It’s one of the first big deals announced since Troy Tomlinson moved from Sony/ATV to become UMPG Nashville chairman and CEO.
As well as being a major country artist, Columbia-signed Morris has had pop success with The Middle alongside fellow UMPG songwriters Zedd and Grey.
In the US, the former Music Week cover star’s sophomore album Girl had the largest debut streaming week for a country album by a woman (23.96 million streams).
Morris said: “I have loved working with the staff at UMPG for a while just through the past years of writing with their songwriters, so to officially be in the UMPG family feels like coming home in a way. I am so looking forward to our partnership together and can’t wait for the songs to come!”
She has successfully crossed genres
Jody Gerson, UMPG
UMPG chairman and CEO Jody Gerson said: “Maren is an extremely talented songwriter, artist and producer whose songs have the world singing along to every hit. Even more exceptional, she has successfully crossed genres, moving seamlessly between beloved country music superstar and topping pop charts. Maren has a bright and exciting future ahead, and we are thrilled to welcome her to UMPG’s creative global home.”
Tomlinson added: “Maren displays fearlessness and energy in every lyric, every melody and every performance. UMPG is so happy to have the opportunity to represent a talent of her calibre and looks forward to delivering outstanding creative opportunities.”
Morris has been nominated for numerous Grammys across pop, country, new artist and song categories. She has also earned honours at the CMA Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards and more.
Beyond co-penning her own music, Morris has written songs for Tim McGraw, Kelly Clarkson and others.