North Texas — and Tarrant County, specifically — is making quite the impression on the national music scene this year.
Everyone is well aware of Leon Bridges’ meteoric ascent from Fort Worth open mic nights to performing alongside legends like Neil Young and Willie Nelson, but another talented North Texan is making an equally impressive impact.
Arlington native Maren Morris, a singer-songwriter now based in Nashville, earned the top spot on Billboard’s Heatseekers New Albums Chart this week, thanks to her new, self-titled EP (which I reviewed upon its initial release back in August) earning its first big national push from a major record label.
(In a cosmic bit of coincidence, Morris and Bridges find themselves in the same corporate family: Bridges is on Columbia Records, while Morris is on Sony Music Nashville.)
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Morris signed with Sony Music Nashville in September, and has kept busy touring with such artists as Sam Hunt, Chris Stapleton and Charles Kelley, the latter of whom she’ll open for when Kelley’s “Driver” tour hits House of Blues next month. Morris is working on a full-length album, which is due out next year.
Listen to her hit single My Church below.