassee Nights Live.
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