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Maren Morris and Zedd Team Up On ‘Make You Say’

22 August 2022 | 10:43 am | Mallory Arbour

‘Make You Say’ is out now!

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Maren Morris and German DJ-producer, Zedd have reunited on a new collaboration, Make You Say, featuring production duo Beauz.

Make You Say is the second collaboration from Zedd and Morris, who previously recorded the 2018 6x platinum-certified hit single The Middle. The new track was co-written by Zedd, Morris, Beauz (sibling DJs Bernie and Johan Yang), Charlie Puth, and Jacob Kasher Hindlin.

"I loved working with Zedd again on Make You Say after such a thrill ride with The Middle," Morris said. "It's such a vibey melody and making the music video was definitely a first for me as far as choreography and animation go."

"I started working on this record with Beauz about three or four years ago," Zedd said. "We went back and forth slowly, refining the production over the years, and then Charlie and I got in the studio and wrote the top line for the track. Maren recorded a demo of it and sounded phenomenal, so I met her in Nashville, and we recorded the final vocal to Make You Say, and she took the song to a whole new level. Make You Say is the kick-off of a new chapter for me."

Earlier this year, Morris dropped her sixth studio album. She 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.

Produced by frequent collaborator Greg Kurstin and written alongside her husband and fellow country artist Ryan Hurd as well as Julia Michaels, Jimmy Robbins, Natalie Hemby, Laura Veltz and Jon Green, Humble Quest contains 11 songs including Circles Around This Town, The Furthest Thing, I Can’t Love You Anymore, Humble Quest, Background Music, Nervous, Tall Guys, Detour, Hummingbird, Good Friends and What Would This World Do?

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Morris first announced the album news on social media in mid-January, along with a letter to fans in which she described the record as “country-er” than her last and “really hopeful.”

Morris wrote in part, “It turns out the pandemic did humble me. Shooting off my mouth one time too many humbled me, the death of a beloved friend and producer humbled me, motherhood and marriage humbled me. 'Humble' began to feel more like a grounded state of understanding oneself; not so much by being relatable to or understood by all.”

She concluded, “Am I humble enough now? Maybe. Or maybe I still haven’t found it yet. Or maybe, who gives a sh** as long as your friends and, most importantly, you know what your heart is all about? But here’s to taking the quest to find out.”

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