With her new EP, The Bride, Maren Morris is making a declarative statement. In addition to moving to NY-based Columbia Records from Nashville’s division, Morris is also doubling down on her sonic stylings as she transitions from country upstart with pop leanings to bonafide pop star. While she’s always been able to work with A List producers, her transition from the late Busbee (who helped Maren find her sound) to Greg Kurstin (who produced “The Tree,” this EP’s lead single) to Jack Antonoff, whose first collaboration with Morris is “Get The Hell Out of Here,” a song that really shows Morris’ honesty as she details outgrowing the confines of the genre which helped to make her a household name with a string of #1 hits and Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum hits.
The fiery The Bridge EP is a chance for Morris to declare that she’s a woman of principles and that she will not change them (or shut up and sing) because of vocal minority of folks seem to insist on who can and cannot be a country music star, based on mostly the gender, sexuality and race of the person singing and Maren has been tired of that. To continue to put her music where her mouth is, she’s starting a series of very special and intimate shows where she’ll showcase her new music. The Grammy Award-winner is set to play Joe’s on Weed Street in Chicago, the venue which held her first Chicago show years ago. The show features the opportunity for her fan club, the recently renamed Lunatics, to sign up for a special on-sale code, Today and running through Thursday September 21 at 11:59 PM. Maren will donate $5 from every ticket to GLAAD. (click here to sign up)