COUNTRY MUSIC veteran Lorrie Morgan will bring a lifetime of musical experience to the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts July 26. (Photo provided).

Lorrie Morgan will bring a lifetime of country music experience to Findlay during the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts’ Summer Concert on Friday, July 26.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show in the Donnell Theater are $39 and can be purchased at the Marathon Center box office, 200 W. Main Cross St., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or one hour before showtime; by phone at 419-423-2787; or online at www.mcpa.org

Morgan is the first woman in the country genre to begin her career with three consecutive platinum albums: 1989’s “Leave the Light On,” 1991’s “Something in Red” and 1992’s “Watch Me.” “Reflections: Greatest Hits” also went platinum twice over.

Three of her singles also topped the country music charts: “Five Minutes” in 1990, “What Part of No” in 1992 and 1993, and “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” in 1995.

Her singing reflects the joy of her life’s successes and the sadness of her low points. She ached with pain on “A Picture of Me Without You” and “I Guess You Had to Be There,” painted a picture of a struggling everywoman on “Something in Red,” and turned up the fun factor on hits like “Except for Monday” and “Go Away.”

The Nashville native’s country success started early: She is the daughter of George Morgan, a Country Music Hall of Famer. According to allmusic.com, Lorrie made her professional debut at age 13 at the Grand Ole Opry with a rendition of “Paper Roses” that drew a standing ovation.

Tragedy followed when her father died in 1975 at the age of 51. Morgan took over her father’s band and led them through a series of club gigs.

Her career continued in 1984 when she became the youngest singer to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, and she married her fellow country singer, Keith Whitley, in 1986.

The marriage ended in tragedy when Whitley died in 1989.

Her duet with Whitley, “‘Til a Tear Becomes a Rose,” won a Country Music Association award in 1990.

“I have been a daughter, a bride, a mother, a divorcee, a widow, a single mother, a breadwinner and, ultimately, a survivor,” Morgan said.

“In many ways, I am a living, breathing country song, and I know what I sing.”

For more information, visit lorrie.com and allmusic.com

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