Morgan Wallen Will Honor His Mom With Release Of Deeply Personal Song, ‘Thought You Should Know’

Days before Mother’s Day, Morgan Wallen will pay tribute to his mom, Lesli, with the release of a deeply personal…


Lauren Jo Black

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May 1, 2022


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Days before Mother’s Day, Morgan Wallen will pay tribute to his mom, Lesli, with the release of a deeply personal new song, “Thought You Should Know.”

Wallen revealed the news on social media alongside a throwback photo of himself and his mom from when he was a baby. 

“Thank you Mama. Dropping this song for you on Mothers Day weekend,” he captioned the post, which also includes a song teaser. 

“Can’t wait! Love my boy,” his mom replied in the comments section. 

Releasing on Friday, May 6, just two days before mothers everywhere are celebrated, “Thought You Should Know” offers fans a look into Wallen’s life in the form of a phone call to his mother. 

What’s going on mama?
Something’s just dawned on me 
I ain’t been home in some months
Been chasing songs and women
Making some bad decisions
God knows I’m drinking too much 
Yeah, I know you’ve been worrying ‘bout me
You’ve been losing sleep since ’93 

I thought you should know that all those prayers you thought you wasted on me
Must’ve finally made their way on through
I thought you should know I got me a new girl down in Jefferson City and she lets me fish whenever I want to
Yeah, I’m still proud of where I came from
Still your only damn son
Can you believe I’m on the radio?
Just thought you should know, Thought you should know, Thought you should know

Wallen first teased the song on social media in May of 2021 with an acoustic performance of the heartfelt track, which he co-wrote with Miranda Lambert and Nicolle Galyon.

“I wrote this song for my mom a while ago. Seemed like an appropriate time to share it,” Wallen shared in the clip that has now raked in over 2.7 million views. 

“Thought You Should Know” follows the recording-breaking debut of the East Tennessee native’s “Don’t Think Jesus.”  

Morgan Wallen; Photo by John Shearer
Morgan Wallen; Photo by John Shearer

Upon release, “Don’t Think Jesus” made Billboard chart history as it debuted atop the April 30-dated Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. With this achievement, Wallen is now the first artist to score three No.1 debuts on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart (based on airplay, streaming and sales) since October 1958 when the survey began.

According to Billboard, Wallen’s previous chart-topping debuts came with the release of “Wasted On You,” his current single at country radio, and “7 Summers.” He previously topped the Hot Country Songs chart after a 30-week run with “Whiskey Glasses.”

Since the inception of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, only 11 songs have debuted at the top and only one other artist has scored multiple No.1 debuts: Taylor Swift, who skyrocketed to the top of the chart with the release of “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)” and “Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” in 2021.

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Wallen performed “Don’t Think Jesus” for the first time ever on Thursday (April 28) when his The Dangerous Tour stopped at the Resch Center Complex in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 

The Dangerous Tour runs through October and is scheduled for a break until May 12 when it resumes with a run of shows in Denver, CO (May 12), Rapid City, SD (May 13), and Billings, MT (May 14). 

Morgan Wallen is currently climbing the charts at country radio with his latest single, “Wasted On You,” from his wildly successful sophomore project, Dangerous: The Double Album

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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.