Maren Morris Feels Like She’s Having an ‘Identity Crisis’ Without Concert Touring

by Suzanne Halliburton

Maren Morris really misses singing on a big stage in front of her fans. There’s so much value to that shared experience between an entertainer and the folks sitting in the audience.

It’s why Morris felt the need to tweet about it this week.

“I know I’m the millionth person to say this,” Morris said. “But I really miss touring. Hearing your voices singing something I wrote, annoying the crew while they’re trying to work… will it ever feel real again? I feel like every song I write now should just be called “Identity Crisis.”

Like so many working musicians, Morris canceled her tour because of the Covid-19 pandemic. But 2020 still turned out to be a valuable year. As she turned 30, Morris and her husband had their first child.

And, she won some significant awards. At November’s CMAs, she won Female Vocalist of the Year. And she also won trophies for single and song of the year for “The Bones.” At the 2019 CMAs, Morris’ “Girl” won Album of the Year.

For Maren Morris, She’s Still Busy Even Without A Tour

Maren Morris still is keeping busy without going on tour. She’s done virtual appearances. Last month, she sang her hit “Better Than We Found It” on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

And, without touring, there’s plenty of family time. She and husband Ryan Hurd welcomed son Andrew to the world last March, just as the pandemic was shutting down the world.

Last month, Morris released a new song called “Line By Line.” It’s a collaboration with Canadian singer JP Saxe, a Grammy nominated pop artist. And it’s a follow up to “Better Than We Found It.”

The two joined forces after they started a conversation on Twitter. Morris talked about the roots of the collaboration in an interview with the Bobby Bones Show.

“It really just happened over Twitter, and then he and (singer) Julia (MIchaels) were coming to Nashville for like two weeks to write with a couple people. So we did it in person (and had) everyone tested beforehand. And we sort of quarantined with our writers that week, so I wrote with him a couple times, and this is the second song that we got.”

And Saxe and Morris dedicated the song to their partners.

“I mean, I’m floored because he’s so talented.” Morris said. “So we wrote this song fairly quickly. And I just immediately played it for Ryan (Morris’ husband), because, you know, JP is dating Julia. I’m married to Ryan. And I think both being in relationships with other songwriters and artists is like, we’re always trying to find something in a song that can really tell the story, and I feel like I immediately played it for Ryan because it’s about him.”

Morris Loves To Use Platform For Social Issues

If you’d like to read more Outsider coverage of Maren Morris, click here, here and here. Morris loves to use her music to bring attention to issues she finds important. In her track “Better Than We Found It,” she sings:

“When time turns this moment to dust. I just hope that I’m proud of the woman I was. When lines of tomorrow are drawn, can I live with the side that I chose to be on? Will we sit on our hands, do nothing about it? Or will we leave this world better than we found it?”

She dedicated the song to her newborn son. Enjoy.