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Jason Morant


Genres: Christian / Folk Rock / Acoustic

Location: New Orleans, LA

Stats: 571 fans / 54,332 plays / 64 plays today





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Members: Matt Gilder, Darren Phipps

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To be an artist in New Orleans, as it was before the levees broke, was to be immersed in a thick soup of jazz and blues, cultural variety, old cafs, and hints of spiritual awakening. For most of his life, twenty-four year old singer songwriter Jason Morant has been a part of this city, its Church, and its music.

Growing up in Louisiana with a guitar-playing father and various other artistic family members, Morant gravitated naturally toward music, eventually carving out his eclectic guitar-based style. As a local in New Orleans, Morant fine-tuned his sound while leading worship at his church and hammering out his own material on the side. He released his first album, Make Me New, in 1998, but widespread attention came with 2004s national debut, Abandon.

Open, Morants Vertical Music follow-up, underscores the artists gift for melody, as colorful and textured as the city hes from. Its equal parts rock, pop, folk, and worship; hes inspired by all of it.

Theres an atmosphere of different expressions in my music, explains Morant. Ive done concerts where in parts its a worship service, then well play instrumental songs, other times were just cracking jokes, and then Ill do original material and everyone sits around and listens. I love that.

Work on Open began last year but halted when Hurricane Katrina swept through New Orleans, forcing Morant and his wife Brianna to relocate to Nashville. Impacted personally by the storms devastation, Morant shifted briefly from writing his full-length album to create an EP titled City of Two Rivers that benefits Katrina victims.

Its humbling to see how much life can change in an instant, Morant reflects. Ive had family members and friends whove lost everything and still remain hopeful. Im continually blown away by the unity in the Churchs response to this tragedy. And because so many cultures are represented in the city of New Orleans, Ive seen how little race, color, or social status really matter when it comes to how God views us. I believe God celebrates our uniqueness and we should as well.

Open demonstrates this diversity through its rich instrumentation that includes ambient strings and horns, much of which Morant arranged himself, along with piano, dobro, banjo, and accordion. Lyrically, the songwriter exposes his range too, delving into personal subject matter and addressing the Church on issues near to his heart.

There are moments of desperation and pleading, and there are moments of rejoicing, Morant says of his new work. I always strive for honesty in my lyrics and try to focus not just on what I think people want to hear but on what I believe we need to be confronted with. As a Church, I think weve tossed aside the key elements of loving people and left it up to evangelists and alter calls. Im learning to open up more to the things I tend to boycott or hide from, he says.

Morant exemplifies this attitude on Opens title track, a song that shatters the notion of a self-help culture and encourages the listener to live in humility, love, and purpose.

One of the most amazing things I get to hear is how my songs have helped others in articulating their own feelings to the Lord, he says of performing. Music has an inherent potential to convey thoughts and emotions where mere words fall short.

In past seasons, Morant has toured with such acts as Bebo Norman and Bethany Dillon, and has covered a lot of ground on his own throughout the southeast. Beginning in March he will hit the road with Todd Agnew and Big Daddy Weave for a string of tour dates nationwide.

Though still early in his career, Morant is already distinguished by his alluring personality, as well as his open-minded approach to music---grabbing pieces wherever he finds them. He recalls an afternoon at an outdoor caf in New Orleans with his wife and their chocolate lab. A street musician wandered through the crowd playing a clarinet with a jar for tips. At the time, Morants recording was still scheduled in New Orleans and he asked the stranger to drop by and play on his album.

I like taking chances, he admits. My favorite albums are those that take me on some sort of journey, so I work really hard to do that with my music too. It feels unpredictable. Morant pauses and stares off for a minute as if lost in a thought, and then continues... I live inside my imagination most of the time.




  • jamball said:
    Thanks for the free download! Mar 27
  • music2my_ears said:
    when i first heard your song tears came streaming down my face. i have come across personal obstacles and this song made me realize that I wasnt alone during those times. you are a gifted person, in which you probably know. please keep writing and singing, your voice is mesmorizing. Aug 01
  • flightless thoughts said:
    i\'ve always liked the originality of your songs. its awesome to hear someone just witing their own thought to God instead of just singing the current popular \"church songs\", if you\'ll forgive me for generalizing that. hey, if you have a chance, check out my song at: http://www.purevolume.com/chrismullen i just posted it, and i would appreciate some feedback. thanks Jul 10
  • chilly-c said:
    when i was really lukewarm i heard your song abandon and God totally used your music to really minister to me thank you so much for obeying the call of God on your life Mar 20
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  • Amityville-Kyle said:
    Hello, I would love it if you could be a fan of mine. Could you please listen to my music? If you are interested then go to www.purevolume.com/kylewallace -Kyle ps. i\'m liking your sound Jan 30
  • said:
    I have two of your CD\'s and I love them. You have such a refreshing and inspiring voice. I absolutely love it! -SkwidKid Jan 23
  • said:
    you and my brother sound exactly the same when my friend was playing your cd i thought it was my brother Nov 26
  • NewsboysGurl90 said:
    You\'re absolutely stunning and amazing! I love Holy. Nov 19
  • nEEds_ToHave_music said:
    great music... dont stop rocking for God... God Bless Oct 13
  • Kevra said:
    Thank you for awesome music that truly comes from the heart....and glorifys the one and only God, the Creator of everything....thank you for also making your music tabs/chords available for all....May our Father richly bless you with eternal blessings, joy..hope...peace... Oct 08
  • baba112087 said:
    your have a beautiful voice Oct 01
  • xO_SoFtbAllStaR36_xO said:
    You were awesome at hershey on saturday great show!! and yeahh front row seats right here!! im deff gonna go to another one of your shows if you come back to PA again. hope to see our soon. *Courtney Sep 18
  • said:
    amazingly awesome. Sep 07
  • said:
    i was at wild week in myrtle beach. i just wanted to say that because of your music and your ministry, i%u2019ve seen some drastic changes in my walk and life. keep bringing the awesome sound and lyrics. Aug 15


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