Back in 2014, he auditioned for NBC’s The Voice, and wound up on Usher’s team, eventually making his way to Adam Levine’s team, and ultimately being eliminated during the playoffs.
It’s hard to imagine how he didn’t win it all now, as he’s selling out arenas all over the country and gearing up to play what will very likely be sold-out stadium shows on his world tour next year.
But everybody’s gotta start somewhere, right, and he went to the audition with his mom Lesli, as well as his grandmother, and talked about how he had plans to play college baseball before a career-ending UCL tear.
He showed up in a sweater and tie (and obviously this was pre-mullet), telling the audience about how much it meant to him to have a shot at competing on the show:
“I started singing in church a little bit, and I was like man, I think this is something I can get into… I’m just a normal, small town kid and I really don’t have a clue how to get into music other than this.
I don’t have a band, I don’t do anything at home. Right now, it’s do or die. I don’t wanna go home and just be that normal landscaper guy again. I wanna do this, ‘cuz I love it.”
Safe to say, he’s definitely out there making a massive career for himself in the music industry these days, less than a decade after this audition took place.
I mean, he put out his record-smashing 2021 double album last year and is currently the hottest thing in mainstream country. Not too shabby for the small town boy from east Tennessee…
Morgan sang Howie Day’s hit “Collide” (hilarious), and judge Shakira turned her chair around after Morgan sang the very first line of the song, with Usher doing so a little bit later in the performance.
If you haven’t seen it before, it’s worth your time to check out and a just goes to show how far he’s come in a pretty damn short amount of time:
The aforementioned world tour will hit two continents, four different countries, 17 stadiums, and plenty of other amphitheater and festival dates along the way.
He’s bringing along some of his best friends to open different shows on rotating dates in HARDY and Ernest, as well as Texas boy Parker McCollum and up-and-comer Bailey Zimmerman, and actually just added more dates to the trek.
Tickets will ONLY be available to fans who signed up for the verified fan presale (probably trying to avoid another Taylor Swift-like Ticketmaster debacle):