No one in country music in on a tear quite like Maren Morris. Well, maybe Luke Combs, but this article is about Maren.
In addition to scoring her third No. 1 single with “Girl” this week, Maren has been making the rounds as part of supergroup The Highwomen (Brandi Carlile, Amanda Shires, Natalie Hemby). The foursome recently released lead single, “Redesigning Women,” from their upcoming self-titled album (Sept. 6), made their national TV debut on The Tonight Show and headlined the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island. Maren also recently landed on the cover of Women’s Health and scored a feature in Playboy.
With the spotlight firmly on her, Maren has been the subject of plenty on scrutiny on social media, but as she told Kix Brooks of American Country Countdown, she’s always going to speak her mind when she’s “passionate” about something.
“I never poke the bear for fun,” says Maren. “I always speak up when it’s something I’m really furious [about] or passionate about or inspired by, so I would say I’m not that risqué in the grand scheme of things. I mean, even Playboy—you know, Dolly Parton had one of my favorite covers [on] Playboy in ’78, it’s such an iconic cover that she did, but I mean, imagine the backlash that she received back in the day for that. For me, I’m proud of what I stand for . . . You gain more than you lose with social media. You’ll lose followers, you’ll lose fans if you stand up for something, but I think that you gain a lot of people that respect your integrity for speaking up on something.”
Watch Maren’s interview with Kix Brooks below.
photo by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com