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Every few years, a crop of new artists hit country music that make a big impact.  Sometimes those artists are very young with lots of talent.  Stars like Hunter Hayes and Taylor Swift got started at a very young age and it paid off in number one hits.  Here's a list of some of the youngest stars to ever claim a number one country hit!

1973 - Marie Osmond - 14 Years and 28 days old - PAPER ROSES

Marie holds the record of the youngest person to score a country number one hit.

1957 - Phil Everly of the Everly Bothers - 18 years and 6 months old - BYE BYE LOVE

Phil is the youngest Male to score a country number one

2012 - Hunter Hayes - 21 years and 2 weeks old - WANTED

Hunter now holds the distinction of being the youngest solo male artist to have a number one country hit

1973 - Tanya Tucker - 14 years and 7 months - WHAT'S YOUR MAMA'S NAME

Tanya held the 'youngest with a number one' title all of six months, before Marie Osmond broke the record, being six months younger than Tucker.

1996 - LeAnn Rimes - 15 years old - ONE WAY TICKET (BECAUSE I CAN)

LeAnn recorded her first record for Curb at 13, and released 'Blue' as the first single.  It took her until 15 to reach number one.

1973 - Johnny Rodriguez - 21 Years old - YOU ALWAYS COME BACK TO HURTING ME

Johnny was the youngest male solo act to reach number one until Hunter Hayes hit number one with 'Wanted' last year, three months younger.

1995 - Bryan White - 21 Years Old - SOMEONE ELSE'S STAR

Bryan was just 3 and a half months older than Johnny Rodriguez when he scored his first number one

2001 - Jessica Andrews - 17 Years Old - WHO I AM

She was just 14 when her first single came out, but it took her to 17 to get her one and only number one

2007 - Taylor Swift - 17 Years Old - OUR SONG

She started her run of number ones at 17 and it has yet to stop.  Taylor should find the same kind of sustained success of Tanya Tucker and Marie Osmond if not better!

2010 - Neil Perry of The Band Perry - IF I DIE YOUNG

Neil is one-third of one of the hottest groups around today, and he celebrated his first number one at 20 years and 5 months old, making him the youngest male since Phil Everly to score a number one!



Brett Young (singer)

American singer-songwriter

This article is about the country musician. For the pop singer, see Ace Young.

Musical artist

Brett Charles Young (born March 23, 1981) is an American country pop singer, songwriter and guitarist from Orange County, California.[2] He was a college baseballpitcher but took up songwriting after an elbow injury.[3] His self-titled debut EP, produced by Dann Huff, was released by Republic Nashville on February 12, 2016.[4][5] The lead single, "Sleep Without You", was released on April 11, and he had a major success with his following single, "In Case You Didn't Know". He released his second major label album Ticket to L.A. in 2018.

Early life[edit]

Young was born in Anaheim, Orange County.[1] He attended Calvary Chapel High School in Costa Mesa, California, and then Ole Miss, Irvine Valley College, and Fresno State.[6][7] He started singing in the late 1990s when he stepped in to replace an absent leader of the band during a Christian worship meeting at high school.[7]

Young was a pitcher on his high school baseball team and led the squad to a CIF championship. He went to Ole Miss on a baseball scholarship in 1999 after turning down pre-draft selection by both Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Minnesota Twins.[8][9] In his one season on the Rebel baseball team in 2000, he earned a varsity letter and posted two wins and two saves. He then lettered for one season at Irvine Valley before moving to Fresno.[10] However, his pursuit of a professional baseball career was cut short by an elbow injury while at Fresno in 2003.[11][12]

Music career[edit]

According to Young, he was inspired by Gavin DeGraw after he heard his album Chariot as well as singer/songwriter Jeffrey Steele and decided to return to music.[7] Young independently released a self-titled four-song EP in 2007,[13] then Make Believe in 2011,[14] followed by the albums Brett Young,[15]On Fire,[16] and Broken Down in 2012–13.[17]

After eight years based in Los Angeles, Young moved to Nashville.[18] He was soon signed by the Big Machine Label Group in August 2015.[19]

2016–present: Brett Young EP and album[edit]

Brett Young performing in 2017

In February 2016, Young released a six-song self-titled EP.[11] "Sleep Without You" was released as the first single from the EP in April 2016. Young wrote the song with Justin Ebach and Kelly Archer.[20] The second single to be released from the album "In Case You Didn't Know", was released January 9, 2017. The song reached number one on the Country Airplay chart,[21] and was certified triple Platinum by RIAA.[22] The album's third single, "Like I Loved You" released to country radio on July 17, 2017.

