NASHVILLE, TENN. (August 14, 2020) — Bringing a dose of heat on the heels of a blazing release streak – New Year’s surprise and fan favorite “This Bar,” followed by current Top 25 single “More Than My Hometown” – Big Loud Records’ Morgan Wallen is back again today with the Country soundtrack of the season, “7 Summers.”
Written by Wallen with Nashville songwriting titans Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne and produced by Joey Moi, “7 Summers” is a breezy, sun-kissed reminiscer, loaded with twilight sonics, captivating listeners with its irresistible sway. Instantly a viral hit on TikTok, Wallen announced the release last week on the uber-popular social media platform with a note directly to fans – watch here – and created an all-new t-shirt to celebrate. Entertainment Tonight exclusively previewed the new track on Friday night’s broadcast (8/7), and caught up with Wallen via Zoom here.
“‘7 Summers’ is a song that originally I didn’t even know if it was going to make my album or if I was ever going to put it out,” shares Wallen. “But when quarantine first started, I was challenged to do a demo on Instagram so I put out the first verse and chorus of ‘7 Summers.’ I heard a lot of good feedback from it on Instagram, and then it started making the rounds on TikTok – I saw how much the song was getting played and how much people were enjoying it, even just the first verse and chorus. Social media played a huge part in me releasing this song, especially this early. It’s a cool thing – me being on the fence about it, then being able to put it out and get people’s feedback. Seeing the response played the biggest part in this release. I think that speaks to just how much fans mean to me and fans mean to music. I’m glad I’m getting to put it out and glad people are loving it, I can’t wait for y’all to hear the full version.”
Further cementing his place as a “certified new Country sensation” (Forbes), Wallen’s PLATINUM debut album IF I KNOW ME moves mountains this week as it rises to #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart 114 weeks after release, proving the collection’s staying power as “an album full of singles” (CMT).
“This week, the same week I’m releasing ‘7 Summers,’ I also found out that my album IF I KNOW ME made it to #1 on the Billboard charts. First time it’s made it there, and it surprised me really, I didn’t expect it,” Wallen explains. “I think this speaks to the depth of the project – when me and my producer and the songwriters were making this album, I wanted to make sure it was good from top to bottom, and this feat that we just accomplished is really showing us that that’s what we did. I’m super thankful for the fans, for people who just discovered me which I think has played a huge part in this too. I’m glad to have new people on board buying and streaming my music. It’s been an awesome journey, and I can’t wait to put my next one out. Hopefully they’ll like this new one just as much!”
On deck, the ACM New Male Artist of the Year nominee remains in the studio with go-to collaborator and producer Joey Moi refining and finalizing his long awaited second album – the same team that crafted his debut and his trademark “unapologetically fresh and modern sound” (The Tennessean).