Breakthrough country star Maren Morris proved why she's been getting so much praise with her performance of "My Church" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert this week.
With a backdrop of classic stained glass, Morris belts the Grammy-nominated tune with her solid four-piece band. It's cool to see the typical setup with two guitarists, bass and drums in country.
Not long ago, Morris had to play along to tracks. Now, she's got spot-on three part harmonies provided by her longtime guitarist and new-ish bass player. The whole thing really comes together quite nicely.
Stephen Colbert began introducing music on his shows back when he still had The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. The witty, thoughtful host loved giving a spotlight to different artists he admires.
Colbert also has a soft spot for folksy singers. Not long ago he even joined John Prine, singing "That's The Way That The World Goes 'Round."
Morris, meanwhile, continues to enjoy her astronomical rise to critical success. The native Texan started back in her teen years. She followed the route any singer tries from the beginning, including getting rejected from all the major singing competition shows.
She released three independent albums before moving to Nashville to hone her songwriting craft. From there, Morris impressed over the years.
Though "My Church" didn't quite make it to No. 1 on radio, the single notched platinum sales status. Her album also debuted at No. 1 back in June 2016. The critically acclaimed record seamlessly mixes country, pop and R&B with genuine songwriting.
She enjoyed quite the evening at the CMA Awards in November. Her performance of "My Church" was among the best of the night, and she capped it off by winning "New Artist of the Year."
Then, the rest of the recording world took even greater notice. The Recording Academy nominated Morris for an impressive four Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist.