Saturday, August 24
7:00 pm
Lisa Morales Band – Early Show
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About the event

On her third solo album, She Ought to Be King, Mexican-American vocalist and singer-songwriter Lisa Morales showcases her exceptional talent and unique perspective, solidifying her place as a world-class artist. The Texas-based musician uses her platform to encourage unity in tumultuous personal and political times, advocating for human rights and capturing the complexities of motherhood and womanhood.

Morales reflects on women’s strength and resilience, stating, “We keep evolving and gaining more confidence with time. We don’t sink into our own shoes—we stand taller in them. The title She Ought to Be King echoes that.” Her introspective and outward-looking lyrics invite listeners to see the power within themselves and in each other.

The album’s first single, “Freedom,” emphasizes the power of love and the importance of speaking out against injustices, with Morales calling for neighborly love and empathy. Produced by acclaimed singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist David Garza, the 12-song album features notable musicians such as Santana cofounder Gregg Rolie on organ and backing vocals, bassist Tim Lefebvre, keyboardist Rachel Eckroth, and drummer Beth Goodfellow.

She Ought to Be King continues the emotionally honest tradition Morales established in her previous solo albums, Beautiful Mistake and Luna Negra & the Daughter of the Sun, both of which received high praise. Lone Star Music described Beautiful Mistake as “one of the most beautiful records that will be released all year…an absolutely flat-out devastating and stunning work of art,” while Rolling Stone highlighted her as “one of the most multifaceted artists to watch.” Her use of Spanglish in her lyrics and rhythms reflects her Mexican heritage and sets her apart stylistically.

Growing up in a musical family in Tucson, Arizona, alongside her sister Roberta and cousin Linda Ronstadt, Morales was immersed in traditional Mexican music while developing a diverse musical taste. This rich cultural background influences her distinctive sound and powerful storytelling, making She Ought to Be King a compelling and timely album.

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