After months of toiling away in the recording studio Maren Morris is offering fans a taste of what she’s been working on. Enter “Girl,” a song with an empowering message to listeners they can overcome any obstacle in their way.
The inspiration for the track came as Morris was conflicted over how to react to another woman trying to constantly compete with her. Though she sat down to write it as a letter to the other woman, she eventually realized it was a message to herself.
“I am talking to my inner critic that says I’m not good enough,” she told Rolling Stone Country. “This is me telling myself it’s going to be OK and to chill the fuck out. Just write your music and put your blinders on. Don’t worry about what other people are doing or saying about you. Don’t water yourself down to appease them. Just focus on your art and the rest will fall into place.”
The song also points a strong message to the state of country music, where women are fighting tooth and nail for a shot at radio airtime.
“Looking at the country radio chart the last year, more titles had the word ‘girls’ in them than actual girls on the radio,” she explained. “I think in my head I wanted to buck the trend a little bit and be like, ‘I’m a girl, and I’m going to sing about a girl, and I’m the girl.”
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“[‘Girl’] speaks to a time where every woman that is in music, or not even in music, is dealing with issues that face women,” Morris continued. “We’re so overly well aware of what we’re up against, it’s almost like we’re sick of hearing it and I just want to look to the future and stop being in the present,” she says. “I’m constantly asked on every carpet, in any interview, ‘What’s it like facing the adversity of the lack of women at radio?’ There are only so many answers I can give, so I decided to put it in an album answer.”
To celebrate “Girl” and her sophomore record, Morris will hit the road for her Girl: The World Tour. The trek, which begins May 3, will feature special guests Cassadee Pope and RaeLynn. For a list of dates, click HERE.