Morgan Wallen: Into 2022 Feeling ‘Inspired and Free’

Morgan Wallen: Into 2022 Feeling ‘Inspired and Free’

What will 2022 have in store for Morgan Wallen?

The 28-year-old singer, who scored the number one selling album of 2021 with Dangerous: The Double Album, reflected on his tumultuous year, expressing optimism for 2022 in a post to Instagram.

“I go into 2022 feeling inspired and free,” he captioned in a photo of on a couch with a guitar. “Inspired to create from the heart and free to share those creations with you guys. I’m so proud of how far we’ve come together. I still feel like this is just the beginning.”

After the Dangerous release in 2021, Wallen became embroiled in a racial slur scandal after TMZ published video doorcam footage that showed the singer yelling the N-word to friends after a night out. He subsequently was placed on an “indefinite hiatus” by his record label, disqualified from award ceremonies and removed from radio stations airplay until June.

In a video, he said the use of the word came in the midst of a 72-hour bender and took time to learn about his inappropriate use of it. In an interview with Good Morning America’s Michael Strahan, Wallen opened up about it further.

“I was around some of my friends and we just, we say dumb stuff together. In our minds it’s playful. It sounds ignorant but that’s really where it came from, and it’s wrong,” he said. “We were all clearly drunk and I was asking his girlfriend to take care of him because he was drunk and he was leaving. I didn’t mean it in any derogatory manner at all.”

Nonetheless, his album became the first since 1987 to spend it’s first 10 weeks at number one on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, with album and song downloads as well as streaming numbers all increasing.

“I could write a book on 2021,” the singer said on Instagram. “And I probably will one day. But for now, I wanna say thank you. Thank you to everyone who believed in me and continued to believe in me, even when it wasn’t the popular thing to do. Thank you to my family, my band, my friends, and my fans for having my back and sticking up for me when so many were coming for me. I hope my heart has shown through the noise.”