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Maren Morris And Zedd Reflects On Global Success And Talks New Collaboration "Make You Say"

Maren Morris and Zedd reveal what it was like to film the animated music video in Nashville – WATCH!

Maren Morris and Grammy Award-winning DJ Zedd have met in "The Middle" again. 

After a week of teasing their house party banger "Make You Say," the dynamic duo has released the electronic track destined to be on rotation worldwide. The hitmakers recently (Aug. 19) caught up with Zane Lowe from Apple Music 1 to dish on their new collaboration with BEAUZ and to reflect on their previous global success. 

Morris is currently relishing in her record-breaking collection "Humble Quest," but when German producer and long-time collaborator Zedd comes knocking on your door – you stop and answer. 

The "Detour" singer told the outlet that she couldn't pass up the opportunity, because she was struck with a positive feeling. However, Morris explained that the "Make You Say" demo was also intimidating at first. 

"He sent me this song a couple of months back. I think when you just feel it in your gut, you'd be stupid not to say yes," said Morris. "I had big shoes to fill because Charlie's [Puth] vocal on the demo was so good. I just came in and tried to give it my flare, but a great song is a great song. So I'm very flattered and honored to be a part of it," she added. 

Morris' genre-bending spark is what captured Zedd's attention in 2018, when they released their 6x platinum single, "The Middle." The mix master acknowledged Morris' rich vocals and why she was a no-brainer for the highly competitive spot. 

"The first time with 'The Middle,' it was just her voice. At that time, when I heard the vocal... I actually didn't know much about Maren's background or what kind of music she comes from. I just heard a demo. I don't even know if the file was labeled anything that would give away who the vocalist was," Zedd recalled. "I literally just listened for the color, and I think Maren's voice just has everything that a good voice needs. It's got character. You immediately can tell who it is. She has this amazing rasp, which to me is always a bit of emotion that I look for."

"Make You Say," penned by Charlie Puth and Jacob Kasher Hindlin – marks a "new chapter" for Zedd [real name Anton Zaslavksi] and also serves as the first time he has worked with the same vocalist on a second project. 

The dance-pop anthem is infused with head-bobbing beat drops, finger snaps, and digital instrumentals that push the breakup banger along.

The chart-topping creatives released a colorful animated music video, that features Morris experiencing a handful of emotions after getting dumped. Throughout the clip, fans will witness Morris going through the stages of grief post-split. 

"Go ahead, walk away | You're gonna miss the way I used to make you say | Oh my god, night and day | You're gonna miss the way I used to make you say," she sings in rage. 

The 32-year-old invited Zedd and the production team into her Nashville home to film the video. The emotional-driven clip was created entirely on an iPad to push an Apple campaign and was edited on FlipaClip, a cartoon application. Morris also shows off her dance moves, which is considered unusual for the country star. 

"I loved that we got to shoot it in Nashville. It was my first time doing choreography. I'll use that word very sparingly. I think just acting, dancing," she said. "Zedd was literally editing the comp of the vocal on set. So it was a lot of things going on, a lot of timing, and it's just such a creative concept for a video, but I think the Apple team smashed it out of the park." 

She continued to praise the production crew, as she believes the sketch-like graphics brought the narrative to new heights. 

"It's so beautiful and unique and just tells an even more emotional story along with the lyrics. It's a very cool thing to be a part of. My favorite thing that the fans have said since we teased this collaboration is retail workers everywhere are shaking 'The Middle' within every Target and Forever 21 and mall shop for years. So it's happening round two now."

Zedd jumped in to clarify how "Make You Say" is different from "The Middle" and to reveal his main motive behind the track. 

"I think Maren and I talked about this briefly. I think it was never on our minds, top it or do it again in that regard. When people look at both of our names together, they automatically are going to think about 'The Middle,' whether we want that or not. It's not really up to us," he said. "I think our goal was to just make the best song possible. It tends to be more dancey, more clubby. I guess in a certain sense, but it doesn't lose the wide appeal and the pop in the song. Will it do what 'The Middle' has? I mean, nobody knows." 

Morris continued to reflect on her experience working with Zedd and how it advanced her artistry in more than one way. 

"I think it definitely opened the world up to my music in a way that it hadn't before. So it was crazy coming from country music, just the global ness of pop and hearing it in cabs in Brazil," uttered the songstress. "So, it was definitely a new thing for me." 

Morris and Zedd are still feeling the positive repercussions of the smash hit, which has accumulated one billion audio and video-on-demand streams. "The Middle" has become a staple within Morris' high-energy set list on tour. 

While Zedd is gearing up to release his forthcoming album, Morris is sharing her cross-country vocals out on the road. For upcoming appearances, visit marenmorris.com.

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