Morgan Wallen’s life now looks a lot different than it did just two years ago.
While speaking to Jeremy Parsons for PeopleTV’s Red Carpet Live: 55th Academy of Country Music Awards preshow, the rising country singer, 27, reflected on how his 2018 hit no. 1 single “Whiskey Glasses” turned his world up(side) down.
“Before that, it kind of felt like we were on the cusp of breaking out and still trying to establish ourselves,” Wallen said. “When that song came around and had the success it did, I feel like it really sent us in a huge, right direction to be cemented in this format.”
“With the shows, it’s been insane to see how people react to that song and how it doesn’t seem to ever get old,” he added. “It’s changed me and my band’s whole life, for sure.”
Since the release of “Whiskey Glasses,” Wallen’s career has only gone on the uptick. A preview of his most recent single, “7 Summers,” went viral on TikTok and when it was released in full Aug. 14, it debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
“It’s something I never would have expected,” Wallen said. “When quarantine first hit, Jake Owen nominated me to do a demo challenge on Instagram so I put a screen recording of the demo for ‘7 Summers,’ just the first verse and the chorus. I got a lot of good feedback, but then I didn’t think that much more of it.”
“I guess a month, maybe two months later, my team starts hitting me up like, ‘Man, do you see what’s going on with TikTok with “7 Summers”?’” he continued. “I’m like, ‘No, I don’t even have TikTok.’ I was like, ‘Don’t you think we ought to record it and put it out then if it’s doing so well over there?’ We did — the numbers on it are really great, so I’m thankful for it.”