From Viral Success To Chart-Topping Triumph: Megan Moroney’s ‘Tennessee Orange’ Hits No.1

“This song has taken me farther than I ever could’ve imagined,” Moroney admits.


Lauren Jo Black

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June 20, 2023


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Megan Moroney earned her first-ever No.1 single at Country radio with her breakout smash, “Tennessee Orange.” 

The song, which Moroney co-wrote with Ben Williams, David Fanning, and Paul Jenkins, claimed the top spot on the Country Aircheck/Mediabase Country Airplay chart this week. 

Produced by Kristian Bush, “Tennessee Orange” was released as Moroney’s debut single via Sony Music Nashville/Columbia Records after it gained viral success through social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram.  

Photo Courtesy Megan Moroney
Photo Courtesy Megan Moroney

“God Is So Good”

“’Tennessee Orange’ is my version of a love song. I’m a Georgia girl and I went to UGA and the song is about: I moved to Tennessee and you know that I’m willing to wear Tennessee Orange for someone and the song has really changed my life so it’s very special to me,” Moroney previously explained

After learning that the song hit No.1, Moroney took to social media to share a throwback photo and gratitude-filled message with her followers. 

“Here’s me dressed like an orange bc MY DEBUT SINGLE JUST WENT #1!!! THANK YOU COUNTRY RADIO 🧡😭🧡😭🧡,” she wrote. “This song has taken me farther than I ever could’ve imagined, God is so good 😭🧡🍊” 

The 2023 Country Now Artist To Watch brought the song to life earlier this year with a music video that perfectly follows the song’s storyline.  

Shot from the perspective of Moroney’s love interest, the video plays out through his eyes he spends time with her over breakfast, accompanies her for karaoke at Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge, and joins her for a night on the town on Lower Broadway.

“I had so much fun making this video with Jason Lester!” Moroney said. “I think we could have taken this video in a few different directions, and I was so excited to film it from ‘his’ point of view. This song is about more than a football team and I think we captured the love story perfectly.”

An unknown love interest also meets Moroney at Elliston Place Soda Shop where they share a milkshake with two straws.

The music video earned the title of Breakthrough Female Video of the Year at the 2023 CMT Music Awards. 

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“Tennessee Orange” appears on Megan Moroney’s recently-released debut album, LUCKY

The 13-track project also features “I’m Not Pretty,” “Girl In The Mirror,” “Traitor Joe,” and “Why Johnny.” 

Her songs are already making a major impact on fans, including the title track, which is a highlight of Moroney’s live show. 

Megan Moroney - LUCKY
Megan Moroney – LUCKY

She recently wrapped her time on Brooks & Dunn’s REBOOT 2023 Tour, and admitted she was in awe over the chance to share the stage with the iconic duo.  

“Well, they’re legends, so I’ve been going and watching the show every night. I’m so excited to see it every night,” she shared with iHeartCountry. “And it’s just, these are arenas so [they’re] really big, which has been…I’m finally getting used to it. At first it was a little intimidating, but now I’m getting more comfortable and it’s just crazy to even say that. Like, oh yeah, I’m touring with Brooks & Dunn. Like, what?”

Megan Moroney; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Megan Moroney; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

When asked what she might take away from the duo after the tour, Moroney said she thinks their showmanship will stick with her.   

“They’re just great performers. The first show that I saw him was the first night that was in Kansas City the first night of the tour. And I was like, ‘they’ve won Entertainer of the Year several times, right?’ I was like, ok, just making that clear.” 

Megan Moroney will bring her live show to fans across the country later this year with the launch of her LUCKY Tour, which is already sold out ahead of its September 20 start date.  

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.