Note: Morgan told us that it’s an answer that a lot of people don’t expect from him as a country singer – but we love it. The reality is that we’re in a great generation for music and the ability to love artists and songs from all genres.
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Between the time he’s spent on tour with Luke Bryan and Jake Owen and for his own 2018 Up Down Tour, country up-and-comer Morgan Wallen is no stranger to road life. Wallen hopes to build a similar story. He headed out on a promotion tour of radio stations in the summer of 2016, giving him a chance to start playing for people again after spending so much of the previous year in writing rooms and the recording studio. The end goal is to be on a stage, making that emotional connection with his distinctive sound. But it takes time to get there.
My parents didn’t have like a lot of money or anything, so it was also necessary. It wasn’t just a principle. It was kind of like, “You know if you want something, we wish we could help, but you’re going to have to get it yourself” kind of thing. And they always sacrificed so much for me. I played baseball growing up. It’s expensive. I played on a lot of travel teams and things like that, travelling all around the country. They made sure that I was able to do that. I think I learned a lot from my parents as far as keeping it real, too. I think it’s just all about people and how you treat them. And how you feel about everything that goes with it.
2019 has been a breakout year for Wallen, a 2018 Taste of Country RISERS star. “Whiskey Glasses” reached No. 1 and he opened for stars like Luke Combs and Florida Georgia Line He also earned his first CMA Awards nomination , in the New Artist of the Year category.
Playing music is something he’s done quite a bit in his career opening for artists such as Jake Owen and Luke Bryan. In October he’ll also join Luke Combs on the fall leg of his sold-out Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour”.
Wallen has also written songs recorded by artists such as Dustin Lynch, Kane Brown and Jason Aldean who just celebrated his most recent No. 1, You Make It Easy”, which was co-written by Wallen and Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley from Florida Georgia Line.
Wallen isn’t the first country singer to be booted a singing competition show, Maren Morris had a pretty rough experience on a handful of talent competition shows too.
The EP was home to Florida Georgia Line’s genre-bending debut Cruise,” the first of 16 No. 1 songs. With 11 million copies sold, “Cruise” remains the top-selling digital single in the history of country music. With it, came years of criticism and jeers about the duo’s dedication to the genre. When it came time to craft the approach to their fourth album, Kelley and Hubbard ripped a page out of their first playbook. There are no typos in the album title, but when they opted to call the project Can’t Say I Ain’t Country,” they knew people would talk.
In 2014, Wallen made his breakout appearance on The Voice. And although he was eliminated from Adam Levine ‘s team during the Playoffs round, Wallen’s songwriting and performing fate had already been sealed. After moving to Nashville in 2015, things really took off, with the young country singer inking a deal with Big Loud Records, recording with well-known producer Joey Moi and hitting the road for his first radio tour.
In 2016, Wallen inked a recording contract with Joey Moi’s Big Loud Records. His debut EP, The Way I Talk, was released in July 2016. The title-single peaked at #30 on the Hot Country Songs chart and was certified Gold. The music video for ‘The Way I Talk’ has been viewed 26+ million times on YouTube. Wallen’s second EP premiered in January 2018. It rose to #45 on the US Country Albums chart.
His mother signed him up to audition for NBC’s The Voice, convinced that he’d do well. Wallen had no idea what to expect – he’d never seen the show – but he was chosen by Usher and was later stolen by Adam Levine. The last song he performed during his run, a cover of Florida Georgia Line’s Stay,” helped him steer him toward his creative destiny.
On top of being proud to release the album, and happy to have his music and voice shared with the world, Morgan sees the songs on If I Know Me as a chance to bolster his live show.
And while he says he already has recorded a ton of songs” for his next record and could put out an album right now if he needed to,” Wallen is in no rush to move too fast.
Tennessee-based singer and songwriter who adds a touch of pop gloss to down-to-earth country sensibilities. He spoke about the success of his Top 10 single, “Up Down” featuring Florida Georgia Line, and how he got to collaborate with them.
