ULV music student sets sights on success

Although senior Giloh Morgan began his musical career at the church where his father serves as pastor, his ultimate goal is to work professionally in the secular music industry. His credits include work with Stevie Wonder, as well as other Motown producers. / photo by Esther Gibson
Although senior Giloh Morgan began his musical career at the church where his father serves as pastor, his ultimate goal is to work professionally in the secular music industry. His credits include work with Stevie Wonder, as well as other Motown producers. / photo by Esther Gibson

by Kelly Varner-Burkhart
Staff Writer

“I’ve been playing the piano since I was three,” senior Giloh Morgan said. “I first started with the guitar, but it was too big, and it hurt my fingers.”

Morgan, a music major, transferred to ULV last spring from the University of Arizona. Before that, he took a semester off to work on some music projects.

Morgan decided to come to ULV for a number of reasons. “I transferred 0 here because me and my sister are doing a recording project out here (Los Angeles). It’s also the place to ‘make it,’ and the University is connected with the Grove School of Music,” he explained.

Besides devoting his energies to music, Morgan is also involved in campus life. “I belong to the Black Student Union, and I am an Orientation Week Leader for this year,” he said. But his music still comes first. “I play the piano and all keyboard instruments, the trumpet, drums, bass, and I sing.”

Morgan said he has worked” with Stevie Wonder and other Motown pro­ducers. “I did some work on a Christmas recording, but it didn’t hit the market because the timing was off for the holiday season,” he said.

Musical talents seem to run in the Morgan family. Both his brother and two sisters are also musically inclined.

“My sister and I used to sing at NAACP dinners, Martin Luther King celebrations and church,” Morgan said. “I did a show at Stringfellows in Beverly Hills for a lawyer who special­izes in film and acting. I have a year’s free consultation from her.”

He also has his own production company, Kedeph2tagi Productions. “People come to the company and they want a song done and I say okay,” Morgan explained.

Despite his success in music so far, Morgan places great importance on education. He feels that in order to be a well-rounded musician, a person needs an educational background.

“I think the best musician is an edu­cated musician,” Morgan said. “A lot of music is feeling, but the rest that you don’t feel, you should know what you’re doing.”

After graduation, Morgan hopes to make it big in the music industry. “I want to write, produce and sing. I just want to be the best artist that I can be,” he said.

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