Opinion: Craig Morgan Should Be The CMA Male Vocalist Of The Year
Craig Morgan has been making headlines of late due to a couple of performances of his heartbreaking song 'The Father, My Son, and the Holy Ghost'.
I've long held the opinion that Craig is one of the greatest singers of all time. I put him in the category of true vocalists with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, and Patsy Cline.
He sings everything with all of his heart and soul and I view this recent recognition as an opportunity for us to put his name out there as one of the best of all time.
Morgan wrote 'The Father, My Son, and the Holy Ghost' after his 19-year-old son, Jerry, died three years ago. The song first came to fame due to the video of an early September Grand Ole Opry performance. The Opry is the last place, Morgan saw Jerry after a show in 2016.
I've watched that a half a dozen times and it hits me every time. Blake Shelton was just as moved by the song, so he created a Twitter campaign to get it on the charts stating that he would be happy to trade places with his current single.
The campaign landed Morgan on the Kelly Clarkson Show, where he performed the song yet again. I didn't think it could hit me like the Opry performance, but it did.
Clearly, the man can sing. Before now I think most folks associated Morgan as the 'RedNeck Yacht Club' guy. While everyone loves that song it's hard to say he's the best when he's singing about "Checking out the girls on the upper deck".
But, his library is full of amazing songs. He has the rare ability to give a strong visual in the stories he's telling. A skill that is rarely found anywhere outside of country music.
'Almost home' is a tale of a homeless man reliving better days, you share a feeling of regret mixed with joy for four and a half minutes. 'Wake Up Loving You' makes you feel like you lost the girl of your dreams.
So yes, I like Craig Morgan and believe he is completely underrated. Whether or not he ever wins an Award again he is one of the best. I hope you agree.
Here are some deep cuts that I love.