Luke Bryan is one of the most renowned singers and songwriters of the current generation who have become a rage with his sensational music and melodies. Starting his career in music officially late (it was in 2007 that he made his plunge into the industry), Bryan did not take long to establish a strong foothold in the music scene. His debut came with his single ˜All My Friends Say' which was outstandingly received by the audience. He followed it up with his debut studio album ˜I'll Stay Me'. A couple of albums and singles old, Bryan first tasted worldwide success with his third studio album ˜Tailgates & Tanlines'. The album peaked at number one on the Top Country Albums chart and number two on the Billboard 200 chart. This was the beginning of his success story which continued to follow as his other two albums ˜Crash My Party' and ˜Kill the Lights' became highpoints of his career. What's more, Bryan became the only country music artist to achieve six number one singles from one album in the history of the Billboard Country Airplay chart. Though Bryan has achieved much of his fame as a country musician and singer, it would be wrong to say that he has limited himself to it. Bryan has explored other genres like alternative rock as well. He has frequently incorporated elements of other music genres into his music. His journey as a musician and singer has been an inspiring one. Currently, he has sold more than seven million albums, 27 million tracks and has 16 No. 1 hits and back-to-back double-platinum albums.
Carrie Underwood is a contemporary American country singer. Hailing from a small town, this singer took her first step towards stardom after winning a reality contest. Despite her short physical build, her voice could deliver amazingly high notes. Most of her songs were about the various facets of love while some were spiritual. When she first burst into country singing, there were many female singers who had already made their mark, but she could stand up to the challenge. She has been the recipient of every conceivable award that the music industry offers - the Grammy Awards, the Billboard Music Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards, the American Music Awards, the Country Music Association Awards, Incorporation Awards and one Golden Globe nomination - all in a short span of time. Her popularity is not merely confined to America. She has a huge fan following in Canada, U.K and Europe too. Despite these accolades, her songs have been criticized for being standard fare and that all of them sound similar. She has put her celebrity status to good use with her philanthropic efforts. She is an enthusiastic animal rights activist, an advocate of gay marriage and supports cancer research with her fund raisers.
Blake Tollison Shelton is a well-known American singer and songwriter, and also a TV personality. Having released a total of ten studio albums till date, he is one of the most successful singers in contemporary America. For his brilliant performances in the field of music as well as for his work on television, he has received numerous awards and nominations. Shelton first came to prominence after the release of his debut single ˜Austin'. Written by David Krent and Kristi Manna, the song was released in April 2001. The song, which was about a woman trying to make contact with a former lover, gained huge popularity, and peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The same year, his self-titled debut studio album was also released, which stood at number 3 on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums. Over the next few years, Shelton released several albums, most of them turning out to be huge hits. He is also known for his role as a judge on the TV shows ˜Nashvile Star,' ˜Clash of the Choirs,' and ˜The Voice,' which are popular singing competitions. In 2016, he played a voice role in the popular animated film ˜The Angry Birds Movie'.
Any follower of country music would have heard the name of Billy Ray Cyrus. This talent from Tennessee struck gold with his very first album. However, he had to go through a fair share of struggles and rejections before making it to the top. Initially interested in baseball, he started learning the guitar at the age of twenty and he was confident enough to drop out of college in order to pursue a career in music. After refining his skills and furthering his reputation by performing in local clubs, his opening act for the iconic country singer Reba McEntire got him his first recording contract. Soon, his debut album followed, which propelled him into instant stardom. His intermingling of country music with rock, coupled with his singing, his on-stage charisma and his good looks made him the toast of the nation. However, the album's success also led to sky-high expectations from his subsequent albums, which he couldn't live up to. With his music career on a downward spiral, Cyrus smartly turned his focus to acting and was cast in a TV show, ˜Doc'. He has been alternating between making music and acting ever since. In an industry where excesses are the order of the day, Cyrus has retained his humility and morals and continues to be an inspiration to several aspiring musicians.
Mason Ramsey is an American singer and social media sensation. He became popular after his ˜The Walmart Yodelling Boy' video went viral. A native of Illinois, he came to his grandparents' house to live with them when he was only three weeks old. He grew up listening to country music. When he was four years old, he sang for Josh Turner. He opened for Gene Watson after he turned five and started taking guitar lessons at six. Since the video of his yodelling of Hank Williams Sr.'s ˜Lovesick Blues' in the aisles of a Walmart store was released, he has become an overnight internet sensation. Memes and remixes have been made of his performance, he has appeared on ˜The Ellen DeGeneres Show', sang at the Grand Ole Opry, and performed at the 2018 Coachella. His grandparents have created accounts on various social media platforms for him to interact with his rapidly increasing fanbase. He has more than 53 thousand followers on Facebook, over 250 thousand followers on Twitter, and 1.6 million followers on Instagram.
