Morgan Wallen

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Morgan Wallen
Birth nameMorgan Cole Wallen
Born (1993-05-13) May 13, 1993 (age 27)
Sneedville, Tennessee
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2014–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitemorganwallen.com

Morgan Cole Wallen (born May 13, 1993) is an American country music singer and songwriter. He is signed to Big Loud Records and has released six singles: "The Way I Talk", "Up Down", which features Florida Georgia Line, "Whiskey Glasses", "Chasin' You", "More Than My Hometown", and "7 Summers".

Early life[edit]

Wallen was born in Sneedville, Tennessee.[3] His father was a Baptist pastor and as a child, Wallen took piano and violin lessons. He was offered a scholarship to play baseball in college, but after an injury, chose to pursue music instead.

Career[edit]

2014: The Voice[edit]

In 2014, Wallen competed on season 6 of The Voice, initially as part of Usher's team and later Adam Levine's team. He was eliminated during the playoffs.[3]

2015: Panacea Records and Stand Alone EP[edit]

During Wallen's stint on The Voice, he began working with Sergio Sanchez of Atom Smash who introduced him to Bill Ray and Paul Trust of Panacea Records[4]. In 2015, Wallen signed to Panacea Records and recorded a catalogue of songs that resulted in the five song EP Stand Alone. During these recording sessions, Wallen met Dominic Frost (guitar), Mark "Taco" Annino (drums), and Luke "Cowboy" Rice (bass) who became part of his touring band. Stand Alone was released on August 24, 2015 with "Spin You Around" being Wallen's debut single under Panacea Records. Also during 2015, Wallen began working with Dirk Hemsath of Hard 8 Working Group Management who later got Wallen into contact with Big Loud Records[4].

2016–present: Big Loud Records and If I Know Me[edit]

In late 2016, Wallen signed to Big Loud Records, a label owned by record producer Joey Moi. He released his debut single "The Way I Talk" soon afterward.[5] In addition, he co-wrote the A Thousand Horses single "Preachin' to the Choir".[3] In April 2017, Wallen released a music video for "The Way I Talk".[6] He also joined Florida Georgia Line for set dates on their Dig Your Roots Tour.[3] Wallen co-wrote the single "You Make It Easy" by Jason Aldean.[7]

On April 27, 2018, Wallen released his debut album, If I Know Me.[8][9] The second single from the album, "Up Down", was recorded with Florida Georgia Line.[10] According to Wallen, he and Florida Georgia Line knew each other, and when FGL heard the single, they became interested in a collaboration.[11] The album's third single "Whiskey Glasses" was released to country radio on July 30, 2018. It reached at number one on the Country Airplay in June 2019. Wallen joined Florida Georgia Line on their Can't Say I Ain't Country Tour in 2019.[12] Wallen also made a short appearance on the December 3, 2018 episode of WWE Raw. "Whiskey Glasses" went on to become the year-end number one song on country radio for 2019.[13] Wallen released "Chasin' You" to country radio as the fourth single from If I Know Me in July 2019.[14][15]. On May 27, 2020, Wallen released "More Than My Hometown" to country radio as the lead single to his upcoming second studio album due in 2020.

In August 2020, If I Know Me reached number 1 on the Top Country Albums chart after a record-breaking 114 weeks.[16]

On August 14, 2020, Wallen released the song "7 Summers" and it broke the record for the most first day streams for a country song on Apple Music, giving him his first top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts at #6.[17]

Personal life[edit]

In May 2020, Wallen was arrested outside Kid Rock's bar in downtown Nashville for public intoxication and disorderly conduct.[18][19] Wallen apologized stating he and his friends "didn't mean any harm".[20] On July 10, 2020, Wallen welcomed a son with ex-fiancée Katie Smith.

