Maren Morris Toasts “I Could Use a Love Song”

Celebrates in East Nashville With Co-Writers Laura Veltz and Jimmy Robbins

Maren Morris has given several acceptance speeches after wins at the CMA Awards, ACM Awards and the Grammys. But the speech she had always wanted to say was the one she delivered at her first No. 1 party for “I Could Use a Love Song.”

Last week the platinum-selling artist and self-described creature of habit returned to her favorite East Nashville bar, the Crying Wolf, to celebrate the second hit from Hero with the song’s co-writers Jimmy Robbins and Laura Veltz. The party was a mix of family, friends, Music Row professionals, staffers from her label, Columbia, and fiancé Ryan Hurd, who watched as she was showered with plaques and praise.

Two years earlier, the same familial crowd was there celebrating the release of Morris’ breakout collection.

“It’s very bizarre to be back here now, celebrating my first No. 1,” she said. “I remember three or four years ago coming to the No. 1 party for Little Big Town’s ’Tornado’ and standing at the back at BMI, and thinking, ’Gosh, I want to have that validation some day.’

“I’ve been very fortunate to give a lot of speeches in my career, but as a songwriter who moved into a Craigslist house five years ago just to be up here and ring the bell, this is the speech I wanted to make for so long.”

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