Maren Morris Joins JP Saxe For ‘Line By Line’ Duet

Maren Morris and JP Saxe unveiled their duet, “Line By Line,” on Wednesday (Jan. 13) and also debuted a music…


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January 13, 2021


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Maren Morris, JP Saxe

Maren Morris and JP Saxe unveiled their duet, “Line By Line,” on Wednesday (Jan. 13) and also debuted a music video to go along with it. 

Morris and Saxe co-wrote the song together and dedicated it to their “muses” – Ryan Hurd and Julia Michaels. 

“I have always loved being contemplative of the artist vs. muse relationship in songs,” Maren said in a statement. “‘Line by Line’ acts as a promise that I’ll never be done writing about my muse in this life because he can’t be summed up in one song. Writing that day with JP was the most fluid, inspiring session. He’s a lyrical faucet. He threw out the line ‘immortalizing my sincerity’ and it blew my mind. I think all in all, we wrote the whole song in an hour and immediately recorded it.”

“My first thought about this song is that it’s surreal I get to be sharing it with one of my favorite artists ever,” Saxe added. “Regarding what it’s about…as songwriters, we spend a lot of our lives trying to bottle up a feeling into a song, and often, the biggest feelings, the best ones… the complicated, detailed, messy, incredible ones… just aren’t going to fit. ‘Line by Line’ is our recognition of that… of how one song just isn’t enough to capture it all, but how we’re just going to keep writing, futilely and lovingly, anyway.”

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“Line By Line” will be featured on Saxe’s debut album, which is set for release this spring. 

Saxe is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Toronto. His multi-platinum-selling collaboration with Julia Michaels, “If The World Was Ending,” is nominated for Song of the Year at the upcoming 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards.

Morris is also nominated for the 2021 GRAMMYs, securing a nod for Best Country Song for her hit, “The Bones.” 

Click above to watch the just-released “Line By Line” music video. 

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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.