Morris attending the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in February 2017.
|Birth name||Maren Larae Morris|
April 10, 1990|
Arlington, Texas, United States
|Origin||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Associated acts||Ryan Hurd|
Maren Larae Morris (born April 10, 1990) 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 for Best Country Solo Performance. Her third single, "I Could Use a Love Song", was her first to reach number one on the Country Airplay Charts. She provided vocals for "The Middle", a pop collaboration with Zedd and Grey, released in January 2018, which reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Morris was born in Arlington, Texas, to Greg and Kellie Morris. She has a younger sister, Karsen. As a child, she spent most of her time at her parent's hair salon. At the age of 12, her father bought her a guitar and she fell in love with it. Her music recording career started in 2005, with her debut studio album, Walk On, released on June 14, 2005, by Mozzi Blozzi Music. Her subsequent release, All That it Takes, was released on October 22, 2007, by Smith Entertainment. Her third release, Live Wire, was released in 2011, by Mozzi Blozzi Music. Her major label debut album Hero was released to critical acclaim in 2016. Maren spent several years in Nashville writing songs for other artists, including "Last Turn Home" on Tim McGraw's 2014 album Sundown Heaven Town, and "Second Wind", which Kelly Clarkson sang on her 2015 album Piece by Piece.
2015: Maren Morris EP
Morris initially self-released five songs as an eponymous extended play, Maren Morris, on Spotify in August 2015. 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. The label re-released the five-song EP, on November 6, 2015, with "My Church" the lead single. 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—and sold 2,400 copies in its debut week. "My Church" reached number five on the Hot Country Songs chart and was certified Gold by the RIAA.
2016–present: Hero, breakthrough, and collaborations
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. The album debuted and peaked at number five on the Billboard 200 chart, and number one on the Top Country Albums chart.
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. She was honored at Billboard Women in Music 2016 with the Breakthrough Star Award, and received the Breakthrough Artist Award at Music Biz 2017.
In 2017, Morris embarked on The HERO Tour. She joined Sam Hunt for his 15 in a 30 Tour later in 2017. In March 2017, it was revealed that a deluxe edition of the project would be released, featuring the songs "Bummin' Cigarettes," "Space" and "Company You Keep."
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.
She provided vocals on the song "Craving You" with Thomas Rhett in 2017. Morris was also featured on Niall Horan's song "Seeing Blind", released in October 2017. She is set to open for Horan on his 2018 Flicker World Tour. She is featured on "The Middle" with Zedd and Grey, released in January 2018. That single, which combined elements of country, pop, and electronic dance music, reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In December 2015, Morris began dating fellow country singer Ryan Hurd, who she had first met in a co-write back in 2013. They became engaged in July 2017. The two were married on March 24, 2018, in Nashville, Tennessee.
- The Hero Tour (2017)
- Ripcord World Tour (2016) (opening for Keith Urban)
- 15 in a 30 Tour (2017) (opening for Sam Hunt)
- Flicker World Tour (2018) (opening for Niall Horan)
Girls Just Wanna Weekend
In July 2018, it was announced that Morris will be one of the performers at Brandi Carlile's upcoming music festival called Girls Just Wanna Weekend. It is set to take place in January 2019 in Mexico.
- Hero (2016)
|2014||"Last Turn Home"||Tim McGraw||Sundown Heaven Town|
|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
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. In September 2018, CMT announced Artists of the Year special to be rewarded to Morris and some other female singers.
|Year||Award show||Category||Nominated work||Result|
|2016||CMA Awards||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||International Song of the Year||"My Church"||Nominated|
|2017||Grammy Awards||Best New Artist||Maren Morris||Nominated|
|Best Country Album||Hero||Nominated|
|Best Country Solo Performance||"My Church"||Won|
|Best Country Song||Nominated|
|iHeartRadio Music Awards||Best New Country Artist||Maren Morris||Nominated|
|ACM Awards||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||Best New Country Artist||Maren Morris||Won|
|Favorite Country Song||"80s Mercedes"||Nominated|
|CMT Music Awards||Female Video of the Year||"80s Mercedes"||Nominated|
|Performance of the Year||"80s Mercedes" (with Alicia Keys on CMT Crossroads)||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Country Song||"Craving You" (with Thomas Rhett)||Nominated|
|CMA Awards||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||Favorite Female Country Artist||Maren Morris||Nominated|
|2018||Grammy Awards||Best Country Solo Performance||"I Could Use a Love Song"||Nominated|
|ACM Awards||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||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|
|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||Pending|
|Music Event of the Year||"Dear Hate" (ft. Vince Gill)||Pending|
|2018||CMT Artists of the Year Awards||Honoree||Maren Morris||Won|
|2016||Saturday Night Live||Herself||Musical guest|
|2016||CMT Crossroads||Herself||(with Alicia Keys)|
|2017||NCIS: New Orleans||Herself||Episode: "Pandora's Box, Part II"|
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