“Workin’ Hard Country” to feature an Array of A-list Guest Stars
NEW YORK, NY – August 8, 2018 – Summer will not go quietly, so Westwood One, the largest audio network in the U.S., sends it off in style with multiple award-winning Country artist Maren Morris. This year’s Billboard Music Award winner for “Top Country Female Artist” will host Westwood One’s Labor Day salute to America’s work force.
Morris will fire up the four-hour music-intensive end-of-summer blowout with work songs, summertime anthems, pre-fame stories, and current hits from Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood, Jake Owen, Dierks Bentley and other top Country artists.
Westwood One’s holiday music specials are a welcome tradition with hundreds of programmers, millions of listeners, and local advertisers. Stations can air Westwood One’s Labor Day holiday special Workin’ Hard Country with Maren Morris any time Saturday, September 1 – Monday, September 3, 2018 between 6:00 am and 12 midnight. For more information, contact Country@WestwoodOne.com.
Twenty-eight year old singer/songwriter Maren Morris has quickly established herself with vocal stylings that reflect her country, folk and pop influences. Armed with sheer talent, honest lyrics and a completely magnetic presence, Morris’ label-debut album, the Gold-certified Hero, released via Columbia Nashville on June 3, 2016. One week after it was available, Hero entered the Billboard Country Albums chart at No. 1 and No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, which spans across all genres. With this, the Arlington, Texas native became the first artist in the history of Columbia Nashville to open at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Charts with a debut album in the Soundscan era. Morris’ debut single from Hero, “My Church,” set a record at country radio by having the most chart reporting stations to play a debut single by a country artist with 107 stations the week it hit the airwaves, in addition to being certified Platinum by the RIAA. Later in 2016 Morris tied for the most nominations with five at the 50th CMA Awards, including Album of the Year (Hero), Female Vocalist of the Year, Single of the Year (“My Church”), Song of the Year (“My Church”) and New Artist of the Year, which she won, marking her first CMA Award. She was tapped by Billboard Magazine to receive the Billboard Breakthrough Artist Award at the 11th annual Billboard Women in Music Gala, as well as being awarded the Breakthrough Artist Award by the Music Business Association at Music Biz 2017. Kicking off 2017 Morris took home the GRAMMY for Best Country Solo Performance for “My Church” at the 59th GRAMMY Awards, in addition to having the most nominations for a country music artist with four to her credit, including Best New Artist, Best Country Album (Hero) and Best Country Song as the songwriter and performer (“My Church”). She received six nominations at the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards, including Female Vocalist of the Year, New Female Vocalist of the Year, which she took home the trophy for, Album of the Year (as artist and producer) for Hero, and Single Record of the Year (as artist and producer) for “My Church.” Morris was also named Radio Disney’s Best New Country Artist at the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards. Morris wrapped 2017 with the conclusion of her first-ever headlining HERO Tour 2017, which also included dates in the U.K. Looking ahead at 2018 Maren received her fifth career GRAMMY Award-nomination for BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE (“I Could Use A Love Song”) for the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards. In addition “I Could Use A Love Song” was Morris’ first No. 1 country radio single, as both the performer and songwriter, reaching the top of both Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase Country charts the week of January 15, 2018. Morris’ current single for Country radio is the fun fan favorite song “Rich.” In May 2018 Morris took home her first trophy for TOP COUNTRY FEMALE ARTIST at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. Though rooted deeply in country music, Morris has acquired a global, non-genre specific, fan base. It’s that global fan base’s appetite that Morris will satisfy in 2018 by collaborating with electronic house DJ and producer Zedd, along with electronic duo, Grey, for the smash hit, “The Middle,” which spent SIX weeks at No. 1 at Top 40 Radio and FIVE weeks at No. 1 at Hot AC radio. In addition Morris currently joins Niall Horan on the Flicker World Tour 2018 with dates in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the USA. MarenMorris.com
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