7 Minutes with Wess Morgan
Gospel has a new reason to press play!! Wess Morgan is ready to sing his BOW TIE wearing heart out (trust me he's the Bow Tie mann ) !! Thanks to Creative Classic Agency I linked up with him here in Texas. It was a brisk day at the Houston Zoo and he came all the way from Nashville to partake in a live interview with me. The audio will be up soon til then looks down to meet more of Wess Morgan.
A lethal mix of cocaine, alcohol and road rage nearly cost Wess Morgan his life. Speeding at 90 miles per hour on a Nashville interstate with a front and backseat passenger, Wess’ vehicle slammed into an embankment, flipped over and crashed into a concrete wall. In an instant, he thought he had lost everything. Despite the intense impact of the crash, Wess never lost consciousness, and he was not hurt. Not even a scratch. But as he crawled from the wreckage of the mangled, overturned car, he could see that his friends were not OK. They were both lying helpless, covered in blood and severely injured. When police arrived at the traumatic scene, Wess was quickly arrested. Not knowing what his fate would be, he sat handcuffed in the backseat of the police car gazing at the Life Flight helicopter as it airlifted his critically injured friends to Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville. “That is your friends that you probably just killed,” Wess remembers the officer saying. “You’ll probably spend the rest of your life in prison for vehicular homicide.” “My heart dropped to my feet. Blood rushed to my head,” recalls Wess, fearing that he had killed two people and sealed his fate with life in prison.
The threesome had met up earlier that evening and had become intoxicated with alcohol and high on drugs. While travelling to meet a drug dealer, they were abruptly cut off by another motorist. Infuriated, Wess and his friends pulled over, argued with the offending driver, then, sped off in full, uncontrollable rage. The bloody scene that had followed was the traumatic aftermath. But by the grace of God, Wess’ friends survived. The violent, reckless events of that night did not depict how Wess’ life had begun. On the contrary, he was reared in a Christian home. Wess, along with his parents, Pastors Joseph and Yolanda Morgan, and his siblings Joey and DeLana, had travelled and sang together for many years. But in spite of his upbringing, Wess began using drugs and alcohol by the time he was 10 years old. His lifebegan a downward spiral that resulted in substance abuse, jail time and recovery centers. In the years that followed, his family would expand to include his wife Betsy and two children Malachi and Elizabeth, and he would have instances of seemingly being clean from drugs and alcohol. Yet, he would again frequent crack houses; disappear from his family and recidivate back into the criminal justice system again and again until that fateful night of March 22, 2004 when he hit the concrete wall. “While I was in jail I began to talk to God and ask him for a strategy to get out of this situation and better my life,” says Wess. “I wanted to get out of jail but I knew that if I didn’t have a strategy I would end right back in there. ”“God gave me a strategy and went into 100 percent accountability to my family. I never went anywhere without them. I didn’t trust myself.
”Answering the call on his life to minister and use his musical talent, Wess released in 2007 his debut album Look At Me Now on his own record label Bowtie World Music. The title song was Wess’ personal testimony of how God changed his life in the face of the naysayers who thought his life was hopeless. Wess was simply saying, “Look at me Now!
”Since the release of his first CD, Wess earned a Stellar Award nomination and has become well known and respected in the gospel music industry for his raspy, soulful, tenor voice on songs like Look At Me Know, It’s My Pleasure and He Brought Me Out, an upbeat collaboration with gospel star Daryl Coley. Wess’ much anticipated sophomore project Under An Open Heaven is set for release October 2009 and is sure to be a blessing to the body of Christ. It’s been more than five years since that near fatal accident, and Wess is officially released from his probation. Associate pastor and senior worship leader at Celebration of Life Church in Nashville, Wess travels the world singing and preaching about how God resurrected him from a life of irreparable shame. But, most of all, Wess’ incredible testimony has resonated with the world, offering hope and redemption from the life of a condemned man who stands no completely, indisputably transformed.