The founder of Studio 7, was born into the music industry, spent many years as a child performing especially dance, she loved to make up the dance routines in her head and see them come to life on stage. Kizzy as a teenager won 56 dance competitions and came 6th in one.
When Kizzy moved to London to be with her uncle, Kizzy went through some serious grooming, her uncle was from the industry and she understands now that he was trying to prepare her. Kizzy also spent many years at Pineapple Dance Studio Area School of Voce, Lucy Clayton, for a short while and And The London theatre company based in Brixton.
Now as is a professional Artist with over 35 years experience of the Music Industry and working in the disciplines of Modelling, Dance, Acting and singing, and sent to Lucy Clayton finishing school for a short period, singing became Kizzys life main focus and first love, in fact, being on stage as a performer is her idea of home.
Kizzy has had the honour of her own chart success and also working alongside some of the worlds greatest artists including but not limited to Prince, The Eurythmics and Take That., Aretha Franklin, Jocelyn Brown.
Now, as well as still performing Jazz and Blues, Kizzy enjoys paying it forward. In 2000 she set up an organisation called studio 7 to become the missing part of the music industry, Artists Development especially for those young ones who miss out on the opportunity to show and develop their talents. Kizzy Morrell is also a radio presenter of over 20years, work at Ujima, The Star Radio, the Headhunted for BBC, then back home to community radio Ujima my show is called Women Behaving badly :D.
My main reason for wanting to add radio presenter and engineer and producer is so she had the ability to spotlight new young hopefuls. promoting new artists music and a few social topics mixed in. She has also won 8 awards including the Lord Mayors Medal for her Outstanding work in the community.
WHO AM I,
I AM A CREATIVE WITH A GIFT TO SHARE TO THOSE WHO RECEIVES IT.
What others Say
Kizzy Morrell is one of Bristol's most loved and dedicated performing arts teachers, her work over the last 15 years with young people is well recognized and her experience of working with young people some of whom have been excluded from mainstream education and who have a range of issues ranging from mental health problems to economic and historic situations that have impacted on their young lives.
Kizzy is a well known figure in the music business with a career that spans over 35 years, broadcaster, singer, songwriter with chart success and vast music industry knowledge. Kizzy Morrell was mentored by Motown’s Eugene Thompson and Mell Nixon from the Chilite family and grew into the Artists we know her for today. And Kizzy is now paying it forward as a teacher and community leader, Kizzy has worked with many well-known artists over her many years in the business and now runs Studio 7 at Creative Youth Network in Central Bristol.
Studio 7 is a not-for -profit organisation and over the years has relied upon donations and Gifts in Kind to survive with Kizzy putting many aspects of her own life on hold to ensure that her 'community comes first ‘like the well known founder of the charity 'Kids Companyy' Kizzy plays a major role and is a big presence in the lives of all her ‘children’ and she has enabled many to go on to lead lives that are full and rewarding.
Music and performance is the method by which Kizzy brings her students back into 'life' and helps them to become valuable members of society.
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Well-known in Bristol and beyond, Kizzy is a force of nature who can turn her vocals to jazz, gospel, blues and much, much more. Involved in many projects in the area she has supported Bristol music for many years and is always good value live.
Currently running sessions at the Square Bar, Bristol, with some of Bristol young singers, Kizzy is one of the region's treasures - catch her soon.
The LAST WORD: Kizzy Morrell, founder, Studio 7
Each week Bristol Business News gives a prominent member of the city’s business community the last word on its weekly e-bulletin.
This week Kizzy Morrell, singer, composer, teacher, community leader and founder of Studio 7 artist development, answers our 10 questions.
What was the LAST:
Film you watched? Blade Runner
Book you read? Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers
Music you bought/downloaded? Step In The Name Of Love
Concert or play you went to? The Rocky Horror Show.
Sporting event you attended? Haven’t been to a sporting event for a long time – the last one was horse racing.