On February 10, 2017, Young released his self-titled debut studio album Brett Young. The album was produced by Dann Huff, and released through Big Machine Label Group. It debuted at number two on the Top Country Albums chart. Brett is currently touring with his band which includes lead guitarist Keaton Simons, drummer Billy Hawn, Keys/guitarist Matt Ferranti, and bass guitarist Noah Needleman.

2018–2020: Ticket to L.A.[edit]

In December 2018, Young released his sophomore album Ticket to L.A..[23] The lead single for the album, "Here Tonight", which he co-wrote with Ben Caver, Justin Ebach and Charles Kelley, was released in September 2018.[24] It reached at number one on the Country Airplay in April 2019. The album's second single, "Catch" released to country radio on June 3, 2019.

2020–present: Weekends Look a Little Different These Days[edit]

In April 2020, Young released the single "Lady", which he wrote about his wife and daughter.[25] It serves as the lead-off single to his third studio album Weekends Look a Little Different These Days, which was released on June 4, 2021.[26] "Lady" reached number one on the Country Airplay chart in April 2021. The album's second single "Not Yet" was released the same month.

Personal life[edit]

In February 2018, Young got engaged to his girlfriend Taylor Mills.[27] The couple wed in Palm Desert, California on November 3, 2018. On April 6, 2019, they announced they are expecting their first child in the fall 2019.[28][29] Their daughter Presley was born on October 21, 2019.[30] On January 27, 2021, the announced they are expecting their second child in the summer 2021.[31] Their second daughter Rowan was born on July 21, 2021.


Brett Young discography
Studio albums6
Music videos7
No. 1 singles6

Studio albums[edit]

Extended plays[edit]


Featured singles[edit]

Other charted songs[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Television appearances[edit]



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Hottest men in country music

By Editors11:37am PDT, Apr 4, 2019

Country music's biggest stars will be descending on Las Vegas for the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 7, 2017, which also means we'll be seeing our favorite male country crooners donning their skintight Levi's, ten-gallon hats and customized cowboy boots. From Blake Shelton to Brad Paisley, keep reading as rounds up the hottest men in country music. First up, the incredibly handsome Jake Owen! This smokin'-hot country crooner is back on the market after his marriage of three years ended in 2015. Keep reading to see even more country cuties…

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Arguably one of the biggest hunks in country music, Sam Hunt also happens to be incredibly romantic. But sorry, ladies, he's off the market! The musician recently spoke to CMT about prioritizing his upcoming wedding over new music, saying, "I am working on new music and new songs. I'll continue to do that throughout the spring and summer. But that will be priority No. 2 behind planning a wedding and hanging with my fiancée, who will be my wife." Swoon!

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Super-dreamy Luke Bryan knows how to sing the hits. With songs like "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)" and "Drunk on You," this Sigma Chi alum clearly knows how to have a good time!

Megastar Tim McGraw was a no-brainer addition to this list, since there's no doubt that he will be forever hot! One of his greatest achievements, of course, is landing the incredibly talented Faith Hill. Not only has their love lasted longer than the celeb status quo, but together, they constitute country music royalty.

After selling more than 12 million albums, it's no wonder that Brad Paisley remains one of country music's hottest stars. But don't let his adorable good looks fool you: He's a devoted family man who has been honored for his vast amount of charity work. What a solid, good guy!

Country cutie Thomas Rhett not only makes his own hits — he pens them for others! He's written for Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line and also puts out hit after hit of his own. And if we didn't already love his signature scruff, the lyrics to "Die a Happy Man" would have sealed the deal!

Kenny Chesney most recently hit the road for his Spread the Love tour alongside Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion and Sam Hunt. He's an OG country hunk who breaks hearts every time he steps on stage.

Don't let Kip Moore's rugged good looks fool you — his edgy country tunes are based on real-life experiences on the "roller coaster of love and heartbreak." That's enough to make our hearts swoon.

Josh Turner's album, "Punching Bag," may have been inspired by one of those days when life's got you down. But with those piercing blue eyes and rich, deep voice, we bet that this hunk can make any country fan's day a little brighter.

Country crooner Keith Urban landed one of the most famous ladies in Hollywood, Nicole Kidman, and for those familiar with his tunes, it's no surprise. The handsome Aussie pens sweet, heartfelt love songs and has established himself as one of the world's most celebrated country music stars.

Jason Aldean has done his best to set himself apart from other country superstars with his Georgia drawl-tinged singing voice and impressive guitar melodies. But it's his small-town charm that really makes him stand out against the crowd, don't you think?

