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Morgan Wallen Releases New Acoustic Performance of His Song ‘865’

Jill O'Rourke

Jill O'Rourke

Morgan WallenJason Kempin/ACMA2020/Getty Images for ACM

Former The Voice contestant Morgan Wallen picked up where he left off in the music industry pretty much immediately after this year’s controversy over using a racial slur while intoxicated. His double album Dangerous became even more popular after the scandal, and he recently released a new acoustic performance of his song “865.”


Morgan Wallen Releases New Acoustic Performance of ‘865’

Wallen’s song “865” is about drunk-dialing an ex. The track actually includes a full phone number, with the area code for Knoxville, Tennessee, and surrounding counties. Taste of Country reports that the number is connected with the automated service U.S. Telepunch.

The 28-year-old singer is from Sneedville, Tennessee. Wallen told Whiskey Riff that the area code “makes me think of home,” adding, “whoever’s number that is, I am extremely sorry.”

Wallen’s new acoustic performance is part of The Dangerous Sessions, a series of videos in which he performs tracks from his sophomore album. This is the first addition to the series since January, when the album was first released, shortly before video was leaked of him using the N-word.


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Wallen Bounced Back Quickly from This Year’s Scandal

Wallen, who competed on The Voice Season 6, didn’t have to work very hard to bounce back from controversy over his use of the N-word. Despite being suspended by his label and becoming ineligible for some awards, his album gained popularity.

The singer is kicking off a tour this month called Morgan Wallen’s Country Thunder Takeover. He also performed at a charity concert in Nashville and joined American Idol judge Luke Bryan on stage earlier this year. Wallen’s album Dangerous was even nominated for a CMA.


Wallen’s new acoustic “865” video currently has over 250,000 views after being posted on Tuesday. Fans seem to have forgiven him quickly for the scandal, as a scroll through the video’s comments shows plenty of positive feedback.

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About the Author

Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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