Texas Music Project Names Maren Morris as Honorary Chairwoman

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Announcing its new honorary chairwoman in December of 2017, the Texas Music Project has given the title Arlington native and Grammy winner, Maren Morris.

Participating in a songwriting camp which was organized by the nonprofit group designed to promote music education, Morris was just 16 when they saw her potential. The Texas Music Project was founded in 2003 with a goal to increase the access of youth in Texas to music education programs, with a particular focus on disadvantaged groups. Among the many programs it manages and continues to grow are Snowball Express, Classroom to Stage, and the Music Therapy Program. Each of their programs has a unique focus and catchments. All programs are funded through private and public donations, as well as grants and some merchandise sales. The project continues to grow and form new community alliances that assist more Texas youth in the art of music. As a TMP alumnus, Morris is evidence that organizations such as this can implement change.

“TMP believed in Maren when she was a young teenager, and we raised money to send her to a Grammy songwriting class in California. The fact Maren won a Grammy in 2017 is a testimonial for what we are doing as a grassroots resource to the music industry for youth and the community. Maren is one of many young artists we have supported with grants and performance opportunities that have gone on to have a career in music,” explained a TMP board member. Before moving to Nashville at the age of 22, Morris had written songs throughout her childhood here in Texas, and had played in local honky-tonks throughout the state as well as Oklahoma. First becoming a songwriter for major label artists such as Kelly Clarkson and Tim McGraw, in 2015, she made the transition into a performer, signing with Columbia Nashville. She won a Grammy for “My Church” last year in the category of Best Country Solo Performance, and this year, she’s nominated for “I Could Use a Love Song” in the same category.