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William Michael Morgan: Making a strong first impression on country music

The first time you hear “I Met a Girl,” it’s not hard to instantly fall in love with the song – and the humble singer behind it – William Michael Morgan. “I fell in love with it the first time I heard it, as cliche as that sounds. It was just one of those songs we couldn’t stop listening to,” Morgan said of his debut single, describing how he saw the image of the girl just as the song implies. “It was kind of a no brainer for all of us as far as what the first single could be.”

The cover art of William Michael Morgan's debut studio album, "Vinyl," that features the No. 1 hit, "I Met a Girl." PHOTO COURTESY OF WILLIAM MICHAEL MORGAN

The cover art of William Michael Morgan’s debut studio album, “Vinyl,” that features the No. 1 hit, “I Met a Girl.” PHOTO COURTESY OF WILLIAM MICHAEL MORGAN

And selecting it as the debut single couldn’t have been a better decision, with the song clinching the No. 1 spot last week on the heels of the singer’s first studio album “Vinyl.” “It’s so incredible,” the singer said about the achievement, adding that he and his team have been working so hard that they haven’t had time to properly celebrate. “Of course we took that moment and breathed it in as much as we could, but it hasn’t really even sank in yet that we’re sitting at that spot. It’s crazy.”

He attributes the vivid imagery of the song that has captured the hearts of many to its superstar writers Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally and Trevor Rosen of Old Dominion. “They’ve all separately got these great ways of painting pictures in their songs, but together, I think it was one of those dream teams that people talk about,” Morgan praised. “They really hit it on the head with that song and I’m so gracious enough to be a part of singing it.”

The song is a natural lead in to “Vinyl,” with Morgan describing the album-making process as one that warranted deep thought and introspection, from selecting the songs to finding the right guitar lick. “A lot of the process of creating that album we took a lot of time,” he said. “You only get one first impression and we wanted to make it the best that we could possibly make it. I’m very proud of what we’ve done and what my team has done.” As for a standout song on the album, Morgan says the title track is a personal favorite. “‘Vinyl’ would probably be my favorite song just as far as the whole package goes. It’s just one of those songs that I love and fell in love with when I first heard it,” he revealed.

Fans will get to hear all of this new music as Morgan embarks on an upcoming tour with fellow country stars Lee Brice and Justin Moore. “It’s very exciting, I look up to those guys so much musically and even as people… and for them to give me a shot to open up for them is amazing,” the singer said excitedly. While the tour will be an opportunity to showcase the new album and perform live for a whole new legion of fans, Morgan also hopes to gain insight from his tour mates. “I want to learn as much as I can, from the live show to the way they treat fans, to the way they answer questions,” he said about what he hopes to learn from Brice and Moore. “I want to learn literally as much as I possibly can from them.”

William Michael Morgan made his Grand Ole Opry debut last year, accomplishing a lifelong dream. PHOTO COURTESY OF WILLIAM MICHAEL MORGAN

William Michael Morgan made his Grand Ole Opry debut last year, accomplishing a lifelong dream. PHOTO COURTESY OF WILLIAM MICHAEL MORGAN

With a No. 1 single and a debut studio album to his name, Morgan is simply adding to the list of once-in-a-lifetime accolades. Last year he made his Grand Ole Opry debut and has played the coveted venue an impressive 21 times since then. “It’s an unbelievable experience every time. It feels like the first time every time,” he says humbly. “That was my biggest dream growing up was to play the Opry and it still is – it still means so much to me.” But taking the Opry stage wasn’t the only special part of his debut, with Morgan telling us about the heartfelt embrace he shared with his father after living out his lifelong dream for the first time. “We just had that moment together. It was a great moment for both of us,” Morgan reminisced.

Having already achieved such extraordinary accomplishments, it’s hard to imagine a goal Morgan hasn’t already met. But he says he hopes to just continue to do what he loves, and that’s making music. “I just want to keep doing what I love – this is all I know,” he said. “It’s a beautiful experience being able to be able to do what you love.” And we couldn’t agree more.

Click here for more information on Morgan and his new album “Vinyl.”