Maren Morris shares details on 'elevated' second album: 'There's a little bit of everything' (Exclusive)

Maren Morris is giving us a sense of what we can expect from her upcoming sophomore album.

The country star released her major label debut, "Hero," back in 2016, and fans have been eagerly awaiting the Grammy-winning singer's follow-up record ever since. Of course, it's not as if Morris hasn't released any music since her debut: In 2017, she rereleased the album with several bonus tracks, and she teamed up with Zedd and Grey on dance track "The Middle," which was one of the biggest hits of the year.

Still, the anticipation for her second album is palpable, and during a recent chat with AOL, Morris shared some insight into what her second album will sound like -- and, no, as much as she has appreciated the incredible success of "The Middle," it won't be full of EDM tracks.

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"I had had most of my album already done and written before I signed on for ‘The Middle,’ but I definitely think that even with my first album there were different genres and influences happening," Morris said. "I would say that even more so on this second record."

"There’s no EDM on there," she added with a laugh. "But there’s a little bit of everything for everyone on this record. I'm proud of it."

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KENT, WA - DECEMBER 06: Country music singer, songwriter, and record producer Maren Morris poses for a photo backstage during The Hometown Holiday show hosted by 100.7 The Wolf at ShoWare Center on December 6, 2018 in Kent, Washington. (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 14: (FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Singer Maren Morris attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 14: (INSIDE ACCESS - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Singer-songwriters Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd attend the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for the Country Music Association)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 13: Maren Morris attends the 66th Annual BMI Country Awards at BMI on November 13, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 17: Maren Morris (L) and Ryan Hurd attend the 2018 CMT Artists of The Year at Schermerhorn Symphony Center on October 17, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 05: (EDITORS NOTE: This image has been retouched.) Maren Morris (L) and Taylor Swift perform onstage during the reputation Stadium Tour at AT&T Stadium on October 5, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/TAS18/Getty Images for TAS)
WANTAGH, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Maren Morris performs onstage during the 'Flicker World Tour' at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater on September 12, 2018 in Wantagh, New York. (Photo by Zachary Mazur/WireImage)
SANTA ROSA, CA - JUNE 16: Singer Maren Morris performs on Day 2 of Country Summer Music Festival at Sonoma County Fairgrounds on June 16, 2018 in Santa Rosa, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Recording artist Maren Morris attends the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Maren Morris performs onstage at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 15: Singer Maren Morris attends the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 15: Maren Morris attends the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/ACMA2018/Getty Images for ACM)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Musicians Maren Morris, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and Kesha attend the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's 'All for the Hall' Benefit on February 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Maren Morris is seen on the street attending OSCAR DE LA RENTA during New York Fashion Week wearing a long white coat with black dress on February 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Sperzel/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: Maren Morris performs during the Elton John: I'm Still Standing - A Grammy Salute at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on January 30, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 23: Maren Morris attends the 11th Annual ACM Honors at the Ryman Auditorium on August 23, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 23: Maren Morris attends the 11th Annual ACM Honors at the Ryman Auditorium on August 23, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 23: Singer-songwriter Maren Morris (L) and Ryan Hurd (R) attend the 11th Annual ACM Honors at the Ryman Auditorium on August 23, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for ACM)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 10: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Maren Morris performs during the 2017 CMA Music Festival on June 10, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 10: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Singer-songwriter Maren Morris performs during day 3 of the 2017 CMA Music Festival on June 10, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 10: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Singers Maren Morris (L) and Thomas Rhett (R) perform at Nissan Stadium during day 3 of the 2017 CMA Music Festival on June 10, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Richard Gabriel Ford/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 18: Singer-songwriter Maren Morris attends the Music Biz 2017 Awards Luncheon sponsored by BuzzAngle Music at Renaissance Nashville Hotel on May 18, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Music Business Association)
NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 08: Jon Pardi and Maren Morris attend the 2017 AIMP Nashville Awards on May 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for AIMP Nashville)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 29: Singer Maren Morris performs on the Toyota Mane Stage during day 2 of 2017 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 29, 2017 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 29: Singer Maren Morris performs on the Toyota Mane Stage during day 2 of 2017 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 29, 2017 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 29: Singer Maren Morris performs on the Toyota Mane Stage during day 2 of 2017 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 29, 2017 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach)
LAS VEGAS - APRIL 2: Maren Morris poses for a photograph in the CBS Photo Booth backstage at THE 52ND ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 2 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)
Recording artist Maren Morris arrives for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards on April 2, 2017, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. / AFP PHOTO / Tommaso Boddi (Photo credit should read TOMMASO BODDI/AFP/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 02: Recording artist Maren Morris performs during the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 02: Recording artist Maren Morris performs onstage at the 52nd Academy Of Country Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/ACMA2017/FilmMagic for ACM)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 02: Singers Maren Morris (L) and Thomas Rhett onstage during the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/ACMA2017/Getty Images for ACM)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 02: Recording artist Maren Morris attends the 52nd Academy Of Country Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/ACMA2017/Getty Images for ACM)
Recording artist Maren Morris arrives for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards on April 2, 2017, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. / AFP PHOTO / Tommaso Boddi (Photo credit should read TOMMASO BODDI/AFP/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 24: Maren Morris performs onstage at New Faces of Country Music Dinner & Performance - Sponsored by ACM & St. Jude Children's Research Hospital | Performances Powered by Live Nation during CRS 2017 - Day 3 on February 24, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CRS)
NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 24: Maren Morris performs onstage at New Faces of Country Music Dinner & Performance - Sponsored by ACM & St. Jude Children's Research Hospital | Performances Powered by Live Nation during CRS 2017 - Day 3 on February 24, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for CRS)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 12: Maren Morris poses for photographs backstage at THE 59TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS, broadcast live from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Sunday, Feb. 12 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/5:00-8:30 PM, live PT; 6:00-9:30 PM, live MT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Phil McCarten/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Singer Maren Morris poses in the press room at the 59th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 12: Maren Morris on the Red Carpet at THE 59TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS, broadcast live from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Sunday, Feb. 12 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/5:00-8:30 PM, live PT; 6:00-9:30 PM, live MT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Phil McCarten/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Recording artist Maren Morris attends the 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Recording artist Maren Morris performs onstage during The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Recording artists Alicia Keys (L) and Maren Morris perform onstage during The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS)
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And, for all intents and purposes, the record will feature the same Maren Morris sound that fans initially fell in love with, but she says she's taking that sound to new heights this time around.

