Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, Maren Morris released her sophomore album, GIRL, today, on none other than International Women’s Day. The record is filled with girl-power anthems, funky and unique sounds, and heartfelt lyrics, sure to resonate with fans across all genres. In order to celebrate that milestone, Morris performed some of her hits and new songs on NBC’s TODAY.
In the first segment, the songstress and one of the co-hosts had an important and open dialogue about her journey and International Women’s Day, as well as, introducing a new digital series, sponsored by Citi that both TODAY and Morris are taking part in. The ‘See Her, Hear Her,” initiative will provide up and coming female musicians with mentoring to advance their careers and gender equality in the music industry. Morris has signed on to be a mentor, sharing “Well I am a woman in the industry. Anytime, I can help kinda share some of my light with someone else- I think it’s all about paying it forward […]. I am such a girls girl, this day is already so inspiring. It’s incredible.”
After a brief conversation about the new initiative, Morris was ready to perform some of her songs to an audience full of excited fans, already filling the outdoor Plaza. Beginning with her latest hit and current single, “Girl,” the singer-songwriter mesmerized fans with her vocals and stage presence. Rocking a statement black dress with thigh high boots, Morris outwardly showed her internal strength. Fans were singing along during the entire performance of the sure to be hit.
After a short commercial break, Morris was back with all of the co-anchors of TODAY, where she learned that after just a few hours, Girl already hit the number 1 spot on iTunes all genres chart. A tearful Morris, shared, “Well it [this journey] makes me pretty emotional. It looks so beautiful out here. There’s so many amazing men and women out here celebrating International Women’s Day,” just before singing her next song off the new record “The Bones”. The sassy and honest love song embodies Morris’ unique and inspiring confidence while showcasing her amazing songwriting skills. She made sure to interact with fans, while she sang the lyrics to the new track. Morris ended her early morning performance with her smash hit “The Middle,” which fans and co-hosts alike were clearly loving, as they danced and sang along throughout the song.
Following her whirlwind performance, Morris sat down in the studio with co-hosts, Craig Melvin and Sheinelle Jones, in a segment called ‘Catching Up With Maren Morris.” Melvin welcomed her back stating, “[Morris] flat out rocked the plaza a few minutes ago.” Throughout the segment, Morris shared her feelings about releasing GIRL, the song-writing process, and her reasoning for releasing, “Dear Hate,” Melvin’s favorite song.
“It feels kinda surreal, just because we’ve been sitting on these songs for so long. I wrote some of them four years ago, so to have them out for the world to consume now, not just for my husband and I listening in our kitchen […]. It’s about having the music out to the fans.” Melvin ended the segment calling Morris “a light,” and encouraging fans to go out and listen to her new record.
Morris embarks on her headlining tour ‘Girl: The World Tour’ tomorrow, bringing fellow female country artists Casadee Pope and Raelynn along for the ride. New Yorkers have two chances to catch the show on May 3rd at Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, and May 4th at Terminal 5 in Manhattan.
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