Hope Morgan was raised within the rich jazz culture of New York City. Her vocal talents became apparent very early on. By the age of five, she was singing in the church choir. She developed an interest in musical instruments, including the violin and piano, which she studied pretty seriously, learning all the standard repertoire.
Hope's arrival upon Austin's jazz scene in the mid-eighties, represented the addition of an 'authentic' straight-ahead vocal talent to the jazz mix.
She has had the opportunity to learn jazz from such great musicians as Archie Schepp, Stanley Cowell, Marlon Brown, Ken McIntyre, Max Roach Gene Ramey, and of course, the late, great Betty Carter.
Her influences include jazz legends Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, Ron Carter, Freddie Hubbard, John Coltrane, Johnny Hartman, and Stanley Turrentine.
The spirit of her performance doesn't rule out any groove or tempo. Her renditions of jazz standards always make evident her quest for jazz music's smooth, mellow, and swinging sound, including the distinctive sound of jazz that permeates every note. Her ability to swing with her original vocal stylings with a solid sense of jazz's vocal tradition highlights a new, unique vocal presence on the jazz scene, one that fully embraces the sound of jazz.