Lorrie Morgan Mixes Play With Work On Hawaiian Vacation

Lorrie Morgan Mixes Play With Work On Hawaiian Vacation

Originally published in the Oct. 11, 1994 issue of Country Weekly magazine.

1994-10-11-cover-lorrie-morganLorrie Morgan knows how to mix business with pleasure for beautiful results.

The singer’s recent 10-day family vacation in Hawaii included a day spent before the cameras for a calendar that her own company is producing.

“We’d found this great beach, so we got started at 10 and just drove until we found something we wanted to shoot,” Lorrie said. “We did that all day, and made a real fun day of it. Then at 7, we went back out and took some sunset pictures…. It was easily the easiest shoot of my life!”

As the stunning pictures shown here in this Country Weekly exclusive suggest, Lorrie’s easy photo shoot was also one of her most productive.

The island trip looks like a fantasy come true, but hardheaded business reasons are behind it. Lorrie, the TNN/*Music City News* Female Artist of the Year, is taking a larger role in guiding her career. She made the 15-month calendar for her own Gold Star Merchandise – the company she started with longtime friend and confidante Ruth Spain – and has taken over all the souvenirs she sells on the road.

“Being a big T-shirt buyer myself, I think I know what people like – and sometimes once you make a deal, you lose all kinds of control over the quality when you use an outside merchandise company,” Lorrie told Country Weekly during a rare morning off. “This way, we can have some control over what’s produced. It offers me another creative outlet. We don’t sell a lot of stuff, but what we have is real nice…. It’s the kind of thing I’d buy.”

Naturally, the Hawaiian calendar shoot represented a chance for Lorrie and her children to have fun, too.

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“We went for 10 days and did the calendar shoot near the end of the trip. Otherwise, we spent the whole time just enjoying ourselves,” she said. “We swam every day – either in the pool or the ocean, went to a different restaurant every night, did some shopping, went deep-sea fishing and explored the island.”

Though she’s most definitely in control, Lorrie isn’t one to lose sight of what’s important. A rare weekend at home in Tennessee allowed her time to watch daughter Morgan lead cheers for her school, Nashville’s St. Joseph Elementary.

“To me, you have to do it all,” Lorrie said. “There’s no substitute for not being there with your family. So, you have to give your all to your career. You have to be a mom. If you drop in the process, well, at least you know you gave it your all.”

She took that approach with the calendar, although a bad hair day almost ruined it before it began.

The day before the shoot, “I had the stupid idea to get my hair trimmed and the people just chopped it,” Lorrie said. “I was so upset.” As she relaxed that night with her family, a fan recognized her. “We got to talking and it turns out he’s a hairdresser…. The next morning he did my hair for me.”

It was that kind of trip. Clouds rolled in, then turned inside out to reveal a silver lining.

When the whole Morgan clan went deep-sea fishing, it looked like they’d head home without a single catch.

“It was so funny, because on the way in, one of the lines seemed to be caught – and it turns out Jesse, my son, had caught this tuna. There we were holding onto him, so he wouldn’t be pulled out of the ship, but he reeled it in himself. And it was a big fish! The captain filleted it for us right there, and when we got back to the hotel, the chef cooked it for our dinner.”

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