For Ryan Hurd, his new duet with his wife Maren Morris is already a highlight of his career. ET spoke with Hurd ahead of the release of “Chasing After You,” the first duet for him and Morris together, which is out now. Despite his long musical and personal history, Hurd told ET that he never “expected to do” a song with his wife.
“I’ve always worked with Maren and I’ve written songs with Maren. That’s how we really met, we had a creative partnership before it was anything else,” he said. “This is really fun to me. It feels like a full-circle musical moment. I still haven’t realized we’re doing it.”
Hurd and Morris have been aware of the song, written by Brinley Addington and Jerry Flowers, for years, but “the timing has not been right” for its release so far.
“I really love the writing of this song. It’s really simple, but the melody is so effective,” Hurd said. “It’s a song I wish I had written and those are the ones I think you end up recording when you’re not the writer … It makes me a little mad that I didn’t write it, to be honest.”
Recording the song was “a family affair” for Hurd and Morris, along with producers Aaron Eshuis and Teddy Reimer.
“We record all the vocals in our basement, which is crazy to think of these things, like making hit records where you sleep. It’s nice,” Hurd said. “It doesn’t even feel real. I don’t know if it’s because of the pandemic or because we haven’t worked in so long … but it’s weird the journey something like this takes.”
The initial reaction from fans to the song has been “really great” for Hurd, who had been on a social media hiatus until promotion of the song began.
“It’s a bit stressful when you go back to [social media]. So to see all the positivity that surrounds it, it’s really cool, “he said.” I’m so used to being the passenger on Maren’s rocket. I think having my name and face in art and having so many people really excited is something that really made me feel really good. Made it feel real. I’m very excited that we can do something that is not behind the scenes together. “
Hurd assured fans that he and Morris “will always make music together.” In fact, he said, they are now busy working on their third album.
“We are writing right now for their third album. I love being a part of that process,” he said. “It’s not the most important thing anymore, but it’s something we can do together that is really special. Most couples don’t do the same job, much less work together on something they both love.”
As for whether another duet is possible between the pair, Hurd did not rule out the idea.
“I think if Maren had the time and the creative ability to do something like that, I think it could be something that we could do more of,” he said. “I’m really excited to be able to do one thing right now. If we can only do one thing, I’m really proud that this is it.”
Aside from work, the couple have a lot to do personally, including the GRAMMY Awards – Morris is nominated for his song, “The Bones” – his son Hayes’ first birthday, his third wedding anniversary and Morris’s 31st birthday, all of which come weeks apart.
“Sounds like an expensive few weeks to me,” Hurd joked, before expressing his happiness at being able to spend uninterrupted time with his family for the last year in quarantine.
“I would have gone on tour all year. [Hayes] I would have lived on Maren’s bus so we would have seen each other half the time, “he said.” That has been practically the only blessing of this period of our life, is to be able to spend all the time with him. I don’t think we missed almost anything … It really has been a great opportunity to be a little family for a year. “
Each and every celebration during the “wild” month will be kept small due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn’t bother Hurd in the least.
“There are many things to celebrate,” he said. “There is always so much to celebrate when you can do what you love and be with the people you love to do it. We are all so blessed.”
Next year, Hurd, who said he has been busy writing music for other artists and reserving songs for his next EP, looks forward to getting back to “something normal.”
“We really miss doing the things we were born to do, riding the bus and playing music. I’m really excited for that part of our life to return,” he said. “I’ll really miss seeing Maren and Hayes every day, but I’m ready for things to get back to normal.”
“In the meantime, we will continue to do our best, making music and doing what we can,” Hurd added. “I am very proud of her and this song. Hopefully next year we have a great success to celebrate.”