As I’ve noted several times, Country Perspective gets a ton of review submissions every week. Not only from labels, artists and management teams, but from you the fans too. I do my best to keep up with each of these requests and determine if they’re a good fit for the site. Sometimes though an artist, song or an album can slip through the cracks and I forget about it. One name though I’ve consistently been told to check out and have finally gotten around to listening to is William Michael Morgan. Really he’s been one of the most requested I’ve heard from you the fans on Twitter and email. For those unfamiliar with Morgan he’s signed with Warner Music Nashville and has been under a development deal with the label for a while. They’re just now finally introducing new music under the label from Morgan, as he just recently released a single titled “I Met A Girl.”
One of the biggest reasons I’ve been told to check Morgan out is because he’s a traditional artist. Right away when listening to “I Met A Girl” this proves to be true. The sound of an acoustic guitar and steel guitar can be heard throughout the song. He even has the traditional look, as he wears a cowboy hat on the single cover art above. So he has the instrumentation and look down, but how’s the song itself? Well it’s not bad at all. The song is about a man meeting a girl (you could figure this out from the title) and the ways this girl make him feel. He’s obviously struck by her and thankfully there’s no mentioning of her sugar shaker or her “Dixie Cup” being the reason behind it. That being said there isn’t a lot of meat to this song either. It could have went deeper and went more detailed into the theme of the song. Then again with a first single you can’t expect something too deep and really this goes deeper than most debut singles.
Now I want to talk about another facet of this song and it’s revelation that will possibly blow your mind. After giving this song a few more listens, I went to research more about it and see what some of the reactions are to it. This is something I do for all of my reviews. I came across the three writers for the song and the first two aren’t a big surprise: Shane McAnally and Trevor Rosen. They’re two popular songwriters that write many popular songs on Music Row. The third one though threw me for a loop and will do the same to you. Ready? It’s Sam Hunt. Yep, I’m not joking. The artist who has been dominating the charts and radio with his pop
country dreck is one of the masterminds behind this traditional country song. What the hell? I always thought Hunt had to have some songwriting skills in him and maybe a little country too, but this is still shocking to say the least. Why can’t Hunt make music like this? He just showed he’s capable and instead we get songs like “Take Your Time” and “House Party.”
“I Met A Girl” is certainly not one of the best singles I’ve heard this year. But it’s a perfect example of a song that could appease traditional country fans and the people at radio. There’s steel guitar for people who want country and a theme to connect with for mainstream country fans. Morgan undoubtedly has a fantastic voice that allows him to sing pretty much any country song he wants to sing. It reminds me a lot of Josh Turner and Easton Corbin’s voices. His deep baritone voice will impress the guys and melt the ladies. Warner Music Nashville has landed themselves a real talent in Morgan. I think this is a solid single from Morgan and I’m looking forward to hearing more from him. The sky is the limit and it’ll be interesting to see how this song performs at radio when it goes for adds on August 24. William Michael Morgan is one to watch.