Maren Morris’ debut album Hero blurred the lines between country and soulful, bluesy pop. So it only makes sense she covered a pop star in her own soulful, bluesy way.
Morris recently posted a brief Instagram video with a cover of Rihanna’s track “Higher.” Accompanied only by acoustic guitar, she strips down the original’s heavy production and lets the bare vocal shine. Since she posted the video and tagged the Lakeview Amphitheater, we have to assume this happened before her show in Syracuse, N.Y.
Check out her soulful rendition below.
Some fans go so far as to say Morris’ version is better than Rihanna’s original.
Perhaps Morris is preparing for her upcoming CMT Crossroads taping? The 26-year-old country star joins pop/R&B legend Alicia Keys for the upcoming episode.
Morris and Keys will tape the episode in Nashville on Aug. 31. Though she’s on the road with Keith Urban and Brett Eldredge right now, she gets a bit of a break until Sept. 10.
Because of busy touring schedules and editing needs, Keys and Morris tape the show months before it airs December 2. Fans will still have plenty more chances to catch her live set before the end of the year. You can view a full list of upcoming tour dates at Morris’ official website.