Why Does Maren Morris Speak Up On Behalf of the LGBTQ Community: “They’re Not Hearing Themselves in Our Platform”

Why Does Maren Morris Speak Up On Behalf of the LGBTQ Community: “They’re Not Hearing Themselves in Our Platform”

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

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Chris Young Earns 3 CMA Award Nominations

Chris Young Earns 3 CMA Award Nominations

Congrats to Chris Young who is a 3-time CMA Award nominee this year.

His song “Famous Friends”, which he sings with Kane Brown, racked up nominations in the categories of Single, Musical Event, and Video of the Year.

Talking about his nominations, Chris says “I was blown away by the fact that there were three award nominations for the song. I mean, there’s so much that’s gone into it and so many people that have fallen in love with it and supported it and, you know, just having a hit with your friend in the first place is great with a song like “Famous Friends” with my buddy Kane Brown, but then to be nominated for three different CMA Awards, including Single of the Year. It’s just incredible.”

Chris, Kane and all the other nominees will learn if they’re taking home trophies, when the 55th Annual CMA Awards are handed out in Nashville on Wednesday November 10 – broadcasted live on ABC.

Photo Credit: Jeff Johnson