Country hitmaker Dierks Bentley couldn't have instructed fans better when he labeled a song "Come a Little Closer," because that's exactly what his admirers want to do! Fans go crazy over both his striking good looks and fun-loving country tunes.

Once voted People magazine Country's Hottest Guy in 2012, Blake Shelton is known for being one of the genre's biggest stars. Since then, this sexy superstar has been drawing in fans with his charming ways on NBC's "The Voice." And even though he's technically been taken off the market by the equally famous Gwen Stefani, we can still dream!

He's not just a pretty face! Chase Rice is immensely talented. Aside from his own successful country career, Chase is responsible for co-writing smash country hits like Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise." The Florida-born hunk is also an adventurer — he took part in the 2015 season of "Survivor," entitled "Survivor: Nicaragua," and made it all the way to the runner-up spot!

Steve Grand is not only gorgeous but a trailblazer in country music. The singer broke onto the scene with his 2013 hit "All-American Boy" and made a name for himself as the first openly gay male country star. Now besides being a good-looking country crooner, Steve's also an advocate for LGBT equality.

Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard make up one of the biggest acts in country music, Florida Georgia Line, and definitely have us under their spell. Aside from their catchy country lyrics, they're also pretty easy on the eyes. Too bad they're both off the market!

Despite barely ever seeing our next hunk sans sunglasses, Eric Church still manages to break hearts on the stage. With plenty of No. 1 hits and his special brand of country-rock swagger, there's no way we couldn't include him amongst the hottest male country music stars.

Easton Corbin is the real deal, cowboy. He may have grown up in the smallest county in Florida raising and showing cattle, but ever since he was a little kid, he knew he wanted to be a country singer. And thankfully for us, his good looks and sweet vocals catapulted him from a one-stoplight town into the spotlight for us all to admire.

The man behind "Mean to Me" just had to be irresistible! Brett Eldredge not only pens some lovely lyrics, but is also pretty lovely looking. Need more proof? He once dated Victoria's Secret model Rachel Hilbert.

Billy Gilman - One Voice (Official Video)

Billy Gilman

American singer (born 1988)

Musical artist

William Wendell Gilman III (born May 24, 1988) is an American singer. Starting as a young country artist, he is known for his debut single "One Voice", a top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and a top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 2000. He has released five albums, including three for Epic Nashville. In 2016, Gilman auditioned for season 11 of the US edition of The Voice and competed as part of Team Adam Levine, finishing as runner-up for the season.

Early life[edit]

Gilman was born on May 24, 1988, in Westerly, Rhode Island. He was raised in Hope Valley, Rhode Island, in the town of Richmond.[1] He is the son of Frances "Fran" (Woodmansee) and William Wendell "Bill" Gilman, Jr., who works in maintenance.[2][3][4] Gilman began singing before he was in school, and gave his first public performance at the age of seven. At the age of nine, Gilman was discovered by Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel, who helped him record demos.[1] Gilman was then signed to Epic Records Nashville in 2000.


Gilman's debut single "One Voice", became a top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number 38.[5] It also became a top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 2000.[6] 11 years old at the time, he became the youngest artist to ever have a top 40 single on the country chart.[7][8]

His debut album, also called One Voice was released on June 20, 2000 on Epic Records, and was certified double platinum in the United States.[9] The album included the title track "One Voice" and the follow-up singles "Oklahoma" and "There's a Hero". The single "Oklahoma" was released on October 9, 2000 making it to the Billboard Hot Country Songs top 40 peaking at number 33. It also cracked the main Hot 100 chart peaking at number 63.[5]

Gilman was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for his debut single "One Voice"[7] and was nominated for Best Country Song for the songwriters, Don Cook and David Malloy.[10]

Gilman released a Christmas album in 2000 titled Classic Christmas which went gold,[11] followed on May 8, 2001 by his second album Dare to Dream,[1] which was certified gold, although its singles "Elisabeth" and "She's My Girl" both fell short of top 40 on the Billboard country singles charts peaking at numbers 50 and 56 respectively.[6] After Dare to Dream, Gilman's voice began to noticeably change because of the onset of puberty, forcing him temporarily to withdraw from singing.[9][12]

His final album for Epic was released on April 15, 2003 and was entitled Music Through Heartsongs: Songs Based on the Poems of Mattie J.T. Stepanek. The tracks were based on poems written by the child poet Mattie Stepanek, a poet with muscular dystrophy who died in 2004,[1] almost one year after the album's release.

