Peetah Morgan has died (R.I.P.)

by Feb 26, 2024Articles, Obituary

Peetah Morgan Has Died

 


Following the shock of reports claiming the lead singer of Morgan Heritage, Peetah Morgan, had passed away, the Morgan Family released an official statement which confirmed the sad news.

It is out of sincere love that we share that our beloved husband, father, son, and brother and lead singer of Morgan Heritage Peter Anthony Morgan has ascended today February 25, 2024.

Jah come and save us from ourselves because love is the only way.

Our family thanks you in advance for your overwhelming love and support, and we ask for your continued prayers as we go through this process. We also ask that you please respect our privacy during this time of healing. Thank you!

The Morgan Family

Peetah Morgan became worldwide known as the frontman of Morgan Heritage whose distinctive soulful vocal graced some of the biggest recordings of the group in the past three decades. The cause of Peetah Morgan’s death or where he died is yet unknown.

The year 1992 marks the arrival of Morgan Heritage, a self-contained band of very talented young people who were born and brought up in Brooklyn NY. They developed into a band reggae had not seen or heard before. Morgan Heritage consists of five of the twenty-nine children of Denroy Morgan, former lead vocalist of the Black Eagles. Rasta since birth, the spirit of Jah is an omnipresent in their music. Self-proclaimed Soldiers of the Lord, their music breathes spirituality and positivity. Much like the original and legendary Wailers before them, Morgan Heritage captures the vibrations of the Lord and Spirit of Rastafari in both their music and lives.

In 1997, Peetah stated, “We want to uplift people. We’re not trying to dictate how people should live. We’re saying, know who you are and live life to the fullest in love, peace and righteousness.”

When Morgan Heritage began to take the music industry more seriously they began to experiment with other musical forms. Growing up in the US, there was always a strong element of R & B in their lives with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Guy providing much inspiration. However, their explorations would take them beyond reggae and R & B. They would delve into an assortment of musical styles – including The Police, Van Halen and The Thompson Twins – to enhance their artistry.

Morgan Heritage’s initial breakthrough came after their performances at the 1992 Reggae Sunsplash. They became the first band or artist in Sunsplash history to perform on two seperate nights. With the major labels scouting for reggae acts at the time, MCA would sign Morgan Heritage ‘straight off the stage’. It was through MCA that their debut album “Miracles” came out in 1994. Although the group themselves were not entirely happy with the commercial nature of their debut, it would nonetheless herald their arrival as reggae’s new universal ambassadors.

However, their major label excursion was a short one as MCA could not take Morgan Heritage’s music in its purest form. They often tried to water down their sound. Their 1995 tour of the Ivory Coast in Africa became a discovery and reaffirmation that they would have to take back the creative control of their music. As with most reggae artists, leaving a major label would turn out to be an unexpected benefit. By the end of 1995 they went to Jamaica to capture the essence of their roots sound. Days were spent recording with King Jammy and the evenings with Bobby “Digital” Dixon. “Going back to Jamaica was the key for Morgan Heritage,” said Peetah. “We had to really take Jamaica and really reach for the grass roots community… you get the real reggae feeling when you’re recording in Jamaica. There’s no comparison.”

Throughout 1996 and 1997 a series of hits were to follow, culminating in their stunning album for Bobby “Digital” entitled “Protect Us Jah” and the highly acclaimed “One Calling” album which was produced by King Jammy. “Working with producers of this calibre, that builds riddims that will project the feeling, that will project the power, is the key,” stated Peetah. “That is the formula Morgan Heritage needed.” After the release of these albums Morgan Heritage continued to deliver high quality “roots and culture” music as the Morgan Heritage machine kept on rolling. Producing music for everyday people, expressing an indisputable love and passion for life whilst the spirit of Rastafari keeps them focused.

After several years (2009-2012) during which the members including Peetah Morgan worked on solo projects, the band came together again to release the single “The Return” in 2012. The next year they released a new album, titled “Here Come The Kings.” Probably the biggest achievement for the group was winning a Grammy Award in the best Reggae Album category, in 2016 for “Strictly Roots.”

A reggae soldier who has gone too soon. Our sincere condolences go out to his family & friends. Rest in Power.

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