I caught up with the Sneedville, Tennessee native in Toronto at BATL to throw some axes and talk about the single, his new album, and being on his first stadium tour with Sam Hunt, Jon Pardi, and headliner Luke Bryan. Immediately it was clear that Morgan a laid back guy who is having the time of his life making music. But as chill as he is, he wants more.
Country singer Morgan Wallen is out with his new album “If I Know Me” and joined FOX’s Tonya J. Powers to discuss his music career, his relationship with country stars Florida Georgia Line and him opening up for Luke Bryan on select dates this summer.
East Tennessee native Morgan Wallen performs. Pour Me Another Drink design on the front and MW Logo on the back with song title, Whiskey Glasses. Florida Georgia Line released fourth album ‘Can’t Say It Ain’t Country’ in February.
His first album, If I Know Me, was produced by Joey Moi of Big Loud Records. Moi made his name overseeing mega-platinum rockers Nickelback before relocating to Nashville and becoming a country music mogul. The album’s second single, “Up Down,” featured superstars Florida Georgia Line and reached the top of the Country Airplay charts, definitively announcing that Wallen had arrived as a major name in Nashville.
Those boys, they’ve kind of taken me into the family, you know? Pretty much ever since I met them. We have a lot of the same connections and same people that we work with. I met them six months after moving to Nashville. I feel like their drive grows everyday – even though, with all the success they’ve had, I feel like they could easily kind of coast through and (just be) it is what it is kind of thing and do whatever they want. But I still both of them having so much focus and so much love for writing still, and for just growing their brand. You know, they’re doing all kinds of things with their whiskey, with their FGL House, with everything that they’ve got going on. I think if you ever get to that point, just keeping that focus, you can just tell how much they love it. I’ve learned a lot of things from them, for sure.
Still only 24 years old, those colors have already started to show. Working with a vocal blend which marks the spot where interstate blacktop changes over to gravelly, Smoky Mountain backroads, Wallen’s a rock & hip-hop loving country boy with a sound straight out of the modern South.
When Luke Bryan brings you on stage to join him on a tune and introduces you by saying, “He’s gonna be one of the biggest stars in the world,” you know you’ve got something going on. And that’s who it was for Morgan Wallen.
Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are releasing their fourth studio album, Can’t Say I Ain’t Country in February and are embarking on their tour in support of the new album with Dan + Shay and Morgan Wallen opening the show.
After 38 weeks at country radio, Morgan Wallen’s single, Whiskey Glasses,” is wobbling up the charts. The tune, which was penned by Ben Burgess and Kevin Kadish, is currently No. 3 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.
Wallen’s music contains hooks that are heard through radio speakers and sung at live shows across the country, but for the 26-year old singer, who sports a mullet and a routine sleeveless flannel shirt, most of the songs from his debut album, If I Know Me,” started with thoughts of home.
At the end of 2016, Wallen signed with Big Loud Records, a label owned by record producer Joey Moi. He released his debut single “The Way I Talk” shortly after. In addition, he co-wrote the single “Preachin ‘to the Choir of A Thousand Horses.” In April 2017, Wallen released a music video for “The Way I Talk”. She also joined the Florida Georgia Line to set dates on her Dig Your Roots Tour. He’s a passionate singer with a unique sound who grew up in Appalachia, and you’ll be hearing Morgan Wallen before 2016 is over. Wallen moved to Nashville in July 2015, not sure what he would find, but convinced that he should at least give his dreams a legitimate shot. Less than a year later, he’d already been signed to Big Loud Records, recorded some initial tracks with producer Joey Moi (Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen) and hit the road on his first radio promotion tour.
