We haven’t connected with one of our Bounce-Worthy faves Morgan James in a minute but that doesn’t mean the songstress hasn’t been busy. In fact, the in-demand singer practically stays on the road when she’s not offering stellar covers and originals to delight the ear. That includes her most recent offering, a cover of the 1987 song “Calling You.”
The song, written by Bob Telson and recorded by respected session singer Jevetta Steele, was originally used in the film Bagdad Cafe and even garnered an Oscar nomination in 1988. One listen to the original and you can hear why. It’s full of emotion and requires a masterful singer to express it fully. Ever the effective interpreter of song, Morgan tries her hand at the tune that has been covered by a host of other greats (including Celine Dion, Natalie Cole, Barbra Streisand and George Benson — just to name a few). Morgan doesn’t let the song’s history intimidate her though. In a video, she stands in front of an infinity mirror as she sings the song’s simple lyrics as her hubby Doug Wamble plays guitar. She starts at a near whisper at first, allowing the song’s emotional undertones to simmer. Soon, though, she’s at full voice, belting the song as sweet and clear as Jevetta did over 30 years ago. Not only does Morgan nail the notes, though. She also completely delivers on the ache and longing that the song calls for. But what else do we expect from a talent like Morgan?
As we mentioned, Morgan’s been a busy lady. Last year, she dropped The White Album, a 30-song project that features covers of a few familiar tunes. She’s also currently on tour, with her next stop being this Friday in Philadelphia. You can check out her itinerary through the rest of the year here. But before you do that, take some time to watch her mesmerizing “Calling You” cover below.