Morgan Wallen has found redemption.
In October, the country hitmaker was banned from being the musical guest on Saturday Night Live due to breaking COVID-19 protocols after being spotted partying in Alabama. The cancelation was a pretty big blow to the country star, and in a recent interview with Cody Alan, Morgan shared how that experience helped him find himself in 2020.
"I learned a lot from that experience," says Morgan as he recounts how he was booted from the SNL episode and shared a heartfelt apology video with fans on social media only to be met with an overwhelming response of encouragement.
"I learned a lot about my fans. I learned a lot about myself," says the country star. "It's real nice to know that my fans view me as "Morgan Wallen," but also, I feel like they understand that I am human."
"I am 27. I don't think that there is any way that I could have prepared myself for the way that my career has grown over the past year. It's been a little weird," says Morgan. "I have always been a person who likes to go out and meet people. I enjoy that. I like to get inspired by new people that I meet. It helps my creativity. It's been weird to realize that I can go out, but I gotta be prepared to be scrutinized for whatever happens while I am out there."
"I'll probably always be a little bit of a wild card no matter what. That's just my personality, but it's made me really appreciate my true friends and be a little more skeptical of people," says the "More Than My Hometown" singer.
The experience led Morgan to get real with himself and with his fans, laying the groundwork for Morgan's latest track, "Livin' The Dream."
As it turns out, life in the spotlight isn't always as glamorous as it looks.
"A lot of my life has been made public this year. Ya know? I am not used to personal things being made public. I am not looking for pity or for someone to feel sorry for me. I'm not looking for anything really," says Morgan. "I just wanted to throw out the way that I feel sometimes. Ya know?"
"Most of the time, I am happy, blessed, and extremely grateful for the life that I have been given, but sometimes it's a little weird, and it's a little hard, and I just wanted people to see that side."
Morgan co-wrote "Livin' The Dream" with Ben Burgess, Jacob Durrett, and Hardy. The brutally honest song will be found on the second disc of Wallen's forthcoming double album, 'Dangerous: The Double Album' coming January 8, 2021.
Catch Morgan on the radio with Cody Alan on Tuesday, December 8th from 7PM-12MID. Find your CMT Radio Station at www.CMTCody.com.
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