ACTOR / SINGER / PHILANTHROPIST/JOURNALIST
AEA / AFTRA / SAG / AGVA / AGMA
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Denise Spann Morgan is known throughout the world for her 'full throttle' vocals as the lead singer of 'Motown's first million record selling 'Girl Group', The Marvelous, MARVELETTES – and for her roles in numerous Broadway shows,National Tours, Japanese movies, The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC's 'Homicide, Life on The Streets and her unmistakable voice on commercials! In the heart of New York City's entertainment district, Denise was the star attraction for a solid 104 weeks at B.B. King's Night Club on 42nd Street front and center as a lead singer of the world famous HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR! No less marvelous without THE MARVELETTES, Denise divides a busy career between her much sought after groups,' THE DIVA DYNASTY' & 'THE SECOND COMING' and producing her self-penned musical, 'I NEVER WORKED FOR MOTOWN'!
This unabashedly versatile performer handles a repertoire of R & B, Jazz, Gospel, Blues, and even Country music! For Denise, a highlight of her career was standing center stage at the Grand Ole Opry (becoming the first African American woman to do so) performing a duet of 'You were Always on My Mind' with Willie Nelson! Other exciting times for Denise, were recording with Hip Hop legends such as Kurtis Blow and Run DMC. Performances with: Cissy and Whitney Houston, her good friends, Patti LaBelle, Ashford & Simpson and the Temptations, (recently at the Paris hotel on the Las Vegas strip). Her stellar vocals are very much in demand in concerts alongside AMERICAN IDOL winner, Fantasia, the forever soulful Al Green, Rod Steward and the incredible Blues legend, Bonnie Raitt.
Before taking on a career in secular music, theater, and movies, Denise honed her fabulous four octave soprano voice beginning in the church choir at the age of three. Denise also has hit gospel records with Bishop Nathaniel Townsley Jr. and the St. Marks Gospel Ensemble. She also had four number one Gospel albums with the Timothy Wright Concert Choir!
Simply called 'the Songbird' by her followers, Denise has had 'command performances' before the Queen of England, Presidents Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton. She also represented the United States Consulate in concert at the United States Ambassador’s Ball in Copenhagen, Denmark and before former South African President Nelson Mandela. The latter inspired one South African newspaper to declare, "It's worth trading some of your lesser relatives for tickets to the performance". Denise's incredible gift for 'filling a house, packed theaters with a 10 week, 53 city tour of the 'Hoagy Carmichael 'Stardust Centennial' Celebration' – which culminated in sold out performances at New York's Town Hall. Hoagie’s hometown paper wrote "Denise Morgan has every reason to be smug with her songs…She owns them…period!"
Denise has starred on Broadway in ‘AMEN CORNER’,’ SHEILA’S DAY’ and ‘SHOWBOAT’. Also, at Ford’s Theater, in productions of ‘SHIELA’S DAY’, ‘AMERICAN JUKEBOX’ and ‘AMEN CORNER’. At The Kennedy Center, Denise starred in 'QUEENIE PIE' and ‘SHIELA’S DAY’. Both shows were also presented at The American Music Theater Festival. 'SHEILA'S DAY' also had an amazing run from The American Music Festival, in Atlanta, Georgia, to Crossroads Theater in New Jersey, to Grahamstown, South Africa with the show finally landing on BROADWAY at the New Victory Theater! Regional, National and Off Broadway credits include: THE WIZ', 'DREAM GIRLS'. She played,’ Sister Mary’ in ‘YOUR ARMS TOO SHORT TO BOX WITH GOD, (in which she appeared with the legendary Teddy Pendergrass)and starred as Blues Empress, Bessie Smith in 'MISS WATERS, TO YOU’ and Aretha Franklin (in a nine year run of) ‘AMERICAN JUKEBOX’. For Woodie King, (Director of the New Federal Theater), Denise brought the audience to their feet as she performed her comedy act and sang in his tribute show to America's greatest Black Broadway female performers 'BLACK BEAUTIES'. After a nine month European tour of SHOWBOAT, Denise returned home to join with Vy Higgensen, Doris Troy and Desiree Coleman Jackson to portray the ostentatious Godmother, Sister Carrie in 'MAMA, I WANT TO SING'.
MOVIES. In Japan, Denise is the star of two Japanese-speaking movies-entitled ‘A SONG FOR THE U.S.A.’ (parts I & II) - the movies were filmed in New York, Tokyo and Osaka! She also has a fan club based in Osaka that travels to the U.S. for many of Denise's performances.
Denise opened the show for Sarah Vaughn at CARNEGIE HALL and performed solo shows at LINCOLN CENTER, MADISON SQUARE GARDEN (opening for Chaka Kahn) and the UNITED NATIONS for their Annual Black Tie Ball as well as many star turns at the world famous APOLLO THEATER.
TELEVISION AND RADIO
With guest appearances on ‘The OPRAH WINFREY SHOW', ‘GOOD MORNING HOUSTON’ and 'ATLANTA @ NOON’, Denise's TV work also included roles on the NBC drama 'Homicide, Life On the Streets' and PBS specials with the great actor, James Earl Jones, and ‘CBS SUNDAY MORNING' where Charles Osgood highlighted Denise's work in Japan with Japanese Gospel singers in Tokyo and Osaka who travel to the U.S. to study with her. In the nation's capital, Denise had her own radio segment entitled 'DIVA WITH THE 411' on the number one station in the Baltimore, D.C. corridor, ‘W.P.G.C.’ with MICHELLE WRIGHT AND DONNIE SIMPSON where she would surprise her show business friends by waking them up with early morning phone calls to speak with Denise live on the 'morning drive' show.
In 1989, a longtime dream of Denise’s came true when her untiring work with inner-city teens came to the attention of the 'D.C. Commission on the Arts' when she was granted annual funding for 'THE DIVA DYNASTY PERFORMING ARTS INSTITUTE'. Denise has written two books, 'SOMEWHERE TO LAY MY HEAD', 'WWW, HOOK ME UP JESUS.COM' and the incredible stage musical revue, 'I NEVER WORKED FOR MOTOWN' (which is now in rehearsals with an outstanding cast of R & B legends, Maxine Brown, Justine 'Baby ' Washington, The Delfonics (La La, Means I Love You), Betty Wright (the 'Clean Up Woman'), Tony Award winner, Lillias White (The Life, Fela, Dreamgirls) recording artist & R&B Award nominee, Alyson Williams (Just Call My Name) and a supporting cast of the best singers in the business.
Name: Denise Morgan
Lives in: Brooklyn, New York