A representative for country music star Lorrie Morgan confirmed Tuesday that she will serve as keynote speaker for the inaugural Woman of Wilson Luncheon on Wednesday, May 13.
The invite-only event, hosted by The Wilson Post with University Medical Center, will be held at Chop House on the Green at Lebanon Golf and Country Club to honor the 49 women featured in staff writer Sabrina Garrett's Woman of Wilson columns for the 2014-2015 year.
An active poll at wilsonpost.com allows readers to vote for their favorite lady, of the 49 honorees, to be named 2014-2015 Woman of the Year.
"Lorrie Morgan is a name everybody knows. She's the perfect person for this because she embodies what Woman of Wilson is all about. She's had such a successful career, and like many of our honorees also has a family and still finds time for charitable endeavors," Garrett said. "I am beyond thrilled that she has agreed to do this. It is all about women empowering women."
Morgan was barely a teenager when she made her first, and everlasting, impression on country music fans on the Grand Ole Opry stage alongside her father, George Morgan.
Three short years later, after her dad's passing, Morgan became a road warrior to launch her own career, touring with her father's band. She made history of her own when she became a lifetime member of the Grand Ole Opry at the age of 24 - making her the youngest person ever to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Morgan inked her first recording contract in 1988. As an RCA recording artist, and later on the roster of its sister label, BNA, Morgan 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.
Over the past 20 some-odd years, as musical trends came and went and her personal life rose and succumbed to the turbulent, changing tides, Morgan has remained true to herself - unshakeable.
Without pretending, nor pretension, Morgan's musical stories are as truthful and telling as a carefully crafted painting. "I have been a daughter, a mother, a divorcee, a widow, a single mother, a grandmother, a breadwinner, and ultimately, a survivor. It seems, in many ways, that I am a living, breathing country song and I know what I sing," she said. "My music and songwriting has a healing power for me personally, and these days, that's what I aspire to be, a compelling and captivating music poet."
Morgan has recorded more than 15 of her own songs over the course of her career. She has sold more than 16 million records and has a plethora of awards - including 14 top-ten hits, 12 recorded albums and four Female Vocalist of the Year awards.
Biography excerpts on Morgan were provided by Webster and Associates Public Relations.