We all know that country music is at its prime right now, with a wide variety of artists experimenting with bold new sounds. But what if you’re not into country music or any musical genre, for that matter? Well, fear not, because this blog post will bring you up to speed on these 25 new country artists who are breaking the mold and paving the way for future releases.
So grab your cowboy boots and your trucker cap (if you choose), and let’s start introducing a few of these emerging talents.
1. Ashley Cooke
Ashley Cooke was born in 1997. The country singer is well-known for her song “Never ’til Now,” whose YouTube video has received over 100,000 views. She has almost 920,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, where she is hugely well-liked. Over 25 million people have listened to her 2021 single “Between You & Me” on Spotify.
2. Avery Anna
|Full Name||Avery Anna|
|Birthdate||April 17, 1989|
|Birthplace||Visalia, California, U.S.|
|Alma Mater||Mt. San Antonio College|
|Labels||Cupit, Lone Chief, BBR|
|Early Musical Journey||Started performing at a young age|
|Musical Influences||Buck Owens, Glen Campbell, Dolly Parton, Lee Ann Womack|
|Notable Achievements||“Things a Man Oughta Know” reached #1 on Billboard Country Airplay chart|
|Notable Appearances||Supporting act on Jason Aldean’s “Back in the Saddle Tour”|
|Viral Trend||Became the subject of a viral trend on TikTok|
|Relationship Status||Confirmed relationship with Devlin “Duck” Hodges|
Avery Anna is a renowned Singer, Songwriter, Tiktok Star, Model, and Instagram Star from the United States. She has shown up in numerous Videos. She is one of the most heartbreaking young women on TikTok. She was born in the U.S. and currently resides in Nashville, TN. Her Talent gained her a spot on the CMA New Artist Showcase stage in 2016. She has released three singles since then; “Don’t Try”, “Wanna Be Your,” and “Give It To Me.”
3. Boy Named Banjo
Boy Named Banjo, born in 1991, is a banjo player and singer/songwriter with a twist. His banjo is unconventional; it’s made of metal. He also plays the guitar and sings country songs with a metal twist. In 2012, he was invited to perform at the Grand Ole Opry, where he played his original composition, “I’m Gonna Rock Your Face Off,” as well as covers of Hank Williams Jr.’s “Family Tradition” and Lamb Of God’s “Laid to Rest”.
If you’re looking for some foot-stomping, high-energy bluegrass music, look no further than Boy Named Banjo. Known for their modern take on traditional bluegrass, this Nashville-based band will have you tapping your feet and clapping your hands to their lively tunes.
|Full Name||Daniel Gerard Breland|
|Birthdate||July 18, 1995|
|Birthplace||Burlington Township, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Genres||Country rap, R&B, gospel, soul|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, record producer|
|Labels||Bad Realm, Atlantic, Warner Music Nashville|
|– Debut Single||“My Truck”|
|– Billboard Chart Peak||Reached No. 26 on Hot Country Songs chart|
|– Platinum Certification||“My Truck” certified platinum for sales of one million units|
|– EPs Released||Two EPs on Bad Realm Records/Atlantic Records|
|– Full-Length Album||“Cross Country” released in September 2022|
|– Early Musical Exposure||Gospel music from his parents|
|– Secular Music Discovery||Hip-hop, R&B, country, and pop genres|
|– Inspirations||Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder|
|– High School||The Peddie School (New Jersey boarding school)|
|– College||Studied business at Georgetown University|
|– Professional Songwriting||Started career as a songwriter while at Georgetown University|
|– Notable Collaborations||Trey Songz, YK Osiris, Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, and more|
|– Instagram Presence||Engaged fans with original material and challenges|
|– #BrelandVerseChallenge||Started a writing challenge on Instagram during COVID-19|
|– Notable Collaboration||Instagram followers credited on “In the Woulds” with Chase Rice and Lauren Alaina|
|– Song that gained popularity||“My Truck”|
|– Genre and Sound||Introduced a blend of country and hip-hop, coined as “cross country”|
|– Remix with Sam Hunt||Collaborated on a remix of “My Truck”|
|– Chart Success||Reached No. 1 on Spotify’s Viral 50 Chart|
|– EPs||“Breland” (2020), “Rage & Sorrow” (2020)|
|– Debut Album||“Cross Country” (2022)|
|– Apple Music Radio Show||Hosted “Land of the Bre” on Apple Music Country|
|– Songwriting Credits||Co-wrote songs for Keith Urban’s album “The Speed of Now Part 1”|
|Notable Collaborations||Nelly, Sam Hunt, Mickey Guyton, Lauren Alaina, Thomas Rhett, and more|
Daniel Gerard Breland was born in 1995, known professionally as Breland; he blends gospel, soul, country rap, and R&B in his songs as a vocalist, composer, and record producer. His first career was as a gospel musician and songwriter. He is currently signed to the record label SoundCloud as an independent artist.
