enjoys early success as
performs at a Tampa casino
(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 & Taverns
by Don Ward
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 didnt like all the traveling, so things didnt
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. Its 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. Ive done quite a lot in my life
since those days in junior high, she said.
Stones 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.
Thats 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.
Shes quite a performer and singer, and Im very proud
of her, said her mother, Joyce.
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