Young musician is doing what he loves.
Morgan Ganem entertains the crowd at River Spirit Casino.
Sand Springs native Morgan Ganem is the ultimate musician. A DJ, vocalist, drummer, guitarist, songwriter and producer all in one, he played in his first band at age 10. The son of Branson, Missouri, headliner I.J. Ganem, Morgan — who is now 31 — is blazing his own trail in music.
A hybrid of instruments and vocals, Morgan’s carefree, electronic pop and hip-hop style is influenced by legends such as The Beatles and modern artists like Drake.
In May, Morgan released his debut album, “Paradise,” which he produced in his home studio. There, he also records vocals for other artists. “The support here has been really overwhelming,” he says. “A lot of great music has come out of Tulsa, and that’s inspiring.”
With a corporate sponsorship from Arby’s, Morgan completed a fun season of outdoor festivals and concerts this year, including performing a summer series at Safari Joe’s H2O. This fall, he is on the road from Sand Springs to Las Vegas. “I tailor my shows to whatever is called for,” Morgan says. “My music is family oriented and works well for corporate events.”
Fifty years after I.J. Ganem made headlines as a member of the band Rogues Five and later as star of the show Branson City Lights, his son continues the family tradition of an innovative sound and approach to the music business.
“My favorite part of music is seeing people react to it,” Morgan says. “It’s euphoric to express your art and have others like it.”