Maren Morris Shares Details Behind Third Album, ‘Humble Quest’

We can't wait for this one!

Written by Chris Parton
Maren Morris Shares Details Behind Third Album, ‘Humble Quest’
Maren Morris; Photo courtesy of Pilgrimage Festival

Country hit maker Maren Morris has announced the release of her third studio album, with Humble Quest set to arrive on March 25.

The follow up to 2019’s CMA Album of the Year, Girl, Morris’ new set will feature 11 tracks including the recently dropped lead single, “Circles Around This Town,” and figures to address big changes in the “My Church” hit maker’s life.

Sharing some of the project’s inspiration and full track list on social media, Morris notes that she began writing Humble Quest just as the COVID-19 pandemic kicked off — with a series of shock waves rippling through her world. On top of the forced isolation, Morris was still recovering from childbirth (son Hayes was born in March of 2020), and her friend and longtime producer Michael Busbee had just passed away from brain cancer.

She says the result was a period of reflection on the question “Am I humble?” And the music that came with it found her both escaping from times and embracing a lack of control, with her “lightest” sound to date.

“It turns out, the pandemic did humble me,” she wrote. “Shooting off my mouth one time too many humbled me, the death of a beloved friend and producer humbled me, motherhood and marriage humbled me. ‘Humble’ began to feel more like a grounded state of understanding oneself; not so much by being relatable to or understood by all. What I also discovered was that the songs I was managing to compose during this time were the most authentic and light lyrics that had ever flowed from my pen. They weren’t fitting with the times, they were distracting and eventually saving me from the times.

“So, here are the stories of my rises, my overshares, my appreciation for Midwestern guys who stand at least a foot taller than me, my lullabies, my wine-soaked converations with a dear friend and my final goodbye to one.

“Am I humble enough? Maybe,” she goes on. “Or maybe I still haven’t found it yet.

“Or maybe, who gives a shit as long as your friends and, most importantly, you know what your heart is all about? But here’s to taking the quest to find out.”

Maren Morris — Humble Quest

  1. Circles Around This Town
  2. The Furthest Thing
  3. I Can’t Love You Anymore
  4. Humble Quest
  5. Background Music
  6. Nervous
  7. Tall Guys
  8. Detour
  9. Hummingbird
  10. Good Friends
  11. What Would This World Do