Review – William Michael Morgan’s “I Met A Girl”

William Michael Morgan I Met A Girl

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.

Grade: 7.5/10 

10 thoughts on “Review – William Michael Morgan’s “I Met A Girl”

  1. Raymond August 7, 2015 / 2:01 pm

    With On the Verge looking to announce a new artist soon I can see this guy getting that treatment. It’ between him and Waterloo Revival’s new one.

    Overall I find this song to be pretty solid not bad bit not great.

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  2. Nadia Lockheart August 7, 2015 / 3:12 pm

    “Montevallo” may be a complete disaster regardless of genre, but I do always aspire to give credit where credit is due, and “I Met A Girl” now marks the second Sam Hunt co-written song I appreciate to date (the other being “Cop Car”).

    I don’t know what it is with Sam Hunt and Shane McAnally, especially, insisting on settling for so little repeatedly. I suppose one could try to absolve Sam Hunt considering he has only released one full-length record to date which, as all-around terrible as it is, may prove not to be indicative of his career as a whole. But Shane McAnally is a veteran of Music Row and excuses fall on flat ears in his case.

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    Anyway, this is about William Michael Morgan equally as much, and I want to make sure I acknowledge him.

    I previously never heard of him, so admit I have no knowledge of other songs he has performed thus far……………..but this debut offering of his is definitely superior to the majority of his peers.

    Lyrically, it’s quite basic and a bit too formulaic than what I prefer. But I’m willing to cut him some slack here because 1) the cliches he settles on are those akin to what preceded “bro-country” and are really harmless all around and 2) his commitment to neo-traditional country arrangements and instrumentation reveals a newcomer who is at least moderately inclined to do things his way and what feels right in his own heart.

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    Vocally, Morgan sounds pretty good. Granted this is his debut release, so it wouldn’t be fair to crystallize an opinion or perspective on his vocal strengths as a whole………………but based off of first impressions, his voice is strikingly reminiscent of a cross between Joe Nichols and Blaine Larsen. Like them, Morgan has neither the emotional timbre of someone like Gary Allan or David Nail, nor the range of someone like Vince Gill or Ronnie Milsap…………………..but look, it’s definitely above-average here for how serviceable, level-headed and nuanced his reading of the basic lyrics are, and an impressive first glimpse into what he has to offer from here on out.

    Where this hits a high note, unmistakably, is its instrumentation and production.

    It’s almost complete disbelief saying this circa 2015 A.D. in mainstream country/”country”. But at long last, we have a newcomer who doesn’t answer to the name Mo Pitney or Mickey Guyton in country’s mainstream who actually embraces acoustic-driven instrumentation and light pedal steel with genuine ease. This, alone, makes the track stand out but in a way that isn’t completely foreign from mainstream sensibilities in the meanwhile.

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    So, yeah, “I Met A Girl” is a solid, if not particularly memorable, debut from William Michael Morgan that I hope makes waves and shakes up a ridiculously competitive solo male field that is bereft of identity in the meantime.

    I’m thinking a strong 6 to a light 7 here, a rare +1 designation for this year, and a recommendation. Here’s hoping this becomes a breakout success so it will help him get his boot in the door and hopefully release subsequent singles with more lyrical depth.

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  3. Lisandro Berry-Gaviria August 7, 2015 / 6:51 pm

    Yeah this seems like a solid debut single to me, too. Obviously I found the lyrical quality to be somewhat lacking, but it definitely could’ve been worse. This is just a basic, inoffensive love song lyrically, not bro-country.
    I might’ve liked the instrumentation a little more if the steel guitar was slightly more prominent, but I’m just nitpicking here. Overall, the instrumentation’s great and I’m sure mainstream fans won’t dislike it. Morgan’s vocals are excellent, too, although he doesn’t really show a lot of charisma. This might be because the song’s production doesn’t have a lot of drive fueling it (not saying that’s a bad thing), and in my opinion it’s easier to show more charisma and energy in your delivery if the song you’re singing is more up-tempo and loud (take Florida Georgia Line’s music, for example).
    I’d give this a 7/10 and I definitely hope that it’ll succeed on country radio. When we get an album from him I’m confident it’ll be a solid traditional record.

    And as for “Why can’t Sam Hunt make music like this?” Come on, Josh, this is 2015! Who DOESN’T want to make shitty pop music, label it country, and bring in loads of money off of it? 😉 Oh wait, that would be people who still actually value one of America’s most beloved genres of music…yeah…;)

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  4. Megan Conley August 7, 2015 / 8:45 pm

    Can’t say I’m melted, but he does have good vocals. Great instrumentation and pretty boring, although inoffensive, lyrics. We actually have lyrics talking about a woman that are more imaginative than “slide that little sugar shaker over here,” etc., etc. I’d give it a 6 or 6.5, but it might grow on me. The fact that Sam Hunt helped write this is not surprising to me…it’s always good to know a little about the genre you are helping to destroy.

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  5. Becca August 7, 2015 / 10:28 pm

    Sam Hunt actually released a demo version of this song a while back (before “Montevallo”) but it sounds COMPLETELY different than this version, in his pop-rap style. I believe it’s on YouTube and you have to listen to it! Like whoa, Morgans had it completely rearranged.

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    • Lisandro Berry-Gaviria August 8, 2015 / 5:34 am

      Holy crap, you’re right! He completely ruined the song; drum loops, rapped/spoken word chorus…Ugh!

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