Since we last checked in with Maren Morris, the 27-year-old singer-songwriter has landed a pair of songs on the Billboard Hot 100, a number one album on the Billboard Top Country chart, four Grammy Award nominations, and one Grammy win. It’s been a busy year.
One thing hasn’t changed. Maren still harbors a love for classic Mercedes cars, an affection to which she testified sincerely in her second big hit “80s Mercedes.” So it made sense that we ran into her on Aug. 20, just as she was about to perform at a party hosted by Mercedes-Benz to celebrate their long history of vintage vehicles — at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the nation’s top classic car show, held each August on the Monterey Peninsula in northern California.
“They asked me, and it seemed fitting,” Morris says, backstage before the show. “The writing was on the wall since the inception of ’80s Mercedes.'”
During our prior visit, we took a test drive with Maren in a brand new $235,000 Mercedes convertible. This time, since we were in vintage car heaven, we thought it might be fun to show her an actual 80s Mercedes.
The car we picked for her to see was a top-of-the line S-Class coupe from 1984, a 500 SEC, bored-out and hot-rodded by the tuners at AMG. AMG was an independent performance shop when it was founded fifty years ago, but now a wholly owned go-fast subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz.
Since Morris has had such great success during the past year, we wonder if she’s made any splurge purchases, especially on a car. (She was driving a Prius when we last spoke.)
“I haven’t splurged,” Morris says. “But after seeing that car, I thought, I need to get off my ass and get one.”
Morris sang a lovely acoustic set last night — “80s Mercedes” was a particular success with this crowd of vintage car lovers. But she knew that would be the case. “I think it’s a fun song, and right for this group, and I had the idea in California so it’s nice to bring the song full circle,” Morris says.
Morris didn’t sing any new songs, but she has been working really hard on new material.
“I’ve been writing like crazy for album two for the past six months and plan to keep going for the next six,” she says. “I’m hoping to record early next year. But first I need some time to breathe.”