You may have seen the story last week whereby country singer Morgan Waller was recorded using a racial slur which resulted in his career falling off the edge of a cliff – since the video surfaced last Tuesday, Wallen had his record label contract suspended, was made ineligible for this year’s ACM Awards, and lost his representation from the agency WME. One of his most streamed songs is ‘Cover Me Up,’ Wallen’s version of Jason Isbell’s song about getting sober and healing, and Isbell has now announced that he is donating the money he’s earned from Wallen’s recording to the NAACP (the civil rights organisation National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). You can read his announcement below.
So… A portion of this money goes to me, since I wrote ‘Cover Me Up.’ I’ve decided to donate everything I’ve made so far from this album to the Nashville chapter of the @NAACP. Thanks for helping out a good cause, folks. https://t.co/Ch3FlDBmJf
— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) February 10, 2021
Wallen released his version of ‘Cover Me Up’, originally part of Isbell’s 2013 album ‘Southeastern’, in 2018. After the song became a fan-favourite for Wallen, he included a version of it on his 30-track ‘Dangerous’ collection released last month.
The Nashville chapter of the NAACP meanwhile have offered to educate Wallen about his remarks.