Maren Morris Talks Ruffling Feathers in 'Playboy' Interview: 'Not Many Country Artists Speak Up'

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Maren Morris attends MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Dolly Parton at Los Angeles Convention Center on Feb. 8, 2019 in Los Angeles.

Maren Morris is featured in the latest issue of Playboy and talks openly about the crossover between country and pop, speaking out for others, and her marriage to Ryan Hurd. “I’m trying to do more things that scare me,” she told the publication. “Every year I’m trying to peel back my layers emotionally -- and I guess physically.”

The “GIRL” singer says when she collaborated with Zedd on “The Middle,” most of the world had never heard of her, but the song’s success changed that.

“A lot of people have checked out my country music as a result. It has brought a lot of awareness, fans and listeners to country music, especially recently,” she said. “It’s good for our genre to cross-pollinate, because it makes for better music. It’s keeping everyone on their toes and not regurgitating the same kind of art on the conveyor belt.”

Morris is never one to shy away from speaking her mind, whether publicly or in her own song lyrics. When asked if she ever regretted something she said, she responded in the negative.

Every time I’ve spoken up or clapped back at some troll, it has been very much me. I wouldn’t go back on any of it, because they deserved it. … At one point I posted a picture of Emma González, one of the survivors of the Parkland shooting, and I lost probably 5,000 followers,” she said. “To not be able to share an opinion, or to lose fans and ticket sales over it, is so mind-boggling to me, because it’s an American right -- a human right -- to be able to voice your opinion.”

She added, “I should be allowed to speak up when I’m passionate about something. It’s always to increase awareness. It’s to let my fans know where I stand. I don’t want to be one of those head-in-the-sand artists who’s only worried about keeping the money in my pocket. I get only one life here, and if I’m going to be a musician and do this thing I’ve been given a gift for, I would like people to know what I believe in. This is where I stand, this is what I want, this is the world I want my kids to live in. That’s why I speak up when I do. It definitely ruffles feathers. Not many country artists speak up.”

For more of Morris’ interview, visit Playboy.