Maren Morris

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Maren Morris
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Morris attending the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in February 2017.
Background information
Birth nameMaren Larae Morris
Born (1990-04-10) April 10, 1990 (age 29)
Arlington, Texas, U.S.
OriginNashville, Tennessee, U.S.
GenresCountry pop
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2005–present
LabelsColumbia Nashville
Associated actsRyan Hurd

Maren Larae Morris[1] (born April 10, 1990)[2][3] is an American country music singer, songwriter, and record producer. She has released four studio albums. Her 2015 extended play, Maren Morris, charted on two Billboard charts. Her major label debut album, Hero, reached number five on the Billboard 200 chart and number one on the Top Country Albums chart.

Her debut single, "My Church", peaked at number one on the Country Digital Songs chart in 2016 and reached the top five on the US Hot Country Songs chart and won a Grammy Award for Best Country Solo Performance. Her third single, "I Could Use a Love Song", was her first to reach number one on the US Country Airplay chart. She provided vocals for "The Middle", a pop collaboration with Zedd and Grey, released in January 2018, which reached number five in the United States and received three nominations at the 61st Grammy Awards.[4] Morris' second album, Girl, was released on March 8, 2019, through Columbia Nashville, and was preceded by the lead single and title track.[5]


Early life[edit]

Morris was born in Arlington, Texas, to Greg and Kellie Morris.[6] She has a younger sister, Karsen.[6] As a child, she spent most of her time at her parents' hair salon.[6] At the age of 12, her father bought her a guitar and she fell in love with it.[6] Her music recording career started in 2005, with her debut studio album, Walk On, released on June 14, 2005, by Mozzi Blozzi Music.[7] Her subsequent release, All That it Takes, was released on October 22, 2007, by Smith Entertainment.[7] She graduated from the University of North Texas in 2010.[8] Her third release, Live Wire, was released in 2011, by Mozzi Blozzi Music.[7] Her major label debut album Hero was released to critical acclaim in 2016.[9] Maren spent several years in Nashville writing songs for other artists, including "Last Turn Home" on Tim McGraw's 2014 album Sundown Heaven Town,[10] and "Second Wind", which Kelly Clarkson sang on her 2015 album Piece by Piece.[11]

2015: Maren Morris EP[edit]

Morris initially self-released five songs as an eponymous extended play, Maren Morris, on Spotify in August 2015.[12] The songs gained 2.5 million streams on Spotify in a month, with three songs appearing on Spotify's US and Global "Viral 50" chart. The success of Morris' EP attracted the interest of major labels, and she was signed to Columbia Nashville in September 2015.[13][14] The label re-released the five-song EP, on November 6, 2015, with "My Church" the lead single.[15] Following airplay on country radio, along with several in-studio appearances on satellite radio, this EP charted on two Billboard charts—number 27 on the Country Albums chart and number one on the Top Heatseekers chart[16]—and sold 2,400 copies in its debut week.[17] "My Church" reached number five on the Hot Country Songs chart and was certified Gold by the RIAA.[18]

2016–2018: Hero, breakthrough, and collaborations[edit]

With the success of "My Church", Morris released her major label studio album on June 3, 2016, the week she started a tour with Keith Urban.[14] The album debuted and peaked at number five on the Billboard 200 chart, and number one on the Top Country Albums chart.[19]

Her debut single from the project, "My Church", hit number one on the Country Digital Songs chart in 2016 and reached the top five on the US Hot Country Songs chart.[20]

Hero earned Morris four Grammy Award nominations at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. The album was nominated for Best Country Album, "My Church" won Best Country Solo Performance and was nominated for Best Country Song. Morris was also nominated for the all-genre honor of Best New Artist, but lost to Chance The Rapper.[21] She was honored at Billboard Women in Music 2016 with the Breakthrough Star Award,[22] and received the Breakthrough Artist Award at Music Biz 2017.[23]

Morris embarked on the Hero Tour in 2017, in support of her album.[24] She joined Sam Hunt for his 15 in a 30 Tour later that year.[25][26] A deluxe edition of Hero was released in March 2017, featuring the songs "Bummin' Cigarettes," "Space" and "Company You Keep."[27]

In response to the 2017 Las Vegas Strip shooting, Morris released Dear Hate, a song she had written and recorded with Vince Gill, with all proceeds from the track going to the Music City Cares Fund.[28]

She provided vocals on the song "Craving You" with Thomas Rhett in 2017.[29] Morris was also featured on Niall Horan's song "Seeing Blind", released in October 2017.[30] She later opened for Horan on his 2018 Flicker World Tour.[31] She collaborated with Zedd and Grey on "The Middle", released in January 2018.[32] That single, which combined elements of country, pop, and electronic dance music, reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.[33] On October 5, 2018, Morris appeared as a special guest during Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour in Arlington, Texas, performing "The Middle" with Swift.[34]

2019: Girl[edit]

In January 2019 Morris released the lead single "Girl" from her upcoming second major label studio album of the same name and simultaneously announced a worldwide concert, GIRL: The World Tour, to support the album which is due March 8, 2019. The tour is scheduled to start March 9, 2019 in Chicago, and conclude August 23, 2019 in Canberra, Australia.[35] In March, it was announced that Morris would be forming a supergroup with Brandi Carlile and Amanda Shires called the Highwomen (in reference to The Highwaymen) with the fourth slot being filled by a rotating line-up of guests, such as Sheryl Crow, Chely Wright, Margo Price and Courtney Marie Andrews. A social media post by Shires' husband Jason Isbell hinted that the group had already begun recording with producer Dave Cobb.[36]

Personal life[edit]

In December 2015, Morris began dating fellow country singer Ryan Hurd, whom she had first met in a co-write in 2013. They became engaged in July 2017.[37] The two were married on March 24, 2018, in Nashville, Tennessee.[38]




