UP DOWN singer Morgan Wallen is shining proof that life can throw you curveballs when it comes to your childhood ambitions, but your dreams can still come true. He will add to those achievements when he heads to Australian for CMC Rocks 2019 in March.
The US singer-songwriter had dreams of being a professional baseball player, but an injury forced him to change his life direction and now he’s playing the stadiums he dreamed of as a child, just in a different field.
Morgan has released three singles – The Way I Talk, his latest Whiskey Glasses, but it was his second, Up Down, that caught the ears of new country fans, when he teamed up with chart-toppers Florida Georgia Line.
The collaboration with Florida Georgia Line came about through their shared producer, Joey Moi.
“I originally planned on doing it by myself, but they (FGL) were in the studio at the same time and he showed them the song and they loved it, so it kinda just happened,” Morgan said.
“We spent a day or two in the studio getting everything fixed just right.
“Those boys became my friends before anything else and have been so good to me and treated me like a little brother.”
It was a surreal experience for the Florida Georgia Line fan.
“Five or six years ago, I was out in my boat with my buddy on the lake and he played me some new group called Florida Georgia Line and I became a fan,” Morgan said.
“So, then to struggle on my own and now for them to be endorsing me in this way, it’s all still pretty crazy to think about. I just really appreciate them and it’s a cool thing they’ve done with me.”
Morgan said, while they hadn’t discussed further collaborations, he was sure they would remain friends and collaborators for many years.
At the Stage Coach festival, he did his own set before hitting the stage with Florida Georgia Line where he truly experienced what it meant to have a No. 1 song as an artist.
“There were 75 or 80,000 people there and a lot of them were singing with us along with Up Down,” he said.
“That was one of the coolest experiences of my career so far. Anytime you record a song, you take a risk, you give a piece of yourself to it. You want people to feel the same way as you do about the song – to care and believe and relate to it, so when you get out there and you start seeing those things happening and people start buying into what you’re doing, it’s super cool.
“When you go with a single and put all your promotion, marketing and money into it, and it gets received like Up Down, it is just awesome.”
Up Down wasn’t his first chart-topper, though; he’d also co-written You Make It Easy, which Jason Aldean enjoyed success with, and has co-written songs for Kane Brown, Dustin Lynch and A Thousand Horses.
After the release of Up Down and his CMA Fest debut this year, Luke Bryan selected him as one of four opening acts on his What Makes You Country Tour.
The tour began on May 31 and will continue through to October, he is also playing his own shows in between, making for a busy US summer and autumn period, but there’s still no slowing down for the 25-year-old Tennessee native.
In August, he also opened for Florida Georgia Line.
“The Luke Bryan tour is my first time playing stadiums, so that’s awesome,” he said.
“I grew up wanting to be a baseball player, and grew up dreaming of playing these places in a different field, so to be on this side and feel the energy of Luke’s live show is amazing. I am super grateful to Luke for asking me out on the road with him.”
Morgan said he enjoyed watching Luke’s live show from different angles and learning from the seasoned performer. His opening show has been getting rave reviews wherever they’ve played as well, so a future of headlining his own stadium tour shouldn’t be far off.
Once he wraps up the tour with Luke, he will hit the road with labelmate Jake Owen on his Life’s Whatcha Make It Tour from October 4 with special guest David Lee Murphy.
In May this year, he said a trip to Australia was on the cards for the young artist and he’s been announced in the line-up for CMC Rocks 2019.
“Ever since I remember, I’ve wanted to go to Australia because I love your accent and I definitely want to get over there,” Morgan said.
“I was talking to different friends who may be coming there next year to play, so I would love to get over there.”
Morgan Wallen continues to hit home runs, and Australian fans will get to experience live in March 2019.
Tickets for CMC Rocks 2019 go on general sale tomorrow, October 2, at 9am through www.moshtix.com.au.
- original story appeared in Country Music Capital News