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One of the country's most up and coming singers will perform at the Delta County Fair Friday, Aug. 11, at 8 p.m.

Concertgoers will recognize his number one hit, "I Met a Girl," and other grew new music off his album "Vinyl."

William Michael Morgan is a singer and songwriter who was too young to order a beer when he made his first steps toward Nashville stardom. Morgan was born in Vicksburg, Miss., in 1993. His parents enjoyed classic country music, and by the time he was six, Morgan was a Marty Robbins fan, fascinated with a song he'd heard around the house. By the time he was nine, Morgan had his first guitar, and spent much of his free time teaching himself to play songs by Keith Whitley and Mark Chesnutt, sometimes checking out instructional videos online when he had trouble figuring out licks. When Morgan was 12, inspired by seeing a Dierks Bentley concert, he began playing out in public, and soon formed a band with local pickers -- most old enough to be his father -- who performed in Vicksburg and the surrounding area on weekends. In 2006, 13-year-old Morgan and his band independently released an album, Always Country, and he worked part-time during the week to help finance his musical projects.

Morgan was 16 when he started visiting Nashville, Tenn., on a regular basis for songwriting sessions. At 18, he moved to the Music City to follow his dream. At 19, Morgan landed a publishing contract with Warner/Chappell Music as well as a recording deal with Warner Music Nashville. Morgan's first single for Warner, "I Met a Girl," was released in July 2015, and received enthusiastic reviews from the country music blogosphere before gaining airplay on terrestrial and satellite radio alike. In September 2015, Morgan followed the path of his heroes when he was booked to make his first appearance on the Grand Ol' Opry.

Taste of Country awarded "I Met a Girl" with the Taste of Country Critic's Pick, saying the single is "a warm country love song that slows time," adding that "strong songwriting and Morgan's smooth baritone make the song tough to resist." "I Met a Girl" was originally written by Sam Hunt.

General admission tickets are $15. Purchase your tickets online at delta

countyfair.com or stop by one of the following locations: Sisson's Feed & Ranch, Cedaredge FoodTown, Hitchin' Post, Desperado, Murdoch's (Montrose and Clifton), Paonia Farm & Home Supply, Tucker's Pizza, Pub & Arcade, and the Rogers Mesa Store.

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