Following in a line of mid-June County acts that have made surprise appearances at Hempstead Hall, most prominently Sara Evans in 2016, another female Country star, Lorrie Morgan, will take the stage on Friday, June 15, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Following in a line of mid-June County acts that have made surprise appearances at Hempstead Hall, most prominently Sara Evans in 2016, another female Country star, Lorrie Morgan, will take the stage on Friday, June 15, starting at 7:30 p.m.
For Morgan, it will be a return trip to southwestern Arkansas after appearing at the Watermelon Festival in the early 1990s, just as she was emerging as a big County star with her first Number 1 hit, “Five Minutes,” and her second album, “Something in Red” was going platinum.
By 1994, Morgan was named “Female Vocalist of the Year,” and would be named again in consecutive years of 1996, 1997 and 1998.
As with Evans before, Hempstead Hall Director Dolly Henley was fortunately able to catch Morgan on a travel day en route to a San Angelo, Texas show.
“We are thrilled to have her back in Hope since she was here a long time ago; she is well-known by generations of fans, and we were glad to get her extra booking,” Henley said.
Even UA-Hope Chancellor Chris Thomason said, “I remember seeing Lorrie Morgan before; I wasn’t a country music fan at the time, but I’m a Lorrie Morgan fan.”
Henley said that early ticket sales have come from eastern Texas as well as around the southwestern Arkansas region, but she adds “We have plenty of good seats still available, and Friday night is a good time to have this.”
Morgan’s show also falls on Father’s Day weekend, which Henley said “Would make a great Father’s Day experience.”
Ironically, Morgan, herself, carries the given name of a legendary Country female artist, one of the most famous of them all, “Loretta Lynn” Morgan, and she is daughter of another star country performer, the late George Morgan.
Not surprisingly, Morgan made history when she became a lifetime member of the Grand Ole Opry at the age of 24.  As she arrives at Hempstead Hall on the UA-Hope campus on June 15, it will mark somewhat of a birthday party for her; Morgan was born June 27, 1959, and she will be turning 59.
Over those years, Morgan has sold over six million records and has had four top-ten hits, 12 recorded albums and four Female Vocalist of the Year awards.  Her biography notes that her duet partners have included Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams and even the Beach Boys.
More recently, Morgan teamed up with fellow female artist Pam Tillis, also the daughter of a county singing legend, Mel Tillis, to record, Dos Divas, released in 2013, that features solo performances by both as well as collaborations.  Singles included That’s So Cool, Bless Their Hearts, I am a Woman, I Know What You Did Last Night, and What Was I Thinkin’, which they co-wrote.
She and Tillis also teamed for 2017’s “Come See Me and Come Lonely.”
In a prepared statement, Morgan said “I have been a daughter, a bride, a mother, a divorcee, a widow, a single mother, a grandmother, a breadwinner, and ultimately, a survivor. It seems, in many ways that I am a living, breathing country song and I know what I sing.  My music and songwriting has a healing power for me personally, and these days that’s what I aspire to be, a compelling and captivating music poet.”
Henley said tickets for Morgan are current on sale now with seat pricing between $35-$75 and may be reserved by calling Hempstead Hall at 870.722.8565.