AUTHENTIC, INDIE FOLK-SOUL.
MORGAN MINSK IS INDIA ARIE MEETS JOSEPH.
ABOUT MORGAN MINSK
Award-winning vocalist, performer, and composer Morgan Minsk taught herself piano in kindergarten and composed her first song at age 7. Soon after, Minsk quickly discovered her innate musical talent as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist and later added saxophone, guitar, clarinet, bass, and percussion to her repertoire.
Fast forward to high school graduation, Minsk was awarded a full tuition scholarship to Berklee College of Music. She left her hometown of Springfield, IL in 2011 and later graduated magna cum laude in 2015 with a B.A. in Music Therapy and a minor in Psychology. Now a board-certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) and Certified Neurologic Music Therapist (NMT) by the Robert F. Unkefer Academy for Neurologic Music, Minsk’s work as a music therapist includes work with Ugandan child soldiers (Musicians for World Harmony). She also works with clients in children’s hospitals, medical centers, and health programs around Boston, Massachusetts.
While at Berklee, Minsk received several awards, including the Voice Department's Outstanding Performer Award. She is an accomplished singer-songwriter and has directed, participated in, and composed for numerous wind ensembles, choirs, musical theater productions, jazz, and benefit shows.
Minsk feels strongly connected to God through her musical gift, as it has helped her conquer many obstacles and incredibly challenging times in her life. Music and God help Minsk helped her overcome stutter and bullying during high school, they also assist her in the management of a hereditary depressive disorder. Today, she uses music therapy to support and comfort others.
MINSK RELEASES HER FIRST FULL-LENGTH SOLO ALBUM: PRAISE
Morgan Minsk released her first full-length solo album, titled Praise on May 11, 2018. The album is a compilation of 9 songs which are close to her heart, and include vivid storytelling, inspiring worship, and meaningful lyricism. There are new, fuller arrangements of well-known favorites on this album, such as “Praise”, “Pictures of Time”, and “Plans”, as well as completely new material, such as the country rock story “Humble Heart”. The music covers a spectrum of emotions, both energetic and reflective.
Praise is recorded and mixed by 3x Grammy nominee Warren Babson and mastered by 9x Grammy nominee and 2x Grammy winner Randy Merrill. Crowdfunded with $25K by fans, friends, and family, Praise has been highly anticipated.
Morgan has a deep passion to glorify God through her music and to bring authentic Christian music into the 21st century. This collection is meant to uplift and inspire those who listen. Christian listeners will gain an album to worship to during car rides both long and short, while those who simply enjoy great music will find much pleasure in the vibrant harmonies and refreshing melodies.
MORGAN'S PATH TO CHRISTIANITY: HOW SHE CLAIMED HER FAITH, FOUND TRUE INSPIRATION AND A PATH TO DEDICATION
"Meaning, Inspiration, and Refreshment. That’s what I'm here for.”
Morgan Minsk grew up in a conservative Christian home. As a child, she expected to become a Christian as a matter of course. “But,” she remembers, “The older I got, the more I felt like I would never measure up to standard of perfection I thought Christianity required. Since I couldn’t be perfect, I decided I wouldn’t try at all.” Although she always believed in God, she turned away from her faith when she became an adolescent and had plans to stay away.
However, during this time, she was being relentlessly bullied at school.
“I was an awkward black girl with a stutter and glasses in a predominantly white school. I just didn’t fit.”
She was kicked, had her hair pulled, and was the butt of jokes and the subject of class notes. Her nickname was “stuttering cow.” On top of that, Minsk had already been battling with a diagnosis of hereditary major depressive disorder since she was 10. It was all too much. Life was endlessly and intrinsically painful, and at age 15 she decided to end her life.
She went into her room, locked the door, swallowed a bottle of pills, and waited to die.
“I wondered if people would feel guilty for what they had done to me, or if they’d just be happy I was finally gone,” she remembers, “I thought about writing a letter. Then I remembered hell. The thought of waiting for death was scary. But the thought of waiting for hell was terrifying.” She started weeping and begging God to spare her. The drugs took her as she cried, and she fell asleep.
Morgan woke up the next morning.
“I was so confused at first. I didn’t understand why God would choose to keep me alive.” Amazed that God had given her another chance, she decided to give him another chance.
“Instead of a long list of rules,” she says, “I found a relationship. I found love, forgiveness, and true friendship from a God who saw me for who I really was—treasured."
"Out of gratitude and awe for God, I made a vow dedicating every song I would write in the future to Him. To this day, my dream and ultimate goal is to spread the message of His love to every broken heart in this world.