Morgan Miracle will take part in a Virtual Grad Spotlight discussion with students about her career and current work in the industry on Tuesday, August 26, from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. The GoTo Training registration link for this online session is available on Connect.
Morgan Miracle (Recording Arts, 2004/Entertainment Business, 2005) is a perfect example of why you should always talk to the person sitting next to you on a plane.
Heading home from Full Sail to Boston for Christmas break, her seat mate started chatting. He asked her what she was studying in school, and she told him music. (Morgan – a composer – has been writing music since the age of 9, when she won a nationwide competition sponsored by Yamaha.) Then he asked her what instrument she played, and she told him the piano.
“He told me he was a composer too, and he had actually been looking for a pianist,” Morgan says. “I didn’t believe him at first, I actually thought it was kind of creepy, but after exchanging emails and bringing my friends with me to check out his studio a couple of months later, he was completely legit.”
That random connection paid off: at only 19, Morgan scored her first feature film with the man from the plane (who turned out to be composer and producer Ben Lovett): 2004’s Last Goodbye, which starred Faye Dunaway. She continued to work on scores while finishing up the Recording Arts program, then following that up by obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Entertainment Business. (“I think you can never know too much about how the business works,” says Morgan.)
Morgan works incredibly hard, and she’s really good at what she does, but besides the random plane pairing, her career has seen some other big coincidences along the way. She moved to California right after graduation to focus on writing music, moving in with Ben Lovett and two other roommates in a house that had a studio in the basement that Ben and his friend Brian Burton had installed.
During that time, Brian was becoming more commonly known by his alter-ego, Danger Mouse, and his career as a producer and musician had really started to take off. (Morgan remembers Gnarls Barkley’s hit song “Crazy,” which Danger Mouse was one half of with Cee-Lo Green, being recorded in her basement.) Brian got too busy, so he gave his monthly gig writing original music for The Cartoon Network to Ben and Morgan. From there, the opportunities kept coming.
Morgan went on to work for several music houses in Los Angeles – South, Human, Black Iris – before she struck off on her own and started her own music house, The Station. She worked on commercial-based and video game projects for Activision (Guitar Hero), Disney XD, Cadillac, and more.
Last year, she made the move to Atlanta, a city she’s always loved, where she took a job as Executive Producer at design and music company Soundbyte Inc.. There, she’s written music for several Lifetime Network shows and movies, including Witches of East End and The Lizzie Borden Movie. Scoring films, composing commercial jingles, and writing original music for bands are all equally her loves, says Morgan, each with its own fun and challenging aspects.
“My favorite part of [writing music] is the turn,” says Morgan. “Sometimes there’s that moment when we’ve been working on something and you feel like you’ve been beating a dead horse and you’re to the point where you’re like, ‘Is this getting better or is this not getting better?’ It’s the moment when you finally realize, ‘Wow, we’re here. Okay, this is good.’ That moment makes me happy.”