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Craig Morgan: The country artist that keeps going and going

Craig Morgan is a Tennessee native who served in the United States Army for nine and a half years. He worked as an emergency medical technician, a construction worker, a security guard and a Walmart employee before he began singing demos for songwriters and publishing companies. He eventually signed to Atlantic Records and began his career as an artist. Working with great producers Buddy Cannon and Norro Wilson, he recorded his first album and released it to radio.

Craig Morgan is more than just a country artist, also hosting an outdoors show and leading the cause for charitable efforts. PHOTO COURTESY CRAIG MORGAN

Craig Morgan is more than just a country artist, also hosting an outdoors show and leading the cause for charitable efforts.

With a career has weathered its ups and downs like many stars who make it past the first hit, he has thrived for fifteen years. In addition to his music, ongoing touring and recent television success, he also has a very giving side and has founded a Foundation that helps children.

When Atlantic Records closed, it left Morgan at a standstill until a new independent label came along and signed him to his second record deal. In 2002 he signed to Broken Bow and released his second record “I Love It,” which gave him his first top 10 song with a great heartwarming song called “Almost Home.” This was a song he co-wrote with Kerry Kurt Phillips and they received a Song of the Year award from BMI.

Morgan had finally found his way to the big time, and “Almost Home” was the first of 16 Top 10s. In 2004, Morgan finally received his first No. 1 song with his first single from his third album “That’s What I Love About Sunday.”

After leaving Broken Bow, Morgan signed to BNA Records a division of Sony BMG Nashville. He became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008 and also released his album “That’s Why,” which produced two more Top 10 songs.

Craig Morgan's music career has featured numerous Top 10 hits and a No. 1 song "Something About Sundays." PHOTO COURTESY CRAIG MORGAN

Craig Morgan’s music career has featured numerous Top 10 hits and a No. 1 song “Something About Sundays.” PHOTO COURTESY CRAIG MORGAN

His first single “Love Remembers” reached the top ten on the Billboard country charts, and the single “Bonfire” peaked at No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot Country charts.

Morgan is a proud father of four, and he and his wife Karen have been married for several years. When he is not on tour, you can find him spending time with his family in Dickson and doing a lot of charity work, especially for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and Craig Morgan Charity Fund, which hosts numerous charity events through the year, including an annual 5K Run held at Montgomery Bell State Park plus an annual golf tournament and festival.

Named in his father-in-law’s honor, Billy’s Place is a home for temporarily displaced children in Dickson County. While working as a deputy sheriff, Morgan realized the need for a place to offer temporary care for children with no place to go when they first enter the foster care system and before a permanent foster family can be identified.

Unfortunately, the way the court system works, he realized there wasn’t a place for children to go in the five counties that make up Tennessee’s 23rd Judicial District if their parents get put in jail and they can’t quickly get in front of a judge. So “Billy’s Place” is the facility that Morgan and his fellow country stars plan to fund permanently. Morgan’s long-term goal is to build and maintain a home in Dickson County for displaced children and to start other “Billy’s Place” homes throughout the U.S.

Craig Morgan is host of "All Access Outdoors" on the Outdoor Channel. PHOTO COURTESY OUTDOOR CHANNEL

Craig Morgan is host of “All Access Outdoors” on the Outdoor Channel. PHOTO COURTESY OUTDOOR CHANNEL

Music and philanthropy are not quite enough to keep Morgan busy. The avid outdoorsman is also the host of “All Access Outdoors,” a hunting show on the Outdoor Channel. Available to over 35 million households, this show follows Morgan on hunting expeditions as well as striving to give “viewers an all access, backstage pass to Craig’s travels, as he and his crew pursue big game, big thrills and big laughs across North America in a quest for the ultimate hunting adventure.”

His television show, entertaining country music fans across America and his charity work keep him very busy. Currently signed to Black River Entertainment, Morgan has released two albums with them and is burning up the charts. He is a taking new country by storm and he knows how to change with the tide. Colt Ford asked Morgan to join him on his 2011 single “She Likes to Ride in Trucks.” He also released his album “This Ole Boy” in 2012 and released his first single of the same name. Craig Morgan is like the Energizer bunny—he just keeps going and going.

For more on Morgan, his charitable efforts or outdoors show visit his website or find him on Facebook and Twitter.