Upon hearing Maren Morris‘ dynamic choruses in her hits like “My Church” and “’80s Mercedes,” one would picture that she’s of the same stature as superstars like 5′ 7″ Beyonce or 5′ 10″ Taylor Swift. But upon seeing her in real life at one of her Hero Tour stops this February or March, fans may be a bit surprised: She’s no more than 5’ 0″.
It may not be something that’s entirely noticeable while she’s on a stage — that is, unless she’s singing next to her strikingly tall boyfriend (and occasional opening act) Ryan Hurd — but it’s also something that doesn’t really matter at all. Because while Morris may be small, she’s most certainly mighty.
Morris takes the stage with as much prowess as Beyoncé and Swift, beginning the show with the vocally towering “Sugar.” As she carries on through her hour-long set, she looks like both a pop star and a country sweetheart, alternating between holding the mic and her white acoustic guitar — all the while having her hair blown back like a true superstar.
If you don’t have a ticket to see the four-time Grammy nominee yet, Billboard has five takeaways from seeing Morris live to convince you that she is a must-see.
She holds nothing back
Morris hit every high note and every inflection in all of her Hero songs, even down to the minor “oohs” that may not be all that noticeable while listening to the studio versions — meaning that the crowd gets just about everything they hear on the record in person. Her powerhouse vocals are perhaps the most dominant when she sings the chorus of heartbreaking tune “Once,” the stripped-down rendition of bonus track “Bummin’ Cigarettes,” and, of course, the passionate “My Church.”
(And if you don’t believe that Morris gives it her all in concert, just take a look at this caption…)
She’s as humble as she is talented
The Texas native didn’t fill the breaks between songs with too much chit-chat, but that almost made what she did say sound even more sincere, whether she was thanking the crowd or introducing a song. Although she’s the star of the show, it’s somewhat apparent that she’s a relatively quiet person when she’s not on stage — and that she’s an artist who still hasn’t completely grasped the success she’s had in the past year. Even after finishing her biggest hit, “My Church,” she let out a huge exhale to her bassist, as if to say “Did that really just happen?”
You’ll hear every song you’d want to hear
Despite only having one major label album released so far (2016’s HERO), Morris made full use of her first record. She sang every track from the 11-song debut, and even included all three bonus tracks from her special edition Target version of the album.
One of the most special moments of the show was when she shared the stage with Hurd for a song they penned together for Tim McGraw, “Last Turn Home” — “I’ll never forget hearing Tim’s voice sing words we’d written,” Morris told the crowd — giving fans a deeper look into her songwriter side. (Note: Hurd is only joining Morris for select shows, so it’s unclear as to whether she’ll keep that song in her set.)
You don’t even need to know her music to feel the vibes
Even if you aren’t familiar with every song in Morris’ catalog, the way she performs them makes it easy to sway along without being able to sing along. Heck, she’s vibing as much as her audience (which was almost evenly half-and-half women and men) on stage, shuffling to the beat and bopping her head while she sings. And frankly, you’ll learn the words thanks to those who do know them anyway:
She’s only going to get bigger
As if four Grammy nominations, a No. 1 record on the Country Albums chart and the Breakthrough Star award at this year’s Billboard Women in Music isn’t big enough indication that Maren is on her way to big things, her live show certainly did the trick. Between the powerful voice, no-holds-barred performances and humility to boot, there’s no denying that Maren Morris is a name you’ll be hearing for quite some time — so you better get your tickets before you have to pay stadium prices.