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Maren Morris Releases Live Performance Video of “Once”

“Once” Live from RCA Studio A

“Once” Live from RCA Studio A

NPR Music exclusively premiered the special live performance video by Columbia Nashville’s singer/songwriter Maren Morris for the song “Once” which appears as the final track on Morris’ critically acclaimed album, HERO.

The performance of the song that NPR calls “a true showstopper” was shot in black and white and filmed at the historic RCA Studio A located on iconic Music Row in Nashville, Tenn. Comparing her vocal stylings to the legendary likes of Beyonce and Adele, NPR declares Morris is now “claiming her space among the divas.” With the performance of “Once”, NPR touts that Morris “continues to prove that she doesn’t intend to stay within one musical zone – except that one labeled ‘excellence.’”

The song “Once” is the final track that makes up HERO, but is not a current radio single, which makes for an interesting choice for a music video. The reason Morris decided to create a special performance video for the song spawned from when she opened for Chris Stapleton this past February at the Ryman Auditorium. At the time she hit the iconic “Mother Church” stage, her album HERO was well in the distance from release thus her ever growing fan base had not quite heard “Once” yet.

This specific evening was a special treat for both fans and Morris herself, for when she began belting the chorus “Know that if somehow we make it alive / And both get out on the other side / Know this might be asking a lot / When it’s all said and done / Don’t forget that you loved me once” backed only by two side guitar players and two back ground vocalists, Morris’ incomparable voice soared, and the room was electric.

Maren decided to create another special performance, acknowledging that the first one would never be copied, for her fans to enjoy. Instead of taking away from the special night at the Ryman Auditorium months ago, Morris chose the historic RCA Studio A to set the scene for “Once.”

Morris now becoming no stranger to special and monumental moments, as recently announce she has teamed up with GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter and producer Alicia Keys for the next installment of CMT Cross Roads, to air Friday, December 2nd at 10pm ET/PT.

 

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Maren Morris to Pair with Alicia Keys on New CMT Crossroads

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The amazing, phenomenal and crazy talented Alicia Keys will make her CMT debut with a new episodes of “CMT Crossroads” with newcomer “80’s Mercedes” singer Maren Morris, the Nashville singer/songwriter who has taken the country world by storm. Keys and Morris will tape the episode in Nashville and it will air Friday, December 2nd at 10pm ET/PT.

Tune in because these CMT Crossroads pairings are known for being EPIC!

Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan and More to Perform at The 10th Annual ACM Honors

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The Academy of Country Music® (ACM) announced that music superstars Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Cam, Maren Morris, Cole Swindell, honoree Keith Urban and hosts Lady Antebellum will take the stage to perform at the 10TH ANNUAL ACM HONORS™, an evening dedicated to celebrating the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards. Hosted by multi-ACM Award-winning group Lady Antebellum, the two-hour special will tape on Tuesday, August 30 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, and make its television debut on Friday, September 9 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Tickets for the special taping are available for purchase to the general public beginning Wednesday, August 10 at 10:00am CT on Ticketmaster.com.

The Academy also announced that Jason Aldean, reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year, will be honored with the Academy’s prestigious Triple Crown Award. This award is given to those who have won New Male/Female Vocalist of the Year, Male/Female Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. Aldean’s Entertainer of the Year win this year made him eligible for this honor, as he was previously honored with the New Male Vocalist of the Year (2005) and Male Vocalist of the Year (2012-2014). The Triple Crown Award has been awarded to only six artists, including: Brooks & Dunn (2005), Kenny Chesney (2005), Mickey Gilley (2005), Merle Haggard (2005), Barbara Mandrell (2005) and Carrie Underwood (2009).

As previously announced, the 10TH ACM Honors will honor Special Awards recipients Glen Campbell (Career Achievement Award), Crystal Gayle (Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award), Eddie Rabbitt (Poet’s Award, awarded posthumously), Tanya Tucker (Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award), Carrie Underwood (ACM Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award), Keith Urban (Mae Boren Axton Award), Jeff Walker (Jim Reeves International Award, awarded posthumously), Jimmy Webb (Poet’s Award), Little Big Town (Crystal Milestone Award) and The Statler Brothers (Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award).

Studio Recording Awards recipients include Jim ‘Moose’ Brown (Piano/Keyboards Player of the Year), Dave Cobb (Producer of the Year), Shannon Forrest (Drummer of the Year), Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar Player of the Year), Justin Niebank (Audio Engineer of the Year), Danny Rader (Specialty instrument(s) Player of the Year), Michael Rhodes (Bass Player of the Year) and Derek Wells (Guitar Player of the Year). In addition, Ross Copperman will be honored as Songwriter of the Year.

For more information on the Academy of Country Music and the ACM Honors, please visit www.acmcountry.com.

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Maren Morris Releases “80’s Mercedes” Music Video

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Maren Morris released her music video for her latest single, “80’s Mercedes” yesterday. The Alon Isocianu (Kelly Clarkson, Pentatonix) directed video was shot in Los Angeles using primarily green screen technology.

Going into the video treatment process, Maren had the vision for how she wanted the music video to reflect the energy of the song. What Alon Isocianu came to the table with matched what Morris had envisioned matching the electricity of the album cover of her critically acclaimed album, HERO.

“‘80s Mercedes’ was a music video in my mind from the day we wrote it” says Morris. “I wanted the visuals to feel really neon, hyper stylized and fun. Like a graphic novel on acid. Alon’s vision matched the song perfectly and I couldn’t picture a more fitting representation of the song!”

Furthermore, the music video includes one of Morris’ childhood friends whom Maren promised well before a decision was made to shoot the music video, that she would invite her friend to make a cameo, should a music video come to fruition for “80s Mercedes.” Morris held true to her word.

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