I am a singer, songwriter and super fan. Here’s why.

Morgan Wallen is dangerous. Yes, he is dangerously talented.

This has others very envious in the music industry. He is the trifecta. He can write, play and sing. He is a full house and has only released two albums: three if we count his double album apart.

His debut album, “If I Know Me” topped the Billboards Country Albums Charts. In November 2019, he had his first number 1 with “Whiskey Glasses”. It had become Platinum certified in September 2020.

In January 2021, Wallen released his double album “Dangerous”. This album spent ten weeks at the top of the charts as a #1 album and 43 weeks counting on the Billboard Top 10 #200.

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“Dangerous” became the only country album to spend its first seven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in the chart’s 64-year history. Wallen is the first country singer in six decades to have a No. 1 album chart for their first seven consecutive weeks.

Country music singer and songwriter, Morgan Wallen performs during his Dangerous Tour at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, March 17, 2022 in Nashville, Tenn.

He has sold 3 million albums while young fans barely know that music can be bought! He beat Adele by 1.6 million albums. Who sells better than Adele? His first headlining show at Madison Square Garden is testament to that as fans sang along with Wallen with every lyric. I have never seen anything like it. The people have spoken!

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Wallen was on season six of “The Voice” in 2014 and eliminated in the finale. The judges as well as the fans let this diamond in the rough walk out the door. Next time “The Voice” is frustrated that the winners had a dismal success, remember Morgan?

However, Wallen was offered a publishing deal after The Voice. He participated in a co-writing on the song “You Make It Easy” covered by Jason Aldean and charted at No. 14 in 2018. In 2021, he participated in another co-writing with “Whiskey Me Away” recorded by Jason Aldean. Thank God Morgan didn’t win!

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Passing the torch to the next generation

The backlash that was given to the Opry for allowing Morgan Wallen to perform after his racial slur was unfair.

It should not be used as the poster of racism.

The Opry is all about talent and there is no one more deserving of that than Morgan Wallen.

Morgan’s latest co-writing and performance with Ernest Smith “Flower Shops” with a twangy steel guitar is as good as the greats have ever been! Country music in general is not a genre that sings righteousness. It’s a genre that sings of alcohol, cheating, feminization, regret and a certain debauchery. If you want justice for those who don’t forgive Wallen, you need to turn the station.

Heather Linkenheimer

Wallen eventually signed to Big Loud Records who had the foresight to know that Morgan Wallen would be a superstar. On Martin Luther King Day, he performed his song “Broadway Girls” at the MLK festival in Nashville with Lil Durk, who is African American and co-wrote the song with him.

You don’t see these two people rehashing anything. As my fellow Gen Xers watch Garth Brooks pass the torch to future talent, please welcome Morgan Wallen and his generation to the stage.

Morgan Wallen is indeed the most dangerous artist of the decades to come.

Heather Linkenheimer is a singer and songwriter with upcoming new releases “I Know You’re Dancin’ Mum”, “Got You Girl”, “High-Rises & Honky Tonks”, “New Old Timer” and “In Case of Emergency “. She can be reached on LinkedIn and/or Soundcloud.

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