More music is coming from Morgan Wallen, but he isn’t happy with it. The Tennessee native reveals, in a statement shared on social media, that a former company he worked with is releasing a 10th anniversary edition of his first, independent project, Stand Alone, against his wishes.
Wallen revealed he was sitting in a duck blind when he penned the message to his fans.
“Back in 2014, I went to Florida to try my hand at making original music & songwriting for the first time,” Wallen began. “This led to a recording deal with a local investor & an artist management deal that I deeply regret. Unfortunately, I signed both deals without any legal representation.
“We made 13 songs,” he continued. “Some were ok, most were terrible as I was just learning how to write in general & figuring it all out. I was not the only collaborator, so many of these songs were not my idea nor to my standards. We deemed 5 worthy-enough to make the Stand Alone EP which includes a fan-favorite, ‘Spin You Around.'”
I’m writing y’all from a duck hunting trip because I want to fill you in on something happening tonight.
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Wallen goes on to say, despite his best efforts, he was unable to stop the new version of Stand Alone from being released.
“Tonight, those colleagues I parted ways with almost 10 years ago plan to release a ’10th Anniversary’ edition of Stand Alone against my wishes & include 8 unreleased songs, distributing it with the assistance of my former managers. For months I’ve been exploring every avenue possible to acquire the rights to this old music & keep the quality of my catalog consistent with songs I choose to release & believe in.
“It’s gross, greedy & an example of how the dark side of the music business can suck the soul out of artists,” he added.
The country music superstar concluded the statement by telling fans that this isn’t the music he wanted to release, although he does have new music coming.
“I want you to know this is NOT my new music & I don’t want to see this happen to anyone else,” Wallen said. “I cringe when I listen to these songs & I’m concerned my fans may mistakenly believe this is a new release by me. I begin recording my next project at the end of February. I’m feeling inspired creatively & super excited to make more music I’m proud of.”
Wallen released his own version of “Spin You Around (1/24),” in response to the release of the 10th anniversary edition. He also vows to donate $100,000 from his Morgan Wallen Foundation, to the Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals For The Arts (VLPA) program.
“I hope young aspiring musicians read this story & know they should never have to give up their creative freedoms for an opportunity in this business,” he said.
Find music and tour dates at MorganWallen.com.