Maren Morris Says She Can No Longer Participate In 'Toxic Arms' Of Country Music Industry

Maren Morris has explained her decision to distance herself from the country music industry.

In a recent interview on the New York Times‘ Popcast podcast with reporters Joe Caramanica and Joe Coscarelli, the singer said that she no longer wants to participate in the “toxic arms” of the country music industry.

“I felt like I don’t want to say goodbye, but I really cannot participate in the really toxic arms of this institution anymore,” she said. “I love living in Nashville, I have my family there. … There’s a reason why people come there from L.A. and N.Y. to write with us because we have amazing songwriters there, so that’s not going to change. But I couldn’t do this circus anymore of feeling like I have to absorb and explain people’s bad behaviors and laugh it off. I just couldn’t do that after 2020. … I’ve changed.”

She also added, “It’s a little bit hyperbolic to be like ‘She’s left country music,’ because that’s ridiculous, but I certainly can’t participate in a lot of it. I’m OK kind of just doing my own thing. Come with me if you please; everyone’s welcome.”

She also stated that she will no longer submit her music for country awards consideration. Morris is also transferring from Sony Nashville to New York-based Columbia Records.

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