Solotech has announced that it expects to acquire Nashville-based Morris Light & Sound in a move designed to strengthen Solotech’s live production and systems integration divisions in the U.S., as well as expand its inventory and add to its team of industry professionals.
Morris Light & Sound was formed nearly 30 years ago by Dale Morris to outfit tours for the country music group Alabama. With this step, Morris changed the landscape of touring by creating a unique business model that not only represented and managed artists but also provided full production services all under one roof.
“The audiences that Alabama drew were unprecedented in Country Music at that time,” Morris states. “We needed a sound system that would project their music over the sounds of the crowd, so I turned to an audio company in L.A. who configured sound systems for rock groups which was what we needed. I purchased the system out of necessity for ‘Alabama’ and that’s how we got started in production.”
The InteRise systems integration division, a more recent addition, also resides under the Morris Light & Sound umbrella. This group was formed out of a recognition that many houses of worship and corporate campuses were seeking to enhance their audiovisual experiences
“The Morris Light & Sound and InteRise brands will be strong additions to the Solotech family, perfectly complementing our corporate goals and expanding our capabilities as well as our footprint in the United States. With this acquisition, the increased reach of Solotech as a leader in audiovisual and entertainment technology will reinforce our positioning as an industry innovator” says Martin Tremblay, President and CEO of Solotech.
“The Morris name has a strong reputation throughout the music industry, and we respect the brand and quality of services that Dale has built,” adds Mickey Curbishley, President, Live Productions, USA and UK, Solotech. “Solotech will be proud to join our two companies with the common philosophy of delivering outstanding services and solutions to our clients.”
Zack Morris, COO of Morris Enterprises, concludes, “We are excited to have the Morris brands acquired by Solotech, a highly respected company in the industry. Our company cultures and values such as collaboration and exceptional performance complement each other, and we’re confident our clients will continue to receive an elevated experience.”