WILLIAM MICHAEL MORGAN STUNS WITH DEBUT SINGLE, I MET A GIRL
They say what’s missing in country music is the storytelling that used to be a hallmark quality. Gone are the days when a singer could move you with just the sound of their voice and the right song. We’ve become desensitized to what’s on the radio because it’s largely predictable. When “The Highway” on Sirius XM announced this as their “Highway Find,” I thought they’d reached into the archives to find this one. The singer is William Michael Morgan, and his debut single is “I Met A Girl.” The first time I heard it, I recognized the song as one I knew Sam Hunt had co-written with Shane McAnally and Trevor Rosen. Sam had a demo version of it on a mixtape you could download off his website. It sounded nothing like this. What a difference a voice can make.
I was driving when William Michael Morgan‘s voice came out of the radio. With the first few words out of his mouth, I had chills. The sound of his voice completely changed my relationship to the song immediately. It was a different time, and I was swept up in the situation he was describing. This was no raunchy affair. It was a heartfelt rendering of meeting the right girl and choosing just the right words to describe her. I was picturing a time when young ladies dressed as such and were treated accordingly. William Michael was serenading her as a gentleman would. You can’t help but close your eyes when he sings this and pretend you’re that girl. When was the last time you heard a song that gripped you so completely you forgot not only where you were, but what decade you were in? This used to be the norm in country music. It’s been a long time.
This is not old school country in a way that makes it seem outdated. William Michael’s voice is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise largely hungover atmosphere. He’s taken a beautifully written song, changed the arrangement to suit his artistic identity and his vocal wheelhouse, and made it relevant on country radio in 2015. It’s a tender approach to a song about a boy and a girl, and you can’t help but soften your demeanor when you listen to it. His perfectly smooth voice takes all the tension out of the air and has the understated power to make time stand still while you listen to it. It feels like the country world’s turned upside down, and the only thing that I can say is, wow! This is an absolutely stunning debut effort.
Watch the new video for “I Met A Girl!”
Download the song through iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-met-a-girl-single/id1008989767
Follow William Michael Morgan on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WilliamMichaelMorgan?fref=ts
Follow William Michael Morgan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/wmmorgan
William Michael Morgan’s CMA Fest photos are courtesy of Bill McClintic of 90 East Photography/Think Country UK.
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