Girls Just Wanna Weekend[edit]

In July 2018, it was announced that Morris would perform at Brandi Carlile's upcoming music festival called Girls Just Wanna Weekend. It took place in January 2019 in Mexico.[40]


Writing credits[edit]

Year Title Artist Album
2014 "Last Turn Home" Tim McGraw Sundown Heaven Town
"Blind" Aubrey Peeples N/A
2015 "Second Wind" Kelly Clarkson Piece by Piece
"Clint Eastwood" Jessie James Decker N/A
"This is Real Life" Connie Britton and Lennon & Maisy The Music of Nashville: Season 3, Volume 2
"Shoot Out the Lights" Caitlyn Shadbolt Caitlyn Shadbolt – EP
"Wake Up When It's Over" Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio N/A
"Mess Worth Making" Aubrey Peeples
2016 "Greener Pastures" Brothers Osborne Pawn Shop
"The Book" Aubrey Peeples N/A
"Caged Bird" The Music of Nashville: Season 4, Volume 2
"Boomtown" Hayden Panettiere and Will Chase
"Jesus or a Bullet" The Henningsens World's On Fire
"Your Whiskey" Kree Harrison This Old Thing
2017 "Out for Love" Bridgit Mendler N/A
"Shoot Out the Lights" Jessie James Decker Gold
"Too Young to Know"
"Open All Night" Southern Girl City Lights
"Hold a Candle"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Morris was nominated for four Grammy Awards at the 2017 Grammy Awards. She led as the most-nominated country artist: Best New Artist, Best Country Song for "My Church", Best Country Album for Hero and Best Country Solo Performance for "My Church", the latter of which she won.[21] In September 2018, CMT announced Artists of the Year special to be rewarded to Morris and some other female singers.[41][42]

Year Award show Category Nominated work Result
2016 CMA Awards[43] New Artist of the Year Maren Morris Won
Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated
Album of the Year Hero Nominated
Song of the Year "My Church" Nominated
Single of the Year Nominated
British Country Music Association Awards[44] International Song of the Year "My Church" Nominated
2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards[45] Best New Country Artist Maren Morris Nominated
ACM Awards[46] New Female Vocalist of the Year Maren Morris Won
Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated
Album of the Year Hero Nominated
Single Record of the Year "My Church" Nominated
Radio Disney Music Awards[47] Best New Country Artist Maren Morris Won
Favorite Country Song "80s Mercedes" Nominated
CMT Music Awards[48] Female Video of the Year "80s Mercedes" Nominated
Performance of the Year "80s Mercedes" (with Alicia Keys on CMT Crossroads) Nominated
Teen Choice Awards[49] Choice Country Song "Craving You" (with Thomas Rhett) Nominated
CMA Awards[50] Female Vocalist of the Year Maren Morris Nominated
Musical Event of the Year "Craving You" (with Thomas Rhett) Nominated
Music Video of the Year Nominated
American Music Awards[51] Favorite Female Country Artist Maren Morris Nominated
2018 ACM Awards[52] Female Vocalist of the Year Maren Morris Nominated
Vocal Event of the Year "Craving You" (with Thomas Rhett) Nominated
"Dear Hate" (featuring Vince Gill) Nominated
Billboard Music Awards[53] Top Country Female Artist Maren Morris Won
Radio Disney Music Awards Song of the Year "The Middle" (with Zedd and Grey) Nominated
Best Dance Track Nominated
Best Collaboration Nominated
Country Favorite Artist Maren Morris Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: Country Artist Maren Morris Nominated
Choice Music: Collaboration "The Middle" (with Zedd and Grey) Nominated
Choice Music: Electronic/Dance Song Nominated
Much Music Video Awards Best Collaboration "The Middle" (with Zedd and Grey) Nominated
Song of the Summer Nominated
CMA Awards Female Vocalist of the Year Maren Morris Nominated
Music Event of the Year "Dear Hate" (ft. Vince Gill) Nominated
CMT Music Awards[54] Collaborative Video of the Year “Craving You”(ft. Thomas Rhett) Nominated
Female Video of the Year “I Could Use a Love Song” Nominated
American Music Awards Favorite Female Artist - Country Maren Morris Nominated
Collaboration of the Year "The Middle" (with Zedd and Grey) Nominated
2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards[55] Song of the Year "The Middle" with (Zedd and Grey) Won
Best Collaboration Nominated
Dance Song of the Year Won
Country Song of the Year "Rich" Nominated
 ACM Awards[56] Female Vocalist of the Year Maren Morris Nominated
APRA Music Awards Dance Work of the Year "The Middle" with (Zedd and Grey) Pending
Most Played Australian Work Pending
Billboard Music Awards Top Country Female Artist Maren Morris Pending
Top Radio Song "The Middle" with (Zedd and Grey) Pending
Top Dance/Electronic Song Pending

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominated work Result
2017[21] Best New Artist Maren Morris Nominated
Best Country Album Hero Nominated
Best Country Solo Performance "My Church" Won
Best Country Song Nominated
2018[57] Best Country Solo Performance "I Could Use a Love Song" Nominated
2019[58] Record Of The Year "The Middle" with (Zedd and Grey) Nominated
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Nominated
Best Country Solo Performance "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" Nominated
Best Country Song "Dear Hate" (featuring Vince Gill) Nominated
Best Country Duo/Group Performance Nominated

Television appearances[edit]

Year Series Role Notes References
2016 Saturday Night Live Herself Musical guest[59]
2016 CMT Crossroads Herself (with Alicia Keys)
2017 NCIS: New Orleans Herself Episode: "Pandora's Box, Part II"


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