Gilman signed to Image Entertainment in 2005 for the release of his fifth album, Everything and More.[13] A self-titled album Billy Gilman followed in 2006.[14]

The Voice[edit]

Main article: The Voice (U.S. season 11)

In 2016, Gilman auditioned for season 11 of the US edition of The Voice. The emotional introduction piece showed him with his supportive parents clearly introducing him as a child star and the fact that he had come out as gay in 2014. He was shown declaring to The Voice host Carson Daly backstage: "I had to come to grips with being gay... I took a long time to rebuild vocally, but it was coming back, and then coming to grips with who I was personally, I also came to grips with who I was as a singer. You know, I love my country music roots, but deep down, I really always wanted to be a pop singer. It's actually nerve-racking to stand here and just be 100 percent me. There's only one shot to reinvent myself."[15]

In the blind audition broadcast on September 20, 2016, Gilman sang Adele's song "When We Were Young". Gilman impressed all four judges, Adam Levine, Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys and Blake Shelton with his performance. Adam Levine was the first to turn his chair around soon after Gilman started singing, with Miley Cyrus following shortly thereafter. Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys turned around at the very end of the performance. Once Gilman introduced himself to the coaches, both Shelton and Cyrus said they recognized him from his childhood career with Shelton mentioning Gilman's hit "One Voice". Gilman chose to continue the competition as part of Team Adam Levine.[16]

In the battle round, Levine matched Gilman with teammate Andrew DeMuro both performing Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror" and opted for Gilman to stay for the knockouts round[17] where he confronted teammate Ponciano Seoane singing "Fight Song". Levine opted to pick him for the live rounds.[18] In the inaugural live playoffs broadcast, he sang "Crying" from Roy Orbison and was one of two contestants from Team Adam to be saved by the public vote[19] the other being his teammate Josh Gallagher. Based on this vote, he moved to the top 12 live stage of the competition.[20]

In the first live show, he sang Queen's "The Show Must Go On".[21] followed in week two of live shows by "All I Ask" from Adele[22] and in week three by "Anyway" from Martina McBride all three with a standing ovation from the public and from all four judges.[23] "Anyway" reached number four on iTunes allowing Gilman the advantage of multiplying the vote (sales) totals he got on the iTunes chart published immediately after the broadcast by five.[24] In the semi-final, he performed "I Surrender" from Celine Dion, again with standing ovation from all four judges.[25] For a second week in a row, Gilman's performance, this time for "I Surrender" featured at number one on iTunes allowing him to benefit from the five times multipliers vote totals again.[26] On December 6, 2016, Gilman qualified to the final of season 11 of The Voice.[27]

In the final four broadcast on December 12, 2016, Gilman performed "My Way", a cover of Frank Sinatra, then performed "Bye Bye Love" from The Everly Brothers as a duet with his coach and mentor Adam Levine, to finish with his original, "Because of Me", which was originally going to be a Maroon 5 track, but Levine decided it would be an appropriate winner's song for Gilman.[28] Closing the finale broadcast on December 13, Gilman became the season 11 runner-up when Sundance Head was declared the winner.[29]

Performances on The Voice[edit]

  – Studio version of performance reached the top 10 on iTunes.

Charities and activism[edit]

The first time Billy appeared on the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon was in September 2001. Two years later, in 2003, he began serving as the Muscular Dystrophy Association's National Youth Chairman. He served six terms, from 2003 to 2008. As of 2017, he is still a celebrity ambassador for MDA and continues to perform on many of their charity drives.[30]

In April 2012, Gilman collaborated with other country artists and released a charity single, "The Choice", for Soles4Souls, a shoe charity with proceeds going for purchase of shoes for needy children worldwide.[31] In addition for Gilman as spokesman for the charity song and lead singer on it, 18 top country singers also took part in support. The track features vocals from Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, Craig Morgan, Josh Turner, Kenny Rogers, LeAnn Rimes, Steve Holy, Kellie Pickler, Keith Urban, Wynonna Judd, Rodney Atkins, Amy Grant, Montgomery Gentry, Diamond Rio, Vince Gill, Richie McDonald, Ronnie Milsap and Randy Travis.[32]

Gilman was the host of the 2014 Artists Music Guild's AMG Heritage Awards. His co-host for the event was Mallory Lewis and the puppet Lamb Chop. Gilman also took home the statue for the 2014 AMG Heritage Mainstream Artist of the Year.[33][34]

In popular culture[edit]

In 2000, Gilman appeared on the tribute album Country Goes Raffi, performing the Raffi song "Baby Beluga".[35] In 2000, he also appeared on the television special Twas the Night Before Christmas singing seasonal songs.[36]

