CORPUS CHRISTI – Texas music veteran Cory Morrow will be the featured performer at Driscoll Children’s Hospital’s 27th annual Fiesta de los Niños.
Born in 1972, Morrow started playing guitar at 15 while attending Memorial High School in Houston. He learned how to play on an instrument his stepfather won in a coin toss in a Mexican border town. He continued honing his musical talents while attending Texas Tech University, where he became friends with fellow aspiring songwriter Pat Green.
In 1993, Morrow quit school and relocated to Austin, where the Cory Morrow Band built a strong reputation on the bar circuit. Inspired by Texas songwriting greats like Townes Van Zandt and Robert Earl Keen, he began to develop a large Texas grass-roots following with his constant touring and his special brand of emotional and energetic live performances.
Morrow has been in the music business long enough to inspire a new generation of Red Dirt singer/songwiters. Morrow’s advice for young fans chasing their dreams of musical stardom? “You only live once, as far as you know, so dream on and go after them.”
Morrow has sold more than 200,000 albums independently. His latest album, “Whiskey & Pride,” was released in 2018. In 2001, Morrow and Green released an album of classic country songs titled “Songs We Wish We’d Written.”
Green and Morrow continue to be good friends, ribbing each other in that way only good buddies can do. When asked what he would be doing if he wasn’t playing music for a living, Morrow replied: “Managing Pat Green’s golf schedule.”
Driscoll’s largest fundraiser of the year, Fiesta de los Niños will be held Friday, Feb. 8, 6:30-11 p.m., at the American Bank Center Exhibit Hall.
Led by longtime title sponsor Flint Hills Resources, Fiesta de los Niños is Driscoll’s largest annual fundraising event. Each year, 100 percent of the funds raised from the event directly benefit the hospital. In 2018, with more than 1,500 people in attendance, Fiesta grossed more than $940,000.
Funds from the 2019 Fiesta de los Niños will go toward the purchase of a new state-of-the-art Dual Energy/Ultra-Fast CT (computed tomography) scanner for the Radiology Department at Driscoll Children’s Hospital. The advanced technology of the CT scanner offers faster scan times, less radiation exposure to patients and sharp 3-D imaging.
For more information, call Driscoll’s Development Foundation at (361) 694-6401 or visit www.driscollchildrens.org/fiesta-de-los-ninos.