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Maren Larae Morris[1] (born April 10, 1990)[2][3][4] 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.[5]

Maren Morris
Birth name Maren Larae Morris
Born (1990-04-10) April 10, 1990 (age 27)
Arlington, Texas, US
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, US
Genres Country
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active 2005–present
Labels Columbia Nashville
Associated acts Ryan Hurd

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.[6]



2005-2015: Early beginningsEdit

Her music recording career started in 2005, with her debut studio album, Walk On, was 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] 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.[8] Maren spent several years in Nashville writing songs for other artists, including "Last Turn Home" on Tim McGraw's 2014 album Sundown Heaven Town,[9] and "Second Wind", which Kelly Clarkson sang on her 2015 album Piece by Piece.[10]

2015: Maren Morris EPEdit

Morris initially self-released five songs as an eponymous extended play, Maren Morris, on Spotify in August 2015.[11] 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.[12][13] The label re-released the five-song EP, on November 6, 2015, with "My Church" the lead single.[14] 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[15]—and sold 2,400 copies in its debut week.[16] "My Church" reached number five on the Hot Country Songs chart and was certified Gold by the RIAA.[17]

2016-present: Hero, breakthrough, and collaborationsEdit

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.[13] The album debuted and peaked at number five on the Billboard 200 chart, and number one on the Top Country Albums chart.[5]

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.[6]

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.[18] She was honored at Billboard Women in Music 2016 with the Breakthrough Star Award,[19] and received the Breakthrough Artist Award at Music Biz 2017.[20]

In 2017, Morris embarked on The HERO Tour.[21] She joined Sam Hunt for his 15 in a 30 Tour later in 2017.[22][23] 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."[24]

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.[25]

She provided vocals on the song "Craving You" with Thomas Rhett in 2017.[26] Morris also featured in Niall Horan's song "Seeing Blind", released in October 2017.[27] She is set to open for Horan on his 2018 Flicker World Tour.[28] She featured in "The Middle" with Zedd and Grey, released in January 2018.[29]

Personal lifeEdit

Morris is engaged to fellow country music singer Ryan Hurd.[30] The two met after writing "Last Turn Home" for Tim McGraw.[31]



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"
"Open All Night" Southern Girl City Lights
"Hold a Candle"

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", the latter of which she won.[18]

Year Award show Category Nominated work Result
2016 CMA Awards[33] 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[34] International Song of the Year Nominated
2017 Grammy Awards[18] 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[35] Best New Country Artist Maren Morris Nominated
ACM Awards[36] 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[37] Best New Country Artist Maren Morris Won
Favorite Country Song "80s Mercedes" Nominated
CMT Music Awards[38] Female Video of the Year "80s Mercedes" Nominated
Performance of the Year "80s Mercedes" (with Alicia Keys on CMT Crossroads) Nominated
Teen Choice Awards[39] Choice Country Song "Craving You" (with Thomas Rhett) Nominated
CMA Awards[40] Female Vocalist of the Year Maren Morris Nominated
Music Video of the Year "Craving You" (with Thomas Rhett) Nominated
Musical Event of the Year "Craving You" (with Thomas Rhett) Nominated
American Music Awards[41] Favorite Female Country Artist Maren Morris Nominated
2018 Grammy Awards[42] Best Country Solo Performance "I Could Use a Love Song" Nominated
ACM Awards[43] Female Vocalist of the Year Maren Morris Pending
Vocal Event of the Year "Craving You" (with Thomas Rhett) Pending
"Dear Hate" (featuring Vince Gill) Pending

Television appearancesEdit

Year Series Role Notes References
2016 Saturday Night Live Herself Musical guest[44]
2016 CMT Crossroads Herself (with Alicia Keys)
2017 NCIS: New Orleans Herself Episode: "Pandora's Box, Part II"


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