On September 7 and September 10, 2001, Gilman performed the song "Ben" at Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration in New York which was later televised. It was originally sung by Jackson himself in 1972.[37]

Gilman was also on the album Dream A Dream by Welsh soprano Charlotte Church, singing the title track as a featured vocalist with her. The song is for voice and orchestra based on Fauré's Pavane Op. 50 ("Elysium").[38]

In 2002, Gilman took part in a reading for the then Broadway-bound musical A Tale of Two Cities, in which he played "The Young Man", who is Madame DeFarge's brother.[39]

In 2003, he appeared in the short documentary Our Country; and in 2005, he released the promotional documentary Billy Gilman: The Making of Everything and More through Image Entertainment.[40]

Personal life[edit]

Gilman originated from Hope Valley, Rhode Island where he lived with his parents and his younger brother Colin as a young singer.[41] He was also interviewed on Entertainment Tonight about his coming out on November 21, 2014, just one day after Ty Herndon had appeared on the same program.[42]

In a video posted on November 20, 2014, Gilman came out as gay.[43] He released his video titled "My Story by Billy Gilman" on One Voice Productions YouTube page only hours after another country singer Ty Herndon had come out. Gilman said in the video that Herndon's public acknowledgement inspired him to do the same.[44]

On March 16, 2017, he was honored in two separate ceremonies in the Rhode Island Senate[45][46] and the House of Representatives[47][48] for his successes and for representing Rhode Island as an artist.


Main article: Billy Gilman discography

Studio albums
Compilation albums


Grammy Awards[edit]

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Gilman received one nomination.

American Music Awards[edit]


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Top Ten Rising Country Artists

Who’s next? That’s a question every country music fan finds themselves asking from time to time.

We’ve taken into consideration input from our fantastic Grizzly Rose fans, the Country Music Association, and the Academy of Country Music to compile our complete list of the top ten rising country artists this year. Here’s who we’ve chosen…

1. Luke Combs

Luke Combs Rising Country Artist

Luke Combs, a native of North Carolina, is the winner of this year’s Academy of Country Music New Male Artist of the Year. From a very early age, he loved country music. As a teen he balanced playing football and singing in groups.

This country music singer and songwriter has signed a deal with Sony Music Nashville. His debut single, Hurricane” on the album This One’s For You, reached number one in May of 2017. The album was on the Billboard Top 200 Albums its first week. Other singles besides “Hurricane” include: “When It Rains It Pours”, “One Number Away”, and “She Got the Best of Me”. All four have reached Number One on Country Airplay.

2. Ashley McBryde

Rising Country Artists

Ashley McBryde grew up in Mammoth Springs, Arkansas. She picked up her dad’s guitar as a teen. A graduate of Arkansas State University, Ashley released her first album in 2007. The two-time winner of the Country Showdown now lives in Nashville. In 2019, she was named Academy of Country Music’s New Female Artist of the Year.

Her distinctive voice has been called “raw” and “bourbon-soaked”. The former waitress at CiCi’s, Ashley got her start performing in churches, children’s groups, and restaurants. The American Idol singer/songwriter co-wrote all the songs on her sophomore album.

3. Josh Ward

Rising Country MusiciansA native of Texas, Josh Ward describes his work ethic as “all grit and no quit”.

This country singer is best known for his albums “Promises” and “Hard Whiskey”. Several of his songs have reached the top ten on Texas country stations.
Before he broke into country music, Josh was a rodeo performer where he sang and played guitar after his rodeo show.

A long-time fan of Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, Josh and his wife Heather have two children and live in Nashville.

4. Casey Donahew

Rising Country Singers

Casey Donahew grew up in Burleson, Texas where he sang in the Casey Donahew Band. While he was in high school, he began to write and sing his own songs. His album, “Raw—Real in the Vile” reach the top thirty.

Donahew and his wife Melinda have methodically built up his career over the past decade. They’ve worked to attract fans on social media and show by show. His latest CD, Double Wide Dreams, is a long way up the success ladder from his first show at the Thirsty Armadillo in Fort Worth.

5. Cody Johnson

Rising Country Stars

Texas native Cody Johnson left a successful career as a rodeo bull rider to pursue a career as a country singer-songwriter. He has released six albums independently. Now recording for Warner Music Nashville, his new album Ain’t Nothin’ to It, is rising on the charts.

Inspired by the style of Tim McGraw and Garth Brooks, Johnson is admired for his mellow baritone voice, his story ballads and his smooth southern charm. His songs are a delightful combination of Texas twang and polished musical backup instrumental.

