After spending Christmas and New Year back home in Australia with his gorgeous wife, Kelsea Ballerini, Morgan Evans kicked off his 2019 back in the United States by celebrating his first-ever #1 hit in the US, “Kiss Somebody.”
The celebration party was hosted by ASCAP, BMI and APRA to honour his debut single. Evans (BMI), along with co-writers Chris DeStefano (ASCAP) and Josh Osborne (ASCAP), were recognized for the song’s chart-topping success, expressing gratitude for the sea of industry attendees that helped make the milestone moment a reality.
“Every time I see the city skyline I think about the first time I came to Nashville and imagined being a part of this community. Every time I have that thought, I get this rush of memories. Especially on a day like today when we get to stop and look back and celebrate things,” said Evans. “This is the biggest occasion. This is it. More than anything, it means I get to keep doing this for a long time, and that’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.”
Adding to the excitement, Warner Music Nashville Chairman and CEO John Esposito surprised Evans with a plaque to commemorate the track being officially GOLD-certified by the RIAA – exceeding 500,000 track equivalents units/sold.
“I’m super proud to be on stage today, super proud to be accepting all these awards, and super proud to have this song that’s gone to number 1,” said Evans. “But above all else, I’m proud to have you guys as my team and my music family. Hopefully we get to do this for a long time together.”