All Things Reggae with Lukes Morgan
Lukes Morgan shares his views on reggae music and experience performing & writing as a member of GRAMMY-winning group Morgan Heritage.
What drew you to Reggae music? Growing up watching my dad do reggae music was a big influence on me. Then you get older and start to research the music and you just fall in love with the pulse of the music.
Have you seen Reggae evolve, or is it still strongly rooted in its tradition? Reggae as truly evolved while still being rooted in its tradition. I see so many different people from different genres who want to do a reggae track - that shows how much it has evolved
Are there other genres that influence your music? Our music is influenced by Country, Blues, Rock, R&B and hip hop.
What is your songwriting process? The songwriting process is pretty simple - either we listen to a track then build lyrics, or start with lyrics then build the music. The inspiration for a song can come from anywhere, driving down the street, in a morning workout, etc..
How was your experience winning best Reggae album at the 58th GRAMMY Awards? Winning a GRAMMY was an experience you only dream about. This was even more special as this was the bands’ first independent released album.
How did you become involved in the business side of music? How does it differ from being an artist? I was always drawn to understanding how the business of the music industry operated. I always thought that understanding the business would make you understand how best to maximize your talent. It differs from being an artist a whole lot because as an artist you are more focused on delivering your talent, so you try not to think about business when doing so.
What Reggae artists are you currently listening to? The artist’s I’m listening to right now in Reggae are Raging Fyah, Jesse Royal, Tarrus Riley, Beres Hammond, Chronixx, Protoje and of course Morgan Heritage. I also like to listen to Rebelution, Stick Figure and Soja.
What are some unique aspects of Reggae in Florida? I find that Reggae in Florida is just like in Jamaica. Some people are into Dancehall and others are into Roots which is cool and shows how diverse the music is.
GRAMMY-award winner Nakhamyah ‘Lukes’ Morgan for best Reggae Album with Morgan Heritage in 2016. Born January 2, 1976 Lukes has been involved in the music business since the age of 10. By his 15th birthday, in 1991, Morgan Heritage had been featured at world-renowned Reggae Sunsplash festival in Jamaica, and was signed to MCA Records. Along with his 4 brothers and 1 sister the group was able to release 8 studio albums and 3 live album with VP Records. In 2015 the group decided to start their own label CTBC Music, that released the GRAMMY-Award winning album "Strictly Roots". Lukes now is focused on artist management, and on guiding the careers of reggae group Raging Fyah who were GRAMMY nominees for Best Reggae Album for 2016.