6. Dustin Lynch

Up and Coming Country Singers

In his relatively brief career, Lubbock, Texas native Dustin Lynch already has six number one hits. Three of them came from his album, Where It’s At. This is a major departure from his high school wish to play football. Maybe the fact that he didn’t make the team worked to his advantage.

With Garth Brooks as his inspiration, Dustin is an old-fashioned kind of Texas gentleman. This comes through in his songs and his interviews. No wonder female fans swoon over this handsome rising star. Lately, they’ve been asking him to sign their foreheads at the concert.

7. Andrew Hyatt

Dustin Lynch Rising Country Star

CMA nominee and a fan favorite Andrew Hyatt is called one of Canada’s most promising voices. In Nashville, he is known as the man who has nickel bones and a Nashville soul. This is because he worked in his hometown at the Sudbury nickel mine. Hyatt released his well-received debut album, Iron and Ashes, in 2017. The title song, “On Me” reached the top of the charts.

Hyatt went on a national tour with fellow countryman Dallas Smith. They formed a bond which turned into a deal with Dallas’ label, Steelhead Music.

8. Granger Smith

Granger Smith Rising Country Artist

American singer-songwriter Granger Smith sometimes performs as Earl Dibbles, Junior. On the country music scene for twenty years, he has released nine studio albums and a live album. Best known for his song, “Backroad Song” Granger and his wife are expecting their third child.

The three-time White House performer taught himself to play the guitar as a teenager and quickly started playing shows. Moving to Nashville nearly twenty years ago, Granger released his first album the year he started college. His first major album was “Remington” which he released this March.

9. Lauren Alaina

New Country Stars

CMA nominee New Artist of the Year, twenty-four-year-old Lauren Alaina Kristine Suddeth is a Rossville Georgia native. Runner-up for the tenth season of “American Idol” this singer/songwriter released her debut album, Wildflower, in 2011. This was followed by Road Less Traveled in 2017. She has toured with her idols, Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton. She has also dueted with rising star Kane Brown.

10. Chris Janson

2019 Rising Country Musicians

CMA nominee New Artist of the Year was born in Perryville Missouri. Growing up near the Mississippi River, Janson claims he has country in his soul. A self-released album, Buy Me a Boat, landed Chris at the top of the country charts and took him to fame as a self-proclaimed “unpredictable entertainer”.

The thirty-year-old is the co-writer of Tim McGraw’s “Truck, Yeah”. A master of many instruments, Janson played the harmonica on Lee Bryce’s Hard 2 Love” album.


And there you have it! That’s our take on the top ten rising country artists right now!

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Top 50 Male Country Singers Part Two

Here Are 17 New Country Artists to Watch in 2021

2020 was certainly a crazy year for veteran and new artists alike. With no ability to tour, recording artists had to come up with new and unique ways to get their music out to fans. Though we were confined to our homes, creativity was at an all time high as several of these artists are now poised to have a breakout year in 2021.

Here are 17 rising country artists to watch in 2021 (in alphabetical order).

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Ashlie Amber 

After her father passed away when she was 12 years old, music became a safe space for Ashlie Amber, one she’s turned into a blossoming career. As a burgeoning country star backed by glossy pop-country production and dreamy vocals, Amber sings of all kinds of love, ranging from the young and heart-fluttering to finding “Revenge” in being happy again, all while harboring the gift of presenting heartache in her own gentle way. 2020 saw the release of the Colorado native’s debut single “Almost Love,” building on that momentum with “My Revenge” and current single “Fight With You,” setting the stage for an even brighter 2021. - Cillea Houghton


Imagine an apartment house where Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers and The Lumineers all live under the same roof, and you’ll understand what Bexar sounds like. Fronted and founded by Chris Ryan and Logan Turner, the band’s name is pronounced “Bear” and it’s named after the Texas county where Ryan grew up, but this is an only-in-Nashville kind of partnership. They met after a random co-writing matchup and quickly discovered something greater than the sum of its parts, fusing Turner’s progressive-roots musicianship and Ryan’s charismatic storytelling. Check out the propulsive “Again” for a preview of their organic country pop. - Chris Parton