In October 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Wallen received backlash on social media after videos emerged of him partying at a bar in Tuscaloosa, Alabama,[2] a week before his scheduled debut on Saturday Night Live on October 10, 2020; Wallen was shown maskless, violating social distancing recommendations, and kissing college-age women.[21][22][23] On October 7, 2020, Wallen announced that the producers of SNL had cancelled his appearance for violating the show's COVID-19 protocols.[2]

Discography[edit]

Morgan Wallen discography
Studio albums1
Music videos12
EPs3
Singles6
No. 1 singles (Billboard)4

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
US
[24]
US Country
[25]
US
Indie

[26]
AUS
[27]
CAN
[28]
If I Know Me 13 1 1 53 21

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
US Country
[25]
Stand Alone
  • Release date: August 24th, 2015
  • Label: Panacea Records
  • Format: Digital download
The Way I Talk
  • Release date: July 29, 2016
  • Label: Big Loud Mountain
  • Format: Digital download
Morgan Wallen
  • Release date: January 12, 2018
  • Label: Big Loud Mountain
  • Format: Digital download
45
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Certifications Album
US
[32]
US Country
[33]
US Country Airplay
[34]
CAN Country
[35]
CAN
[36]
NZ
Hot

[37]
"The Way I Talk" 2016 35 30 50 If I Know Me
"Up Down"
(featuring Florida Georgia Line)
2017 49 5 1 1 89
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum[30]
  • MC: 2× Platinum[39]
"Whiskey Glasses" 2018 17 1 1 1 44
  • RIAA: 3× Platinum[30]
  • MC: 3× Platinum[39]
"Chasin' You" 2019 16 2 1 1 44
"More Than My Hometown" 2020 30 4 6 2 32 TBA
"7 Summers" 6 1 26 8 14
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Certifications Album
US
[32]
US Country
[33]
US Adult Pop
[42]
US
Pop

[43]
AUS
[44]
CAN
[36]
"Heartless"[45]
(Diplo presents Thomas Wesley
featuring Morgan Wallen
or with Julia Michaels)
2019 39 10 37 22 99 62 Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley, Chapter 1: Snake Oil

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Certifications Album
US Bubbling
[47]
US Country
[33]
CAN Digital
[48]
"Cover Me Up" 2019 11 35 Non-album single
"This Bar" 2020 29 47 TBA

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US Country
[33]
"Talkin' Tennessee" 2020 42 If I Know Me

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director Producer
2017 "The Way I Talk" TK McKamy Joel Hartz
"Up Down" (with Florida Georgia Line) Justin Clough
2018 "Not Good at Not" (live) Paul Miller
"Whiskey Glasses" Justin Clough
2019 "Chasin' You"
"Whatcha Know 'Bout That" (live)
"Whiskey Glasses" (live) Joe DeMaio
"Happy Hour" (live)
"Heartless" (with Thomas Wesley) Brandon Dermer Jonas Dolkart
"Cover Me Up" (short film) Justin Clough Ben Skipworth
2020 "Heartless" (with Thomas Wesley & Julia Michaels) Brandon Dermer
"More Than My Hometown" Justin Clough

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated Work Result Ref.
2019 CMT Music Awards Breakthrough Video of the Year "Whiskey Glasses" Nominated [50]
Country Music Association Awards New Artist of the Year Himself Nominated [51]
2020 Academy of Country Music Awards New Male Artist of the Year Himself Nominated [52]
Country Music Association Awards New Artist of the Year Himself Pending
iHeartRadio Music Awards Country Song of The Year "Whiskey Glasses" Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards Best New Country Artist Himself Won
Billboard Music Awards Top Country Song "Whiskey Glasses" Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top Country Album "If I Know Me" Nominated
CMT Music Awards Male Video of the Year "Chasin You' (Dream Video)" Nominated

Tours[edit]

Headlining[edit]

  • If I Know Me Tour (2019)
  • Whiskey Glasses Roadshow (2020)

Supporting[edit]

References[edit]

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  50. ^ Freeman, Jon (6 June 2019). "2019 CMT Music Awards: The Complete Winners List". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
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