"It’s a longer record. There were only 10 or 11 songs on my first record, so it was just cool to really tell a story from beginning to end with this. It’s more grown up, but it doesn’t take itself too seriously. I always kind of put in my humor into some of these songs," she explained. "It’s not too far of a different sound from the first one, but I would say it’s a more elevated version of what I released a few years ago."

The "My Church" hitmaker also gets some help from some of her famous friends and family on the album. Though she's keeping the album's "two features" a secret for now ("I'm excited to reveal [them] eventually"), she did reveal to AOL that her husband, Ryan Hurd, co-wrote two of the tracks.

"There are more love songs, because I’ve gotten married recently," she gushed. "And my husband co-wrote two of the songs that are on the album with me."

Before the world hears any of her new material, Morris will cap off the biggest year of her career with a bucket list moment, performing at the Allstate Fan Fest, which will be broadcast live as part of ABC's "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2019" on December 31.

"I didn’t want to pass it up, because it’s just such a fun thing to be part of and it’s going to be our last show of a really huge year," she told us. "I feel like this is the way to do it up right."

 

 

Morris, who will perform "The Middle" on the New Year's Eve special, said that the song's success has "definitely sunk in," recalling that the moment its impact hit her was when she was on tour in South America with Niall Horan earlier this year.

"When I was in South America -- we had never toured there -- by the time we would play ‘The Middle.’ it was just mayhem," she laughed. "Every single fan in the crowd sang it back so loud and that’s when it sunk in. It was like, 'Wow, this song is everywhere,' and that’s the first time that’s happened for a song I’ve been a part of."

Something tells us it won't be the last.

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