Priscilla Block

2020 was a blockbuster year for Priscilla Block, the breakout star whose Tik Tok stardom led her to a record deal with one of the most prestigious record labels in Music City. Block is like country music’s Meghan Trainor, sharing unflinching honesty with with such relatable lyrics as “I can’t be the only one who likes/Extra fries over exercise” on “Thick Thighs,” with a radio-friendly voice to match. But when “Just About Over You” shot to the top of the iTunes country chart based on the sheer number of social media fans who rallied behind her, it became clear that Block wasn’t just an overnight sensation pivoting the success into the next phase of her career, singing to UMG Nashville. Block’s undeniable voice, self-made status and loyal following prime her to be one of the most attention-worthy country acts in 2021. - CH

Tyler Booth

The Kentucky native and Sony Nashville/Villa 40 artist is country as it gets. At just 23, Tyler Booth’s artistry is rooted deep in traditional country. With a signature baritone comparable to the likes of Randy Travis, Trace Adkins, Blake Shelton and Josh Turner, Booth truly stands out in the crop of rising newcomers. His reverence for classic country and the authentic hillbilly lifestyle is evident in his catalog of songs. “87 Octane” is a foot-stomping anthem, “Long Comes a Girl” is a good old ode to romance, and a new holiday original, “Mary’s Arms,” highlights the singer’s gift of songwriting and Christian faith. In 2019, Booth also collaborated with Brooks & Dunn on a remake of “Lost and Found,” off the duo’s critically-acclaimed Reboot album. - Jeremy Chua

Shy Carter

With the country genre expanding in almost every direction, Shy Carter knows where he’s headed — straight “up.” Already a hit songwriter in pop and hip hop (Charlie Puth, Meghan Trainor, Nelly), his country philosophy is all about feel-good positivity, and he’s used it to help create standouts for Kane Brown (“Worldwide Beautiful”) and Keith Urban (“When God Whispered Your Name”), among others. Now it’s his turn at the mic. Check out “Good Love” and “All Night” for some of the best mood-boosting vocals in the game, and a transcendent sound best described as modern country soul. - CP

Curt Chambers 

With influences ranging from Eminem to Florida Georgia Line, you can bet that Curt Chambers’ sound can’t be confined to a genre box. While the Grammy nominated artist has co-written tracks for a range of artists including Eminem, Lenny Kravitz and Jamie Foxx, it’s his guitar skills that make him especially noteworthy which establish a comforting and familiar feeling to his wide-ranging songs. With a smooth voice and feel-good vibe that often runs through his songs, the catchy “Good Thing” proves that Chamber is just that on the modern country landscape, while the sobering “Different Views” proves the power he holds in sharing the truth of the world we live in. Watch for Chambers’ star to continue rising in 2021. - CH


Everette is named after a character in the classic movie, O’ Brother Where Art Thou? But the duo of Brent Rupard and Anthony Olympia very much unique to themselves. With red hot dueling guitars and a “hanging-with-the-boys” vibe, their country rock is filled with clever lyrics, descriptive stories and a sense of humor that missing in most of today’s super-serious scene. The first half of their debut album, Kings of the Dairy Queen Parking Lot, established their nothing-fancy territory, filled with tunes that will leave listeners rolling on the floor, dancing and feeling grateful for life’s big little blessings. - CP

Andrew Jannakos 

Like Block, Andrew Jannakos has experienced firsthand the power of social media in catapulting one’s career. After charming audiences with his rendition of Luke Combs’ “Beautiful Crazy” when auditioning for season 16 of The Voice, Jannakos maneuvered that success over to TikTok, where a video of him singing his debut single “Gone Too Soon” has been viewed more than 10 million times. Equipped with a voice like Sam Hunt’s that tailor made for country radio and production to match, his slick style got the attention of Sony Music Nashville where he’s signed a record deal, poised to become one of 2021’s breakout stars. - CH


Formed in Pittsburgh and still steeped in Steel Town grit, Lakeview is the emerging duo of Jesse Denaro and Luke Healy – and they’ve quickly carved out a niche in Music City. With Denaro on vocals and Healy on guitars and harmony, they work with a sleek Nashville-rock sound, expertly crafted country hooks and a splash of pop-punk attitude, fusing each song with a distinctive Rust Belt edge. Five 2020 tracks show both workingman toughness and tender hearts, as the brothers in arms tap flat-broke fun with “Poor Me,” claim their territory with “In Case You Forgot (My Hometown)” and more. - CP

kameron marlowe

Kameron Marlowe

When Kameron Marlowe turned his heartbreak into song, the country music world listened. While fans were initially introduced to Marlowe as a contestant on season 15 of The Voice, his debut single “Giving You Up” — inspired by the real-life heartbreak he experienced when his ex dumped him days before he was planning to propose — is what captured their attention. His growing catalogue proves he can cater to all audiences, whether solidifying a spot as a modern country star with “Giving You Up” to calling back to a classic era of country music, layered with his gritty voice like on “Leavin’ to Me.” Watch for this sharp songwriter and vocalist to continue cultivating his talent in the new year. - CH

