Juli Morgan is a Songwriter, Recording Artist, Guitarist, Recording Session Guitarist, and a Guitar Instructor. She was a founding member of the instrumental trio Destiny and has played live nationally, opening for artists such as Joe Satriani, Robin Trower, Ronnie James Dio, and Blue Oyster Cult. She has released a full length CD with Destiny and two solo recordings, an EP in 2011 and a Full Length CD in 2012. She has won numerous guitar competitions including Joe Satriani’s Whooznxt, hosted by Guitar Center in 2012, and Lincoln Brewster’s Show Me What You Got in 2010. Her YouTube Channel has over 4,000 subscribers and 1,000,000 views. Before moving to Boston she played for the Pacific Northwest’s premiere dance band, The Rhythm Nation and the Disco/Funk sensation, DanceMaxx Band. Juli earned her Bachelor’s degree in Guitar performance from Berklee College of Music, Summa Cum Laude. Catch her live in New England with local 80s band, Fast Times, classic 70s rock band, The Experts, and Jon Finn Group. She has been in numerous musicals including Seussical, Nice Work if You Can Get It, Bridges of Madison County, and The Altar Boyz. She currently teaches voice and guitar at the South Shore Conservatory.
Here's a little bit about me...
It all started some time ago...no, maybe it all started when I was 10...actually, I don't know when it ALL started. But I can tell you I picked up a guitar one day in the summer before my 16th birthday and decided to learn how to play. My sister, Wendy, distictly remembers me telling her I was going to learn how to play. She says I picked it up and played. I don't remember it being that magical. I do remember the pain in my fingertips, the blisters. I do remember the pain in my thumb musicle as I was learning an F chord in the first position. I do remember the ache in my left wrist as I was learning barre chords. And I remember how much it sucked when I couldn't play them.
I LOVE PLAYING GUITAR!
It has been my passion, a joy, an endless journey towards a destination to which I will never arrive. This wooden inanimate object has been so good to me despite how terribly I treat it sometimes. I don't change the strings often enough. I hardly ever dust it or polish it. I broke 3 strings in one hour at a gig. I was so mad I picked it up bashed it against the bumper of my van 3 times and threw it inside. And one time by accident a lampshade fell and bashed a hole in my beloved. Oh, how the tears flowed. In this object I find myself. Like a mirror, it magnifies my pain sorrow brokenness joy hope love passions. Throws them back in my face many times as if to mock me. It's never anything but brutally honest. It's become such a part of me that sometimes I can't tell where my fingers end and the strings begin...
Love, love, love. I love the cold steel feeling of the strings and how they subltly warm in areas my fingers have been. I love hearing the sound explode out of the body of the acoustic guitar. I love the ringing in my ears after I play with my Marshall cranked up. Can you tell I'm in love?
So yeah...that's where I am with my guitar.
I've been playing a really long time. I've played in concert halls, theaters, clubs, mess halls, retirement communities, small churches, big churches, coffee shops, tents, in the rain, in a cave, in the woods, at the ocean, in restaurants, casinos, big studios, small studios, and even at the Seahawks football games. I find happiness wherever and whenever I play my music. I've had an incredible time and I will continue to enjoy myself playing music. It's what I do. Just recently I made a complete change in my life. I gave up practically everything I owned, hopped in my car and moved from the West Coast with my daughters to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston.
My heart is to play music for and about God and our savior Jesus Christ. It's what I believe I was put on this earth to do. And I think it would be terribly disrespectful to say 'God, I know you created the heavens and the earth, you are all powerful, amazing and wonderful, but I just don't have the courage or energy to do what you've made me to do.' Yeah...that would be quite rude. So, I press on.
I am SO pleased you have taken the time to hang out reading the 'about' page on my website. I hope you enjoy my music. I hope you are able to feel God and know He is with you. If you don't know my God I can introduce you, or ask Him to introduce Himself to you. He's good at that. If my music can help you connect to Him then I am most honored. If you like my music please pass it on.
Thank you! The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen (Phil 4:23)