Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey Lose Their Heads Over Love on 'The Middle': Listen
If we're placing bets on country's next huge pop crossover star, we're putting chips on "My Church" singer songwriter Maren Morris. She just laid down a powerful pop performance on Zedd's latest "The Middle," featuring a production assist from one of his best buddies Grey.
"I'm so excited we're finally able to share 'The Middle' with the world," Maren is quoted in a press release. "Zedd was so great to work with and so easy going, it felt like we'd been working together for years. The sound is reflective of my many influences as an artist -- a little bit country, little pop, little R&B, relatable, emotional and catchy as hell. There are no limits with this song and I can't wait to see how the fans react."
"The Middle" is relatively sparse with cute, lively flourishes and a backbone beat crafted from what sounds like a car's turn-light blinkers and ticking clocks (but a lot cooler than that). It's almost as if Morris, fed up with a lover stuck in their tracks, literally pulls her car over and demands to be met halfway. It's got definite sonic similarities to Zedd's previous hit "Stay" with Alessia Cara, and that song climbed to no. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, so it stands to reason that "The Middle" has pretty good odds.
"We worked really hard on this record to get it just right and it feels great to be able to finally share it with everyone," Zedd said in a statement. "It was super fun working with Maren, because she is clearly an amazing singer and very talented musician, and, I always love working with Grey, because we push ourselves to make the best music possible and the end result is incredible."
Zedd and Grey have teamed up loads of times, from the Hailee Steinfeld jam "Starving" to the high-octane dance tune "Adrenaline." "We love working with Zedd, who's not only been a great mentor, but a great friend," Grey says. "It's always exciting to see what we can come up with in the studio together and even more exciting to be able to share this with everyone."
There's a lyric video for "The Middle" out today, so you can get down to the hard work of memorizing each line by heart. Keep your eyes peeled during the Grammys Sunday, Jan. 28, to see a special presentation of the song's official video, directed by Dave Meyers, as it appears in promotion of superstore behemoth Target which has adopted "The Middle" for its next campaign.