Maren Morris, a rising star you might want to know!
“Can I get a hallelujah, can I get an amen?” sings Texas-born, Nashville-dwelling Maren Morris on “My Church,” the lead single from her self-titled LP. Though sing, however, might not be the most appropriate verb–she belts, in her dynamic range that can growl soulfully one moment and twangily howl the next. It’s an honest performance from an artist and writer who stands out for the singular point of view, sheer creativity and fearless approach to music she’s developed since she began performing and writing as a young child. Using the boldest colors from across many genres as her palette, and country as her canvas, Morris’ stories are vivid paintings that can be gleefully fun, tearfully heartbreaking, and a perfect balance of modern and timeless. In the five songs of her EP, it’s easy to discover all of the diverse and dynamic sides that make up Maren Morris—from the confident, danceable swagger of “80s Mercedes,” to the island jam of “Drunk Girls Don’t Cry,” and the soulful confessions of “Wish I Was.” And, of course, the thrilling pop-country-gospel amalgam of “My Church,” a track that was written while Morris was cruising along in her car listening to the radio. She had an an epiphany: there’s something downright spiritual about letting your body and mind be enveloped by the power of music.