If there’s one thing that fans will learn from watching Craig’s World, the new Circle Network docuseries centered around Craig Morgan’s everyday life, it’s that the country singer has a whole lot of energy.
From racing motorcycles to running a marathon right before a Grand Ole Opry show, Morgan’s action-packed life is on full display in the series — but he says that before he launched his new show, he thought his everyday life and hobbies were pretty run-of-the-mill.
“I felt like everybody did this stuff,” the singer tells Country Now. “I didn’t realize that not everybody wants to race motorcycles, hunt and fish, run marathons.”
Morgan and his family are no strangers to reality television. In 2018, before Craig’s World launched, they were the subject of another show called Morgan Family Strong, which told the story of their close-knit, loving family, still reeling from the devastating loss of Morgan’s son, Jerry, in a tragic accident.
In the new series, the spotlight shifts a bit away from Morgan’s family, spotlighting him as a main character and focusing on the balance he strikes between his personal life and career. An Opry member himself, the show’s shift to the Opry’s Circle Network was an important move for Morgan, too.
“[It] only made sense, as a Grand Ole Opry member,” he points out. “But literally, we’ve just been filming me living, doing all the crap that I do.”
But in recent months, that “normal life” has been turned on its head a bit: Morgan saw a grassroots resurgence in popularity when he released a new song, “The Father, My Son and the Holy Ghost,” in late summer of 2019. Blake Shelton, Ellen Degeneres and more celebrities stepped up to support the song, with Shelton even tweeting that he would “gladly give up [his] spot at country radio to get this song on.”
A powerful, pained ballad that grappled with the loss of his child, Morgan’s song quickly surged in sales, becoming the best-selling song of all genres on iTunes that fall. Even though he’d had hits at country radio before, like 2005’s “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” Morgan never could have predicted how strongly fans connected to “The Father, My Son and the Holy Ghost.”
On one episode of Craig’s World, Morgan heads to New York City to perform the song on The Today Show. It’s a deeply powerful performance, bringing hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb — to say nothing of the fans in the audience — to tears.
“I don’t play it every night,” Morgan admits, explaining that the song simply takes an emotional toll on him. “It kind of depends on how I feel. The more stressed or tired I may be, the more difficult it is.”
Still, he tries to perform the song whenever he can, even if it’s difficult. He realizes how powerful “The Father, My Son and the Holy Ghost” is to people — even those who can’t relate to his particular set of circumstances.
“I had no idea it would impact people who haven’t lost children the way it does,” Morgan points out. “What’s unusual, I would say, is this isn’t a dark song. It has a positive message.”
That positivity is something that everybody needs to hear, he goes on to say, especially during times like now, in the throes of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
“There is hope, and that’s what the song’s about,” the singer says. “There’s hope in our faith.”