Josh Morningstar coming home to perform at Leitersburg Tavern
When Josh Morningstar was a child singing in the choir at St. Paul’s Church in Funkstown, he may never have imagined the heights his career as a singer/songwriter would take him to as an adult.
Morningstar, who grew up in Funkstown, has resided in Earlington, Ky., for the past year. However, the musical artist said he is rarely at his new home as he tours across the United States 300 days a year.
His dedication has been paying off.
Morningstar is returning home on the heels of recent success in the songwriting area of his career. Last year, fast-rising country artist Cody Jinks recorded one of Morningstar’s original songs, called “Must Be The Whiskey” for his album “Lifers” which reached the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Country Albums Chart. “Whiskey” was released as a single and debuted at No. 1 on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play, as well as climbing to No. 1 on the Texas Radio chart.
“I just try to write songs that I like and hope other people will like them too,” Morningstar said.
Jinks recently released two new albums back to back, one week apart, titled “After The Fire” and “The Wanting.” Both albums reached the No. 1 spot on the charts in pure country album sales.
Morningstar said he has six songs on the two albums that he either wrote himself or co-wrote. On “The Wanting,” Morningstar wrote “The Plea” and he co-wrote “It Don’t Rain in California” with Cody Jinks and “Which One I Feed” with Jaida Dreyer. On “After The Fire’” he wrote “Tell Em What It’s Like” and “Ain’t A Train” with Jinks and “Yesterday Again” with Jinks and Ward Davis.
“It kind of blows my mind. I write my songs because its kind of like therapy for me and to know that people are connecting with them is pretty humbling and pretty cool and God bless Cody Jinks for getting them out there to the masses,” Morningstar said.
The singer/songwriter said he began singing in the choir at St. Paul’s as a child and has always had a love of music.
“There has just always been something about music that appealed to me and there has never been a time I didn’t want to do it for a living,” Morningstar said.
He said that he has been performing professionally for about 15 years and during that time he tried all different types of music because many different styles appeal to him.
He said his shows have been described as half song, half stand-up comedy. In addition to singing the songs, he tells the stories behind in between.
“The stories are what some people say are their favorite part,” Morningstar said.
On Friday, Nov. 1, Morningstar is bringing his unique brand of country/folk music back home as he is scheduled to perform at the Leitersburg Tavern located at 21400 Leiter St., Hagerstown.
Morningstar said it has been quite a while since he has performed in the area.
“It’s kind of like a homecoming for me because I have a history with the Leitersburg Tavern,” he said.
Bobbi Jo Norvell, owner of the Leitersburg Tavern, said Morningstar used to be a regular there and has been performing at the venue for about four years. She said she will have a full staff prepared to serve the packed crowd they are expecting.
“We feel like he is coming home when he comes back. Everybody misses him like crazy,” Norvell said. “He’s an absolutely amazing artist. He’s just so personable and remembers everybody and points people out that he recognizes.”
The show begins at 9 p.m. and Morningstar said it will last at least two hours. He said the audience can expect to hear the songs Jinks has recorded as well as other songs he has written over the past 15 years.
There is no cover charge for the show. For more information on Morningstar, visit joshmorningstar.com.
Top photo: Josh Morningstar performs at the world-famous Luckenbach Texas, a saloon located in Fredericksburg, Texas, that showcases country music artists. (Travis Miller Photography)