Dolly Parton is a woman with multiple talents; she is a noted singer, lyricist, author, actress and businesswoman. She is also known for her charitable work. Dolly Parton began her career at the young age of 13. Although she initially gained fame as a lyricist, she later attained success in other fields as well. Dolly Parton is best known for country music and is a star in this genre in the United States of America. She has written and put together more than 3000 songs in the course of her career that has exceeded six decades, and has won many accolades, such as the Grammy Awards, Country Music Association Awards, and American Music Awards along with being nominated for the Oscar Awards twice. Dolly Parton held the record of having received the maximum number of Grammy Award nominations of 46 till 2013. Other than singing, she has been trained to play the musical instruments piano, banjo and guitar. Dolly Parton publicly supports LGBT equality and is identified as a gay icon by the LGBT community. Dolly Parton is known to have English, Irish, German and Scottish ancestry.
Hunter Easton Hayes is an American a soulful country singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. The young talent can play over 30 instruments. Hunter Hayes fell in love with music at the age of two, and by four he was already on national television. Sticking to his innate passion for music and song writing, he made it to the top of the U.S. Billboard, earning the title of the youngest ever male to top the charts. He has been in public domain for years, and with every passing year he is getting better as a musician. Winner of several music awards, he hopes to inspire generations to come with his country style-music. From beginning his career in Nashville to getting globally recognised with his song ˜Wanted', Hunter is certainly the future of country music. He performed at the White house when he was just seven. Amongst the many instruments that he plays skilfully, he managed to learn the guitar, drums, bass and keyboard himself, without any professional help. Presently he is working with the Atlantic Record Label, and has performed alongside pioneering music artists such as Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood on their tours.
Kane Brown is an American country music singer who is best known for his hit singles ˜What Ifs', ˜Heaven' and ˜Used to Love You Sober'. Despite his young age, he is already a popular name in the country music scene. He became interested in music as a little boy and was initially an R&B enthusiast. Kane later began focusing on country music after he won a contest when he was in the 11th grade. He realized the potential his rich voice possessed and instinctively knew that he was destined for success in the country music genre. He soon started posting videos of his covers online. It didn't take him long to earn a loyal fan following and he released his first EP titled ˜Closer' in June 2015. It was a huge success and featured in the top ten on the Billboard Country Albums chart. Following this, he released a few singles which also became hits. Motivated by his initial success, Kane signed with RCA Nashville and released his first full-length album titled ˜Kane Brown.' This album too was a major success and established him as an upcoming talent in the country music genre. He has been nominated for several awards and is the first ever country musician to have simultaneous number one singles listed on all five top country charts.
Miranda Lambert is a well-known American Country Music singer and songwriter from Texas. Her father ran a private investigation agency with her mother and sang for a country rock band called ˜Contraband'. Young Miranda started singing for the ˜Texas Pride Band' when she was in high school and was given an audition with Nashville Tennessee at the age of 16. However, she preferred country music to pop and took to playing the guitar and writing her own songs. She has six studio albums and one individual album to her credit. A two time Grammy Award winner, she has also won the Cover Girl ˜Fresh Face of Country Music Award' and is the first female artist to win the Country Music Association Award for ˜Album of the Year' twice. Miranda Lambert's holds the record of winning the ACM Award for ˜Female Vocalist of the Year' for eight consecutive years. She has appeared in a couple of television serials including ˜Law & Order' and endorsed products like ˜Cotton Inc'. Her marriage to fellow country singer, Blake Shelton, lasted for four years and presently she is dating R&B singer, Anderson East. Today she is counted as one of the top contemporary country singers.
Thomas Rhett (Thomas Rhett Akins Jr.) is an American country singer and songwriter. Several of his singles have topped the ˜Country Airplay Charts.' Some of his popular numbers are ˜It Goes Like This,' ˜Make me Wanna,' and ˜Die A Happy Man,' among others. He is son of the award-winning country singer Rhett Akins. He started his career as a songwriter and has co-written singles for artists like LoCash, Florida Georgia Line, Lee Brice, Jason Aldean and Michael Rey. He signed with Big Machine Records' division, ˜Valory Music Group,' for whom he has released 3 studio albums. His third album debuted at number 1 across all genres of music and received several nominations. He has earned a number of nominations and awards, including the ˜Male Vocalist of the Year' at the ˜2017 Academy of Country Music Awards.' His music reflects an interesting combination of country, rock, and hip-hop. Rhett is married to Lauren (Gregory) Akin and they have two daughters.
