Morgan Evans puts his truest emotions on display through the release of his emotional music video for “Over For You.”
Directed by Peter John, the cinematic video was captured while Evans was on the road in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Rainbow Beach, Australia, in addition to Auckland, New Zealand.
As he makes his way through various scenic locations, Evans connects with viewers through his honest lyrics and raw sentiment that was seemingly inspired by his recently announced divorce from fellow country artist, Kelsea Ballerini.
Towards the end of the video, he finds himself on the stage, performing “Over For You” in front of his loyal fanbase.
Evans first debuted this song in late September at his headlining CMC Rocks QLD Festival show in front of 25,000 people. This Australia date marked the biggest headlining performance of his career. The audience instantly connected with the chilling ballad, which earned hundreds of thousands of views on social media within the first few days following his performance.
“It’s been a rough few months, but writing this song helped me sort through a lot of that,” Evans told Billboard on the red carpet of the annual CMA Awards that was held Wednesday (Nov. 9). “I didn’t have any expectations for it, I just felt like I needed to get it off my chest. The reaction to that was kind of overwhelming.”
The response prompted the singer to release the live recorded version. The studio version quickly followed and impacted radio immediately.
“I wrote this song 3 weeks ago and we hit record at our show in Melbourne, Australia last Thursday. It was only the 2nd time I ever played it,” he shared honestly in the announcement of his new release. “The videos, comments and messages I’ve received from you all since have been overwhelming. It felt like the right thing to share it like this. Over For You (Live In Melbourne) is out now, everywhere you find music.”
Throughout the lyrics, Evans addresses the downfall of his relationship with Ballerini and confesses that he feels blindsided by their split.
“How long have you been waiting to take our pictures down/ How long have you been breaking, why am I just finding out…How many times did you tell me you loved me if it wasn’t true/ I’m just wondering, how long has it been over for you?” he sings in the opening lines.
On August 29, Ballerini took to social media to announce the couple’s divorce.
“Friends, I’ve always tried my best to share my life with you in a real and vulnerable way, while also protecting layers of my personal life as they unfold,” Ballerini wrote on Instagram. ”This is now public record so I wanted you to hear from me directly that I am going through a divorce.”
Evans later confirmed their breakup in his own statement via Instagram.
“I am very sad to confirm that after almost 5 years of marriage, Kelsea and I are parting ways,” he shared. “I wish it were otherwise but sadly it is not.”
Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans met in March of 2016 while co-hosting the CMC Awards in Australia. They started dating and got engaged in December of 2016. A year and a half later, the couple tied the knot in an intimate beachside ceremony in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Morgan Evans recently wrapped up a tour in Australia and New Zealand and returned to the states in October. Upcoming tour dates have yet to be announced.