Chasing her dream

Stone enjoys early success as

The Madison-born entertainer
performs at a Tampa casino

By Don Ward

(September 2005) Morgan Stone, a.k.a. Tammy Morgan, returned to her native Madison, Ind., on Aug. 6 and gave a rousing performance of country music songs before family and friends at the Broadway Hotel & Tavern’s Livery Stable.

Morgan Stone

Photo by Don Ward

Morgan Stone, whose real name is Tammy Morgan,
lived in Madison
through eighth grade.

Stone, who now lives in Orlando, Fla., performed many well-known “cover” songs and tossed in some of her own songs, many of which appear on a new CD that she released earlier this year.
“It was great to come back to Madison and perform, even though I left here when I was very young,” said Stone, 31.
The beautiful and talented singer drew applause on several songs with her strong vocals and backed by a trio of two guitarists – one of them her stepfather, Steve Pullias – and Larry Alexander, plus her regular keyboardist, Pete Vann, who made the trip from Florida to accompany her.
After finishing eighth grade in Madison, Stone moved to Florida with her mother upon her parents’ divorce. She grew up near Orlando, where she took an interest in theater and was active in high school drama. At one point in her career, she played Alice in Wonderland at nearby Disney World.
Stone dreamed of becoming an actress and singer but her marriage at age 17 slowed her plans. The marriage lasted 13 years before the couple divorced. By then, her acting career was taking off and she was traveling extensively, she said.
“My husband didn’t like all the traveling, so things didn’t work out for us in the end,” she said.
After the divorce, Stone moved to New York, where she joined a traveling Broadway show company. She played various roles in Broadway-type shows that were staged around the country.
Stone also liked songwriting, and her love for singing eventually led her to country music. She recently landed a steady job singing on stage five nights a week at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Fla. She lives at the hotel during the week, performs Monday through Friday nights, then heads back home to Orlando on the weekends.
Such is the life of a rising star. “It’s a lot of travel, but I love it,” she said, smiling.
Her petite stature, long blonde hair and cowboy hat evoke images of an Alice in Wonderland clad in bluejeans.
“Being back in Madison brought back lots of memories, but it was so long ago when I lived here. I’ve done quite a lot in my life since those days in junior high,” she said.
Stone’s concert drew an enthusiastic crowd of friends and relatives from her extended family on both sides. The group included her mother, Joyce Pullias, sister Carol Elburg of Hanover, Ind., father Ronnie Morgan, stepbrother Corey Morgan and stepsister Amy Ford, plus many more.
“That’s just like Tammy to be doing something like this (singing); she was always performing and entertaining ever since she was a little girl,” Elburg said.
Her grandparents are Clyde and Mary James, who both attended the concert.
Joyce and Steve Pullias make frequent trips to visit Stone in Kissimmee, Fla., and attend her shows in Tampa, Elburg said.
“She’s quite a performer and singer, and I’m very proud of her,” said her mother, Joyce.

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