For some fans of NBC’s The Voice, Morgan Wallen is a familiar name and face. But the attention toward this 23-year-old East Tennessee native is about to grow exponentially through the help of country music.
While appearing on The Voice, it became a fast-forward boot camp for Wallen who had never even played on his own in front of a crowd before. Nevertheless, he soaked up every minute of it that he could in order to gain the best experience for his career’s future.
“It was definitely an experience,” Wallen said to Sounds Like Nashville. “I was a little nervous starting out. They wanted me to sing pop music at first, so I did at first and then I finally got a chance to pick some songs and I decided to sing country because that’s what I wanted to do anyway. It’s kinda hard not to when you sound like I do. It was a good experience. There were a lot of cool people. I learned a lot about myself as an artist and a person.”
After getting eliminated from the reality vocal competition show during his time on Season Six, Wallen took the connections he made in Los Angeles and developed them into even greater opportunities once he returned to Nashville. Utilizing his songwriting abilities as well as his vocals, Wallen landed a publishing and record deal with Big Loud Records and moved right into making his debut EP.
The project, entitled The Way I Talk, was released on July 29 and came out to great response, according to Wallen himself. He received messages from people reaching out and knew that he was on to something.
“It’s my first full project that I’d been working on. You know my phone has never been blowing up as much as it was the day that I released it. I got a lot of genuine feedback that people were enjoying it—Twitter, Instagram, all that kind of stuff—and it seemed really genuine, so it’s cool to me to see that people were relating and stuff to my music. It was really cool,” he explained to SLN.
Music wasn’t always in the cards for Wallen, though. His heart was set on playing professional baseball growing up. With college offers lined up by the time he approached his senior year of high school, he seemed destined for the big leagues. It wasn’t until he blew out his arm one day that he was forced to put sports on the backburner and make music a priority.
“I went through a hard time in my life right then ‘cause that’s what I had always worked for,” Wallen said about the abrupt end to his baseball days. “But I always loved music and I didn’t know how to take it serious. But I started trying and after a whole series of events, here I am.”
Thankfully, the unfortunate event turned out in Wallen’s favor with his country career looking more and more promising. One EP out and an album in the works, he’s preparing himself for what’s next in his traditional-meets-modern sound and where his life will lead him next. Who knows…maybe he’ll find that music will be his true grand slam.