By Dustin Ensinger
Two years after graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University, New Jersey native Morgan Treni is following her dream.
Treni, who majored in non-fiction, recently released her debut album, “The Dreamer and Other Essays.”
“I’ve always wanted to record an album but I ran away from music for a long time,” she said.
The daughter of a jazz composer, Treni reunited with her musical roots during her times as an OWU student, often taking part in open microphone nights at Roop Brother’s Pub.
“I built my whole foundation with the support of an incredible family that came out every week to support me,” she said.
After moving back to New Jersey, Treni was working on a book of essays when she decided to take a stab at a musical career. In August 2012, she packed up her car and drove to Delaware and began the process of recording her debut album.
The writing and recording took nearly two years.
“The recording process, it was very difficult,” she said. “It was totally new to me. I had a lot of wonderful people teach me and help me.”
Treni describes her musical style as “more of a folksy-pop with a jazz influence.”
And she has taken time on her debut album to her adopted hometown in a track simply titled “Delaware.”
“There’s a history to Delaware that is very unique. It’s very familial. It’s home to me,” she said. “You can do anything that you set your heart and your intention on completing and people will help you get there. That’s what Delaware showed me.”
The album is available for purchase at morgantreni.com. It is also available at Endangered Species – The Last Record Store on Earth.
Treni will perform live at Brothers Drake Meadery in Columbus at 7 p.m. on July 27. She will also be performing at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 10 at the Bicentennial Park Gazebo in Delaware.
Dustin Ensinger can be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @EnsingerDG.