Breland’s music has earned him several awards, including the Hot New Artist Webby Award from the International Music Group, the Horizon Award from ChristianMusicTours, and the Breakthrough Artist Webby Award.
5. Carter Faith
|Full Name||Carter Faith Jones|
|Stage Name||Carter Faith|
|EP||Let Love Be Love|
|Birthplace||Davidson, North Carolina|
|Siblings||Brother, Older sister|
|Musical Inspiration||Grandfather’s country music tapes|
|Songwriting Start||Began writing lyrics at age 16|
|Education||Graduated from Belmont University (December 2021)|
|Grammy Camp||Performed at Bluebird Café, featured in 2016 Thanksgiving Day Parade|
|Record Deals||Signed with Pound It Out Loud Entertainment and Altadena|
|Recent Achievement||Named Country Rookie of the Month by Billboard (March 2022)|
|Grand Ole Opry Debut||June 2022|
|Latest Single||“Already Crazy” (co-written with Tofer Brown and Lauren Hungate)|
|Opening Act||Ingrid Andress (2023)|
|Song Suffragettes||Member of Song Suffragettes|
Carter Faith Jones, known professionally as Carter Faith, is an American country music singer and songwriter. He sings both original country songs and covers of older country music. His influences include George Strait, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, and Blake Shelton.
If you are looking for a rising star in the country music scene, check out male country singers lists. But let’s talk about Carter Faith. She’s a force to be reckoned with, and her soulful voice won’t leave you disappointed. With her debut single “Said No One Ever,” Carter caught the attention of everyone and proves to be a talent that gonna stay.
6. Chapel Hart
|Full Name||Chapel Hart|
|Origin||Poplarville, Mississippi, U.S.|
|Members||Danica Hart, Devynn Hart, Trea Swindle|
|Notable Achievements||Finished fifth in the seventeenth season of America’s Got Talent|
|Discography||Three studio albums and ten singles|
|Music Video Collaborations||Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), T. Graham Brown, Deborah Allen, Jesse James Dupree, Darius Rucker, Loretta Lynn (prior to her death)|
|Tour Highlights||Invited to debut at the Grand Ole Opry, announced tour dates for 2023|
|Influences||George Strait, Kenny Rogers, Gretchen Wilson, Etta James, classic girl groups|
|Latest Album||“Glory Days” (released in May 2023)|
American country music vocal trio Chapel Hart is from Poplarville, Mississippi. The group consists of brothers Willy (born March 31, 1993), J.T. (born December 7, 1994), and Wyatt Hart (born November 11, 1996). The brothers began performing at local venues and state fairs. In 2016, they released the extended play “Chapel On Fire”. Mike McClure produced it. They then signed to Reviver Records in 2017. They are working on their debut studio album, with McClure producing again.
7. Chayce Beckham
|Full Name||Chayce Beckham|
|Birthdate||July 16, 1996|
|Birthplace||Victorville, California, U.S.|
|Origin||Apple Valley, California|
|Rise to Fame||Winner of the nineteenth season of American Idol|
|Education||Glendora High School, Whitcomb High School|
|Influences||Jim Morrison, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams Jr., Hank Williams Sr.|
|Notable Achievement||First American Idol winner to reach No. 1 with an original song|
Chayce Beckham was born in 1996. He is a singer-songwriter from Apple Valley, California, USA. He is best known for his single “Lover Like You” from his debut E.P., “Til The Sunrise,” released on February 14, 2016. He grew up listening to records by Maroon 5 and Michael Jackson, as well as many other artists that inspired him to create music.
8. Conner Smith
|Full Name||Conner Smith|
|Birthdate||September 16, 2000|
|Birthplace||Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.|
|Notable Singles||“Learn from It”|
|Viral Hit||“I Hate Alabama”|
|Chart Performance||Top 40 on Country Airplay|
|EP Release||Didn’t Go Too Far (2022)|
Conner Smith was born in 2000. He is an American country music singer. He is signed to Big Machine Records’ Valory label and has charted one single on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. Along with Thompson Square, he made his Grand Ole Opry debut on November 7, 2015. Later that month, following the release of his debut single, Smith performed at the CMA Music Festival’s “Nashville Rising” event. He has toured with The Cadillac Three on the “Bubbling Under Hot 30” and “Under the Lights Tour.”
