10 Things You Didn’t Know About Country Star Maren Morris
Ever since rising country star Maren Morris released her newest album in June 2016, she’s experienced a whirlwind rise to fame. Hero reached the No. 1 spot on the country albums chart and No. 5 on the Billboard 200, and since then she won Best Country Solo Performance at the Grammy Awards (one of four nominations that night), New Female Vocalist of the Year at the ACM Awards and New Artist of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards. After such an amazing year we expect big things for her in the future, so here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about country star Maren Morris!
10. Turned Down by Competitive Singing Shows
We’re sure they’re kicking themselves now, but back before she made it in the “big leagues” Maren Morris tried out for two of the biggest singing competition shows, The Voice and American Idol, and was turned down by both! Luckily these rejections didn’t stop her from pursuing her dreams and ironically things came full circle in 2016 when her hit single “My Church” was performed by Jenna Renae on American Idol and Mary Sarah on The Voice. “I think about all the freaking talent shows I’ve tried out for in my life and I’m so glad I didn’t make any of them,” she said in an interview with Rolling Stone.
9. Career as a Songwriter
The “80s Mercedes” singer originally moved to Nashville at the age of 20 to be a songwriter for the Music Row publishing company Big Yellow Dog. It was during this time that she penned the songs “Last Turn Home” for Tim McGraw, “Second Wind” featured on Kelly Clarkson’s Piece by Piece album, “Greener Pastures,” for Brothers Osbourne and three others for Jessie James Decker. She’s also penned many songs for the hit show Nashville. Her song credits include “Blind,” performed by Aubrey Peeples, “This Is Real Life,” performed by Connie Britton and Lennon & Maisy, as well as “Boomtown,” which was performed by Hayden Panettiere and Will Chase.