Maren Morris Says 2019 Was ‘Full Of Loss But Also So Much Gain’

It’s been an unforgettable year for Maren Morris. She saw great success with her album, Girl, which won the 2019 CMA Award for Album of the Year while also headlining her “Girl: The World Tour.”

Additionally this year she became pregnant with her first child and also mourned the loss of her friend, songwriter and producer, Busbee. As the year comes to a close, Morris turned to social media to reflect on 2019 and share what she’s looking forward to in 2020.

"Thank you for being so sweet & patient with me these last couple weird/wonderful few months," Morris wrote in a tweet. "2019 has been full of loss but also so much gain. Excited to start writing again, meet this beautiful boy + also bring some really special shows into the fold. Seeing 2020 finally."

Busbee, who passed away from brain cancer, was beloved by many of country music's biggest names. Morris specifically credits the late producer for much of her success, especially with her latest album, Girl. During her acceptance speech at the 2019 CMA Awards for Album of the Year, she paid tribute to Busbee with a touching speech.

"I would be really remiss if I didn't mention a huge facet of why this album sounds the way it does, and we miss him so dearly, and I ... he texted me the morning that I got the nomination for Album of the Year this year, and we were so excited, and that's our friend Busbee."

She continued, "His wife, Jess, is here tonight and she looks so beautiful. Thank you for sharing your husband with us once a month, and my heart just goes out to you and your beautiful daughters. I hope when they listen to this record, or any of the songs that he made that made us all better, they know how amazing their father was."

Morris recently received one of Busbee's most prized possessions, his piano, as a gift from his family. "I was given busbee's piano the day before we won album of the year for GIRL. The one we recorded 80s Mercedes and Gold Love on. I play a few crappy chords but I hear him in every one," Morris shares along with a photo of the piano.

Busbee passed away from terminal brain cancer in September of 2019.

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