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Early Thursday (July 28) morning, the multi-platinum artist brought his honky tonk flair to the Big Apple to perform outside Rockefeller plaza alongside hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb. In the middle of the sing-along worthy set, Guthrie introduced Morris to a girl named Lily.
Lily is a visually impaired country music devotee with a deep passion for Morris and her craft. The critically acclaimed anchor escorted the 32-year-old hitmaker to the front row, where Lily sang every word loud and proud.
“There’s a little girl in the front row singing all your songs,” Guthrie said. “Lily is blind, but boy can she hear you,” she added.
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Ahead of the impressive performance, Morris took the time to sign memorabilia for her No. 1 fan. Once the two connected, Lily didn’t think twice about expressing her gratitude.
“Thank you very much for the guitar choice!” stated the down-to-earth listener.
Before taking a picture, Lily had a chance to ask Morris a few questions.
“What’s your favorite Hayes song and how is he doing?” Lily asked curiously about her 2 year old son. “He is good!” I think he’s at home watching right now. I want to sayHummingbird‘because…’ Morris replied.
The superfan was quick to chime in to finish Morris’ sentence.
“…he’s on it!” Lily said. “He’s got a touch of it, yes!” Morris confirmed.
Morris wrote the tender ballad “Hummingbird“The day she found out she was pregnant with her son Hayes with a superstar husband, Ryan Hurd. When it came time to record the single, she decided to include her first son on the track. Morris told Real country Q92.1 that she recorded parts of “Humble Quest“on Sheryl Crow’s Nashville stable studio.
“I took Hayes one day after we finished recording to look at all the pianos and there are horses in the barn that he was obsessed with,” she explained. “It was crazy for me, I was pregnant the day I wrote ‘Hummingbird’ but when I started recording it he started talking. The one who said ‘Mama’ was real in that moment so it felt like really full circle.”
Morris’ 11-song collection debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. The vocalist co-wrote the record, which was released on March 25, with her husband Ryan Hurd, Julia Michaels, Natalie Hemby, Laura Veltz, Jimmy Robbins, Jon Green and is produced by Greg Kurstin.
The singer began writing the collection during the global pandemic, while life began to change rapidly. In true singer-songwriter fashion, Morris began drawing from real life and putting pen to paper. Motherhood, her career and the death of a good friend and collaborator, Michael Busbee are just some of the hard-hitting topics on the transformative tracklist.
Morris is currently promoting the well-rounded project on her nationwide tour Humble Quest Tour. The powerful performer shares fan favorite tracks like “Circles around this city,” “Background music,” “Nervous” and more at iconic venues. Tickets can be purchased, here.