It’s one thing for a newcomer to sell out a NYC venue on their debut tour; it’s another to sell it out TWICE in the same night. That was the case for CMA New Artist of the Year, Maren Morris, who kicked off her first headlining tour with back-to-back sold out shows at the Bowery Ballroom on Thursday, February 2.
Opening the night was Morris’ boyfriend and singer-songwriter, Ryan Hurd. The Michigan native has already made a name for himself as a songwriter, earning cuts by artists like Florida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw, Randy Houser, just to name a few. Plus, let’s not forget he’s got a #1 and Grammy and CMA-nominated track, “Lonely Tonight,” recorded by Blake Shelton & Ashley Monroe, under his belt. Now, Hurd is approaching the music world from a different perspective, putting his own voice to the songs he’s penned.
Hitting the stage in jeans and a white tee, the longhaired, budding country star put on a powerful performance. Singing songs from his EP, plus his own version of Lonely Tonight, Hurd brings a new and exciting raw energy to the country music scene. Hurd, named one of our “2017 Artists to Watch,” is on a one-way road straight to the top and the journey is sure to be one you will want to follow.
During the quick set change, we ran into model/actor, Colton Haynes amongst the sold out crowd. Best known for his roles on Arrow and Teen Wolf, Haynes claimed to be a huge Country music fan and was surprised by friends with tickets for the show, while in town for Men’s Fashion Week.
Next up, the flawless, Maren Morris, hit the stage for the first set on her first headlining tour. Often with new artists playing a NYC show, we see that sense of nervousness as they take the stage, but not Morris. With a fan blowing her hair back, the 5-foot-tall country hit-maker made her presence known.
Effortlessly belting out songs from her debut album, Hero, Morris proved why she is the CMA New Artist of the Year. Her eclectic sound and powerhouse ballads had the sold-out room singing and dancing along to every beat. Ending the show with her breakout single, “My Church,” Morris left the crowd chanting for more, before she returned to the stage with boyfriend, Ryan Hurd, for a cover of Tim McGraw’s, “Last Turn Home.” The song is a special one for the two as they had written the song together long before they had began dating.
Morris hits the road this summer on Sam Hunt’s 15 in a 30 Tour. The show hits the area on Sunday, June 25th at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. Grab your tickets here.
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