Do You Remember Morgan Wallen’s ‘Voice’ Audition?
Regardless of what the CMA Awards last week would lead you to believe, numbers don’t lie. Morgan Wallen is the biggest, best-selling artist (both music product and concert revenue) and entertainer in country music. Want a little local evidence? Is he or Lainey Wilson playing two sold out shows at Bank of America STADIUM in Charlotte next summer. Moving on.
Great things often have their roots in the humblest of beginnings. This came to mind today as I saw that Morgan Wallen’s 2016 audition on NBC’s “The Voice” has resurfaced. I haven’t seen it in some time, and it’s really interesting.
First, here’s a little something we didn’t know until last month when we spent some time talking with Hannah Ellis (“Wine Country”) about her time on “The Voice.” When one auditions for “American Idol,” you pick your song. According to Hannah, the producers of “The Voice” pick your song. So, in other words, the powers-that-be in 2016 didn’t see or hear Morgan Wallen as a country artist at all.
Morgan Wallen’s song in front of the turning red chairs was Howie Day’s “Collide.” And when you hear it, sure you can hear the Morgan we all now know and love, but he’s obviously trying to somewhat imitate the original.
Also, what’s fascinating about Morgan Wallen’s audition on “The Voice” is that, knowing what we know now, he HAD to be a four-chair turn, right? I mean the acclamation of his talent HAD to be unanimous from Usher, Shakira, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton. Oh, and no doubt Blake Shelton turned his chair within seconds of hearing Morgan’s voice. Think again.
Morgan Wallen’s audition just seven years ago (2016) solicited just two coaches to turn their chairs. Shakira, immediately. Usher at the last minute. Blake? His chair never moved. Crazy, right? Check it all out below.