9. Drake Milligan – American Actor and Singer
|Full Name||Drake Milligan – American Actor and Singer|
|Birthdate||June 1, 1998|
|Birthplace||Arlington, Texas, U.S.|
|Labels||BBR, Stoney Creek|
|Notable Portrayals||Elvis Presley on the CMT series “Sun Records”|
|Television Appearances||American Idol, America’s Got Talent|
|American Idol Journey||Competed but withdrew to focus on music career in Nashville|
|Record Deal||Signed with BBR Music Group|
|Notable Song||“Cowgirl for Christmas” (released on October 22, 2021)|
|America’s Got Talent||Finished 3rd place on September 14, 2022|
|Debut Album||“Dallas/Fort Worth” (released on September 15, 2022)|
Drake Milligan was born in Mansfield, Texas. His portrayal of Elvis Presley makes him a well-known actor and performer in America, on the CMT television show Sun Records, and, more recently, for his performances on American Idol and America’s Got Talent.
10. Gabe Lee
Gabe Lee is a country music singer, songwriter, and musician. He was born in Nashville, Tennessee, on September 10, 1987. At age, he started writing songs and playing the guitar nine under the tutelage of his father (and pastor) Phillip Lee. In 2006, he issued his self-titled first album, along with two albums for Sugar Hill Records in 2007 and 2008.
If you’re looking for a country musician who injects a touch of rock n’ roll into his sound, then Gabe Lee is the artist for you. Lee’s music is authentic country with a little bit of edge, and his haunting and powerful voice is sure to captivate you. Long-haired and charming, Lee is definitely an artist to keep an eye on.
11. Jonathan Hutcherson
|Full Name||Jonathan Hutcherson|
|The Voice||Contestant on Season 10, Team Pharrell|
|Hearing Loss||Born with significant hearing loss in both ears|
|Hearing Aids||Wears hearing aids since the age of two|
|Singing Journey||Started singing at an elementary school talent show|
|Local Fan Base||Gained a dedicated fan base in Kentucky|
|Performances||Regularly performs at church, local fairs, and Kentucky Opry|
Music has coursed through Jonathan Hutcherson’s veins since he was a kid. The oldest of his family’s four boys, Hutcherson was raised in Wilmore, KY, a city with a humble population of 5,000. Picking up the singing bug in church, “Victory In Jesus” served as the first song he sang—in front of a congregation while directing the choir, no less.
12. Kat & Alex
Kat & Alex are an acoustic country duo from New York City. The girls were nominated for a CMA New Artist Spotlight in October 2015. They were to RCA Nashville in 2015, and their debut single ‘Killing Me Softly, was released on January 9, 2016. It topped the U.S. iTunes Country chart, while the music video currently has over 7 million views on YouTube.
13. Laci Kaye Booth
Laci Kaye Booth was born in 1995. She participated in the 17th season of American Idol. Laci Kaye Booth, born September 22, 2003, is an American music singer and songwriter. She was a quarter-finalist in the 2016 “The Voice” season at age 13. In January 2017, she signed utilizing Universal Music Group Nashville’s Dot Records, and the first single, “In Between Dances,” was released in April.
14. Morgan Wade
|Full Name||Morgan Wade|
|Birth Name||Morgan Dealie Wade|
|Birthdate||December 10, 1994|
|Label||Thirty Tigers, Arista Nashville|
|Debut Album||“Reckless” (2021)|
|Notable Songs||“Wilder Days,” “Don’t Cry,” “Matches”|
|Additional Albums||“Puppets with My Heart” (credited to The Stepbrothers), “Reckless” (re-release with bonus tracks)|
|Notable Covers||“Suspicious Minds” (Elvis Presley cover)|
|Latest Single||“Psychopath” (lead single from upcoming album)|
|Upcoming Album||August (exact date not specified)|
|Tour||Includes stops in the United Kingdom|
Morgan Dealie Wade was born in 1994. She is an American country music singer. She is signed to Danny Hustle and Republic Nashville, and her debut single, “Trouble with You”, was released in April 2015. Her second single, “Maybe It Was Memphis”, was released in September 2015. Wade’s third single, “We’re Faking Love,” was released on August 29, 2016.
15. Ray Fulcher
Ray Fulcher was born in 1981. He is an American country music artist from Nashville, Tennessee. In 2014, Ray took the next step and made the big move to The Music City. Ray’s current E.P., ‘Here We Go Again,’ landed in the top 10 Country iTunes chart in September 2016, and Ray is busy out on the road every weekend for shows.
|Full Name||Sasha Alex Sloan|
|Birthname||Alexandra Artourovna Yatchenko|
|Also known as||Sasha Yatchenko, Sasha Sloan|
|Born||March 11, 1995 (age 28)|
|Birthplace||Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|Labels||Good Times Recording, RCA|
|Debut Album||Only Child (October 16, 2020)|
|Second Studio Album||I Blame the World (May 13, 2022)|
|Notable Collaborations||– Featured in “Phoenix” by Kaskade|
|Major Performances||– The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (February 6, 2019)|
|Independent Artist||Transitioned to an independent artist since March 27, 2023|
Sascha Röntgen was born in 1972, better known by his stage name Sasha. He is a German singer, songwriter, and occasional actor. She was one of the five contestants eliminated in the Knockout round of Fox’s The Voice’s first season (season 15, in the United States). She is most known for her songs “Goodbye” and “I Miss You,” as well as for her entrance into the program and subsequent performance (January 7, 2017).
