Country/pop crossovers are the latest craze: Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha’s “Meant to Be”reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, while “The Middle,” by Grammy-winning country star Maren Morris, deejay/producer Zedd and electronic duo Grey, reached #5. Maren says she loves the fact that their track is exposing pop and country fans to genres they wouldn’t otherwise listen to.
“I think it’s a really powerful song and I love being a part of it, because it’s bringing a lot of country fans that wouldn’t normally listen to, like, an EDM guy [like Zedd], [and they’re listening] to him and his back [catalogue],” she tells ABC Radio. “And a lot of pop fans that don’t listen to country, now they’re listening to country! So it’s a cool collaboration in that way.”
In fact, Maren believes that in our playlist-focused society, divisions between musical genres don’t really matter much anymore
“If you listen to a song and it makes you feel something, no matter what genre it is, that’s not wrong,” she points out. “And I love that people are just hearing songs and being, like, ‘I like this ’cause it’s a good song. I’m not worried about the genre tags attached to it.'”
Maren isn’t abandoning country, but she likes the freedom she has to explore other types of music.
“While I feel like I’m always going to be very rooted in country and I’m making my next record that is very rooted in country, still, I listen to everything,” she says. “And I love being a part of these collaborations.”
Continuing to straddle both worlds, Maren’s latest country single, “Rich,” is climbing the charts while she’s out on a world tour with Niall Horan of One Direction.
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