Maren Larae Morris (born 10 April 1990) is an American country singer, songwriter, and record producer. She has released four studio albums. Maren 2015 extended play, Maren Morris, charted on two Billboard charts. Her first major label album, Hero, hit #5 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on Top Country Albums. Her debut single, “My Church”, hit #1 on the Country Digital Songs chart in 2016. She is the reigning 2016 CMA New Artist of the Year and is nominated for Best New Artist at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. On 10 December 2016, Morris performed on Saturday Night Live.
Maren Larae Morris was born in Arlington, Texas to Gregory and Kellie Morris (née, Pellam), where she was raised with a younger sister, Karsen. She is presently based in Nashville, Tennessee for her country music singing and songwriting career. She is dating fellow country singer/songwriter Ryan Hurd. Her music recording career started in 2005, with her debut studio album, Walk On, was released on 14 June 2005, by Mozzi Blozzi Music. Her subsequent release, All That it Takes, was released on 22 October 2007, by Smith Entertainment. Maren 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 2016 album Sundown Heaven Town, and “Second Wind”, which Kelly Clarkson sang on her 2015 album Piece By Piece.
Morris initially self released five songs as a self-titled 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 became signed to Columbia Nashville in September 2015. The label re-released the 5-song EP, on 6 November 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 5 on the Hot Country Songs chart. And was certified Gold by the RIAA. With the success of “My Church”. Morris released her major label studio album on 3 June 2016, the week she started a tour with Keith Urban. The album debuted and peaked at number 5 on the Billboard 200 chart, and number one on the Top Country Albums chart.
“Hero” (2016), “Live Wire” (2011), “All That It Takes” (2007), “Walk On” (2005).
“Maren Morris EP” (2015).
As lead artist
“80s Mercedes” (2016 Album Hero). “My Church” (2016 Album Hero).
Other charted songs
“I’ll Be the Moon” (with Dierks Bentley) (2016 Album Black).
“Once” (Live from RCA) (2016 Director: Justin Key). “80s Mercedes” (2016 Director: Alon Isocianu). “My Church” (2016 Director: Rachel McDonald).
“Your Whiskey” Kree Harrison (2016 Album This Old Thing). “Boomtown” Hayden Panettiere and Will Chase (2016 Album The Music of Nashville: Season 4, Volume 2). “Caged Bird” Aubrey Peeples (2016 Album The Music of Nashville: Season 4, Volume 2). “The Book” Aubrey Peeples (2016 Album N/A). “Greener Pastures” Brothers Osborne (2016 Album Pawn Shop). “Mess Worth Making” Aubrey Peeples (2015 Album N/A). “Wake Me Up When It’s Over” Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio (2015 Album N/A). “Shoot Out the Lights” Caitlyn Shadbolt (2015 Album Caitlyn Shadbolt – EP). “This is Real Life” Connie Britton and Lennon and Maisy (2015 Album The Music of Nashville: Season 3, Volume 2). “Clint Eastwood” Jessie James Decker (2015 Album N/A). “Second Wind” Kelly Clarkson (2015 Album Piece by Piece), “Blind” Aubrey Peeples (2014 Album N/A). “Last Turn Home” Tim McGraw (2014 Album Sundown Heaven Town).