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Maren Morris on Her Journey to the Stage — and Never Getting Off It

Country star talks touring, the importance of sound and her first time performing

“I really sweat for all of this. Nothing was handed, it was all achieved,” Maren Morris explained as we embarked on a day in her world. From reminiscing about her first show at just 11-years-old to taking the stage at a major festival that afternoon, the 26-year-old singer-songwriter-producer took us through the journey of her career.

With her single “My Church” taking over the charts, Morris has a lot to be proud of. But the Texas-born musician doesn’t take all the credit — “it was always sort of a family affair,” she explained. “My mom and dad would drive me to every show and my sister would come along. Now, it’s sort of a win for all of us.”

Just hours before her big show, Morris recalls her first show in a Fort Worth, Texas honky tonk well over a decade ago. “I just remember people clapping afterward and being so freaked out but also excited. I didn’t want to get off the stage — I guess I never did,” she said.

Morris may have never left the stage, but she has certainly upgraded: She is currently on a huge national tour, playing some of the biggest venues in the country and is nominated for some major awards in country music.

It may have been a long road since the honky tonk in Fort Worth, but Morris’ career has soared to new heights over the course of the last 12 months.

“If I compared us doing a show and the reaction today and a year ago … they could not be more different,” she says. But the high she gets when she finishes a set where fans have been singing in unison is still just as moving as her first experience on stage. “I don’t know where the next step of my journey is, I want it to be inspiring,” she continues. “I feel like I’m just getting started.”

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