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Maren Morris

Breakthrough. Breakthrough. Breakthrough? In the last two years, Country/Pop crossover artist Maren Morris has picked up that “breakthrough” tag from nearly everyone who has mentioned her name. While it’s certainly a compliment and a sentiment that Morris is no doubt eating up, it’s not exactly a fair analysis. Morris is a whole lot more than just some fresh new thing.

She may be young, but Morris has been working hard and paying her dues for quite a long time. The Texan got her first guitar before she finished middle school. Her first album was released shortly after her 15th birthday, in 2005. 

From that point in her budding career, Morris had two more independent albums released within the next six years. After that, Morris spent a few years writing songs for big names like Tim McGraw and Kelly Clarkson. She even contributed several songs to various Nashville TV episodes.

It wasn’t until more than a decade after her first album that Morris finally struck gold in her own career with her first big label release, Hero.

It’s that 2016 album — and singles like “My Church” and “I Could Use a Love Song” — that landed Morris on a bigger stage. It even found her collecting kudos from the likes of Sir Elton John and the Grammys. And as if her hard work on the Country scene wasn’t enough, Morris also recently dove into the Pop world. Her partnership with Zedd and the musical group Grey on “The Middle” is this summer’s inescapable hit.

So “breakthrough” doesn’t really cut it. Maren Morris has been working hard and playing the game for a decade — at 28, she’s practically a seasoned veteran. She only crashed into most of our lives fairly recently, but she’s got staying power to keep her around for decades to come.

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