Morgan Wade Recalls “Defining Moment” That Led Her To Sobriety: “Everything’s Changed For Me”

“I drank more than I’ve ever drank in my life,” she recalled.

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Posted on September 1, 2023

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Morgan Wade has been sober for six years, deciding to quit drinking on June 17, 2017, after a night of heavy drinking in New York City.

She has the date tattooed on her arm, and recently revealed to PEOPLE what it was about that night specifically that prompted her to get sober.

“I drank more than I’ve ever drank in my life,” she recalled. “I remember a hangover that lasted for a couple weeks [and] I was so depressed, I didn’t think I was going to make it out of that.”

Morgan Wade; Photo Courtesy of YouTube
Morgan Wade; Photo Courtesy of YouTube

Wade shared that she began drinking at age 19 when she got to college and discovered that she liked how she was reacting to alcohol.

“I was like, ‘OK, I like how out of my shell I’m getting,’” she said. “[Soon drinking] was all I wanted to do.”

“Defining Moment”

As her music career began, her drinking continued to escalate with free bar tabs at gigs and drinking with her bandmates. That ultimately led her to New York City six years ago, and she called getting sober a “big defining moment” in her life.

“Everything’s changed for me,” she reflected. “Obviously I still make mistakes and screw up, but I’m like all right, at least I remember what I did, and I can not do it again.”

The 28-year-old acknowledged that maintaining her sobriety isn’t always easy.

“I’ve had tough moments even in the last few months where it’s been really hard,” she noted. “It’s been so long that I have to remind myself the reasons why I’m sober. As time goes on you’re like, ‘Well, maybe I’m different now. Maybe I could drink and not be the same person.’ And then it’s like, ‘No, you’ve got to stay away.’”

Morgan Wade; Photo Courtesy of Matthew Berinato
Morgan Wade; Photo Courtesy of Matthew Berinato

“27 Club”

As a songwriter, Wade’s journey made its way into her recently-released album, Psychopath, including on a song called “27 Club,” which references a number of artists who passed away at age 27 including Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain and details Wade’s mental health struggles.

“I don’t know if I would call it luck / But I, I didn’t make the 27 club,” she sings. “I’m 28 / So y’all ain’t gotta dig my grave.”

Wade told PEOPLE that she penned the song “in three different chunks in different times of my life.”

“I wrote the first verse a long time ago, and then the second verse a good while ago as well,” she recalled. “Then the last verse, I turned 28 in December and wrote that in January. To me, it was just kind of like, ‘Hey, look, you’ve made it. There’s been a lot of times in these past few years that you didn’t think you were going to continue to make it,’ especially with my mental health and my depression and everything. And so to be able to sit there and be like, ‘Alright, I’ve got another day, I’ve had another year….’ That felt [like] a good way to end the record.”

Morgan Wade 'Psychopath' Album Art
Morgan Wade ‘Psychopath’ Album Art

New Album, Psychopath

Psychopath also features Morgan Wade’s song “Fall In Love With Me,” the music video for which sees Wade playing the love interest of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards. After fans online had speculated that the pair might be dating, Wade and Richards shared in a behind the scenes clip that the music video was a way to poke fun at the rumors.

“If you get on the Internet, you’ll see people are obsessed with us being friends and why we’re friends and why I would be friends with [Kyle],” Wade said. “We thought it would kind of be a good idea to kind of poke fun at that and troll the trolls a little bit. The Internet is going to be popping off about this one I’m sure.”

For additional information on Morgan Wade, visit her official website HERE.

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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