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Meet Morguinn Korbonski

Today we’d like to introduce you to Morguinn Korbonski.

Morguinn, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I guess the story starts with three year old me in the backseat of our Volvo station wagon. Every trip in the car, I would frequent the exclamation “Mama, I made up a song!” and just improvise a song with my limited vocabulary. It all grew from then, my songs became slightly more coherent, lyrics finding their way to all of my journals, and me finally picking up a guitar when I was eight.

As the years have gone by, now almost ten years since my fingers fumbled over the guitar strings, I must admit to the cliché, but very true expression that music is a part of me. Even in times of no inspiration, whether that is days, weeks, months, songwriting and music runs through my veins. I’ve never questioned my ability to create music, I don’t know how not to. After some brief years with a label that resulted in them trying to change my image to become more “marketable” and trying to force me into a box that didn’t fit and abandon my barefoot, natural, Stevie Nicks-inspired identity, I decided that I owed it to my music to be the person it knows me to be, not change who I am for a world that *might* approve of me in the end. Since then, it’s been me and my music and that’s how it will stay, I put my music in the world because I believe I have something important to say, I certainly hope people resonate with it, but if not, I know the worth of my songs and that’s enough for me. My music chose me, and I will always choose it right back.

Has it been a smooth road?
Naturally, every artist looking for success comes to face the challenge of having to reflect upon the direction they want to go in and what sacrifices they are willing to make to get there. For me, as previously mentioned, I came across a record label that was interested in changing my musical persona in order to morph my image into what they viewed as “marketable”. It was unexpected, especially since I had worked with these people for most of my life, and it happened gradually, yet quickly at the same time, somehow. All of a sudden, I looked at photos of myself from photoshoots that the label had arranged, and listened back to some of the songs that were in the works of being produced, and I realized that I didn’t see or hear myself anymore and it was quite the wakeup call for me to walk right away from an environment that was trying to change who I was. While it is true that most artists will have to market themselves at some point in their career, the key word in that is marketing *themselves*, not who people think they should be, who they inherently are. And marketing yourself should be formed upon the basis of showing the world who you are and what you stand for, some people will love it, others won’t, but as long as the person who matters most, you, is proud of the artist who you are promoting, you’re all set.

Please tell us about your work.
I would say my greatest strength as an artist is the poetry I really try to bring into my songs. Besides writing music, I also consider myself a person who enjoys writing of all kinds, I’ve grown up writing stories and sneaking poetry into everything I create, so I really make an effort to combine my love of words into my songs. Often times it can lengthen my songwriting process because I keep going back to lyrics I’ve written and keep trying to improve them, see how I can convey the feeling by wording it in a way that ends up making the invocation of the emotion even stronger to those that listen to it. While I do pride myself on the poetry I work to incorporate into my music, I also really value the effect of simplicity–sometimes poetry can be found in the little things, showcasing the importance of using fewer words, which is something I also work to bring into my songs.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
In the next 5-10 years, I really look forward to working with many different producers and getting my music out into the world. Additionally, I look forward to doing this on my terms, and if a record deal finds its way to me, I will enjoy negotiating a plan that coincides with my artistic identity and working with people who see the value in who I am, with no efforts to make myself “more marketable”. I also look forward to hearing all of the songs I know my future holds and having my family there to support me in my career and life as they always do.

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Claire Bryett Andrew, Ray Silvers, Sydney Hawk

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