Maren Morris Delivers Soulful Rendition of Dolly Parton’s ‘9 to 5′ [Watch]
Maren Morris took a Dolly Parton classic and gave it a healthy dose of funk at the All for the Hall benefit concert in Nashville on April 12, accompanied by none other than Keith Urban and Vince Gill. The all-star trio turned the dial back on the tempo, creating a slow, swinging rhythm for the typically-upbeat anthem and transforming it into a soulful, almost sultry, ballad.
The new smoky sound brought a totally different vibe to the performance, as Morris showed off her vocal chops in a retro jumper and Urban and Gill provided the electric guitars. Her raspy, soulful voice was a perfect fit for the style, and fans ate it up.
Morris’ breakthrough single "My Church" sits in the same vein — a foot-stompin’, soul-driven anthem characterized by her reverence for the country legends of the past. The song has reached No. 5 on the Billboard U.S. Country charts and No. 10 on the Country Airplay charts, putting the Texas native smack dab in the middle of the spotlight as one of country’s most promising up-and-comers. Her debut major label record, Hero, is slated for release June 3, 2016 and will include 11 tracks, all co-written and co-produced by her.
"I’ve come such a long way from who I was in Texas, who I am as a writer, who I am as a woman today. I think the message of this record is self acceptance and awareness, and that to me is heroic," she says of the album, which includes several songs that originally appeared on her self-titled EP, released last year.
Morris is set to go on the road with Urban for his Ripcord Tour, which launches the day before her album drops.
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