Maren Morris, a country artist, recently stated how far she would go to make country music more inclusive. Morris has garnered numerous prizes, including a Grammy, five Academy of Country Music Awards, and several others, for her ability to merge pop, R&B, and rock while being strongly anchored in the country music genre.
In 2020, the country singer was nominated for another Grammy for a song about Black Lives Matter. Morris has continued to speak out against racial and gender injustice in the industry since then. During one of her speeches, she lauded the industry’s Black female country musicians.
Morris has stated that she has no qualms about going even further in her quest for equality in the profession. In an interview, she expressed her desire to see the industry improve and fans from all walks of life feel at ease and accepted during her performances.
Morris’ third major-label studio album, “Humble Quest,” is set to be released later this year. She recently spoke with People on the influence her kid has had on her career and her desire to make country music more inclusive.
Morris and her husband Ryan Hurd welcomed their baby Hayes in March 2020, only a few weeks after her legendary performance at the Houston Rodeo. The singer acknowledged during her interview that having her kid was a watershed moment in her personal and creative life.
“He’s already taught me so much about how to be a human,” the 31-year-old added. Having to raise one made me see things more clearly and feel greater empathy for my fellow human beings.”
Morris revealed that she became an activist after witnessing “inequality” in country music.
In the People interview, the musician also discussed her image as a country music activist and what caused it. Morris rose to prominence in 2016 as her single “My Church” became a smash hit.
The 31-year-old hasn’t stopped talking about sexist double standards and racial inequity in the music industry since then. Morris utilized her female vocalist of the year speech in 2020 to thank and celebrate Black female country musicians around the world in a particularly historic moment.
In October of same year, she released “Better Than We Found It,” a Black Lives Matter-inspired song. The song earned her her 13th Grammy nomination for Best Country Song.
“I didn’t start making music to become an activist,” she responded when asked what inspired her to become an activist. I believe it was a result of simply observing the disparities in the genre in which I happened to be immersed. You can’t actually close your eyes again once you become aware of it.”
Morris stated that she wished for more diversity in country music.
Morris appears to be willing to do more than sing and give lectures about the subject. According to People, the singer stated that she was willing to “put [her] own a** on the line” for more diversity in the usually conservative industry.
“It’s not going to happen overnight to feel like it’s more inclusive,” Morris said, “but I’m seeing it change for the better.” “I’m honestly willing to put my own a** on the line to stand up for what’s right, even if it means losing followers along the way.”
The “My Church” singer went on to say that she wanted everyone at her event to have a good time and feel secure. “And anyone from any background can show up that night and be assured of acceptance.” So, if I have to slap off something weird along the line, it’s for the greater good of country music,” she added.
‘Humble Quest’ Will Be Released By Maren Morris.
Morris’ third studio album for Columbia Nashville, and his sixth overall, will be released on March 25. “Circles Around This Town,” the first single, was released on January 7. The song was mostly inspired by the singer’s excessive self-confidence at the outset of her music career, according to her.
The 31-year-old said she was still working on regaining her confidence but in a “more adult” manner. “I think I had more of my s*** together back then than I do now,” she remarked. “You just have all of that blind confidence when you don’t know what you’re doing.”
“But I’m learning to be that fearless, no-holds-barred girl again, and I am getting back to her in a lot of ways — but also in a more mature, give-zero-f***s way,” the “Chasing After You” singer added.