Rising country star Ryan Hurd never thought he would find a way into the spotlight. He was perfectly content being a songwriter in Nashville, writing hits for everyone from Lady Antebellum to Blake Shelton. But then he fell in love with Maren Morris, and started performing his own songs and now he finds himself with a possible future hit on his hands in the form of his debut single, “Love in a Bar.”
When it came to asking Maren for her hand in marriage, he went a rather subdued route. On July 9, Ryan quietly posted a pic of himself and Maren in a rowboat (dated July 3), announcing their engagement. But fans weren’t quite sure of the story behind the pic — until now.
“We were at my family’s lake house up in Michigan and it was Fourth of July weekend and we had, like, 15 people at this little house,” Ryan explained to Rare Country backstage before his set at Windy City Smokeout in Chicago on July 16. “I had had that [ring] in my pocket for a while, and I was just looking for a good time. I woke up on the 3rd and I said to myself that that was the day. But there was no point where we were alone together, and so we jumped in the boat and had about 20 minutes together. It was really special. It was a beautiful night and there weren’t a lot of people on the water. It was July 3, so there were fireworks all around the lake and I told her I bought all those fireworks just for her.”