Before her big breakthrough, country music songstress Maren Morris tried to go the reality singing competitions route but faced rejection from both American Idol and The Voice! Oh and America’s Got Talent too!
Watch Maren describe the early days of her career and her many rejections below!
“I have this very traumatic vivid memory of auditioning for American Idol when I was 17,” she shared. “You audition for a 20-year-old producer who probably has no music cred… You sing your heart out and my entire group got cut, like, ‘Sorry, you have to take the walk of shame.’”
Even though the reality TV path didn’t work out, Maren has gotten the last laugh: “The poetic justice of that whole thing is now people audition with my songs on those shows, so I just get the check in the mail.”
The now Grammy-winning artist has been thriving since her series of rejection from the singing competitions. Watch Maren talk about songwriting, “My Church,” and her Grammy win below.
Maren Morris’s Awards to Date
Country Music Association Award for New Artist of The Year – (2016)
Grammy Award for Best Country Solo Performance – “My Church” (2017)
Radio Disney Music Award for Country Best New Artist – (2017)
Academy of Country Music Award for New Female Vocalist of The Year – (2017)
Billboard Music Award for Top Female Artist – (2018)
iHeartRadio Music Award for Dance Song of The Year – “The Middle” (2019)
iHeartRadio Music Award for Song of The Year – “The Middle” (2019)
Billboard Music Award for Top Dance/Electronic Song– “The Middle” (2019)
Maren continues to build on all of her successes. Her latest album, GIRL, went No. 1 and also debuted as the most streamed song by female country artist. Take THAT American Idol, The Voice, and Americas Got Talent! Maren Morris didn’t let rejection stop her!