Holiday you went on? Bali
Restaurant you ate in? San Carlo in Corn Street
Thing that annoyed you? Too much violence on TV
Thing that made you laugh out loud? Watching my grandson emulate me by wearing my head phones and trying to use my microphone. So cute
Piece of good advice you were given? Go for your dreams and create your own reality.
Kizzy Morrell founded Bristol’s Studio 7 in 2000 after many years working across the UK with numerous well-known musicians such as Hot Chocolate, the Eurythmics, the Chi-Lites and more. Studio 7 has recently gained CIC status and this Sunday will stage the Regional Youth Music Awards at Bristol’s Passenger Shed – one of its most successful events which rewards talented young people from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds.
‘Talking Business’ With Kizzy Morrell
Posted On November 19, 2015
Kizzy Morrell is a prominent figure within the South West music industry, She has trained some of the best acts to hail from Bristol and holds a personal music resume that glows with international success. With her prestigious annual event the Regional Youth Music Awards being just around the corner we caught up with the Goddess Kizzy for a quick interview.
1) What inspired you to launch your business?
I moved to Bristol from London, around 20 years ago. When I got here, I fell in love with Bristol and its sense of the community and I wanted to contribute. I found there was a need to help the young people find their way and as a mother, I felt it was important to work with our creative youth, and show them life has another way besides pain hurt and abuse. The only thing I felt I had was my music. Music to me is life, it is the common denominator that brings us all together and if you look at the science of music it also has healing powers. To that end in Aug 2000, I set up Studio 7 Artist Development Project at Lakota.
2) What advice do you have for young people wanting to get into the music business?
The music business is not like any other. Do not be too proud that you lose out on opportunities. Join the Musicians Union, they have all the advice and help you need as an artist. Have fun with it and go for it. Express yourselves in your music and on stage. Share your story. you never know whom it might help. As an artist, you have the ear of all those who will listen, own it and respect your position of power.
3) You started off as a singer, can you tell us a funny story our audience may not know?
Hmm, a funny story, I have lots, but my favourite was, while I was on tour with my single Colour Me (Paradise Orchestra). We came to a little village of which I had forgotten the name, we were doing 6 venues a night 7 days a week for 13 days. So at this beautiful small village and one stage, lights went up, and as I said Hi my name is Kizzy Morrell and its great to be here in ….. the name of the village eluded me, so in good old fashioned performance manner, I got the Audience to chant it to me. Such fun
4) What would you say is your biggest success story to date?
It’s got to be having my daughter, Depends on what you mean by success for me it was musically having the opportunity to be mentored and work with major Artists from Motown when I was a young eager teenager.
5) What’s the biggest risk you have ever taken and how did it turn out?
Going on a 7 week holiday with someone I had only met online in second-life – a 3 Virtual world – he was a Dj on my sim – we dated online (if you know second-life then you will understand) for 2-years then, he asked me what my favourite number was, I told him 7. Then, he offered to take me to Bali for 7 weeks, I said yes, and now we are happily married
6) Where can you see your business in the next 5 years?
We have plans to link with the United States and parts of Africa due to my network. So I see us going global.
7) If there was one celebrity musician you would have loved to mentor or train who would it be and why?
Oh, that is hard, Etta James, not that she needs it, but because I think we would have benefited each other.
8) What can we expect from you over the next 2 years?
More young artists being launched. More showcase events with our young Artists. We are also working on getting a building out of the city we can use as a creative retreat for the young ones and more musicians helping the young ones coming up the ladder. and last but not least an Album from myself (shhhhh :D)
9) Who has been your biggest mentor/role model or inspiration so far and why?
It’s got to be my mother, as children she instilled morals in us and a sense of compassion for others. She was also a strong businesswoman with a solid work ethic and trained us early to understand how the world works.
Kizzy is a beacon of light within our Bristol community and her work continues to positively impact the lives of Bristol’s creative young people. Kizzy Morrell we at the Mogul Minded Group #Salutes you.
Contact Kizzy Morrell Via her website Studio-7.org.uk
Email: Tel: 07535 402 339
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