17. Spencer Crandall
Spencer Crandall was born in 1994. Heis is a country music singer from Nashville, TN. Blake Shelton first discovered him and signed to his record label in 2012. He has released two singles: “Stay on My Mind” and “Everybody’s Crazy”.
18. Zach Bryan
|Full Name||Zachary Lane Bryan|
|Birthdate||April 2, 1996|
|Origin||Oologah, Oklahoma, United States|
|Genres||Country, neotraditional country, alt-country|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, harmonica|
|Labels||Warner, Belting Broncos|
|Military Career||United States Navy, 2013–2021|
|Rank||Petty Officer Second Class|
|Major-label Debut||American Heartbreak album entered the U.S. Billboard 200 at number five|
|Notable Performances||Grand Ole Opry debut|
|Latest Releases||“Starved” single, “Fifth of May” single, “The Greatest Day of My Life” single|
|Notable Album Releases||DeAnn, Elisabeth, American Heartbreak (triple album)|
|Social Stance||Promoting acceptance and individuality, criticized backlash against Bud Light’s sponsorship|
Zachary Lane Bryan was born in 1996. He is an American singer-songwriter from Oologah, Oklahoma. Zach Bryan is an American singer and songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee. In 2022, Bryan announced he would release his major-label debut – a triple album entitled American Heartbreak – in May 2022. It premiered on the U.S. Billboard 200 at position five with over 70,000 album-equivalent units, marking Bryan’s debut on the chart and the biggest first week for a country album in 2022
If you’re a fan of country music, you need to check out Zach Bryan’s raw and emotional lyrics. With songs like “Condemned” and “Crooked Teeth,” he’ll have you feeling all the feels. Learn more about him and other rising country stars on Hood MWR’s Best New Country Artists.
19. John Michael Montgomery
|John Michael Montgomery||Information|
|Full Name||John Michael Montgomery|
|Birthdate||January 20, 1965|
|Birthplace||Danville, Kentucky, U.S.|
|Origin||Nicholasville, Kentucky, U.S.|
|Labels||Atlantic Nashville, Warner Bros. Nashville, Stringtown|
|Notable Hits||“I Love the Way You Love Me,” “I Swear,” “Be My Baby Tonight,” “Sold,” “The Little Girl”|
|Album Certifications||Multi-platinum, platinum, and gold certifications|
|Notable Awards||ACM Top New Male Vocalist, ACM Song of the Year, ACM Single Record of the Year, CMA Single of the Year, CMA Song of the Year|
|Studio Albums||10 albums including “Life’s a Dance,” “Kickin’ It Up,” “John Michael Montgomery,” “Leave a Mark,” “Brand New Me,” “Pictures,” “Letters from Home,” “Time Flies,” “What I Do the Best,” “Home to You”|
|Hiatus||Placed career on hiatus in 1995 due to a vocal cord injury|
|Rehabilitation||Sought rehab for substance abuse problem and severe anxiety attacks in 2008|
|Founded Label||Established Stringtown Records in 2008|
John Michael Montgomery was born in 1965. He is an American country music singer. He has released eleven studio albums and twenty-one singles, including thirty-six number-one hits on the U.S. “Billboard” Hot Country Songs chart.
20. Drew Parker
|Full Name||Drew Parker|
|Birthdate||29 December 1997 (age 25)|
|Birthplace||Connah’s Quay, Wales|
|Promotions||Big Japan Pro Wrestling (BJW), Attack! Pro Wrestling, Progress Wrestling, Gleat, DDT Pro Wrestling, Game Changer Wrestling (GCW), Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), and more|
|Wrestling Styles||Deathmatches, Tag Team Matches, Battle Royals|
|Championships||BJW Deathmatch Heavyweight Championship, GCW Ultraviolent Championship|
|Notable Matches||– Teamed with Chuck Mambo at ATTACK! Memento Mori for the Attack! Tag Team Championship match|
Drew Parker was born in 1991. He is an American music artist whose growth in the music industry gained much attention in a short period. California Ain’t Kor For Ya, Party in the Back, and “Just Asking” are a few of his well-known rock tunes.