Hello! My name is Mariah Morton. I am twenty years old and just moved to Seattle, Wa. The Lord Jesus is the love of my life and I am delighted to be able to share the talent that He has given me for His glory. God called me into music when I was 14 years old. I went to a Summer camp and asked the Lord to show me what my calling was. As soon as I asked a flash of light off of the drum set cage hit my eye. I knew in my spirit that He was calling me to the drums. I was very confused because I had never touched a drum set, nor ever even thought that it was possible that I could be a drummer. So I asked for a confirmation and got it the last day of the camp. I took a lesson and found out that I had enough rhythm to be able to play.
Ever since then, I taught myself how to play the drum set. I played in my church worship band from 2014-2016 at Savannah First Assembly of God. I then went to Lee University to study Music Business with an emphasis in Percussion (not finished yet). There I studied the ins and outs of music, including music theory, and aural skills. I also took professional percussion lessons for two years with world class musician and composer Dr. Andy Harnsberger. I also decided to take a years worth of drum set lessons to expand my knowledge and skills.
Within the timeline of my musicianship, I have had the honor of playing in various settings. I have played in many different worship bands. I also have played in rock/pop/cover bands during my time a Lee University. One band that I was in even had a “mini-tour” through Tennessee. We played shows in Knoxville, Savannah, and Cleveland TN. I also had a chance to record a few originals with another band called “In The Field.” I was also able to play in the professional ensembles that Lee provided like the Symphonic Band and the Percussion Ensemble.
Music is something that is so special to me because it connects people unlike anything else. My hope is to be able to help people through music and to give glory to God. It has helped me through the dark times and made the best times even more memorable. Psalm 150:3-5 (NIV) Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and the lyre, praise him with the timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.