An Interview with Maren Morris
Earlier this year, Texas-born singer-songwriter Maren Morris took the stage at the Grammy Award to accept the award for Best Country Solo Performance for her hit debut single “My Church.” This was a mere eight months after the release of her critically-acclaimed album Hero rose to number five on the Billboard 200 chart, and it capped off an amazing year in the spotlight.
But Morris was no overnight success. Prior to her rise to stardom, she worked as a songwriter in Nashville, penning songs for artists such as Kelly Clarkson and Tim McGraw. She worked tirelessly to get to where she is now, and her hard work has clearly paid off. Now she follows in the footsteps of Texas music icon Willie Nelson as an honorary chairman of the Texas Music Project! Before one of her recent shows, she generously took the time to share some advice for other up-and-coming recording artists.
- Find your tribe. You’ll become a better songwriter by hanging out with other songwriters, particularly ones who are better and more experienced than you. Take their advice with humility and use it to make your songs better.
- Don’t rush the songwriting process. Take your time to articulate what you want to say in a unique way. Not all songs come quickly, so don’t be afraid to work hard until you get what you want.
- Leave your ego at the door. Don’t make decisions selfishly; always put the song first. Just because it’s your choice doesn’t mean it’s the best choice, so do whatever it takes to strengthen your lyrics and melodies. To quote a Townes Van Zant album title, do everything “for the sake of the song.”