Maren Morris

  • Country music singer and songwriter born in 1990 from Arlington Texas.
  • Her father bought her a guitar when she was 12. She started writing, and performed at clubs around Dallas that would let her in. By 15, she had composed and recorded an album, called Walk On, which was released on a small independent label. Her next album, All That It Takes, was released in 2007. Both albums got some attention in Texas, but nothing went national. She continued to perform and write, releasing her third album, Live Wire, in 2011. Again, nothing was popular outside of her home turf. These albums were old school country twang records.
  • In 2012, hoping to increase her exposure, she moved to Nashville. She won a prize at a music event, and a publishing company showed interest in her. She started writing for other artists, with Tim McGraw, Kelly Clarkson and The Brothers Osborne recording songs written by Morris. She started to tour with other artists, both nationally and in Europe.
  • In August 2015, she self-released an EP on Spotify called Maren Morris. It included a song called My Church, a song about driving on the highway and listening to country music on the radio, comparing it to a church revival. Spotify had 2.5 million streams within a month, and satellite radio picked it up, and played it frequently. This got a major record label interested in her, and she was signed.
  • Her debut album with the label was released in 2016 – Hero. It included My Church, as well as the singles 80s Mercedes, I Could Use A Love Song, and Rich. The album topped the Billboard Country Album chart, and My Church peaked at #5 on the Country Songs chart, and the other singles also charted highly. The album is much different than her earlier work – much more polished, still very country, with elements of pop, and hints of reggae, hip hop, catchy hooks, and lots of country harmony. The album was nominated for a Grammy award, and it won Morris the CMA New Artist of the Year award. My Church won a Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance.
  • Morris contributed backing vocals to Thomas Rhett’s song Craving You in 2017. The single reached #3 on the Country Songs chart. Rhett originally planned to release it with just his vocal, but after hearing her part, he went with it, saying that “she adds such a crazy element to the song.”
  • In 2018, Morris collaborated with EDM DJ Zedd for his song The Middle, with Morris performing the vocals on the song. The song was recorded 12 times, with 12 different vocalists, including Demi Lovato, Carly Rae Jepsen and Bebe Rexha – Morris’ version was chosen for the final version. The song peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
  • It took Maren Morris 10 years to finally make it big in the world of country music. It will be fun to see if she can stay on top. We’ll need more new music – soon. C’mon Maren! Here is the video to her hit, My Church. 

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