The Story Behind The Song: “Something In Red” – Lorrie Morgan

Lorrie Morgan
Lorrie Morgan

Lorrie Morgan (#14, 1992)

Here’s the story of a tune that certainly didn’t go down as one of country’s biggest hits, but it’s the one song, I think, that showcases Lorrie Morgan’s talent as a singer more than any other: 1992’s “Something In Red.” Morgan (the daughter of Country Music Hall of Fame member George Morgan) had signed with RCA in 1988 (thanks largely to her husband Keith Whitley’s influence) and she released her first single for the label in December of that year, “Trainwreck of Emotion,” which went Top Twenty.

Bigger releases followed and Lorrie Morgan continued on as a solid hitmaker with RCA through the mid-‘90s, long after Whitley’s death on May 9, 1989. She logged a total of fourteen singles that landed in the Top Ten, including three number ones.

Meanwhile, songwriter Angela Kaset had been composing songs for one publishing company or another for some fifteen years in Nashville. She had gotten a few album cuts, but no singles. Angela was working for a publisher and when her contract came up for renewal, the company chose not to extend it, marking the first time she had ever been canned from a writing gig. Being out of work hit her pretty hard, and the next few months were tough, both emotionally and financially.

A long winter was coming to an end and spring was on its way. On an early morning drive, Kaset remembers looking around and noticing some of the first hints of green. It fed her soul. She thought, “Wow, there really is going to be a spring. There is going to be a break to all this darkness and gloom. It’s so good to see something in green.”

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