Maren Morris Reveals The Vulnerable Story Behind New Song "Girl"

By Nicole Mastrogiannis

January 17, 2019

The time has finally come. New music from Maren Morris has officially arrived! The country singer/songwriter has shared her first single of 2019, "Girl," which follows her chart-topping smash hit "The Middle" with Zedd and Grey and her 2016 debut album Hero.

"Girl" is the first taste of Morris's upcoming second full-length studio album, and hits radio airwaves almost three years to the day from when her debut single, the now double Platinum "My Church," arrived at country radio. Maren co-wrote "Girl" almost a year ago in Los Angeles with Sarah Aarons (who co-wrote "The Middle") and hit-maker Greg Kurstin, with Kurstin also serving as producer. She explains to iHeartRadio of the story behind new single:

"I was just in such a weird head space that day, because I was closing in on the last few songs of my album. And I really had this thing to say, which was to another girl that I know, and me sort of addressing our grievances against each other, I guess, or like inner competition. And I realized I didn't want to make it a preachy song, and I realized that I was actually not writing to another girl, I was writing to myself; which was a hard pill to swallow when I'm like, 'Oh no, you're this way. Not the other person. You're the reason you're having this issues, 'cause you are really negatively breaking yourself down every day.' And it's hard to not let criticism affect you, but the inner critic is the loudest, always. So, it really is just a song born out of self realization and acceptance that none of us are perfect. We're all a little cooky, and screwed up, and that's okay. There's sort of, like, catharsis in knowing that everyone is like that. And so this song is really an anthem for people that are going through that, and I know it's called 'Girl,' but it really is a song addressed to myself, and everyone that is just going through the human experience of sometimes days suck, and you don't like yourself; and there's a line in it where it's like 'I don't like myself right now.' And that was a really hard, honest thing to put down into words. But, the end of the chorus is saying like 'Everyone's going to be okay.' I think that was what I needed to hear that day, and I'm hoping everyone else in the world right now needs to hear it too."

Maren Morris - "Girl" Cover Art

Maren teased the song on social media before its official debut by telling her fans how excited she was to finally be releasing the new track. She wrote, "I've been dying to share this with you all for forever & a damn day."

Morris tells us of getting to release her new music, "It's been long overdue. I remember putting 'My Church' out three years ago, and that was the start of something so beautiful, and I have had such a crazy ride with this one album cycle. But, it's definitely time to put new music out and show the perspective of me three years later. I'm a very different person in a lot of ways, but especially in the fact that, I have written way more love songs, and I want people to get to know that side of me that's a little softer and more readily vulnerable."

Coming off of an already huge 2018 with the success of her "The Middle" collab with Zedd and Grey, 2019 looks like it will also be an incredible year for Morris as she gears up to release the followup to Hero. The country star is also up for five Grammy awards next month as she is nominated for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "The Middle," Best Country Solo Performance for "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters," as well as Best Country Song and Best Country Duo/Group Performance for "Dear Hate" featuring Vince Gill.

Maren is also up for several iHeartRadio Music Awards in March. She is nominated for Song of the Year, Best Collaboration and Dance Song of the Year for "The Middle," and Country Song of the Year for "Rich." Fans can tune in to FOX on March 14th to watch the awards live.

Morris will also be heading out on her headlining "Girl" World Tour, which kicks off on March 9th in Chicago and take her through major cities across the country, finishing up the North American leg on May 11th in Detroit before moving on to Europe. Maren is also making it an all "Girl" tour (literally) as she brings along Cassadee Pope and RaeLynn as supporting acts. See a full list of tour dates below.

Maren Morris 2019 "Girl" World Tour Dates

March 9 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre

March 13 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium

March 15 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

March 16 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion

March 18 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium

March 19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Union

March 21 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom

March 23 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo

March 26 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic

March 28 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues Anaheim

March 30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern

April 11 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy

April 18 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center

April 19 – Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory

April 20 – New Braunfels, TX @ Whitewater Amphitheatre

April 25 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE

April 26 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore

April 27 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues

May 2 – Washington, DC @ Anthem

May 3 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel

May 4 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5

May 9 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant

May 10 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre

May 11 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit

May 17 – Berlin, Germany @ Columbia Theatre

May 18 – Cologne, Germany @ Kantine

May 19 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Mascotte

May 21 – Hamburg, Germany @ Gruenspan

May 22 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso

May 24 – Dublin, Ireland @ The Academy

May 25 – Leeds, U.K. @ O2 Academy Leeds

May 26 – Glasgow, U.K. @ O2 Academy Glasgow

May 27 – Manchester, U.K. @ Albert Hall

May 29 – Bristol, U.K. @ O2 Academy Bristol

May 30 – Birmingham, U.K. @ O2 Institute

May 31 – London, U.K. @ Royal Albert Hall

August 16 – Auckland, New Zealand @ The Logan Campbell Centre

August 17 – Christchurch, New Zealand @ Town Hall

August 19 – Brisbane, Australia @ Brisbane City Hall

August 21 – Melbourne, Australia @ Forum Theatre

August 22 – Sydney, Australia @ Enmore Theatre

August 23 – Canberra, Australia @ UC Refectory

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