Maren Morris is one of the up and coming names in country music, so chances are that music fans haven’t gotten to know her that well yet. As she hits the road on tour this fall (with tickets on sale now through AXS) and prepares for her upcoming appearance on NBC’s "The Voice" here are five things you likely didn’t know about Maren Morris:
1) She’s actually on her fourth album
Morris rose to prominence with the release of her 2016 album Hero, but fans may not know that it’s not her debut record. Hero is Maren Morris’ first record for a major label, but she’d previously released three other albums: Walk On (2005), All That It Takes (2007) and Live Wire (2011). None of the previous records charted, but Hero peaked at number one on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart last year. Talk about an improvement!
2) She has extensive ties to "Nashville"
Before she hit it big, Morris was one of the many songwriters who penned material for ABC’s musical TV series "Nashville." Among the songs she’s credited on are "Blind" (performed by Aubrey Peeples), "This Is Real Life" (performed by Connie Britton with Lennon & Maisy), and "Boomtown" (performed by Hayden Panettiere and Will Chase). So if you’ve enjoyed the music of "Nashville" you’ve also been enjoying the handiwork of Maren Morris.
3) She set the bar at this year’s Grammy Awards
Morris led all country music artists at the 2017 Grammy Awards with four nominations. She would go on to win the Best Country Solo Performance Award for her single "My Church," which you can listen to now by using the media player included with this article. But when you consider how many country music artists are out there, and how many big names exist in the genre, for her to be the most nominated artist is an accomplishment in and of itself.
4) She appeared in an episode of "NCIS: New Orleans"
One of the things that comes with a higher profile is the chance to appear on TV. Maren Morris got one such opportunity earlier this year when she made a guest appearance as herself in an episode of CBS’s spin-off "NCIS: New Orleans," performing an acoustic version of "My Church." If you missed her on "NCIS" you can watch her segment of the show here.
5) She’s shared the stage with Alicia Keys
Morris and Alicia Keys have spent a lot of time collaborating recently. They performed together at the Grammy Awards, and then also co-headlined an episode of CMT’s series "CMT Crossroads." That will make it even more interesting when Morris appears on "The Voice," where Keys is currently one of the coaches, this Tuesday at 8 p.m. on NBC.
For more on Maren Morris, visit her artist page at AXS.