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Maren Morris says being a first-time mom gave her “this other layer of life”: “I write songs differently now”


In the past year, Maren Morris not only weathered the pandemic, scored hits and won awards, but she became a first-time mom to son Hayes, who just turned one.  Of course, being a mother has meant lots of changes for “The Bones” singer, but she also thinks it’s had a big impact on her artistry.

Referring to herself and husband Ryan Hurd, Maren told reporters, “We had Hayes right at the beginning of the pandemic, and we had no context. It was our first time being parents. But I feel like it’s changed me in so many ways. I feel like I write songs differently now because of him.”

“I dunno, it just gives you this other layer of life that so many people go through as parents,” she added. “But as a writer, it kind of feels like you enter into this club. You’re like, ‘Oh, wow, there’s other people that did this! And also, multiple times!’ Like, that still blows my mind!”

“But we are really, really blessed,” Maren gushes. “And he’s such a happy little boy. And, yeah, we’re really lucky to have him.”

Maybe that’s why Maren wrote on social media that her third album, which she’s halfway done with, is “probably the happiest thing I’ve ever made.”

Maren’s latest pop single is the duet “Line by Line” with JP Saxe; she also sings backing vocals on Taylor Swift‘s new “From the Vault” song “You All Over Me.”

By Andrea Dresdale
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