Maren Morris Says Her Next Album Will Be An “Angry,” “Confessional” Rock Album

11 April 2023 | 12:41 pm | Mallory Arbour

"I’m excited because it’s just all my influences are getting barfed out on this one.”

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Following 2022’s Humble Quest, Maren Morris has revealed that her fourth album will be “angry” and “confessional” and lean more into the rock realm of music.

“I think my last record was super internal and organic, feeling tons of guitars, steel guitar. It felt like very organic country. And this one is going in a more rock direction,” Morris told Katie & Company’s Katie Neal at Audacy’s Leading Ladies event on International Women’s Day (March 8). “It’s really fun. I’m excited because it’s just all my influences are getting barfed out on this one.”

During their conversation at the Hard Rock Hotel in New York City, Neal asked Morris, “You mentioned that you’ve been writing a lot and you’ve been playing some demos and stuff. What can you say about the next chapter of music that you’re working on right now?”

“I mean, it’s thus far pretty confessional and I mean, I feel like it’s a rock realm it’s going into,” Morris replied. “I don’t quite know what it is yet. They’re just demos, so I kind of find out when I get in the studio. But yeah, it’s [like a] diary.”

“[It’s] visceral, super vulnerable, but fun too,” she continued. “So, I don’t know, on my last record, it was during the pandemic, so we tried to just do what we could during that time where everything was remote, doing Zoom sessions, [and] whatnot. And this feels like we’re back.”

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Upon its release in March, Humble Quest debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. The album also broke an Amazon Music record for the most first day and first week streams globally for an album released by a female country artist.

Morris began writing the songs on Humble Quest in the beginning of the pandemic as a series of major life changes unfolded—new motherhood, an upended career, the death of beloved friend and collaborator Michael Busbee and more, further compounded by lockdown.

The album contains 11 tracks including Circles Around This Town, Background Music, Nervous, The Furthest Thing and I Can’t Love You Anymore, her collaboration with husband and fellow country singer, Ryan Hurd. It was produced by Greg Kurstin and features co-writes with Julia Michaels, Jimmy Robbins, Natalie Hemby, Laura Veltz and Jon Green.

More recently, Morris teamed up with Marcus Mumford, the lead singer of the folk band, Mumford & Sons to record their own cover of Look at Us Now (Honeycomb) for the Amazon Prime original series, Daisy Jones & The Six, starring Riley Keough and Sam Claflin.


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