Inside Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd’s Incredible Love Story

In true Nashville fashion, Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd fell in love writing songs together. “We were both at different…


Lauren Jo Black

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March 24, 2020


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In true Nashville fashion, Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd fell in love writing songs together.

“We were both at different publishing companies, and our publishers’ job is to fill our calendars up, so they just randomly put us together on a write one day,” Morris explained to People.

That 2013 writing session resulted in the song “Last Turn Home,” a track that immediately caught the attention of Tim McGraw who recorded it for his 2014 Sundown Heaven Town album.

“It was the start of a wonderful writing relationship,” Morris continued. “It’s one of my favorite songs that we’ve ever been a part of.”

The pair struck up a friendship and continued to write songs together. After their writing sessions, Morris and Hurd would hit up Nashville hangs like 3 Crow Bar or Red Door Saloon.

“That’s when we started making a real connection, beyond a creative partnership,” Hurd recalled to People in a separate interview.

Their friendship soon turned into something more.

“We had been friends for only a couple of years, but there was always this writing chemistry in the room, and eventually, the timing of it was undeniable,” the “Girl” singer shared. “We had such a foundation built off writing so many songs over the years that we were like, ‘Why are we avoiding this?’”

Morris and Hurd began dating in late 2015. Despite their budding careers and busy schedules, the couple made things work, often popping up at each other’s shows to cheer each other on.

They got engaged on July 3, 2017 while visiting Hurd’s family lake house in Michigan. Hurd had been carrying around the ring for a while awaiting the perfect moment. It finally came when they escaped together for a boat ride on the lake.

“It was really special,” Hurd shared with Rare Country. “It was a beautiful night and there weren’t a lot of people on the water. It was July 3, so there were fireworks all around the lake and I told her I bought all those fireworks just for her.”

Morris announced the news on Instagram, sharing a few snaps of her gorgeous engagement ring.

The couple wanted their March 24, 2018 wedding to feel like a party, and it seems like they more than delivered on that promise.

After exchanging vows they wrote themselves, they newlyweds danced back down the aisle to Wilson Phillips’ “Hold On.” They partied into the night at Nashville’s The Cordelle with friends and family. Morris later shared a video of their special day, calling it a “kick ass wedding.”

Morris has served as Hurd’s muse over the years, inspiring many of his songs including, “Love In a Bar,” “Diamonds or Twine” and “To a T.”

In the fall of 2019, the couple announced that they were expecting their first child together. Taking to Instagram to share the exciting news, they revealed that a baby boy was on the way.

“The irony is just too rich that after a year of living in the “GIRL” headspace, the universe would give us a baby boy to even things out,” Morris wrote. “See you in 2020, little one. ??

Hayes Andrew Hurd arrived on Monday, March 23, 2020, one week before his due date and one day before Morris and Hurd celebrated their second wedding anniversary.

Morris announced her son’s arrival on Instagram saying he was the “love of our lives.”

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.