A Hamilton high school student is taking a big step in his music career as he prepares to release his first album.
Grayson Morley, known professionally as GRAYISOFFICIAL, is a senior at Butler Tech School of the Arts in their instrumental music program. Morley began getting recognition after releasing his single, “Hold On,” which he created with classmate Nekhia Willis, last year. The song started as a school project and grew into an anthem about perseverance and embracing what makes you different.
“We were like, ‘We need to write something that people are going to relate to, that we both could relate to,” Morley told CityBeat in January.
Now, Morley’s completed his first album IN MY MIND, which is set to be released May 2. Morley said the songs’ lyrics share the story of his life and how he struggled with his physical and mental health living with cerebral palsy. He also hopes his album can inspire other kids who struggle with cerebral palsy.
“Not only did I want to inspire other kids who have cerebral palsy through my music, but a lot of those kids who have cerebral palsy – they don’t have the ability to speak, so I want to be that voice for them, for those kids that can’t express themselves,” Morley said of his song, “Hold On.”
In a press release, Morley describes “IN MY MIND” as “an emotional album that contains pizzicato strings, collections of other orchestral strings and vocal samples, piano, soft guitars, and hard hip hop tracks.” It’ll be available for streaming on Apple Music, Spotify and Amazon Music.
You can listen to GRAYISOFFICIAL’s already-released music here, and you can listen to his single "Hold On" below:
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