Morgan Wallen Pens Heartfelt Message Following First-Ever Stadium Show With His Musical Hero and Friend, Eric Church
On Saturday, June 11, Morgan Wallen had the opportunity to play his first-ever stadium show at U.S. Bank Stadium in…
Morgan Wallen; Photo via Instagram
On Saturday, June 11, Morgan Wallen had the opportunity to play his first-ever stadium show at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota alongside his musical hero and friend Eric Church. After the show, Wallen took to social media to reflect on the milestone moment and share how it was a full-circle experience as it was Church who inspired him to chase his musical dreams.
“8 years ago I went to my first concert. It was an Eric Church concert at Thompson Boling Arena. His energy and his fan’s energy put a fire in me that night in Knoxville, Tn. I knew right then I wanted to create something as real and genuine as what I witnessed with him and his fans,” Wallen shared on Instagram.
“Fast forward 8 years, E is a near and dear friend to me, and I got to share the stage with him last night. I like to think maybe some of those same people in Thompson Boling Arena with me in 2014, were in US Bank Stadium with me last night as well.”
The platinum-selling star closed his post with a message of gratitude to fans.
“Moments like these make me truly grateful for this life and for this music I get to make and perform everywhere,” he wrote. “Thank you guys for making it possible.”
Billed as “One Hell of a Night” in Minneapolis, the stadium concert also featured rising star ERNEST.
Wallen previously opened up about performing alongside Church, calling it one of the “greatest honors” of his career so far.
He later detailed his friendship with Church during an interview with Lon Helton on Country Countdown USA.
“We started hanging out then, I don’t know, we just became buddies. I guess we kind of have a similar attitude or whatever it is,” the East Tennessee native explained to Helton. “I know he doesn’t publicly come out and have a lot of buddies and he’s always been my country music hero; he’s one of the main reasons that I sing country music.”
He went on to share how Church’s music inspired him as an artist and songwriter.
“When I first started getting heavily into country music, it was his songwriting and the way he painted the pictures that made me want to do the same,” Wallen said.“So it’s really cool to consider him an actual friend now. I’ve always admired him.”
In a separate interview, Church talked with Helton about his friendship with Wallen and praised him as a person and artist.
“There are a lot of these younger guys that I’ve become friends with,” Church said, before detailing their friendship. “With Morgan, we talk weekly. The thing I like about him is he’s a genuine person, and real honest. We enjoy spending time together. We go fishing, we’ve written songs, and it’s become a neat friendship for me.”
Eric Church and Morgan Wallen are set to headline different dates of the Faster Horses Festival in Brooklyn, Michigan from July 22-24. The festival will also feature a headlining performance from Tim McGraw.
Lauren Jo Black
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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.