How Did Morgan Wallen Become Artist Of The Year?

Around 9 years ago, a shy singer with shaggy hair introduced himself as twenty-year-old Morgan Wallen from Tennessee while competing for a spot on the hit reality show, “The Voice.” Wearing a simple cardigan and tie, he talked about his baseball career, which ended with a debilitating injury, and his desire to get into music.

He auditioned with an earnest 2000’s ballad, “Collide,” which impressed one of the celebrity judges, Shakira. His voice was described as gritty, raspy, and manly. These days, he’s become something of a country-music star.

Here’s all you need to know about his rise to fame:

A big feature

A few years after auditioning in The Voice, the country singer enlisted the help of Florida Georgia Line to release his first single, “Up Down.” He went on tour with them and stopped at many different locations with the talented duo. He soon created “Whiskey Glasses”—the second single from his album in 2018, called “If I Know Me.” The song eventually catapulted his career and cemented Wallen as a strong name in the country music industry.

“Whiskey Glasses” was life-changing

The 2018 single has more than 300 million plays and has achieved a 4-time platinum certification, cementing the singer’s name in country music. Wallen considers this track his breakthrough and that everything before it just felt like he was at the edge of breaking out while attempting to establish himself. The song’s release really sent him in the right direction, and it never seems to get old in shows. It’s truly a life-changing song for Wallen and his band.

CMA New Artist Of The Year

On November 11th, 2020, Wallen beat out Gabby Barrett, Jimmie Allen, Ingrid Andress, and Carly Peace for CMA New Artist Of The Year. He thanked his parents for making sacrifices that helped him sing and his team for always being by his side.

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