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Maren Morris left a big mark on country music in 2017, and on the final day of the year, she proved that just because the year was ending, she’s still got a long way to go.

Maren was part of the lineup for Nashville’s Jack Daniels New Year’s Eve celebration, which also included headliner Keith Urban. And while we’re used to seeing Maren in belly-baring tops or short shorts and rompers that show off her fit physique, with wind chills below zero in Music City, her usual attire would have been a tad uncomfortable.

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But the petite singer-songwriter was no less gorgeous bundled up in a beautiful long, dark, fur-trimmed coat. And she was certainly just as talented as ever. Playing songs from her major label debut, “Hero,” including her current single, “I Could Use a Love Song,” Maren braved the wintry weather and delivered a solid set of fan favorites.

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And later in the evening, as Keith took the stage, Maren came back up to help the headliner with his performance of “We Were Us.”

Nashville is becoming quite the destination for New Year’s Eve revelers. The annual celebration gets larger every year with the musical offerings growing even more diverse. This year’s lineup also included Carly Pearce, legendary rockers Cheap Trick, soul singer Jonny P, singer-songwriters Larkin Poe and those iconic Fisk Jubilee Singers. But in addition to the music on the main stage, the event is situated in close proximity to Nashville’s historic Lower Broadway, where local bands and musicians continue the party long after the midnight music note drop in the downtown honky-tonks.

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The coming year is already promising to be a big one for Maren. First, the Texas beauty is getting away from these frosty temps for a few shows in Riviera Maya, Mexico. She’ll be back in the U.S. in February, though, to join Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and Kesha for New York’s “All for the Hall” concert benefiting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s educational programs.

Although there are no other dates showing on Maren’s calendar, we also know that the talented young star got engaged in 2017, so we’re assuming a wedding with her equally talented fiancé, Ryan Hurd, will be taking place in 2018, but no date for the couple’s nuptials has been announced yet.

We’re also coming up on the two-year anniversary of Maren’s “Hero” album, so there’s a possibility she’s working on new music in her downtime as well.

Can’t say that we’re mad about that — at all! We’ll keep you updated as soon as we hear more about her new album and her upcoming “I dos.”

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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