“Make You Say” is the second collaboration from Zedd and Morris, who previously recorded the 2018 hit single “The Middle.” The new track was co-written by Zedd, Morris, Beauz (sibling DJs Bernie and Johan Yang), Charlie Puth, and Jacob Kasher Hindlin. Zedd remarked in a press release:
I started working on this record with Beauz about three or four years ago. We went back and forth slowly, refining the production over the years, and then Charlie and I got in the studio and wrote the topline for the track. Maren recorded a demo of it and sounded phenomenal, so I met her in Nashville, and we recorded the final vocal to “Make You Say” and she took the song to a whole new level. “Make You Say’ is the kickoff of a new chapter for me and I can’t wait for the world to hear it.
Maren Morris added, “I loved working with Zedd again on ‘Make You Say’ after such a thrill ride with ‘The Middle.’ It’s such a vibey melody and making the music video was definitely a first for me as far as choreography and animation go. The fans are gonna flip.”
Morris issued her latest album, Humble Quest, earlier this year. The 11-track LP followed 2019’s Girl. The new record addresses Morris’ relationship with humility throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as she navigated motherhood and the death of her friend and collaborator Michael Busbee. The album was produced by Greg Kurstin and written by Morris alongside her husband Ryan Hurd, Julia Michaels, Jimmy Robbins, Natalie Hemby, Laura Veltz, and Jon Green on Busbee’s piano.