Who is Morgan Wallen
The singer/songwriter has been nominated for six Grammy Awards, including Best Country Solo Performance for his latest single “I Want Crazy.” He’s won three Grammys, one American Music Award and an Academy of Country Music award. His songs have been covered by artists like Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton, Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and others.
Wallen grew up in rural Tennessee and began writing music while still in high school. In 2011, he signed with Sony Nashville Records and released his debut album, I’m Alright. In 2012, he released his second full-length LP, All Your Life, produced by Shane McAnally. Both albums debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
In 2013, Wallen released his third studio album, Take Me Down, produced by Jay Joyce. Following the release, Wallen toured extensively throughout North America and Europe.
At the beginning of 2018, Wallen announced plans to record a fourth studio album, set to be released later in the year.
Morgan Wallen was born to Thomas “Tommy” Wallen and Leslie Wallen on May 13th, 1993, in Sneadville, Tennessee. His parents divorced when he was three years old; he lived with his mother until she remarried. At age five, Wallen began taking piano lessons. When he was seven, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he attended school. In middle school, Wallen began playing the violin. He played in the school orchestra and band, and performed in several musical productions. At age 11, Wallen began studying classical guitar. He had been interested in rock music since watching videos of bands such as Led Zeppelin and Metallica, but did not start listening to it until high school.
Wallen graduated from Lipscomb University in 2012 with a degree in music education. While attending college, Wallen worked part-time jobs to pay for tuition and books. After graduation, Wallen taught elementary school students in Knox County, Tennessee.
In 2013, Wallen auditioned for American Idol, but failed to make it into Hollywood Week. However, he continued to perform in local talent competitions, including one sponsored by a local radio station. Wallen signed a recording contract with Sony Music Nashville in October 2013.
The Voice is a singing competition show broadcast by NBC in the United States. Each season features four coaches who each train aspiring artists; in turn, those artists are mentored and developed by their respective coach throughout the course of multiple blind auditions, battle rounds, knockouts, live playoffs and ultimately, the finals. The winner receives $100,000 and recording contracts with Universal Music Group.
In addition to coaching contestants during the competition, each coach chooses one artist from among the performances of the previous week’s knockout round to become his or her “favorite.” This artist goes onto compete against the remaining acts in the semifinals alongside another coach’s favorite act. The three semifinalists who receive the fewest votes from the public go head-to-head in the championship round, where the audience decides who moves on to the final round.
Each episode consists of several segments including the aforementioned blind auditions, battles, knockouts, and live playoffs, along with various prerecorded musical performances by guest artists called superlatives. These performances include duos, trios, quartets, quintets, sextets, and even eight-member ensembles, such as choirs, orchestras, and bands. Some episodes feature a performance segment called the Knockout Round, which involves the coaches eliminating some of their own artists after they have sung.
Each team has its own theme song that plays over the opening credits. Season 1 used the songs “I’m Yours,” “Love Me Like You Do,” and “If I Lose Myself”. Season 2 used the songs “Barefoot”, “You’re Still Standing”, and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. Season 3 used the songs “Can’t Fight Fate”, “Let It Go”, and “Don’t Stop Believin'”. Season 4 used the songs “Lucky Day”, “Wake Up Call”, and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”. Season 5 used the songs “Till We Find Love Again”, “What Makes You Beautiful”, and “Stay With Me Tonight”. Season 6 used the songs “Never Too Far” and “This Is Us”. Season 7 used the songs “A Thousand Years”, “I Will Always Love You”, and “How Great Thou Art”. Season 8 used the songs “Alone Yet Not Alone”, “All Things Bright And Beautiful”, and “Amazing Grace”. Season 9 used the songs “My Life Would Suck Without You”, “For Good”, and “Praying For Time”. Season 10 used the songs “Hallelujah”, “I Can Only Imagine”, and “God Bless America”. Season 11 used the songs “Forever Young”, “Something Bigger Than Us”, and “Stand By Me”. Season 12 used the songs “One Moment in Time”, “When A Man Loves A Woman”, and “You Raise Me Up”. Season 13 used the songs “The Way That He Looks At Me”, “I Won’t Give Up On You”, and “Heaven Help Us All”. Season 14 used the songs “I Believe In You”, “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp”, and “Grateful”. Season 15 used the songs “I’ll Be There”, “Just As Long As You Love Me”, and “I See Fire”.
2015: Panacea Records and Stand Alone EP
Panacea Records and Stand Alone are two names synonymous with one person: Ryan Wallen. As a producer and songwriter, he has been creating music since he was 16 years old. He grew up listening to artists like Frank Ocean, Drake, Jay Z, Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne, etc., but his musical style is unique. In fact, it’s hard to classify him into just one genre. His sound is very diverse and ranges from pop to hip hop to soul.
He released his debut album, Stand Alone, in 2015. This project included songs such as “Stand Alone,” “Lose Yourself,” and “I Don’t Wanna Know.” These tracks showed off his ability to write catchy melodies and lyrics while still maintaining a strong vocal performance.
In 2016, he released another single titled “You’re Gonna Love Me.” This track showcased his versatility as a singer/songwriter. The song incorporated elements of jazz, blues, and rock. The melody was catchy and the vocals had a great range.
His latest release, “The Way I Feel,” came out in June 2017. This song was a collaboration with fellow artist, David Hernandez. They both wrote the song together and recorded it in Los Angeles. The song received positive reviews from fans and critics alike.
Wallen is now gearing up for his next studio album. He plans to drop it sometime in 2018. Stay tuned for more information about his upcoming projects.
2016–2019: Big Loud Records and If I Know Me
In 2016, Wallen signed with Big Loud Records where he recorded his debut single, “The Way I Talk,” produced by Grammy Award winner John Rich. The song became one of the most played songs on SiriusXM radio during 2017 and 2018. Wallen toured extensively across North America and Europe throughout 2017 and 2018. His sophomore release, If I Knew Me, was released on April 27, 2018. The lead single, “, debuted at No. 2 on Billboard Hot Country Songs.
Wallen has been releasing music since 2013. He signed to Capitol Records Nashville in 2017, where he wrote songs like “I Got You” and “Humble & Kind.” In 2018, he released his self-titled EP, followed by the release of “Stitches,” which became his first Top 5 hit on the Country Airplay charts. His second EP, “More Than My Hometown,” came out in April 2019.
On May 27, 2020, he released “More Than My Townhome,” a track off his upcoming second studio album, due out later this year. It was sent to country radio on July 13, becoming his first single to land on the country airplay charts.
Wallen began dating actress KT Smith in 2018 after meeting her while filming another movie. They became engaged in January 2019 and married in August 2019. Their son was born in July 2020.