Morgan Wallen’s debut album IF I KNOW ME (Big Loud Records) delivered back-to-back PLATINUM-certified #1s; Up Down” featuring Florida Georgia Line, multi-week chart-ruler Whiskey Glasses,” GOLD-certified lead The Way I Talk” and current single, Chasin’ You.” With over 1 BILLION total career streams to his credit, he received his first-ever CMA Awards nomination for New Artist of the Year, after earning a CMT Breakthrough Video of the Year award nomination for Whiskey Glasses.” The breakout star was chosen as a MusicRow 2019 “Next Big Thing” artist, spotlighted in CMT’s Listen Up 18 for 2018” class, and named a 2018 Taste of Country RISER among other accolades. Wallen has co-penned hits for Jason Aldean (PLATINUM-certified multi-week #1 You Make It Easy”), Kane Brown, A Thousand Horses and Dustin Lynch, and garnered critical acclaim for his cover of Jason Isbell’s Cover Me Up,” while on-fire Diplo collaboration, Heartless” continues to gain momentum nationwide.
Morgan Wallen seems equally comfortable performing in the cozy confines of an intimate venue or commanding a huge crowd. So whether he’s working up a hardy batch of hardcore fans to a fever pitch in a small club or guesting with Florida Georgia Line at Nissan Stadium for a CMA Fest performance of his breakout hit “Up Down,” Wallen knows how to put himself across with a minimum of fuss and maximum impact.
Breakout country star Morgan Wallen will start 2020 out with a bang on his new headlining tour, Monster Energy Outbreak Tour Presents: Morgan Wallen’s Whiskey Glasses Roadshow.
A: I’ve always enjoyed music. If I like the song, I like the song. I don’t judge it beforehand just because it’s labelled rap” or alternative.” I’ve always given music a chance, and that’s led to me liking a lot of different things. I obviously write country, I sound country, that’s just who I am. But I think it’s good to get out there a little bit and spread country music to people who normally wouldn’t give it a chance. I think it’s good for me, it’s good for the genre. I get a little bit of hate about it, people saying, ‘Aw, he’s sold out’ or, ‘He’s not real country.’ Whatever, man. A good song is a good song, and if you want to question my authentic country-ness, my resume will check out.
In addition to working on his first album and his upcoming shows, Wallen recently released a music video for his song, “The Way I Talk.” The track’s lyrics talk about Wallen’s upbringing and how it shaped who he is. It’s his first music video, and he brought his sister and friends to appear in it.
Morgan Wallen is planning to take over the country sphere in 2019 on his own headlining tour! Wallen’s If I Know Me Tour will kick off on January 5 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and hit a total of 26 cities, before wrapping in Salt Lake City, Utah, on March 30.
Morgan Wallen will follow up his bourbon-soaked, back-to-back No. 1 singles, Up Down” and Whiskey Glasses,” with the release of new single, Chasin’ You,” on July 29.
Well, I think it goes to a lot of the sacrifices that I’ve seen them make together, him and my mom. We’re very similar people, me and my dad. We’re very similar, so when I was growing up, a lot of times, we’d butt heads. I wasn’t as close to him growing up as I am now, as I have been in the past four or five years. I think he just saw a lot of himself in me, and he didn’t want me to make the same mistakes he did and all that kind of thing. Se we’d butt heads. I was a kid, a smart alec little kid. My dad has always done everything it takes to make sure the people he loves are taken care of. And I think that’s probably the biggest thing that learned from him.
Already an accomplished songwriter, Hardy (full name Michael Hardy) co-wrote Wallen’s No. 1 single, ” Up Down” Wallen says he hopes that spending all that time on the road together will lead to further collaboration.
Very excited to share the latest additions to the Saving Country Music Top 25 Playlist, which includes songs from some great records and artists that need to be on your radar. Ben Jarrell’s debut LP ‘Troubled Times’ has been setting people’s hair on fire, and there’s nothing better to get the blood pumping at the top of the playlist.
NEW YORK — Breakthrough country singer Morgan Wallen is making moves with his hit single about drinking away heartache, “Whiskey Glasses,” but he’s also turning heads thanks to his trendy mullet.
Special guests throughout the tour include Morgan Wallen, The Cadillac Three and Jameson Rodgers. Ticket pre-sale begins on April 2 at 10 a.m. local time, with general on-sale following on April 5 at 10 a.m. local time.