Rising country star William Michael Morgan seemed destined for stardom from a young age. When he was growing up, he won talent contests at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in West Tennessee and recorded independent albums featuring his signature country vocal style.
A few items from his childhood, like the trophy he won in that contest and his first guitar, still remain and will soon go on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Sadly, many of the mementos from William Michael Morgan’s childhood have been lost forever.
William tells Rare Country, “I actually lost a lot of stuff about five years ago to a house fire. My mom and dad’s house burned down back in Mississippi. It was right when I was in the process of moving up to Nashville.”
Rare Country recently caught up with William as he looked through the items that did survive that fire and will now be included in the Hall of Fame’s upcoming American Currents (The Music of 2016) exhibit. One item that really stood out to him was the baby spoon his mom got at the hospital when he was born.
William says, “To think that we still have something like [my baby spoon], when some of our most precious pictures and this or that might have been lost — we still have this. I didn’t even know my mom had that. That tears me up a bit.”
Check out our Facebook Live with William, and then go see his items on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum starting March 17.