No one in country music has had a bigger month that Maren Morris.
In addition to notching her fourth Top 10 single with “Girl” (currently No. 8), Maren landed on cover of Women’s Health and scored a feature in Playboy. She’s also been hitting the touring trail, creating new music with supergroup The Highwomen (Brandi Carlile, Amanda Shires, Natalie Hemby), and making time for plenty of media interviews. Suffice it to say, June has been busy for the Texas native.
Maren has also been outspoken regarding her advocacy for the LGBTQ community—perhaps even more so in June, which is Pride Month. During her recent sit-down interview on The Ty Bentli Show, Maren revealed why she is so passionate in her support of the LGBTQ community.
“I love that community so much,” says Maren. “I love, like, at my shows, kinda picking out the pocket of gays that have all the choreography to every one of my songs, it makes my heart swell. To be accepted by that community, and my music, I feel like I owe them that, too. I grew up in musical theater, and I never thought of that community as different from me, because I was like, ‘I’m creative and colorful,’ and I just try to speak up on it so much because I am so privileged. Like, I have not had this hard life, like, I’m a young, white woman. Things have been pretty okay for me, and there are so many that that has not been the case. I feel like speaking up for them, especially in this genre—all the little kids that are at home listening to country music and country radio and they think they might be gay, they’re not hearing themselves in our platform or people speaking up for them, so I want them to feel like they’re at home here too, so that’s why I speak up when I do.”
Listen to Maren’s full interview from The Ty Bentli Show below.
photo by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com