Morgan Wallen is well on his way to becoming one of country music’s next mega superstars, but many fans may not realize that the East Tennessee native appeared on NBC’s The Voice before making it big in Nashville.
In 2014, his mom signed him up to compete on The Voice and little did he know, the experience would be a life-changing moment.
“I didn’t even know what The Voice was,” Wallen previously told People of the show. “That whole experience kind of kick-started me a little bit.”
During his stint on season six of The Voice, Wallen competed on Team Usher before joining Team Adam later in the show. He was eliminated from the competition during the “playoff” round and while his time was cut short, Wallen admits he’s glad that his time on the show ended when it did.
“I’m thankful for that time. I’m thankful for how it all turned out,” he shared. “And honestly, I’m thankful that I didn’t win because it gave me a chance to take a couple years after that show and really figure out who I was as an artist and get the right team around me. When I got there, I had no clue what I was doing.”
Wallen performed Florida Georgia Line’s “Stay” the night he was eliminated from the show. While the performance didn’t advance him in the competition, the singer/songwriter did go on to do great things. In fact, just three years later, he released “Up Down,” a duet with Florida Georgia Line, and it went on to become his first No.1 single.
Now, he has a handful of chart-topping singles under his belt and his latest release, “7 Summers,” is shattering streaming records.
It’s safe to say that Wallen is doing just fine even though he didn’t win The Voice.
Click above to re-live his performance of Florida Georgia Line’s “Stay.”