Dominique Morgan

Words and images by Nadia Gradwell

Spending time with Dominique is something I always look forward too. When she walks into a room with her catching smile, she simply lights up the space.

Sharing creative ideas, giggles, and photographing Dominique was one of my more inspiring photographic sessions spent with an artist. A creative funny young woman who laughs very easily, which is part of the delight of Dominique. The first time I heard her sing at the Rhythm Hut in Gosford, she stopped me in my tracks with her powerful voice, but she quickly had the entire room on their feet dancing with joy.

Dominique has been singing from the age of four and performing since age eight. She had early lessons, along with performance experience, from Australian Country singer Gina Jeffreys, being awarded a scholarship to Jeffreys’ singing school in 2010.

Dominique is currently signed with world-wide publishing company Peer music and is in the process of recording her first EP with Rod McCormack. She has exceptional experience with song writing having co-written with professionals such as Gina Jeffreys and Simon Wilcox who’s most recent work is on the Twilight Series. He also co-wrote hit pop song ‘jealous’ with Jonas brother, Nick Jonas.

A spiritual soul, passionate musician and committed vegan, Dominique has always wanted to share her love for music with others and make people feel good. Once her upcoming EP is complete the plan is to release a video clip, meet with labels, travel overseas and keep spreading the love and passion for music!

Dominique is predominantly experienced in jazz, blues and funk but is passionate about all genres, because no matter the style music is music.

I recently spoke with Dominique about music, life, time travel and what the coming year holds for her.

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If you could go into a time-machine and go anywhere in the world, where would it be, who would you take and what would you do?

Oooh it would have to be either Woodstock ‘69 or back to the 1940s to a dingy, smoky bar where I’d drink whiskey and watch Ella Fitzgerald or Billie Holiday playing live.

What was your favourite concert when you were younger?

I don’t know if I actually have a favourite yet. The main three I saw when I was younger that have stuck with me were John Mayer, Michael Buble and John Butler. All really inspiring, totally different styles of music but just being in the atmosphere of such a large audience and seeing the energy and vibe they created instilled a stronger sense of motivation in me.

Would you do anything differently if you were just entering the industry today?

In all honesty I wouldn’t change a thing. Because every experience I’ve had has lead me to this point. I now know what I do and don’t want. I’ve had countless lessons that wouldn’t allow me to make the right conscious decisions that I feel I’m making now. It has been a long time coming but I finally feel a full sense of direction and it’s full steam ahead!

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Who and what influences your music? What are the influences behind your upcoming album?

I’ve ventured into a few genres growing up. Singing 1940s jazz songs from age 12 to 16 with my humble local mentor, Jiri Kripac, has given me the vocal style I have now. Jazz gave me the opportunity to really experiment with my vocal range and techniques. Most of my career has been cover gigs so I’ve sung anything from blues, pop, reggae and funk. My goal as a musician is to play music that makes people forget where they are, forget their problems and just let loose, dance and feel good. That’s why I’m so excited to release my first EP, out at the end of December this year. I’ve been fortunate enough to have the assistance and guidance of the highly revered Rod McCormack, who has been recording and producing my EP. It’s been a long time coming but I’m so grateful to share my own tunes with the world. My main artist influences for the EP would be Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, John Mayer, Allen Stone and Kimbra. Even though I have a serious concoction of stylistic influences I still feel that the EP has my own personal stamp on it. I’m so impatient to share it with people!

What does 2016 hold for you?

My first tour promoting the release of my first EP. This tour will be throughout January and February. Hopefully I’ll have a video clip completed next, play throughout Australia until around July or August and then head to London for more musical possibilities!

Lastly, who should we be listening to?

Good question! Ha ha! I listen to all different types of music, but I guess that the tunes currently circulating my day to day life would be by Sticky Fingers, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Leon Bridges, Melody Gardot, Phil Beaudreau and Volcano Choir!!

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