Maren Morris
Birth name Maren Larae Morris
Born (1990-04-10) April 10, 1990 (age 27)
Arlington, Texas, U.S.
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active 2005–present
Labels Columbia Nashville
Associated acts
Website marenmorris.com

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.[1]

Her debut single, "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.[2]

Morris is the reigning 2016 CMA New Artist of the Year and was nominated for four awards, including Best New Artist, at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, where "My Church" won the award for Best Country Solo Performance.[3][4]

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Early and personal lifeEdit

Maren Larae Morris[5] was born on April 10, 1990,[6][7] in Arlington, Texas, the daughter of Scott and Kellie Morris (née Pellam),[8] where she was raised with a younger sister, Karsen.[9] She is presently based in Nashville, Tennessee for her country music singing and songwriting career. She is dating fellow country music singer Ryan Hurd.[10]

Music careerEdit

Her music recording career started in 2005, with her debut studio album, Walk On, was released on June 14, 2005, by Mozzi Blozzi Music.[11] Her subsequent release, All That it Takes, was released on October 22, 2007, by Smith Entertainment.[11] Her third release, Live Wire, was released in 2011, by Mozzi Blozzi Music.[11] Her major label debut album Hero was released to critical acclaim in 2016.[12] Maren spent several years in Nashville writing songs for other artists, including "Last Turn Home" on Tim McGraw's 2014 album Sundown Heaven Town,[13] and "Second Wind", which Kelly Clarkson sang on her 2015 album Piece by Piece.[14]

2015: Maren Morris EPEdit

Morris initially self-released five songs as an eponymous extended play, Maren Morris, on Spotify in August 2015.[15] 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 became signed to Columbia Nashville in September 2015.[16][17] The label re-released the five-song EP, on November 6, 2015, with "My Church" the lead single.[18] 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[19]—and sold 2,400 copies in its debut week.[20] "My Church" reached number five on the Hot Country Songs chart and was certified Gold by the RIAA.[21]

2016: HeroEdit

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.[17] The album debuted and peaked at number five on the Billboard 200 chart, and number one on the Top Country Albums chart.[1]

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.[2]

Hero earned Maren 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.[3]

Morris was honored at Billboard Women in Music 2016 with the Breakthrough Star Award,[22] and she is set to receive the Breakthrough Artist Award at Music Biz 2017.[23]

Morris is currently on the road with her headlining 2017 The HERO Tour.[24] She joins Sam Hunt for his 15 in a 30 Tour later in 2017.[25][26]

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."[27]

ToursEdit

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

List of musical works, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions[19] Sales
US
Country

[29]
US
[30]
AUS
[31]
CAN
[32]
Walk On
All That It Takes
  • Released: October 22, 2007
  • Label: Smith
  • CD, digital download
Live Wire
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Mozzi Blozzi
  • CD, digital download
Hero 1 5 69 14
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended playsEdit

List of musical works, with selected chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
US
Country

[29]
US
[30]
US
Heat

[34]
Maren Morris EP
  • Released: November 6, 2015
  • Label: Columbia Nashville
  • CD, digital download
22 96 1

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Sales Album
US Hot Country
[2]
US Country Airplay
[36]
US
[37]
CAN Country
[38]
CAN
[39]
2016 "My Church" 5 9 50 3 64 Hero
"80s Mercedes" 11 12 74 17
2017 "I Could Use a Love Song" 33 35
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

As featured artistEdit

Year Single Peak chart positions[44] Certifications Sales Album
US Hot Country US Country Airplay US CAN Country CAN
2017 "Craving You"
(Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris)
5 21 53 36 71 TBA
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other charted songsEdit

Year Single Peak
positions
Album
US
Country

[2][45]
2016 "I'll Be the Moon"
(with Dierks Bentley)
40 Black
2017 "Once" 37 Hero

Music videosEdit

Year Video Director
2016 "My Church"[46] Rachel McDonald
"80s Mercedes"[47] Alon Isocianu
"Once" (Live from RCA)[48] Justin Key

Writing creditsEdit

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"

Awards and nominationsEdit

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". She won the last.[3]

Year Award show Category Nominated work Result
2016 Country Music Association Awards New Artist of the Year Maren Morris Won
Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated
Album of the Year Hero
Song of the Year "My Church"
Single of the Year
British Country Music Association Awards International Song of the Year Nominated
2017 Grammy Awards[3] 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[49] Best New Country Artist Maren Morris Nominated
ACM Awards[50] 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

Television appearancesEdit

Year Series Role Notes References
2016 Saturday Night Live Herself Musical guest[51]
2016 CMT Crossroads Herself (with Alicia Keys)
2017 NCIS: New Orleans Herself Episode: "Pandora's Box, Part II"

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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