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Maren Morris CMA's New Artist of The Year


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Thursday October 12th

Maren Morris is a singer and song-writer whose music bridges the gap between country, classic rock, and hip-hop-influenced pop, and has enjoyed success both as a tunesmith and as a performer.

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Morris was born in Dallas, Texas, and grew up with a love of music and singing. By the time Morris was 14, she had learned to play guitar and be-gan playing professionally, self-releasing a debut album, Walk On. Morris had a deal with Smith Music Group when she dropped her second album, 2007’s All That It Takes; Morris graduated high school and was attending college when she self-released her third full-length, 2011’s Live Wire. A year later, she left Texas for Nashville, determined to shift her career into high gear.

After winning an “Artist on the Vergeprize at the New Music Seminar, Morris first got her foot in the door as a songwriter, signing a publishing deal and writing tunes for Tim McGraw and Kelly Clarkson.

  In 2015, Morris released a digital single titled “My Church,” about the close connection between music and driving. The song became a viral hit, generating over 2.5 million streams in just over a month. The labels in Music City took notice, and Morris signed a deal with Sony Music Nashville, Sony serviced “My Church” to country radio in anticipation of her full-length debut Hero, which appeared in June of 2016. The album hit number one on the country charts, garnering attention; she was nominated for several Grammy awards, she won CMA’s New Artist of the Year, and earned a slot on Saturday Night Live late in 2016. During early 2017, she toured (both as a headliner and with Sam Hunt), and released a deluxe edition of Hero including several bonus tracks.




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