Kären McCormick

Kären McCormick 

Kären McCormick doesn’t have your typical country music backstory, which is part of what makes her so unique. Born in Congo and raised in Washington state, McCormick is leaving her mark on country music with a warm, inviting voice married with the kind of tender-hearted lyrics that made Taylor Swift a superstar. McCormick’s talent has already won over her peers, opening a pair of shows on Kelsea Ballerini’s Unapologetically Tour in 2018, followed by an opening slot on Walker Hayes’ 2019 tour. Her 2020 debut EP Retroshowcases her gorgeous vocals and sunny melodies that whisk the listener off to a whimsical place, making one feel young-at-heart. With a follow-up release expected to land in early 2021, McCormick is clearly just getting started on her bright future in the genre. - CH

Walker Montgomery

As the son of John Michael Montgomery and nephew to Montgomery Gentry’s Eddie Montgomery, this young artist is bound to score attention just because of his country-star bloodline. But like his famous family, Walker Montgomery is worthy of his own consideration. With a dynamic vocal that features just the right amount of Kentucky rumble, his sound strikes a balance between the ‘90s and today. “Like My Daddy Done It,”“Saving for a Rainy Night” and “Bad Day to Be a Beer” have already been released, and with hit maker Dallas Davidson as his mentor, the sky could be the limit. - CP

Kylie Morgan 

There’s a charming air that surrounds Kylie Morgan, something that the country music industry picked up on years ago. Morgan exudes a demure, yet confident stage presence in her videos that she supports with a distinct voice, whether as a self-professed “Boys Girl,” a heartbreaker in “Break Things” or self-aware hypocrite on “Cuss a Little.” The Oklahoma native has long received support from the CMA from being named a “Who New to Watch” at the mere age of 12 to being inaugurated into the 2020 CMA KixStart program, and a pair of Nashville’s best songwriters also recognize Morgan’s gifts, as she’s earned a publishing deal under Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne’s SMACKSongs. With her debut album on the horizon, expect Morgan to make a sound impression in the new year. - CH

Ian Munsick

There’s always been a certain aura to the idea of the American West, and Ian Munsick seems to embody that mystic charm. A Wyoming-born true son of the Rockies, he stands out in both style and substance, with a playful dress code and an anything-goes sense of melody – but Munsick is no novelty act. He’s tamed a soaring falsetto to fly higher than the mountains, and matches pop power to anthemic tracks rooted in the rugged landscape of his home. Check out “Long Haul” and “Mountain Time” to hear how he’s repping a rich culture and region that is usually overlooked. - CP

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Restless Road

You may be familiar with Restless Road from their early beginnings on The X Factor in 2013. The group won over fans with seamless harmonies after being combined together by the show’s judges. After the show, the trio went through a member change and brief hiatus, before deciding to give their musical dreams another go. Zach Beeken, Colton Pack and Garrett Nichols were taken under the wing of superstar Kane Brown (whom they met during The X Factor) and with his help, they released a self-titled EP, featuring the songs “Take Me Home” and “One Step Ahead,” in 2020. The buzz and fan excitement from the EP has the trio fired up for a big year in 2021! - Lauren Laffer

Brittney Spencer

As a Black woman trying to break through in mainstream country, Brittney Spencer has had her work cut out for her – but her talent is thankfully too obvious to ignore. She was recently called out as an inspiration by Maren Morris at the 2020 CMA Awards, and before that scored impressed shout-outs from Amanda Shires, Natalie Hemby and others. With a breathy vocal presence and lyrics that demand repeated listening, she’s definitely got some sharp tools to work with. Spencer taps into sassy fun on “Damn Right, You’re Wrong,” and plays the bad guy in the brilliant, soul-searching “Sorrys Don’t Work No More.”- CP



Tiera is one of country music’s most promising emerging stars for more reasons than one. Press play on any one of Tiera’s songs and you’ll instantly be met with a sweet, yet enduring voice that has a way of pulling the listener in to what she has to say. The Birmingham native demonstrates this on the romantic ode to her now-fiancé Kamren Kennedy, “Found it in You,” while her bubbly new single “Shut it Down” delivers all the feel-good vibes. These are just two examples of why Tiera became the flagship songwriter on Songs & Daughters’ newly launched publishing division in 2020. With an EP in the works, it’s safe to say that Tiera has an illustrious future in store. - CH

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