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August 18

Is Maren Morris The Brand New Rising Star of Country Music?

Maren Morris is an American country music singer, songwriter, and record producer who debuted in 2005. She released her debut studio album, Walk On on June 14 2005, followed by her succeeding release, All That It Takes which was released in October.

Soon, her first two releases were followed by 3 more albums, Live Wire, Hero, and Maren Morris EP; along with 4 singles, My Church, 80’s Mercedes, I Could Use a Love Song, and Craving You (as a featured artist). Aside from her albums and singles, Morris wrote countless songs for her fellow country artists like Tim McGraw, Kelly Clarkson, Jessie James Decker, Caitlyn Shadbolt, and Aubrey Peeples.

Is Maren Morris The Brand New Rising Star of Country Music? 1

This year, Morris was nominated for a total of four Grammy Awards, namely, Best New Artist, Best Country Song for My Church, Best Country Album for Hero, and Best Country Solo Performance for My Church. She led the nominations for country artists as the most-nominated. Morris went home with the Best Country Solo Performance for My Church. Other major music awards she’s won include New Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards. She was also the winning recipient of Radio Disney Music Awards’ Best New Country Artist award.

Aside from her big time awards as an artist, she has also gone on three tours. She opened Keith Urban’s 2016 Ripcord World Tour, and performed in both the 2017 HERO Tour and Sam Hunt’s 15 in a 30 Tour as the show’s opening act.

Her singing and songwriting talent soon caught the attention of many other country performers. She was invited to do collaborations left and right with country’s biggest stars. In fact, Elton John phoned Maren Morris last year to praise her musical gift. The phone call was out-of-the-blue.

But looking back to where Maren’s journey started, she had to admit that all the successes she’s attained were not that easy to achieve. She recalls that she performed at a run-down club when she was 14. The club was poorly managed. On the night of her scheduled performance, the young country singer had only two people in her audience—her dad and the club’s bartender. The lack of reception in her show infuriated the manager, that he refused to pay poor Morris.

Thankfully, Maren Morris chose to persevere and continue chasing her dreams.
The art of songwriting is just stumbling your way to something really special, and you don’t know what you’re going to write until you are writing it. There is no formula. And, sometimes, you really have to work at it and hunker down.” She shares during her recent tour stop in North Carolina.

Country music is a genre and brand that’s all it’s own. It is unique, and its roots remain deeply embedded in the hearts and souls of all the people who embrace it. While most of you may argue that nothing beats the classics, it doesn’t hurt to try and explore some new flavors every once in a while.

Check out Maren Morris’ magical voice:

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