Up-and-coming artist Joy Oladokun and Maren Morris team up for new song 'Bigger Man': Listen
"Apparently this whole thing is not a dream," Joy Oladokun wrote on social media this week. "...I have a song coming out with Maren Morris."
On the contrary, any Nashville musician worth their salt should be pinching themselves to work with Oladokun, among the most exciting talents this city has seen in years.
The Arizona-born, East Nashville-based singer-songwriter is set to release her major-label debut, "in defense of my own happiness" later this year —after a breakout 2020 that included a wave of critical acclaim for her self-released efforts, a pivotal song placement on TV's "This Is Us," and her late-night debut on "The Tonight Show."
On Friday, Oladukon and Morris released their new duet, "Bigger Man." Penned by the artists along with Jimmy Robbins and Laura Veltz, it's a song about having to take the high road — even if you've worked hard to reach equal footing in the first place.
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"I've pedaled upstream where the river ran," they harmonize in the chorus.
"I've turned sticks and stones to an olive branch/ I've made a full house from a (expletive) hand/ Yet, here I am, still gotta be bigger than the bigger man."
Robbins and Veltz also co-wrote Morris' award-winning hit "The Bones" with the country star. In a note she shared along with "Bigger Man's" release, Oladokun says the song was written on the same day she first met her three co-writers.
“We were bouncing ideas around the room, and I had this song idea that came to mind when I was meditating that morning. The idea was about being the bigger man. In my life, I sometimes experience being the youngest and the most inexperienced, and yet I have to conduct myself as though I am way above my years or my maturity. I think it’s an old feeling, especially for women and people of color, of having to be stronger, better, brighter, and harder working at everything just to get a shot. We wrote from that place and the song was born—I’m really proud of what we did. I’m also excited about the friendship and the things that were born out of it. I hope it helps people in the same way that it has helped me.”
On top of her major-label debut, Oladokun has lots to look forward to in the coming months, including an appearance at Bonnaroo and a string of dates supporting Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit.