LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 07: (L-R) Ryan Hurd and Maren Morris attend the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/ACMA2019/Getty Images for ACM)

Maren Morris and Husband Ryan Hurd Met While Writing a Tim McGraw Song


Advertisement

Ryan Hurd and his wife Maren Morris met long before Morris was topping Billboard's country music charts. Their romance started when they connected over songwriting...initially as friends.

The future lovebirds met back in 2013 when both songwriters were trying to make it in Nashville. They were paired for a studio session that resulted in the future Tim McGraw song "Last Turn Home." Morris told People that they immediately had incredible writing chemistry.

"It was the start of a wonderful writing relationship," she said. "It's one of my favorite songs that we've ever been a part of. It's just crazy to look back on that moment where we were both just songwriters, solely, and that song has held so much weight over the years. The meaning behind the song actually means more now to me and Ryan, in a weird way -- years later, it sort of hit us what the song meant."

A Nashville Love Story

https://www.instagram.com/p/B376n1-B05P/?utm_source=ig_embed&ig_rid=d24bb7e6-7b07-4e97-9334-8b6709570234

Advertisement

 

Eventually, the stars aligned and the timing was right for them to give it a go as a couple, after years of friendship. "We had such a foundation built off writing so many songs over the years that we were like, 'Why are we avoiding this?'," Morris said.

Hurd popped the question on July 3, 2017, and posted a simple announcement on his Instagram. When planning her wedding, Morris was inspired by the short wedding dress her mother wore when she married her father in the '80s.

"She was a badass and had this short wedding dress, so I sent it to this designer that I love," Morris told People. "I was like, 'If we can do a modern version of my mom's wedding dress just dreaming something up really cool but still throwback with her vibe, I would love to make that happen.'

Advertisement

Her final dress was absolutely stunning when the couple said "I Do" the following March. Morris told Country Living that they wanted their Nashville ceremony to be as fun-loving as their relationship.

"I think that's why I gravitated towards him in the beginning, because he's such a dork and he makes me laugh and is, obviously, very good-looking!" she says. "We're just always joking around and, I think, sometimes, you can take your job too seriously, especially [being] under a magnifying glass as an artist, so it's nice to be with someone who gets exactly what you're doing and can talk you down if you're having a bad day and is just right there with you. He's that for me."

In March 2020, the couple welcomed son Hayes Andrew, their first child together. While the couple is undoubtedly focused on their new normal with baby Hayes, they have both been keeping busy, focusing on their own careers together and apart.

"Chasing After You"

Advertisement

In February 2021, the couple quickly became one of country's hottest couples after releasing "Chasing After You" which was the lead single for Hurd's debut album Pelago. The song was written by Jerry Flowers and Brinley Addington, immediately becoming a fan favorite. This was the first time the couple had a chance to do a duet together, which made it extra special since the lyrics tell a love story between the two. It became Hurd's first No. 1 single as an artist, nine months after its release.

Together, the country singers were nominated in 2021 for two CMA's for Musical Event of the Year and Music Video of the Year and performed the song at the ACM awards in 2021.

Two Successful Careers

Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd attend the 53nd annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on November 13, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

Morris has been an incredibly busy singer-songwriter since her breakout song in 2016, "My Church." "The Middle," her collaboration with Zedd, was a number one hit, as well as "The Bones" which was part of her second studio album, Girl. The song landed at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became the second biggest country song of 2020 in the United States. Due to this, Morris was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Song.

The singer has won several accolades including five Academy of Country Music Awards, one Grammy Award, one American Music Awards, and five Country Music Association Awards.

Advertisement

She is now getting ready to release her third album, Humble Quest, on March 25, 2022. The album was said to be inspired by her experience as a first-time mother and the postpartum depression that she felt after.

"I was obsessed with my baby, and I felt so connected to him, but I didn't feel connected to myself," she told CMT. "Are you OK," are three words that are "so powerful to a new mother. Everyone asks about the baby, but we forget about the human that carried it for nine, 10 months."

Hurd has had his own success. The Kalamazoo, Michigan native wrote Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe's "Lonely Tonight" in 2014 which went on to become a No. 1 hit. Other Hurd co-writes of note include Luke Bryan's "Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset" and Lady A's "What if I Never Get Over You." Hurd released his first single in 2017, "Love In A Bar" which was inspired by his relationship with Morris. He's also recorded a seriously excellent cover of Taylor Swift's "False God."

Advertisement

Hee officially released his debut album,  Pelago, on October 15, 2021, via Sony Music Nashville. The album debuted at No. 11 on the Top Country Albums chart and peaked at No. 71 on the Billboard 200.

Related Videos

Editors Note: This article was originally published on November 9, 2020.