Butler Tech teen releases first music video online
“I’m very passionate about it.”
When Morley, who studies at Butler Tech’s School for the Arts, performs on stage in school shows, he uses a high chair, leaning on it to stabilize himself in the face of occasional balance difficulties caused by his condition.
“That’s my only physical drawback to making music.”
Morley’s teacher, Zach Gabbard, a notable musician to his right who performed earlier this week on national television at Jimmy Kimmel Live! with the group The Black Keys, said he was impressed from the first day of class last fall by the teenager’s dedication.
The instrumental music instructor for high school students at Butler Tech said Morley “had a vision and a drive from day one.”
“All I did was help him facilitate that vision. He writes the songs and produces the songs,” said Gabbard, who is a 20-year veteran of the music industry.
“There’s no limit to what he can do. He actually has a vision and a message, which is completely unbelievable at his age,” he said.
Morley credits Butler Tech, which is one of the largest professional school systems in Ohio, with “giving me opportunities to learn professionalism as a musical artist.”
“They taught me things I never expected to learn and I thought I would have to learn on my own the hard way.”
“My long-term goal is to get signed to a record label. But more importantly to me, it’s about chasing my dream and having fun while helping other kids with cerebral palsy. L ‘having isn’t easy,’ he said.