Maren Morris's debut record Hero is a genre-blending masterpiece. The record mixes country with her soul and pop influences, while maintaining an extremely high quality of songwriting throughout. A highlight from that record is the album closer, "Once," a soulful track about moving on from a relationship, but also remembering and celebrating the relationship for what it was.
On August 23, a video of Morris singing this track at RCA Studio A was published to her Vevo Channel. The performance is goosebumps-good. Morris has a soulful, edgy voice that you can't find anywhere else. This song is very demanding vocally, with the series of held-out notes in the chorus stretching Morris's voice to its limits. In this performance, Morris manages to maintain the perfection that the studio version introduced, and the extra runs she throws in every now and then add to the soul in the song. It's a must-watch, and for any of you doubting Morris's talent, you won't be after watching this video.