Grammy, CMA, ACM and Billboard award winner Maren Morris has established herself as an incredible artist, performer and vocalist over the course of her career thus far. She is now taking it one step further and reimagining three of her newest tracks in one-take, no track, stripped-down acoustic versions.
Exclusively featured on Apple Music, the EP consists of “GIRL,” “The Bones” and “The Middle.” Accompanying the EP is a special short film, taking fans behind the scenes in the studio as the songstress breaks down her creative process and the stories behind her original lyrics in “GIRL” and “The Bones,” as well as her choice to take on “The Middle” with hit-making DJ and producer, Zedd.
Morris collaborated with Nashville producer Dave Cobb on the entire project. By watching the short film, viewers will perceive the authenticity of their combined musical talents. “I just feel like Dave is such a creative entity in the room,” shares Morris in a press release, “Dave you know, his production is so–rootsy and very soulful and Americana and he just understands that sound so intensely. I love the way it turned out.” Morris’ passion for storytelling was made evident throughout the length of the short film. Fans can take a sneak peek of the film here.
“GIRL” was sparked by a conversation the songstress had with a friend but later realizing she was writing the song to herself. “We all live in this really bizarre but connected in this Instagram social media culture where all we’re doing is just looking at other people’s lives’ highlight reels that are not reality and comparing what we are doing to someone else’s day in the life [..] and so I think a song kind of addressing that mental state felt really cathartic and then by the end of GIRL, it’s talking about everything’s gonna be alright.”
Speaking about her family and friend’s most favorite track from her sophomore record, Morris shared, “The Bones is about the structure of a relationship remaining steadfast, even through the worst fight or worst tragedy [..] the house don’t fall if the bones are good.”
Discussing her decision to take on the lead vocalist role for the award-winning smash hit collaboration “The Middle,” “When I first heard The Middle, I was really struck by the bareness of the song itself, there was not a ton of track or music happening [..] I kinda took it as this is about a really passionate, tumultuous, contentious relationship where there’s this desperation to see eye to eye with someone else,” Morris shares, “I think that the legs that that song stands on are the vocals and I miss that about pop music, where it’s not all just tracks and overproduction, it’s just who’s singing their ass off right now.” The raw route Morris embarked on for this project accentuates her incredible vocals and undeniable pure talent.
GIRL is still the #1 day one and week one female country album worldwide on Apple Music and holds the record for the top pre-added country album globally by a female artist to date on Apple Music.
Morris’ list of accolades will potentially expand next week as she is currently nominated for three CMT Awards; Video of the Year, Female Video of the Year and CMT Performance of the Year. The powerhouse vocalist will also be a performer on what is sure to be an incredible night of country music. Be sure to tune into the CMT Awards this Wednesday, June 5th airing live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville at 8/7c.
To watch the full length behind the scenes video, click here. Subscribe to Apple Music to hear the three reimagined tracks.
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