Maren Larae Morris (born April 10, 1990) is an American singer-songwriter. While rooted in the country genre, her music also blends elements of pop, R&B and Hip-Hop. Born and raised in Arlington, Texas, Morris enjoyed singing as a child. She started publicly performing in her preteen years and toured throughout Texas. In her late teens and early twenties, she released three studio albums on independent record labels. She relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career in country music during this same time period. Morris signed a publishing contract and later a recording contract following the streaming success of her 2015 self-titled EP.
Morris’s third studio album Hero (2016) was released on Columbia Nashville and blended country with R&B styles. Its lead single “My Church” became her breakout single at country radio and was followed by the commercially successful songs “80s Mercedes”, “I Could Use a Love Song” and “Rich”. In 2018, Morris collaborated with Grey and Zedd on the song “The Middle”. Released as a single, the track became a top ten pop success in various countries. She followed it in 2019 with her fifth album titled Girl. The album mixed country with various music styles and featured collaborations with different artists. It spawned the number one singles “Girl” and “The Bones”. Morris released her sixth studio album on March 25, 2022, titled Humble Quest.
Morris has had two albums certified for sales certifications in North America. She has scored three number one songs on the Billboard Country Airplay chart and eight top ten songs on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Morris has won multiple accolades including one Grammy award, five Academy of Country Music Awards, one American Music award and five Country Music Association Awards.