Morgan Evans: We chat to the Australian star about country in the UK, being married to Kelsea Ballerini and new music!

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Morgan Evans is a newly found star in the UK after his successful performances at the Country 2 Country Festival. Also known for his sweet Australian accent and equally as talented wife, Kelsea Ballerini, he has an exciting year ahead of him as he his about to release his first ever album. We caught up with Morgan after the Country 2 Country Festival to discuss is future plans, Australian country music, as well as his growing UK following!

This is your third time performing in the UK, how were your previous experiences? You were kind of introducing yourself back then…

I still feel like I’m introducing myself! The first trip was before we even had music out, so it was particularly special to play small venues to people that had found my music online, or from their friends or wherever, that’s hardcore! The second trip was a 36hr promotional
only trip, which was kinda brutal but each time I heard more and more about what a great event C2C is, so I was stoked to be able to come back a 3rd time and be a part of that.

You’ve already performed at another festival last time, what are your expectations or aims this time around?

The Buckle & Boots festival is a really grass roots type festival. It feels like you’re driving into your friend’s farm to party for the weekend. It was such a great first experience of the UK and the UK country fans! C2C on the other hand is a humongous world class event, and I guess my expectations are that it’s going to be really fun!

Your latest single, ‘I do’, is so sweet. What does the song mean to you, especially now that you’re married?

It’s a straight up love song. It’s a fun one to sing, especially when she’s at the show.

Your wife is here too, is it hard for you guys to try to schedule gigs around each other?

It is difficult sometimes but C2C worked out really well. We get to do it all together!

You’re going to play in Australia shortly after you finish here, what is the country music scene like there?

I grew up there, so of course it’s like coming home for me but the country fans are similar to the country fans in the UK in a lot of ways. Mainly that they’re true music fans and if they like a particular artist they will go all in and know all the words to all the songs rather than just the singles.

You have released some music while you were still in Australia, how much different is it to be able to record in Nashville and work with Warner?

Nashville is the greatest music city in the world and I definitely decided to move there for that reason. After working with Warner in Australia for a few years the transition to Warner in Nashville just made perfect sense and I’m grateful for the great people they have working all over the world. I really feel like I found the right people in Nashville to bring out the best in me. My producer, Chris DeStefano, and my main co-writer, Josh Osbourne, are two of the most talented people I’ve ever met and I consider myself extremely lucky to be able to work with them so regularly.

Later on you have a tour with Chris Young, what are you plans for the rest of the year, especially in terms of releasing an album?

The Chris Young Tour is going to be huge! I can’t wait. We definitely have more music coming through April and May and then the full album shortly after that. It’s been a long time coming and I’m equally excited and nervous about finally putting it out there, but I’m super stoked to start playing it all live!

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