1. Kip Moore
Kip Moore often lies awake in bed at night. Melodies and lyrics swirl through his head. Sometimes they’ll dissipate as seamlessly as they first arrived. Other times, the singer-songwriter can do nothing but begin singing them aloud. It frees his ever-churning mind. It allows him to continually discover his own voice. It grounds him. Most importantly, for a man prone to bouts of self-doubt, it reassures Moore that his path is a righteous one. “I have a complete sense of calm right now,” the singer-songwriter says. “During this whole journey, as down as I’ve gotten at times, I’ve done this thing my way. I don’t have any regrets. I’m always looking ahead.” Read more…
2. Luke Combs
With gritty, grizzled vocals, brazen songwriting talent and one hell of a live show, River House Artists/Columbia Nashville’s Luke Combs stormed onto country music landscape as a force to be reckoned with. Named a 2017 Artist To Watch by Amazon Music, Billboard, Bobby Bones, CMT, Huffington Post, Nashville Lifestyles, Pandora & Rolling Stone, the 27 year-old Asheville, North Carolina native released his debut This One’s For You, on June and opened with 43,000 total activity in sales & consumption, making it the largest album debut from a new country artist in 2017. Heralded as a dynamic debut album (Entertainment Weekly) and “one of the most anticipated albums of the year” (Rolling Stone), This One’s For You debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Read more…
3. Kane Brown
Tennessee’s Kane Brown is a contemporary country singer/songwriter blessed with a rich baritone voice. Raised by a single mom, Brown grew up in Redbank, Tennessee, where he first became interested in music while in high school. Initially attracted to R&B, Brown decided to focus on country after winning an 11th grade talent contest with his rendition of Chris Young‘s “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song).” Buoyed by that success, Brown began posting videos online of covers of songs by Brantley Gilbert, Alan Jackson, and others. He quickly developed a loyal following of viewers, a fan base that helped his own single, “Don’t Go City on Me,” go viral upon its release in 2014. In 2015, Brown released his debut EP, Closer, which reached the Top Ten of the Billboard Country Albums chart. Following Closer, he also released the stand-alone single “Used to Love You Sober.” In early 2016, Brown signed a recording contract with RCA/Sony Music Nashville. That December, he returned with his eponymous full-length debut, Kane Brown, featuring the singles “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now” and “Thunder in the Rain.” The album debuted at number one on the country charts and peaked at number ten on the Billboard 200. A third single, “What Ifs,” featuring Lauren Alaina, appeared in 2017.
4. Thomas Rhett
Thomas Rhett scored his first No. one hit in 2013 with “It Goes Like This,” introducing a sound that mixed the southern swagger of county music with pop hooks, R&B grooves, soulful strut, and the anything-goes attitude of rock. During the years since, he’s become a husband. A father, too. And, thanks to eight chart-topping singles, a headliner of massive arenas. It’s funny how life can change so much in such a short period of time.
Life Changes captures that whirlwind period. Recorded while Thomas Rhett and his wife, Lauren, were in the middle of adopting their daughter from… Read more
5. Carly Pearce
Born into the bluegrass brawn of Kentucky, Carly Pearce has never known a moment that Country music wasn’t her destined
path. At the young age of 11 she began touring with a local band and by 16 quit high school for a job performing at Dollywood while being homeschooled before moving to Nashville, working odd jobs and playing songwriter rounds for the last nine years. Life experiences and strong will are reflected through her buzz-about debut album EVERY LITTLE THING, out now on Big Machine Records. Aligned with sought-after producer/songwriter busbee (Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Maren Morris, Kelly Clarkson), the 13-track album emphasizes Carly’s textured vocals and emotive songwriting prowess. Read more…