We, at New England Country Music, are continuing our series spotlighting women in country music. While the acronym WCW, standing for ‘Women Crush Wednesday,’ is often used for physical attraction, that is not the case here. This series will feature talented women who are crushing the country music scene.
This week’s WCW is Maren Morris. The twenty-nine-year-old singer/songwriter is already a household name. Maren grew up in Texas with one younger sister. She began playing the guitar when she was twelve. She practiced playing throughout her teenage years and graduated from the University of Texas. Maren spent years in Nashville writing songs before she landed a record deal of her own. She co-wrote ‘Last Turn Home’ for Tim McGraw as well as ‘Second Wind’ for Kelly Clarkson. In 2015 Maren Morris debuted her self-titled, five track, EP. It gained the attention of Columbia Nashville, and she signed a record deal that September. She dropped her first studio album, ‘Hero,’ in 2016. With songs like ‘My Church,’ ‘80’s Mercedes,’ ‘I Could Use a Love Song,’ and ‘Rich,’ we knew that Maren was on to something big. Over the last few years, this WCW has released several singles. ‘Dear Hate,’ a collaboration with Vince Gill, was created after the 2017 Las Vegas Strip shooting. She worked with Thomas Rhett and together they dropped ‘Craving You’ in 2017. In January of this year, Morris dropped her second studio album, ‘GIRL.’ During its first week, the fourteen-track album had over 24 million streams and to date has sold over 37,000 copies. In an interview with Rolling Stone Country, she said: “Looking at the country radio chart the last year, more titles had the word ‘girls’ in them than actual girls on the radio. I think in my head I wanted to buck the trend a little bit and be like, ‘I’m a girl, and I’m going to sing about a girl, and I’m the girl.” Kudos to Maren for being a strong woman and representing women in such a positive way.
Maren Morris has received so much recognition in the music community. In 2016, Maren won her very first CMA Award: New Artist of the Year. In 2017, she took home a GRAMMY for Best Country Solo Performance for ‘My Church.’ And she won Top Country Female Artist at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.
After three years of dating, Maren married fellow country music singer/songwriter Ryan Hurd in 2018. The duo are definitely #couplegoals.
We’re so excited to be able to say that Maren Morris will be in New England soon!
You can catch her at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, CT on Thursday, September 5th.
And she’ll be playing at the Country 102.5 Street Party on Lansdowne Street in Boston, MA on Sunday, September 22nd.
Be sure to download ‘GIRL’ on Apple Music here.
Stay tuned for our next installment of WCW in country music. It is set to hit our page on Wednesday July 31st.