Maren Morris will release her debut album, Hero, on June 3rd, kicking off a world tour with headliner Keith Urban that same week. The news arrives as Morris heads back to her native Texas for a pair of performances at the 2016 SXSW Festival.
A recording artist since the age of 15, Morris has spent the past decade releasing a string of independent albums. She carved out a reputation as a popular songwriter along the way, too, with artists like Kelly Clarkson and Tim McGraw recording their own versions of her songs. The tides began to shift last year, after one of Morris’ independent releases — a self-titled EP — racked up more than 2.5 million streams on Spotify. Columbia Nashville took note of the EP’s success and re-released the project in November, with “My Church” leading the charge as her first nationwide single. This week, “My Church” sits at Number Five on the Billboard country charts, making it the most successful song Morris has written for either herself or others.
“I think being solely a songwriter helped with perspectives,” says Morris, who co-wrote all 11 tracks on Hero. “I learned to write from different points of view and not just something I would say.”
Tracklist for Maren Morris’ Hero:
3. “My Church”
4. “I Could Use a Love Song”
5. “80’s Mercedes”
6. “Drunk Girls Don’t Cry”
7. “How It’s Done”
8. “Just Another Thing”
9. “I Wish I Was”
10. “Second Wind”