Major label pop acts are all over the place today, so standing out can be difficult for most who are starting out. It wasn’t too long ago that someone in New York placed Morgan Saint on our radar, and we’ve been fans ever since. Saint is new in the pop world, but her approach of creating visual tracks is like no one else in pop today.
Saint seems to really decide her direction as an artist, though she’s on one of the biggest record labels out there. Her sound on her latest release Alien, her visuals at her shows, and her overall aesthetic feel like that of an artist, not a marketing campaign. “I don’t think of it from a marketing space. I went to school for design, I like to paint, take photographs, and mark art. It’s all just me expressing myself, as long as I’m fulfilled, I’m good,” she explains.
Morgan Saint’s debut E.P. 17 Hero had plenty of pop while showing off her incredible voice, though her latest release is darker and more intense. “I think the biggest difference between the two is the amount that I’ve learned. I’ve been more confident in my sound, it’s an evolution and a journey. The new one is a more confident version of the first one. I have an easier time writing darker material over easy and light. Sometimes it’s hard saying ‘this is wht I wanna’ make’ and then getting it.”
With some of the most intriguing vocals in pop music, Saint has a sound that’s all her own. We’d read that she doesn’t really listen to music and that she was more inspired visually, something she was more than happy to explain. “I listen to music, of course. I’m just not analyzing what everyone else is doing. I come from a visual mindset, the two come together and work that way. I find a lot of inspiration in visual art, it helps me create something in my world, like a picture being painted. I feel like a crazed control freak, because I can only see things the way I want them. But that control is very important to me.”
Her live shows are something else entirely. Saint has an ability to use the darkness and the light like you probably haven’t witnessed before. With the new album, it’s curious as to how she will incorporate the new tracks into her already visually creative performances. “It’s hard because I’ve been opening for others so much lately. It’s great to connect with others and a great way to get in front of others. So for me, who wants to move around, it’s been hard because I don’t have the budget to make the live shows how I want. It’s made me focus on sound and performance more than the visual aspect. I want my live show to be so strong that it reflects what the songs are about. Connecting with people live is my favorite part of all of this.”
You can stream Morgan Saint’s music on all streaming platforms, you can purchase her music through all digital store fronts, or directly from her website in various formats and packages. You can catch Morgan Saint in person tomorrow, October 17 at Stage AE in Pittsburgh all the way until October 21 at 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis. A complete list of her tour dates can be found here.
Image Credits: Photo Courtesy of Epic Records.