Morgan Wallen: Who is He?


Haley Wolff

Anyone who likes country, whether they want to or not, knows the name, Morgan Wallen. He started his career with a successful showing on the 2014 season of The Voice. Though he lost in the semi-finals, the show gave him nationwide exposure and introduced him to vocal coach Sergio Sanchez, from the band Atom Smash. Together they formed a short-lived band in Nashville called Morgan Wallen & Them Shadows. After that, he signed with Big Loud Records and ranked in the Top Ten with his album “If I Know Me”, in April of 2018. Leading off the album was the song “Up Down”, made in collaboration with the popular band Florida Georgia Line, the song eventually earned a gold record. Then in 2021, with the release of his “Dangerous: The Double Album”, he rapidly became one of the biggest stars in the contemporary country music field. This album spent over 10 weeks at the top of the Billboard chart and received the best-selling album award in 2021.

Born in Tennessee on May 13th, 1993, Morgan Wallen got his love for music at a young age when he would sing at Church. His church performances started when he was 3 years old, as his father was a preacher. He played the violin, piano, and guitar, but also had a passion for baseball. He pitched for his high school team and even got college offers, but due to an elbow injury, his pitching career came to a halt.

His solo career really took off in 2019 with his single “This Bar” and also in 2020 with “More Than My Hometown”, both of which reached number one on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. His album, “Dangerous: The Double Album”, released in January 2021, also reached the top of the Billboard album charts and received the highest number of first-week streams for a country album, a record that still stands to this day. Less than a month after the album’s release, all his songs were removed from country radio, he was dropped from his record label, and he was deemed ineligible to obtain the awards his music received from the Academy of Country Music. This decision was made after TMZ released a video of the artist using racially offensive language while with a group of friends. Gradually radio stations started to pick his music back up within the same year. In 2021 and then 2022 Wallen released the gospel waltz “Don’t Think Jesus” and then “Thought You Should Know”, both of which reached the top of the Hot Country Songs chart.

He’s had a very successful ongoing career, as demonstrated by the numerous awards he’s both been nominated for and received.

2020 Awards

Academy of Country Music Awards

New Male Artist of the Year (nominated)

American Music Awards

Favorite Male Artist – Country (nominated)

Favorite Album – Country (nominated with “If I Know Me”)

Billboard Music Awards

Top Country Album (nominated with “If I Know Me”)

Top Country Song (nominated with “Whiskey Glasses”)

CMT Music Awards

Male Video of the Year (nominated with “Chasin’ You”)

Country Music Association Awards

New Artist of the Year (received)

iHeartRadio Music Awards

Best New Country Artist (received)

Country Song of the Year (nominated with “Whiskey Glasses”)

2021 Awards

American Music Awards

Favorite Male Country Artist (nominated)

Favorite Country Album (nominated with “Dangerous: The Double Album”)

Billboard Music Awards

Top Country Artist (received)

Top Country Male Artist (received)

Top Country Album (won with “Dangerous: The Double Album”)

Top Song Sales Artist (nominated)

Top Country Song (nominated with “Chasin’ You”)

Top Country Song (nominated with “More Than My Hometown”)


Recently Morgan Wallen announced the release of his new “One Thing At A Time” album, which includes 36 songs. It is to be released on March 3rd. According to Country Now, Wallen states, “This record represents the last few years of my life, the highs and the lows”. Three songs from the album have recently been released to celebrate – “Last Night”, “Everything I Love”, and “I Wrote The Book”. It will additionally include the genres of country, rock, and hip-hop with collaborations with Eric Church, Hardy, Ernest, and harmonies from his sister Ashlyne in the song titled “Outlook”. This is a full circle moment for Wallen as he used to sing harmonies with his two sisters growing up in church. His current singles “You Proof”, his latest number 1 hit, and “Thought You Should Know” are also apart of this new album.

The album cover features Wallen in front of his grandmother’s house in Tennessee demonstrating the bond he feels to this album. The tracklist has been released and his fans eagerly await the much-anticipated release that won’t fail to hit more charts and appeal to the masses.