In Conversation with Maren Morris

The Claim2Fame Podcast is a resource for artists

Every episode features successful artists and industry experts sharing compelling stories and valuable knowledge about the music industry hosted by CMA, ACM & CCMA Award Winning Broadcaster Cliff Dumas.

Cliff talks to singer songwriter and Grammy winner Maren Morris about her debut single, growing up in Texas and her advice for new artists.



Maren Morris

Columbia Nashville artist Maren Morris took home a GRAMMY Awards at the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

At barely twenty, she moved to Nashville, leaving behind a resume that boasted three hits on the Texas Music Chart: and while many arrive in town with a dream of their name in lights, resting on the marquees of the biggest and brightest venues, Morris simply wanted to work on her songwriting craft. And it’s not that she didn’t have aspirations as a performer – Morris had actually already logged years doing just that. But being a celebrity wasn’t the goal – spending her days and nights in the writing room, working with as many cowriters as possible and composing hundreds of songs, was. And though she’d only play the occasional local gig at first, she still managed to build an audience based on her sheer talent, honest lyrics and a completely magnetic presence. Small shows led to big opening gigs: for Little Big Town, Sam Hunt, Loretta Lynn and Chris Stapleton.

As a working songwriter she scored cuts quickly, for artists like Tim McGraw and Kelly Clarkson. And she started shaping a community of likeminded friends leading a new charge in the country climate: the Brothers Osborne, Kacey Musgraves, Lucie Silvas. “It feels like a modern-day Chelsea Hotel,” she says of her very close, very talented pals. They became a tight knit circle dead-set on helping each other evolve into unique, game-changing artists.

It wasn’t an easy process, but it was a brave one, full of soul-searching and soul-bearing moments that lead her to HERO – an album dedicated to pushing boundaries both in music and in her own heart, finding that place where melodies can be both deliciously joyous and thoughtfully reflective all at once.

“HERO is all about a journey,” she says. “A lot of these songs came from a place of honesty and redemption. I looked very carefully at my own life, and that itself feels very heroic.”

Sometimes it’s ok to be your own hero – and with HERO, it seems Morris is finally the girl who gets the glory. Purchase Maren’s music here.

In Conversation with Cover Song Winner Maiah Wynne

The Claim2Fame Podcast is a resource for artists

Every episode features successful artists and industry experts sharing compelling stories and valuable knowledge about the music industry hosted by CMA, ACM & CCMA Award Winning Broadcaster Cliff Dumas.

Cliff talks to Cover Song winner Maiah Wynne.

 

Maiah Wynne

Maiah Wynne is an award winning singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actress. At only 19 years old, she has mastered 10 instruments, and continues to impress her fans through the dedication and craftwork she pours into her songs and her performances.

Maiah released her 10 song EP titled “Light and Shadows” in 2016, debuting the EP with multiple performances at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, playing at the famous Beyond Cinema Studio. “Light and Shadows” is a compilation of songs Wynne crafted for different feature films, short films, and documentaries. The commissioned pieces represent genres ranging from electronic and alternative pop, to bluegrass influenced folk and even children’s music. Her single, “Monster in a Human Suit” has garnered the most attention, with critics, bloggers, and listeners commenting,
“gorgeous, haunting indie-folk, where every note and lyric penetrates deep into your skin…” “The lyrics are great and the chorus is incredible… ”, and “It’s songs like these that make this genre so powerful and beautiful.” In all, Maiah’s music has been featured in over 9 films, illuminating her ability to perform and write in various genres and from multiple emotional vistas.

In recognition of her incredible live performances and original songs, Maiah was the the winner of the Missoula Top of the Mic competition in 2016 and the Zoo Music Awards in 2014, as well as a finalist in the First Night Spotlight competition and Zoo Town Idol in 2014.

Currently Maiah is working on her first full length album and with over 100 original songs, many more albums are sure to come. Additionally, Wynne is currently collaborating with other musicians around the world on an album focused on saving the world’s coral reef ecosystem. There is no doubt that the future is very bright for this young musical phenomenon.