Maren Morris got up early for church this morning — specifically, to play her single “My Church” on Good Morning America. Flanked by her band and wielding an acoustic guitar, Morris belted out the song with a mix of twangy vamps and spirals of R&B inflection. It’s a signature style that’s stamped all over her highly-anticipated forthcoming LP, Hero, out June 3rd. (Watch the clip, her national television debut, above.)
In between covering Chris Stapleton with Brothers Osborne and appearing on Dierks Bentley’s upcoming LP, Black, Morris has been busy scheduling festival dates (like a slot as one of Bonnaroo’s few country acts) and preparing for the release of Hero, her first album for Sony Nashville, co-produced by busbee, with whom she also wrote “My Church.”
“I listen to everything, and I think that innately influences what I write,” says the Nashville-based Morris, who grew up in Texas on Hank Williams and Patsy Cline but now shares equal love for artists like Bruno Mars — a point of view that’s particularly evident in the gospel groove of “My Church.” “I hope there is a place for me in the country landscape, but I’m not too precious about it either. I love all types of music, and I think the genre lines are starting to get thinner every year.”
Morris will appear next at the iHeart Country Festival on April 30th, and make her Grand Ole Opry debut on May 21st.