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months af­ter Mor­gan’s case was closed, leg­is­la­tion changed in New York that pre­vented per­sons who are found in pos­ses­sion of un­der 23 grams of mar­i­juana from be­ing ar­rested.

But with all those chal­lenges and hur­dles long be­hind him, Mor­gan has turned to a new chap­ter, and his fo­cus is now pri­mar­ily on re­boot­ing his mu­sic ca­reer. He drops a new sin­gle this week, Get Up, Stand Up, writ­ten by Peter Tosh and Bob Mar­ley, and a

new al­bum is sched­uled for re­lease early in 2017.

The sin­gle is on the AS­APH la­bel. It was pro­duced by Sid­ney Mills and will be dis­trib­uted in­ter­na­tion­ally by VP Records. Mor­gan is hop­ing that this new pro­ject will bring back the lus­ter of the days when he rode the top of the charts with his smash sin­gle, I’ll Do Any­thing For You.


re-group my en­er­gies and fo­cus on my own ca­reer

“For al­most 20 years, much of my mu­si­cal en­er­gies have been di­rected to­wards the devel­op­ment of the mu­si­cal ca­reers of my chil­dren and I had vir­tu­ally no time to look about the devel­op­ment of my own ca­reer,” Mor­gan re­vealed. “Now that the chil­dren are grown, es­tab­lished, and have be­come their own hit ma­chines, it’s time for me to re-group my en­er­gies and fo­cus on my own ca­reer, and I plan to come out big­ger, harder and stronger than ever be­fore,” the or­dained bishop of the

In­ter­na­tional Gospel Helpers Church in Amer­ica and Africa added.


Mor­gan’s up­com­ing mu­sic has been heav­ily in­flu­enced by his spir­i­tu­al­ity, and the lead sin­gle was de­lib­er­ately cho­sen as a ral­ly­ing cry for peo­ple across the world to be­come more en­gaged and more as­sertive with the is­sues that af­fect their daily lives, be it po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic, so­cial, or cul­tural.

“This song is a tra­di­tional, orig­i­nal reg­gae an­them that was cre­ated from the strug­gles of a peo­ple, and I am go­ing back to those vi­brant roots”, he pointed out.

Mor­gan, who is also an ap­pointed and anointed am­bas­sador of the Ethiopian Or­tho­dox Cop­tic Church of North and South Amer­ica, says he’s been per­form­ing Get Up, Stand Up while on tour for a while, and apart from the song be­ing a sym­bol of em­pow­er­ment, reg­gae fans just go crazy with the lyrics, the mu­sic, and the vibe of this time­less clas­sic. He is hop­ing that much of the en­er­gies em­a­nat­ing from the song will bleed into mu­sic sales.

Bishop Mor­gan is equally pas­sion­ate about the de­crim­i­nal­iza­tion of ganja as he is about his mu­sic, and even when it was not fash­ion­able or pop­u­lar to say so, Mor­gan was one of the voices cry­ing out for the ‘eman­ci­pa­tion’ of mar­i­juana.

“For many years, ganja was tar­geted and pros­e­cuted, and many lies were told about the weed.

“In­tel­li­gent peo­ple around the world are get­ting up and stand­ing up and coming to the re­al­i­sa­tion that ganja is good for health and heal­ing. My fight and my mis­sion is not only about mu­sic, but I am also fight­ing for the free­dom of the weed, the free­dom of the church, and in­deed, the free­dom of hu­man­ity”, he said.

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