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Why Maren Morris is The New Voice for Women in Country Music | Harper’s BAZAAR

Why Maren Morris is The New Voice for Women in Country Music | Harper’s BAZAAR


– New York, where the (bleep) we at? – [All Cheer] Let it roll! – Where the (bleep) we at? – [Crowd] Let it roll! – [Crowd] Have a great show! (all cheer) (inspiring music) (crowd cheers) – [Maren] I get a lot of
shit for the things I do. I feel like all the female artists I love were reamed in the
beginning of their careers. Because they were just like really pushing to say something different and I hope that’s what my songs are doing. ♪ Oh, oh, oh, oh ♪ (crowd cheers) ♪ Oh, oh, ooh ♪ (crowd cheers) – [Janet] This moment
right now, for Maren, is just unbelievable to watch. We’ve pretty much sold out
of every single U.S. date. And it’s her first major headline tour. – [All] We want Maren Morris! (cheer) ♪ So why don’t you just
meet me in the middle? ♪ ♪ In the middle? ♪ – Ladies and gentlemen, Maren Morris. – Our next guest is nominated for the ACM Female Vocalist of the Year. – We saw Maren wearing
space buns, so we’re like, “We’re wearing space buns tonight, honey.” (fans cheer) – [Maren] I’d like to say
that everyone’s an overnight sensation when no one’s
heard of them before. But, you don’t see all those years of playing in shitty
honkytonks and being stiffed by the club owner and not getting paid, but playing the show anyways. And being, essentially, background music. – She started when she
was 10 years old in Texas. And every weekend, she’d
go to school during the week and then she’d tour
in Texas all weekend long. – Watching her grow up in Texas and do the music thing was difficult. There were times when she was like, “I just don’t know, I think I’m done.” – There are a lot of gatekeepers that just do not give the same time
of day to a new female artist as they would do
to a new male artist. – The assumption is that we
wouldn’t sell advertising for radio, and that we
wouldn’t sell tickets. – The biggest challenge in
country music is the radio. In order to have a hit,
you have to have all 154, or whatever stations
it is playing your song in heavy rotation at the same time. – We actually decided it on our own, to release some music
independently through Spotify before a label got involved. – I had a lot of doors slammed in my face. But one song can change everything. And that’s what happened with ‘My Church’. ♪ Turn up the dial ♪ ♪ Can I get a Hallelujah? ♪ ♪ Can I get an amen? ♪ ♪ Feels like the Holy
Ghost running through ya ♪ ♪ When I play the highway FM ♪ ♪ I find my soul revival ♪ ♪ Singing every single verse ♪ ♪ Yeah I guess that’s my church ♪ – Everything just happened
so fast after that. – I loved her voice the
first time I heard it. Loved her voice, loved her songwriting. The sound of the record; I could tell she had this really particular artistry. It wasn’t like anybody else. I just loved it and wanted to
take her on tour right away. – And the Grammy goes to… – Maren Morris. (crowd cheers) ♪ Can I get a Hallelujah? ♪ – Sheryl Crowe just gave
me a freaking award. ♪ Can I get an Amen? ♪ ♪ Feels like the Holy ♪ – [Taylor] We had to do
something really special. This is something really special. (acoustic guitar) – Well, like, if you do something kinda straight like that, with what I’m doing, it’ll be
like a cool sort of… – I don’t wanna be doing the same thing. (country music instrumental) ♪ What’s your time machine? ♪ ♪ Is it Springsteen or Teenage Dream? ♪ In spite of all of the
female-in-music drought that there’s been in country radio, I have somehow been the most-played woman in country music
in the past two years. I don’t know why me and not them. – [Female Narrator] Radio stations, in order to get good ratings, should not play female artists too often. – [Male Narrator] The lack of women on country radio was by design. – [Female Narrator] The reality for many women in country
music is very different. – At some point, we have
to just stop talking about it and I try to
prove through action. Okay, if you’re not
gonna play these girls, then I’m gonna bring ’em
out on the road with me. So, Cassidy Pope’s been out. RaeLynn is out on the
tour with us right now. I’ve got Cassy Ashten
coming out, Hailey Witters. A lot of up-and-comers that
