Rocking beats and tasty eats at Festival Friday


BUCKHANNON—Morgan White was the musical headliner at Festival Friday on June 21 in Jawbone Park. Hailing from the southern coalfields of Naugatuck, WV, she performed a variety of Rock, Christian, and Country music.

White claims her music is influenced by legends like Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes and Carrie Underwood. During her performance, White adopted their sassy and powerful entertainment style. She is bound and determined to follow in the footsteps of these first ladies of country music. Although White has some pretty big shoes to fill, she is up to the challenge.

Around the age of two, White had already begun exhibiting a musical talent, which would become her lifelong passion. She performed at local nursing homes where she sang classic gospel songs. At a young age, White knew that singing would carry her far beyond her home in the Appalachian hills.

In the fall of 2009, White headed south to Nashville, TN to begin her pursuit of a recording contract. A year later, she was contacted by a well-known industry engineer who told her that her efforts were paying off. White soon met with Elbert West, a Nashville based producer, and was signed to Moo Town Records in November of 2010. She remained on the label for the next year and a half, honing her songwriting skills and gaining knowledge about the business. Her first album entitled “I’m Gone” produced two number one singles.

In 2017, White released her sophomore album, which is a blend of modern country and all-American rock. The first nationally released single “Sad and Lonely” garnered national attention on several music industry charts and media outlets. This year alone, White currently holds five Josie Music Awards nominations, including: Female Artist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year for “Sad and Lonely,” and Music Video of the Year.

White is currently touring with her band, headlining in major state fairs and festivals. She was selected by WQBE out of Charleston, WV to be an opening performer for Keith Urban and Brad Paisley. She has opened for many greats such as Deana Carter, Trick Pony, and John King. Morgan has continued to develop as a singer and songwriter and looks forward to establishing herself as a talented artist. Find her at: www.morganwhitesmusic.com

Taste & See Catering, Bakery and Gifts featured homemade pulled pork dinners and homemade baked goods for dessert. The dinner included pulled pork, coleslaw, macaroni salad, baked beans, and a Hawaiian roll for $10.

Michelle Taylor, owner and baker of ‘Taste & See’ for the last five years, proudly prepares her food 100 percent from scratch in her own kitchen. “None of my food is bought prepared,” Taylor said. “I never use any boxed cake mixes for my desserts and my buttercream frosting is made from real butter,” Taylor added. Her confections this week were inspired by summer. Taylor featured a white cake with raspberry filling, and strawberry lemonade and hot fudge sundae cupcakes.

Taylor receives help serving her food and with public relations from her daughter, Hanna Taylor, who joins her under the awning on Festival Fridays.

Taylor will be offering her dinners and dessert for all Festival Fridays, and will offer a variety of cakes and cupcakes. “I will not be serving the same cupcakes and cake every week,” Taylor said. “I would like to offer a variety to people with new flavors every week throughout Festival Fridays.”

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