Graham Morby (Formally Phoenix Morby) is a traditional Country Music Singer/Songwriter writing songs based on his life. He is a reflective storyteller using his past experiences to transport the listener, and paint pictures with his lyrics. What started as a career playing guitar in various local Portsmouth rock bands and tribute acts, Graham picked up a Kris Kristofferson album and felt at home. Songs such as ‘Casey’s Last Ride’ and ‘Darby’s Castle’ struck a chord with the Status Quo rocking metalhead, and he began to pen his turbulent past and create poems.
These poems turned into his 2017 release ‘ A love letter to Charlotte’, an EP released containing 5 tracks with such live must-haves as ‘Rear View Mirror’ and ‘Rattlesnake Highway’. The local music scene and radio gave the EP some Airplay, and Graham Morby was born and the country scene started to take to the new traditional style.
The follow up to ‘A love letter to Charlotte’ was 2018’s ‘Butterfly’; a four-track EP that tackles some very sensitive subjects such as suicide and adultery. Both are very sensitive subjects on their own; yet Graham’s songs handle them with grace and beauty. The radio play continued and gigs were played, even a few live radio sessions took place and the Graham name continued to grow.
Towards the end of 2018, Graham hit the road and recorded a live album in California, ‘Live in Placerville’ is a raw, unplugged and omits a vulnerability; this is encased in an album containing a few new songs and favorites from the first two EP’s. The album is a real insight to Graham’s songwriting as before each song he explains how the lyrics came about. Following that ‘A Message From An Angel’ was released which contains 7 new tracks and a few hand-picked tracks from the first EP’s; giving the listener a full 12 track album.
2019 has seen a brand new approach to his music with the release of ‘Outlaw’, which got rave reviews and gave Graham a full band arrangement.
Along with continuing to further write and release his own new material, Graham and country singer and radio presenter Jess T have created ‘Carson City’; a new traditional Country Music duo. Their debut single ‘Candlelight’ reached number 39 on the Itunes Country Music Chart.
Graham was nominated as the UK Country Radio Male Solo Artist of the Year for 2019; remember the name, the future is very bright for Graham Morby.
In 2020 Graham retired the Phoenix alter ego as he embarks on a new journey in his music and dealing with more current subjects and taboo issues of the modern age.