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Morgan Ames

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Morgan Ames

Morgan Ames is a unique presence in the Los Angeles music scene.

Try this for diversity: she apprenticed with Quincy Jones for three years. She recently sang pre-records for the 2010 Oscar Telecast and for Queen Latifah during the pre-game of the 2010 Super Bowl ("America the Beautiful"). Before that, in the same vein, with Celine Dion ("God Bless America") for the 9/11 telethon, and LeeAnn Rimes for the 2002 Olympics Opening Ceremony. She conducted singers on stage for Paul McCartney at a Green Peace concert at the Hollywood Bowl ("Hey Jude").

Or try this: she has written songs with Johnny Mandel, Bob James, Dori Caymmi, Tom Scott, Dan Hartman, more (see ORIGINAL SONGS). She co-wrote Baretta's Theme ("Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow") with Dave Grusin, now a popular ringtone. Her songs have been recorded by Diane Schuur, Shirley Horn, Roberta Flack, Barbara Mandrell, Bob James, Phyllis Hyman, Eric Gale, Peggy Lee, Djavan, etc., not to mention sampling. She has performed with Chaka Khan, Mariah Carey, John Williams and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Johnny Mathis, more.

She has sung in films such as "War of the Worlds," "King Kong," "Van Helsing," "Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions," "Sister Act I and II" and TV shows such as "The Middle," "According to Jim" and "My So-Called Life." She has written vocal arrangements and/or sung on recordings with Amy Grant, Vince Gill, David Foster, David Benoit, Wynonna, Celine Dion, Kenny Loggins, Dionne Warwick and many more.

With her a cappella group Inner Voices, she has sung at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Betty Ford Foundation, Jazz Bakery, Catalina's, has toured the U.S. and Japan and produced, arranged and recorded four CDs with a fifth in the oven.

She co-produced "Diane Schuur and the Count Basie Orchestra" which was #1 for 33 weeks on the Billboard jazz charts and garnered two Grammys, one for a song she wrote with Frank Foster ("You Can Have It").

A little more diversity: she conducted an orchestra on screen in the film "For the Boys" behind Bette Midler and also arranged vocals and sang backups on the soundtrack CD. She coached Lily Tomlin on scatting for the film "All of Me" (Miss Tomlin needed no help.) She sang a demo on the Frank Sinatra Duets project, to be used so that another singer could learn the final part, and considers that she almost sang with Sinatra himself. She taught songwriting at UCLA for four years. She has written over 100 liner notes including for Miles Davis and Quincy Jones, has reviewed albums for Stereo Review, and wrote a feature article on Joni Mitchell for the Canadian magazine NUVO.

She lives in Beverly Hills, California, with her husband Jim Thomas and their greyhound Chance

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Morgan Ames : Collection

Review: "When I'm 64" - This Lennon/McCartney favorite is as charming as ever! Bass primarily has a walking line, while the melody changes hands from the soprano to the tenor. "Don't Know Why" - A ballad of the 40's in block harmonies. The tempo is medium. "My Funny Valentine" - Classic ballad by Rodgers and Hart. This jazz arrangement features lush harmonies and many solo lines for all parts.

Songlist: When I'm 64, I Don't Know Why I Love You Like I Do, My Funny Valentine

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2374 | Sheet Music $7.95 | SATB add item to cart Female Voice Arrangements


Morgan Ames : Holiday Jazz for Female Voices

Review: "Fum Fum Fum" is a traditional Christmas folk song from Catalan with bright tempo and traditional harmonies. Two verses are in Spanish and two in English. It is a straight four-part singing without solos. " O Come With Us" is an English carol with bright tempo and contrapuntal lines. A fun sing! Traditional carol " The Holly And The Ivy" with non-traditional rhythm setting in 6/8. Bright tempo, and several solo sections. "That You Gonna Call Your Pretty Little Baby/a Child Is Born" is a two-song blend of a traditional spiritual and a Thad Jones' jazz classic. Solos meant for free interpretation. Never more than 4-parts at once includig solos. These sophisticated arrangements willl add some sizzle to your Christmas program.

Songlist: Fum, Fum, Fum, The Holly and the Ivy, O Come With Us, What You Gonna Call Your Pretty Little Baby / A Child Is Born

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2385 | Sheet Music $11.95 | SSAA add item to cart Christmas Arrangements for Female Voices


Morgan Ames : Christmas In My Dreams

Review: Produced just for us, these exquisite, mostly traditional carols can be heard on Inner Voices "Christmas In My Dreams" CD. Two selections, the title song and "I Wash My Face In A Gloden Vase", have optional keyboard parts. The layout is extreemely clean and easy to read. Some of the arrangements have solos, and the soprano parts can go a high as B flat above high C, but the results will be thrilling. Morgan's talent really shines! (SATB)

Songlist: Christmas In My Dreams , O Holy Night , De King Is Born Today , Alegria, The Holly And the Ivy, I Wash My Face In a Golden Vase , My Father , O Come With Us

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2375 | Songbook $13.98 | Mixed 5-8 Parts add item to cart Vocal Jazz Christmas Arrangements

Arrangements ( See Discography.)

