Early Thursday (July 28) morning, the multi-platinum artist brought her honky tonk flair to the Big Apple to perform outside of Rockefeller plaza alongside hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb. In the midst of the sing-along-worthy set, Guthrie introduced Morris to a girl named Lily.
Lily is a visually impaired country music supporter, with a deep passion for Morris and her craft. The critically acclaimed anchor escorted the 32-year-old hitmaker to the front row, where Lily sang every word loud and proud.
“There’s a little girl in the front row singing all your songs,” said Guthrie. “Lily is blind, but boy, can she hear you,” she added.
Ahead of the show-stopping performance, Morris took the time to sign memorabilia for her No. 1 fan. When the two initially connected, Lily did not think twice about expressing her gratitude.
“Thank you so much for the guitar pick!” the down-to-earth listener uttered.
Before snapping a photo, Lily had the opportunity to ask Morris a few questions.
“What is Hayes’ favorite song of yours, and how is he doing?” Lily curiously asked about her 2-year-old son. “He’s good! I think he’s home watching right now. I’m going to say ‘Hummingbird’ because…,” Morris replied.
The superfan was quick to chime in to finish Morris’ sentence.
“…he’s on it!” said Lily. “He has a feature on it, yeah!” Morris confirmed.
Morris penned the tender ballad “Hummingbird,” the day she found out she was pregnant with her son Hayes with superstar husband, Ryan Hurd. When it was time to record the single, she decided to incorporate her first son on the track. Morris told Real Country Q92.1 that she recorded parts of “Humble Quest” at Sheryl Crow’s Nashville barn studio.
“I did bring Hayes one day when we were done recording to look at all the pianos, and there’s horses in that barn that he was obsessed with,” she explained. “It was crazy to me, I was pregnant the day I wrote ‘Hummingbird,’ but when I started recording it, he was starting to talk. Him saying ‘Mama’ was right during that moment in time, so that felt really full-circle, too.”
Morris’ 11-song collection debuted at No.2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. The vocalist penned the record that was released on March 25 alongside husband Ryan Hurd, Julia Michaels, Natalie Hemby, Laura Veltz, Jimmy Robbins, Jon Green and was produced by Greg Kurstin.
The songstress began writing the collection during the global pandemic, while life quickly began to change. In a true singer-songwriter, Morris started pulling from real-life experiences and placed pen to paper. Motherhood, her career, and the death of good friend and collaborator, Michael Busbee are just some of the hard-hitting topics within the transformative tracklist.