When you start performing at just 10 years old, you’re bound to get tired of the music scene pretty early. But in Maren Morris’ case, what she got tired of was herself.
“I was a little fed up with myself, and I wanted to make a change. I wanted to be a better something,” she admitted in a recent interview with CBS Sunday Morning. “I was trying to scare myself a little bit.”
So she did the most terrifying thing ever. Found a house and roommates on Craigslist and moved from Texas to Nashville at 21. She was a long way from her childhood performances at the White Elephant Saloon in Fort Worth.
The move to Nashville was more about songwriting than performing, and she says she was fine with doing just that. But that everything changed when she wrote “My Church.”
“That was the day I realized, ‘I’m not sending this to anyone,’” she said of the song that would end up being her breakout hit.
In her efforts to find her way back to who she was, Morris realized, “I had a lot to say, it turns out.”
It may look odd at first glance to see the long list of writers on his new single “Vacation,” from his 2015 Tangled Up album, but when you hear him describe why the list is what it is, it all makes perfect sense.
“When we finished writing ‘Vacation,’ you couldn’t deny that the first thing you thought of was ‘Low Rider,’” he said of War’s hit funk song from 1975. “So the best thing to do in these situations is just to go straight to the people that wrote that song and be like, ‘Hey, we wanna make you co-writers on this song.’”
Which is what he did.
So now the list of writers includes Rhett, plus the members of War (Charles Miller, Thomas “Papa Dee” Allen, Harold Brown, Morris “B.B.” Dickerson, Lee Oskar, Howard Scott, Leroy Jordan), plus Jerry Goldstein (who produced the original songs) plus the writers and producers and other guys Rhett worked with to build the track: Sean Douglas, Andreas Schuller, Joe Spargur, Ricky Reed and John Ryan.
“When you look at somebody like Pharrell and Robin Thicke getting sued because of a drum pattern, it makes you scared to death to put something that remotely sounds like something,” Rhett admitted. “So, I mean, no one’s going to make any money off that song, but it’s one of my favorite, most fun songs on the record.”