Three short years later, after her dad's passing, Lorrie became a road warrior to launch her own career, touring with her father's band. Walking in her father's footsteps, she kept his memory alive while winning countless fans encroaching her rights to become a front-and-center entertainer. Applauded for her talents and committed to country music and her heritage, Lorrie made history of her own when she became a lifetime member of the Grand Ole Opry at the age of twenty-five; Lorrie was the youngest person ever to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Today, Lorrie has become the essence of country music femininity. Having blossomed from a bright-eyed Opry starlet to carrying the torch for many a lady trendsetter--Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette--Lorrie Morgan has become a renaissance woman of the genre recognized as royalty by her fans and her peers. Lorrie's confidence in her sexuality opened the door for many a female artist who walked in her path; her glamour and grace brought "Hollywood" to the format.
Her whirlwind life and career have earned her valuable lessons and timeless stature among her peers and music enthusiasts and enabled her a confident sense of self that shines through in her music like a late afternoon sun glow through the stained-glass windows of the Ryman Auditorium.
"One of my biggest struggles in the earlier years was to gain confidence in myself as a performer--to close a show behind a singer's singer, an artist who was on the cusp of the cutting edge, or a known fan favorite. It took me a while to see myself as a stylist--that I no longer had to sing other artist's songs; I could sing my own and create my own identity. I've finally grown into my own shoes and they're mighty comfortable."
Lorrie inked her first recording contract in 1988. As an RCA recording artist, and later on the roster of its sister label, BNA, Lorrie made her mark with what have now become timeless country standards, "Five Minutes," "Something In Red," "Watch Me" and "What Part Of No" to establish her place as a bright and shining country star--a modern woman making country music history.
Lorrie's success is defined by her love of a great song and ability to sell it. A woman made of character, stamina and, most importantly, embraced in a shadowy blue-green aura, her music is a reflection of her heart and life.
"There is no doubt, my personal life has, from time-to-time, grabbed more attention than my music. That's sad in one way because there is no "how-to" book on life; we just live it the best we can and when we make mistakes, that's all part of our growth. Everyone goes through growing pains. Whether in sad, painful, or in what may have appeared to have been 'dramatic' times, I feel blessed to have experienced all of it--the emotions and the experiences. I make no apologies; I'll take what I can use to teach my children, my grand children and share in my music."
Over the past twenty some-odd years, as musical trends came and went and her personal life rose and succumbed to the turbulent, changing tides, Lorrie has remained true to herself--unshakable.