Wallen was born in Sneedville, Tennessee, on May 13, 1993, and he grew up in the Knoxville area. His father was a preacher who loved the bombast of hard rock, while his mother was a teacher whose tastes ran to contemporary Christian sounds. Wallen developed a strong interest in music at a very young age; he started singing in church when he was three years old and took up the violin when he was five. He later learned to play piano and guitar, but in high school his passion was baseball, pitching for the team at Gibbs High School in Corryton, Tennessee. He was good enough to earn offers to play college ball on a scholarship, but late in his senior year, an elbow injury put an end to his days as a pitcher, and he began considering music as a career. by Mark Deming
Morgan Wallen: One Night At A Time World Tour
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Morgan Wallen has deftly navigated the gap separating Florida Georgia Line and Sam Hunt, developing a variation of bro-country that emphasizes smooth R&B rhythms over arena-ready stomps. Wallen sings plenty of songs about happy hours and "Whiskey Glasses" -- the latter gave him his first solo number one country single -- but his romantic streak, when combined with a sense of playfulness, has helped him break away from the pack. Several years after his successful 2014 run on the televised singing competition The Voice, he signed with Big Loud Records and debuted with the Top Ten album If I Know Me (2018). By the time he released his second LP, Dangerous: The Double Album (2021), he was one of the biggest stars in contemporary country music, affirmed by a lengthy reign on the Billboard 200.