deserve to be on stage. – [Janet] We have a female tour manager, female bass player, female manager. I definitely feel like the way to really champion women in the industry, is to pay them and to
have them open up for you. – [Ryan] She’s taken
her platform and said, “All these other women who are great artists deserve to be played on the radio just as much as I do.” And that’s a big deal,
for somebody who has a lot to lose, speaking
out against the one thing that drives our
format more than anything. ♪ Yeah, life sure can try ♪ ♪ To put love through it ♪ ♪ But we built this right ♪ ♪ So nothing’s ever gonna move it ♪ ♪ When the bones are good ♪ ♪ The rest don’t matter ♪ ♪ Yeah, the paint could peel ♪ ♪ The glass could shatter ♪ ♪ Let it rain ♪ ♪ Cause you and I remain the same ♪ ♪ When there ain’t a crack ♪ ♪ In the foundation ♪ ♪ Baby, I know any storm we’re facing ♪ ♪ Will blow right over ♪ ♪ While we stay put ♪ ♪ The house don’t fall
when the bones are good. ♪ Oh, okay, you showed up (laughs). Just use your weight, use your guitar, your bass, and just keep playing, yeah. It makes me feel really good to have so many women in the crowd. Because there’s this very weird, untrue, misconception, especially in country music, that women do not wanna hear women on the radio. And, when I look out at my crowd, the majority are ladies
and so, I just feel like we debunk that theory
every night, because they’re the ones buying
the tickets, the merch, and the songs, and singing
so loud back to us. (piano) ♪ Oh, oh, oh ♪ ♪ Yeah ♪ ♪ Whoa, whoa, yeah ♪ ♪ It’s Saturday night, about time to go. ♪ ♪ Got my white leather
jacket and a neon soul. ♪ ♪ Once I turn on the
radio, I’m ready to roll. ♪ ♪ Ready to roll ♪ ♪ Feel like a hard-to-get starlet ♪ ♪ When I’m driving ♪ ♪ Turning every head,
hell I ain’t even trying ♪ – [Keith] For me, the
most exciting part of watching Maren’s career take off has been the fact that it’s justified. You know, she’s the real deal. She can really write, she can really sing. – I am most proud of the very strong, compassionate, woman that’s become. She’s a great leader. – She’s just forging
ahead with who she is, and not letting anything
interfere with that. – [Ryan] She’s becoming,
for so many people that don’t love country music, the only thing that they know about country music. And I think that’s a really, really heavy thing to have the responsibility of. And I think she really does an amazing job with that responsibility. – [Sheryl] I mean, she’ll wind up being in the tradition of the
Johnny Cash’s of the world, who stand up for what they believe, for the injustices that they see. And that will transcend everything else. – I think that’s all we can do. Is just like go out and
play the fucking songs. Little by little, the dial is
gonna shift for the better. I love you New York,
thank you so much, whoa! (country instrumental) – I love you to pieces, you’re my favorite country artist, you’re my favorite artist. – We love you, Maren! – Maren, you’re so cool! – I love Maren, I love you (laughs). – Maren, I wanna be best friends. – We love Maren! (guitar instrumental)

17 comments on “Why Maren Morris is The New Voice for Women in Country Music | Harper’s BAZAAR

  1. Um what about kacey musgrave? She is making waves in country music! Let’s please give credit where credit is due!

  2. You are one of my favorite singers and I just wanted to tell you that in 8th grade I wrote a letter to the American postal stamp society trying to get women in country music on a stamp because of the injustices that women have faced on radio. Would love for you to read it at somepoint.😊

  3. Wow she's really inspiring a revolution not only in country music but in the whole music industry one step at a time and she's killing it!

  4. One of my biggest inspirations. I love this woman so much and I hope to work with her one day when I'm working in the industry.

  5. Maren your music is so inspiring and relatable. I’m so glad that you are standing up for women in country music. Thanks for being awesome!!!!

  6. I don’t know why I get emotional watching this , but I just know how much her songs have impacted me and I just love to see such a deserving person succeed! Love this girl! ❤️❤️❤️

  7. Hi Maren I must say I’m a black woman and I have never listen to country music as much as I I’ve now play your songs everyday 💕 your music 😊

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