Maren Morris & Ryan Hurd Talk New Music, Dream Collaborations at 2018 CMA Awards: Watch
Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd caught up with Billboard’s Taylor Weatherby on the red carpet at the 2018 CMA Awards on Wednesday (Nov. 14), chatting about new music, their wedding, dream collaborations, and more.
Speaking of Morris’ new album, Hurd tells Billboard that he wrote two songs for it, adding that the entire record is “so iconic and epic.” Morris adds that she is excited to get some new music out to fans.
Asked if having collaborated with Zedd and Niall Horan has driven any pop influences in her new record, Morris replies, “I feel like my first record had some pop influences in it, so, it wasn't a stretch to collaborate with Zedd or Niall. Good music is good music.”
“I was just really reacting to the songs that they sent me,” she continues. “But, when I write, everything comes out, every genre, because I listen to so much different kind of music. So, this record is R&B, it's country, it's got streams of pop. But it's me, so it's a little bit of everything.”
The couple are also asked why they decided to feature part of their wedding in the video for “Diamonds or Twine,” to which Hurd replies, “We put that song out just as a gift to Maren when we got married, and that had no promotion and we just, it was a really honest moment. And the video, we just used a lot of B-roll that we had with our photographer, and it was really special to get to do that. It's just something that we'll always have together, and be able to look back on and remember all that stuff.”
Finally, the pair are posed with the question of who outside of country they would love to collaborate with. Hurd names John Legend, noting that he recently saw him perform and he was amazing. Morris, meanwhile, names Mavis Staples, who she performed with at the CMA Awards. “Just after doing this performance, I love her,” she says. “She's my soul sister.”
You can watch the full video interview above, and check out a clip of Morris’ performance with Chris Stapleton, Mavis Staples, Morgane Stapleton, and Marty Stuart above.