Maverick New York City recording artist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Blake Morgan is riding high on the release of his new single “My Love Is Waiting”. The second single from his highly-anticipated forthcoming album Violent Delights arrives as the indie-music iconoclast finds himself enjoying a new-found wave of success following the November release of his previous single and video, “Down Below Or Up Above.”
“I haven’t ridden this kind of attention-wave for my music since I worked with Lenny (Kravitz), at the beginning of my career,” says Morgan. “You make your music and hope it resonates, but this outpouring from the fans and the press has been remarkable. My social media following has almost doubled. I’d be lying if I said my smile muscles didn’t hurt.”
The joyful defiance in Morgan’s new single “My Love Is Waiting” is a signature of his work. “If I had only three minutes to play anyone anything from this new record, I’d pick these three minutes,” he explains. “It’s a brazen love song that dares you not to get out of your chair.”
Morgan says the track was inspired by more than just the power-pop and post-punk influences one expects from his music. “This track has specific Easter-eggs in it connected to The Police’s ‘Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,’ a track I’ve been mesmerized by since I was a kid. I hadn’t intended an indirect homage when we recorded it, but there’s some juicy stuff in there if you hunt for it.” Morgan produced, recorded, sang, and performed all the instruments on the track except for drum kit.
In addition, Morgan’s artist-rights activism has put him center stage this week in Congress. The bill his #IRespectMusic campaign has fostered, The American Music Fairness Act, received its first Congressional hearing, gaveled in by the House Judiciary Committee. The bill would, for the first time in American history, guarantee that artists would get paid royalties for AM/FM radio play. The USA is the only democratic country in the world where artists don’t receive radio royalties.