On her third, upcoming solo album She Ought to Be King, Lisa Morales once again affirms her stature as a world-class singer-songwriter, with a distinctive perspective and a remarkable capacity for looking both inward and outward. Originally from Tucson, the Texas-based artist draws deeply resonant insights from her own experiences navigating the storms of life and making sense of the complex landscape of relationships.
She Ought to Be King continues the creative evolution that’s produced Morales’ singularly compelling body of recordings. Singing in English, Spanish and Spanglish, she matches her revelatory lyrics with an expansive musical vision that draws upon an eclectic range of stylistic influences to create music of rare emotional depth.
The 12-song She Ought to Be King maintains the high standard of emotional forthrightness that Morales established on her prior solo efforts Beautiful Mistake and Luna Negra and the Daughter of the Sun. Prior to going solo, she recorded six acclaimed albums with Sisters Morales, the beloved sibling duo in which she partnered with her sister Roberta, who passed away from cancer in August 2021.
She Ought to Be King was produced by noted singer-songwriter and multi- instrumentalist David Garza, and features bassist Tim Lefebvre, keyboardist Rachel Eckroth and drummer Beth Goodfellow. The album also features key contributions from such notable guests as Rodney Crowell, who co-wrote and sings co-lead vocal on the heart-tugging “Flyin’ and Cryin,” which also features Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo on accordion; and Santana co-founder Gregg Rolie, who plays organ and provides backing vocals on the rousing, and uncharacteristically topical, “Freedom.”