Filmed on the backroads of her native Texas, the music video for Maren Morris’s “My Church” finds the pint-sized powerhouse taking a joyride through the Lone Star State, picking up a pair of hitchhikers along the way.
Originally released on a five-song EP in 2015, the song shines a light not only on Morris’s songwriting chops, but on the soul and swagger of her voice. She’s a genre jumper, mixing the tune’s pop hooks and gospel-influenced chorus with shout-outs to country icons like Johnny Cash and Hank Williams. The video for “My Church” follows a similar pattern, kicking off with shots of a church choir before spending most of its three-and-a-half minutes inside Morris’s car, where she creates her own noisy sanctuary with help from FM radio.
Crosses hang from the rear-view mirror, but “My Church” isn’t overly religious. It isn’t very plot-driven, either. Instead, the video worships the otherworldly power of music, as well as the simple joy that comes with turning up the dial, rolling down the windows and singing along to the radio at 65 miles an hour. The recently notched a record-breaking debut on country radio, with more than 100 stations devoting airtime to Morris’s “Church.”