Morton credits Grant Menefee, a Catonsville-based music teacher, as one of the first people to give him the tools to "make a go of" a career in music.
Menefee recalls Morton as a natural drummer and quick learner.
"He was soaking it up like a sponge," Menefee said. "He really enjoyed playing music, and really worked hard. He enjoyed it to the point that I thought this is what's going to make him happy."