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Song NameArrangerComposerArtistRecording TitleFormat
AlegriaMorgan AmesTraditionalMorgan AmesChristmas In My DreamsSongbookMORE DETAILS
Boogie Woogie SantaMorgan AmesVarious ArrangersVocal Jazz Christmas 4Sheet MusicMORE DETAILS
Christmas In My Dreams Morgan AmesMorgan AmesMorgan AmesChristmas In My DreamsSongbookMORE DETAILS
Cielito LindoMorgan AmesInner VoicesPrairie Jazz 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Cielito LindoMorgan AmesKing SistersVarious ArrangersQueens Of SongSheet MusicMORE DETAILS
Come TogetherMorgan AmesReal GroupGet Real 1 CDMORE DETAILS
De King Is Born TodayMorgan Amesm-pactCarol Commission 1 CDMORE DETAILS
De King Is Born Today Morgan AmesAmes / McAfeeMorgan AmesChristmas In My DreamsSongbookMORE DETAILS
Fum, Fum, FumMorgan AmesTraditionalMorgan AmesHoliday Jazz for Female VoicesSheet MusicMORE DETAILS
Goodbye Old PaintMorgan AmesVarious ArrangersFor Women OnlySheet MusicMORE DETAILS
Goodbye Old PaintMorgan AmesInner VoicesPrairie Jazz 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Have Yourself a Merry Little ChristmasMorgan AmesVarious ArrangersVocal Jazz Christmas 4Sheet MusicMORE DETAILS
Home On The RangeMorgan AmesInner VoicesPrairie Jazz 1 CDMORE DETAILS
I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)Morgan AmesVarious ArrangersJazz/Pop Series Vol. 3Sheet MusicMORE DETAILS
I Don't Know Why I Love You Like I DoMorgan AmesFred Ahert / Roy TurkMorgan AmesCollectionSheet MusicMORE DETAILS
I Don't Know Why I Love You Like I DoMorgan AmesVarious ArrangersFor Women OnlySheet MusicMORE DETAILS
I Wash My Face In a Golden Vase Morgan AmesTraditionalMorgan AmesChristmas In My DreamsSongbookMORE DETAILS
I Wonder As I WanderMorgan AmesInner VoicesPrairie Jazz 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Look Not In My Eyes (Butterworth)Morgan AmesSwingle SingersPretty Ring Time 1 CDMORE DETAILS
My Father Morgan AmesTraditionalMorgan AmesChristmas In My DreamsSongbookMORE DETAILS
My Funny ValentineMorgan AmesRichard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart / Morgan AmesCollectionSheet MusicMORE DETAILS
My Real HomeMorgan AmesInner VoicesPrairie Jazz 1 CDMORE DETAILS
O Come With Us Morgan AmesTraditionalMorgan AmesChristmas In My DreamsSongbookMORE DETAILS
O Come With UsMorgan AmesTraditional English carolMorgan AmesHoliday Jazz for Female VoicesSheet MusicMORE DETAILS
O Holy Night Morgan AmesTraditionalMorgan AmesChristmas In My DreamsSongbookMORE DETAILS
Old Chisholm TrailMorgan AmesInner VoicesPrairie Jazz 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Old Diamond JoeMorgan AmesInner VoicesPrairie Jazz 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Silent (Sleep In Heavenly Peace)Morgan AmesVarious ArrangersVocal Jazz Christmas 5Sheet MusicMORE DETAILS
Some Children See HimMorgan AmesAlfred BurtVarious ArrangersVocal Jazz Christmas 5Sheet MusicMORE DETAILS
Sounds Like FunMorgan AmesVarious ArrangersWomen's Ballads Sheet MusicMORE DETAILS
Springtime In The RockiesMorgan AmesInner VoicesPrairie Jazz 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Straighten Up and Fly RightMorgan AmesNat King ColeVarious ArrangersStrictly JazzSheet MusicMORE DETAILS
The CuckooMorgan AmesInner VoicesPrairie Jazz 1 CDMORE DETAILS
The Holly And the IvyMorgan AmesTraditionalMorgan AmesChristmas In My DreamsSongbookMORE DETAILS
The Holly and the IvyMorgan AmesTraditionalMorgan AmesHoliday Jazz for Female VoicesSheet MusicMORE DETAILS
The Water Is Wide/Oh Winding RiverMorgan AmesInner VoicesPrairie Jazz 1 CDMORE DETAILS
There's A Star On The HorizonMorgan AmesInner VoicesPrairie Jazz 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Tumblin' TumbleweedsMorgan AmesInner VoicesPrairie Jazz 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Unused To LoversMorgan AmesInner VoicesPrairie Jazz 1 CDMORE DETAILS
We Wish You a Merry ChristmasMorgan AmesVarious ArrangersVocal Jazz Christmas 4Sheet MusicMORE DETAILS
What You Gonna Call Your Pretty Little Baby / A Child Is BornMorgan AmesThad JonesMorgan AmesHoliday Jazz for Female VoicesSheet MusicMORE DETAILS
When I'm 64Morgan AmesBeatlesMorgan AmesCollectionSheet MusicMORE DETAILS
Where Am I GoingMorgan AmesInner VoicesPrairie Jazz 1 CDMORE DETAILS
White ChristmasMorgan AmesIrving BerlinSwingle SingersStory Of Christmas 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Witch Tai ToMorgan AmesInner VoicesPrairie Jazz 1 CDMORE DETAILS

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