Young Morgan Frazier sings country with the best of them. The 19-year-old up-and-comer wrote her first song when she was 7, recorded her first album when she was 9, signed with Nashville's Curb Records when she was 16 and has since opened for country stars Sara Evans, Rascal Flatts, Luke Bryan, Chris Young, Dierks Bentley and Rodney Atkins.
Frazier hails from itty-bitty Breckenridge, Texas, a town that boasts four stoplights and a population of 3,000, but moved to Nashville three years ago and has "been livin' the dream" since.
Who: Morgan Frazier
When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29
Where: The Rocky-Tonk Saloon & Grill, 333 E. Main St., Medford
"My music is in between Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert," she says, in her Southern drawl. "It has youthful lyrics, but it also has an edge to it."
Her early success can be credited to her drive — she sold 30,000 copies of her first album "Cowboy Boots" going door to door — and to her parents' enduring support.
"At 9 years old, I couldn't do it by myself," she says. "My parents were behind me from day one, they paid for my first CD ... and they were behind me and gave me the confidence to do what I'm doing today."
Curb Records executive Doug Johnson and Frazier's manager, John Northrup, paved the way for her in Nashville and are working with her on her first professional record. She collaborated with songwriters Paul Overstreet, John Scott Sherrill, Dean Dillon and Billy Montana on the songs and recently cut the first four songs with producer Buddy Cannon (Kenny Chesney). She'll be back in the studio in April to finish recording.
The album looks to be called "The Yellow Brick Road," after her forthcoming single.
The song, with its "upbeat, kickin' melody," compares guys to various characters from "The Wizard of Oz." There's the good-looking guy without a brain (Scarecrow), the smooth-talking player without a heart (Tin Man) and the one who's afraid of commitment.
"He's the cowardly lion," she says.
Outside the studio, Frazier has played more than 100 shows this year across the United States. She says her music resonates best with women ages 13 to 20-something.
Frazier, on her beloved Gretsch guitar, and her band — drummer Kiel Tyler, bassist Kevin Simonelic, multi-instrumentalist Christopher Gladden and guitarist Timothy Veneros — will play originals and country favorites, including "Heartbreaker" by Pat Benatar and songs by Stevie Wonder and Miranda Lambert, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at The Rocky-Tonk Saloon & Grill, 333 E. Main St., Medford. Cover is $8.
Call 541-973-2887 or see www.morganfrazier.com.