Maren Morris was born and raised in Arlington, Texas. She earned a name for herself as a singer while performing all over the Lone Star State, but when the pull of Nashville became too strong, Morris relocated, with the goals of working on her songwriting and building a fan base as an artist in mind. As a songwriter, Morris counts cuts for Tim McGraw, Kelly Clarkson and the TV show 'Nashville' among her many credits -- and it didn't take long for the music industry to take note of her stellar vocals as well. After a self-titled, five-song EP was released independently on Spotify and earned 2.5 million streams in only one month, Morris signed with Columbia Nashville. Her debut single, "My Church," was released at the beginning of 2016, and her freshman album, 'Hero', was released in June of that year. Also in 2016, Morris earned a coveted spot as an opening act on Keith Urban's Ripcord World Tour, and was crowned CMA New Artist of the Year.