Maren Morris feels right at the forefront of the evolution of country music. In a new interview with Peopleshe says her desire is to help make country music more inclusive by continuing to speak openly about inequality.
Morris has already done his part to help bridge the gap through his music — including through 2020’s “Better Than We Found It” — and by showing his support on social media and at award shows. She says she will continue to fight for these ideals even if it means losing fans.
For the accompanying fans, she is committed to making her shows a safe space for all.
“It’s not going to be overnight to feel like it’s more inclusive, but I see it changing for the better,” insists Morris. “Even though I’ve lost fans along the way, I’m definitely willing to put my own butt on the line to stand up for what’s right.”
“When you come to one of my shows, I want it to be fun and safe,” she continues, “And anyone from any background can show up that night and know they’ll be accepted. . So if I have to slap a few hikes along the way, it’s honestly for the betterment of country music.”
Morris’ continued dedication comes amid a years-long dialogue about racial and gender inequalities within the format. The singer has long been one of the artists leading the charge for change, and she showed it at the 2020 CMA Awards when she used her Female Singer of the Year acceptance speech to recognize female artists. country music blacks.
“There are so many amazing black women who have pioneered and continue to pioneer this genre, and I know they are going to follow me, and they came before me, but you make this genre so, so beautiful “, she said. noted at the time.
The country star says the confidence to speak up about what she believes in came with time, but she also found strength raising 2-year-old son Hayes with husband Ryan Hurd.
“He already taught me a lot about how to be a person,” she says. “It helped me see things more deeply and feel more empathy for my fellow human beings, to have to raise one.”
Morris has been busy preparing her new album, Humble Quest, which was released on Friday, March 25. She will present the humble quest Tour this summer.
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