Watch Maren Morris Perform ‘Better Than We Found It’ On ‘Colbert’

Maren Morris made an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Monday (Jan. 4) to perform her “protest…


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January 5, 2021


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Maren Morris made an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Monday (Jan. 4) to perform her “protest song,” “Better Than We Found It.” 

The CMA Female Vocalist of the Year appeared virtually from the stage of Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium to perform the song alongside her touring band. Morris delivered a beautiful performance of the song as the screen behind her lit up with a variety of colors.

Released in early October, “Better Than We Found It” centers around the state of America in 2020. The song was co-written by Morris alongside Jessie Jo Dillon, Jimmy Robbins and Laura Veltz and produced by Greg Kurstin.

Throughout the song, Morris directly acknowledges the issues the U.S. has faced in the past year and promises to make a change.

“If you don’t like it, then get the hell out/ That’s what they yell when I open my mouth/ A stick is a stick, a stone is a stone/ But who’s gonna care if I don’t?/Who’s gonna change if I won’t?,” she questions in the opening verse.

A portion of proceeds from the song will be donated to the Black Women’s Health Imperative, the first nonprofit organization created by Black women to help protect and advance the health and wellness of Black women and girls.

“I wanted to write something to address exactly how I feel right now, and this came together pretty quickly,” Morris explained upon the song’s release. “It’s a protest song—it’s the most American thing to protest and protest songs have been so embedded in American culture: Bob Dylan, Nina Simone. I think the world right now is sort of in a perpetual mourning period and I wanted to have a song that had weight but also had hope. I still have hope for this country and for the future of it, and as a new mother I wanted to promise my son that I’m going to do everything in my power to leave this world better than the one I came into and the one I see right now.”

Click above to watch Maren Morris’ performance of “Better Than We Found It.” 

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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.