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Tanya Morgan Biography

Tanya Morgan Biography

Tanya Morgan was founded in 2003. Von Pea and Donwill, already regular collaborators after having met on the okayplayer.com message board, decided to work on a full-length album together. Ilyas, who along with Donwill comprised a hip-hop duo known as Ilwill, joined the project as a third member, and producer Brickbeats was brought in to work on the album as well. Since Von Pea lived in Brookyln and both Donwill and Ilyas lived in Cincinnati, the trio did much of the work on their first album by exchanging files across AOL Instant Messenger. Prior to releasing their debut album Moonlighting, Tanya Morgan released an online mixtape, Sunlighting, and an EP of original material, Sunset. After Tanya Morgan was featured in XXL Magazine's "Show and Prove" column, Moonlighting was released on Loud Minority Music. The album received 3.5 mics (out of 5) in The Source magazine, [2] an entry in the Chairman's Choice column in XXL,[3] and coverage in Wax Poetics magazine [4] and several other publications and websites. The group released the first MySpace-themed video for their single "We Be", and it went on to win MTVu's Freshman of the Week contest in July 2006. The "We Be" video was resultantly aired on channels such as MTV Jams, Much Music and nyctv's The Bridge. Tanya Morgan has collaborated with hip-hop acts such as Nicolay, The Justus League, Fat Jon, 88 Keys, and others. The group's latest single, "Walk This Way", is currently in regular rotation on XM Radio and several college radio stations. The group recently performed at Toronto's NXNE Festival with Noveau Riche, and the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival with Ghostface Killah, Large Professor, Consequence, and others. Tanya Morgan is also a regular at New York's annual CMJ Festival. Tanya Morgan was voted the winner of the "Show Us What You Got" Hip-Hop Artist Competition, held on October 25, 2007 at the Power Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Though the name Tanya Morgan sounds as if it belongs to a solo female performer, it is in fact an all-male hip-hop group. The band started in 2003 when producer/MC Von Pea (who lived in Brooklyn) and MC Donwil (who lived in Cincinnati) met online and decided to make an album together. Bringing in Ilyas (who, with Donwil, made up the group Ilwil) and Cincinnati producer Brickbeat, Tanya Morgan began to send demos back and forth electronically, meeting in person only after half the record was already complete. Their debut full-length, Moonlighting, was then released in the spring of 2006.


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