Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd Find ‘Silver Lining’ In 2020 With Baby Hayes

It’s safe to assume that Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd never could have imagined that they would welcome their first…


Lauren Jo Black

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August 17, 2020


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It’s safe to assume that Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd never could have imagined that they would welcome their first child in the midst of a global pandemic, but that’s exactly what happened. When their son, Hayes Andrew, made his debut in mid-March, the entire country was going into lockdown. That made for an interesting delivery as the couple revealed they, like many other new parents, were not allowed visitors at the hospital.

The couple recalled Morris’ birthing experience during a recent appearance on The Bobby Bones Show, opening up about the aftermath of Morris’ 30-hour labor and Caesarean section.

“It was like the first week they were really cracking down on visitors at the hospital so it was just Ryan and myself and our doctor,” Morris shared. “It was really weird and eerie, it was so quiet.”

The Grammy-winning singer admitted she learned a lot about herself during labor and during the recovery process.

“I had a really grueling delivery at the end — it was like 30 hours of labor, C-section at the very end and it was just like about getting him out safely. And just the recovery was super hard, not being able to work out and also having my tour rescheduled. It was just a lot mentally and physically,” she explained.

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The couple went on to say that while the current situation is less than ideal for several reasons, they are finding it to be a blessing in disguise as it’s allowing them more time at home with their little man.

“It’s cool mostly for me because he needs to be with Maren for like the first year if his life, so I kinda would have been coming in and out of for the first this year had we been touring,” Hurd acknowledged. “And we obviously miss the road and we miss the people so much.”

“The silver lining [of the pandemic] is getting to spend every single moment of this year with our son, who is never going to be this small again,” he continued. “I try to really soak that time up because it’s not time I would have had otherwise.”

With no tour dates on the books for the foreseeable future, Morris and Hurd are enjoying all of the time at home with Hayes.

“He’s great,” Morris told Bones of their soon-to-be 5-month-old son. “We really couldn’t have asked for a more magical human to be brought into our lives during this crazy time and he’s been a good distraction from not being able to tour.”

“It’s been fun to be home with him,” she said.

Click above to watch Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd’s interview with Bobby Bones.

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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.