Maren Morris Taps RaeLynn, Cassadee Pope, Lindsay Ell for ‘The Middle’ Performance [WATCH]
Maren Morris got by with a little help from her friends on Monday evening (July 23) during a performance at Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, Tenn. with pop singer and former One Direction member Niall Horan. During her set, Morris called on some serious country girl power -- in the form of Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn and Lindsay Ell -- to join her for a singalong-style rendition of her massive crossover hit, "The Middle." Press play above to watch a clip of the performance.
In addition to the video posted by country music morning radio show Ty, Kelly and Chuck, Ell also posted two photos of the event to her Instagram, captioning the post, "Our best Spice Girls." Pope concurred, sharing the same photo with the caption, "Did our best Spice Girls impression during The Middle last night." RaeLynn added words of support for Morris during a post of her own, stating "Maren, you are such a star inside and out. Love my girls so much."
Morris released "The Middle" with DJ and producer Zedd alongside electronic duo Grey in January of 2018, and the track quickly gained massive traction, hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Dance / Mix Airplay chart in a brisk four weeks. This made Morris the first country artist to top that chart and opened her music up to a whole new fanbase as she appeared to perform the song in front of electronic music audiences, and even joined Zedd onstage at the Billboard Music Awards Ceremony in May of 2018.
Starting on July 4, Morris joined Horan on his Flicker Tour as a special guest. The pair are no strangers to working with each other: At the 2017 CMA Awards, the two artists appeared onstage together for a performance of "Seeing Blind," a collaboration that appears on Horan's album, Flicker.
For her part, Morris is currently at work on her sophomore project while simultaneously enjoying the slow-burn success of her current single, "Rich." She isn't the only country artist to have joined a One Direction alum for tour dates in 2018: Kacey Musgraves wrapped the Thrill of it All Tour with Harry Styles in July.
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