Very few artists can look back at their debut full-length albums and check off most (if not all) boxes on their album bucket lists. Maren Morris is one of the few and rightfully proud to have a laundry list of successes attributed to her first project.
That project, which was released on June 3, 2016 under record label Columbia Nashville (Sony), is Hero. The eleven track album not only earned Morris some much-deserved respect from her peers and the country music fans; it earned her an array of awards and honors. To name a few, Morris accepted a Grammy Award, ACM Award, and CMA Award for the album; earned a No. 1 album on the Top Country Albums chart, as well as a Top 5 on the all-genre Billboard 200; was presented with her first solo No. 1 song plaque; and performed on renowned NBC show, SNL.
While Morris started out in Nashville as a songwriter and had album cuts over the years, her own debut single was “My Church” (which also appeared on her EP that predated Hero and earned her the Grammy Award). That song, which served as a breakout for Morris, reached No. 1 on the Country Digital Songs chart and No. 5 on the U.S. Hot Country Songs chart.
With two years behind her since the release of her debut album and a lot of personal life experiences (including marrying fellow singer-songwriter Ryan Hurd), we anticipate Morris will release her sophomore project in the short-term. If Hero is any indication of what we can expect from this unique and celebrated artist, we have a lot to be excited about on the Morris front.