Maren Morris is one of the biggest stars attending this year’s ACM Awards, and we can anticipate that she’ll probably show up with her supportive boyfriend, Ryan Hurd. Get to know the super talented 30-year-old here!
1. He met Maren while writing a song for Tim McGraw
Although they didn’t start dating until more recently, Ryan Hurd, 30, and Maren Morris, 26, met way back in 2013, when they were put together in a songwriting session. The collaboration resulted in a gorgeous song called “Last Turn Home,” which Tim McGraw, 49, recorded the very next day for his Sundown Heaven Town album.
2. He’s written songs you’ve totally heard before!
Ryan got his start in songwriting, and if you’re a country music fan, you’ve definitely heard his work. Ryan is behind tracks like “Black” by Dierks Bentley, “Rewind” by Rascal Flatts and “Southern Style” by Darius Rucker. In 2015, he had his first song hit No. 1 on the charts — Blake Shelton, 40, and Ashley Monroe’s “Lonely Tonight”!
3. He’s breaking out as a singer
Just like Maren, Ryan is ready to start making his vocals the focus of his career. Rather than just writing songs for other artists, he’s started recording on his own, and has already seen success with his hit “Hold You Back” (It’s SO GOOD, guys)! He’s also opened for his girlfriend on tour, as well as Thomas Rhett, 27, so there’s good things to come, for sure.
4. He has an EP
If you’re digging Ryan’s tunes, there’s more where that came from — he has an EP of four songs that’s available on iTunes! Plus, he’s promised that he’s just getting started, so there’ll hopefully be more to come.
5. He’s a college grad
Before pursuing a career in music full-time, Ryan attended Belmont University, graduating with a degree in sociology. Although he considered going to graduate school afterward, he opted to stick to songwriting instead.
HollywoodLifers, do you think Maren and Ryan make a cute couple?!