In the summer of 2010, a Gibbs High School baseball star suffered an arm injury that took him away from not only potential college opportunities, but the game he had put all of himself into since he was 8 years old.
The months spent in recovery were brutal, the coming-of-age phase magnified by the sound of crushed dreams.
Despite it all, Morgan Wallen knew it was all part of a greater plan.
"I was wondering what the purpose of it was and questioning God," the now 20-year-old Wallen said in an interview with The Daily Beacon on Thursday. "I dwelled on it for a couple months, but after that I tried to be positive about everything and figured there was a better plan for my life in some way."
And it turned out there was. The injury that threatened Wallen's youthful aspirations gave him a new one, or rather, an old one: music.
Wallen and his raspy country rock joined Team Usher on season six of NBC's singing competition "The Voice" in the blind audition that aired this past Tuesday night...