Since the debut of her Hero album in June, Maren Morris has already caught the ear of one of the biggest superstars in all of music: Sir Elton John. Morris tells Taste of Country all about the phone call — actually, make that calls — she received from the legend.

"You know, it’s crazy, but Elton John called me one day," the singer recalls, adding that the legend told her that he owns her CMA-nominated album, Hero, on vinyl. "He was just a big fan of the music. That was the most blindsiding one."

Funny enough, Morris didn’t answer the call the first two times Elton John called, since she didn’t recognize the U.K. number. When she finally picked up, she didn’t believe it was actually him until she got a text from her manager confirming that the legend was attempting to call her.

“But he was so cool, he was so nice,” the rising star says.

As for whether she asked the “Bennie and the Jets” hitmaker for any career advice? “No, I was too in shock,” she admits. “I couldn’t even form words except for, like, ‘Thank you.’ It was amazing.”

Morris made her CMA stage debut with a fierce performance of “My Church” at the 2016 CMA Awards. Backed by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the singer had quite the commanding stage presence and was one of the standout performances of the night. She also took home the prize for New Artist of the Year at the 50th annual awards show.

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