Maren Morris’ ‘Girl’ Is the Shedding of Her 20s
“Me choosing 'Girl' as the first single [from an upcoming album], it’s about transitioning from someone who felt like she didn't need anybody into someone who very much needs people, and is okay with admitting that,” Morris says in a new interview with Billboard. “That really frightening vulnerability that I've been trying to avoid, I’m not doing that any longer.”
“And I feel like the last two years, after touring and growing up a bit more — and obviously I’ve found somebody that understands me now, and have fallen in love and gotten married — my [perspective on] songwriting is just a little different. It’s a little lighter than it was the first time around!” she says with a laugh, adding, "I’m not quite as bitter."
Morris is bringing that new maturity to her upcoming album.
“This album is really about self-acceptance and partner acceptance,” she says. “The first half of the album is very self-reflective, and it's more about me. Then the second half of the record transitions into me being the counterpart to somebody else. I didn’t have any love songs on [debut album] Hero, so there are a lot more on this one, and I think that’s been a really beautiful side to being a touring musician: You never see the person, you miss them all the time, and he’s a musician as well, so we’re constantly writing with each other or about each other. A lot of these songs reflect that."
Maren Morris' "Girl" Is an Anthem
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