Johnny Cash was one of the most prominent American singer-songwriters of the 20th century. Although he was known for his country music, his large gamut of work went on to influence genres like rock and roll, blues, folk, gospel and rockabilly. He is best-remembered for his deep, baritone voice and his meek demeanor, notwithstanding his fame and success which was rife. He earned the nickname, ˜The Man in Black', because he would always wear dark clothing while performing live and sang songs that were based on ˜dark' themes, echoing his troubled past and other themes of pathos, lust, oddity, misfortune and redemption. Some of his well-known works include, ˜I Walk the Line', ˜Ring of Fire', ˜Man in Black', ˜Jackson', ˜Hey, Porter', ˜Rock Island Line' and ˜A Boy Named Sue'. His typical trooping bass songs have influenced the likes of Waylon Jennings, Bono and Bob Dylan. He started his career by recording gospel music and ended it by doing covers for more modern artists such as ˜Nine Inch Nails'.
Sam Hunt is an American Country songwriter and singer. As a youngster Sam was more of a sportsman and played football for his school and university team. However, he suffered an injury after which he failed to make it to professional football and decided to take up music instead. He loved country music, but made a difference by moving away from the stereotype country songs to develop a style of his own that has a trace of R&B and Hip Hop in it. It was not long before he signed a contract with MCA Nashville and released a four song E P titled ˜X2C', with his first single ˜Leave the Night On' that went on to be number one on the Country Airplay chart. His debut studio album ˜Montevallo' soon followed, along with his acoustic mixtape, that reached number one on the Top Country Albums chart and had a 11 weeks reign. He has recently released his second studio album and has made two successful tours of the US. Sam Hunt is quite active on social media. He has a huge fan following on Twitter and Facebook, and quite a number of subscribers to his YouTube channel. The young man is happily married. He certainly is a rising star in the American country music scene.
Kelsea Ballerini is an American country singer and songwriter, currently signed to ˜Black River Entertainment.' She was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, and was the only child in her family. She started attending dance lessons at the age of 3 and continued for the next 10 years. As she entered her teenage years, she drifted toward music and sang in school and church choirs. She got her major career breakthrough in 2014, at the age of 19, when she signed a deal with the record label ˜Black River Entertainment.' She released her debut single, ˜Love Me Like You Mean It,' in late 2014. This was also the lead single from her debut album and created a soothing country“pop blend. In November 2014, she released a self-titled EP. She was named one of ˜CMT's ˜Next Women of Country' in 2014. She released her debut album, ˜The First Time,' in May 2015. The album peaked at the 4th spot on the ˜US Country' chart.' A single from the album, ˜Peter Pan,' topped the ˜Billboard Country Airplay' and the ˜Hot Country Songs' charts. Her second album, ˜Unapologetically,' was released in November 2017 and peaked at the 3rd spot on the ˜US Country' chart.
Jason Aldine Williams, better known by his stage name Jason Aldean, is a well-known American country music singer whose burgeoning music career has positioned him among the most accomplished singers of the genre. Jason fell for country music at an early age and performed publicly as a singer for the first time at just 14 years of age. The passion took shape of a full-time career after he finished high school and he soon started performing across the Southeast and the Eastern Seaboard. Striving to get a foothold initially, Jason finally got noticed by ˜Broken Bow Records' that signed him in 2005. Since then he has released seven chartbusting albums and twenty-four singles with the label. Some of his most notable albums include ˜Wide Open', ˜Relentless', ˜Night Train' and ˜My Kinda Party' with the latter receiving triple-platinum certification from ˜Recording Industry Association of America' (RIAA). Many of his singles topped either the Country Airplay or the Hot Country Songs charts. Some of these are ˜Dirt Road Anthem', ˜The Truth', ˜Why' and ˜Night Train'.
Keith Urban is a country musician and guitarist who is famous not just in his native Australia but also in the U.S. and the rest of the world for his soul stirring music. The multiple Grammy Award winner started his musical career in Australia before shifting to the U.S. to try his luck there. Born into a family of music lovers, Urban was exposed to country music from a young age and was also given guitar lessons. As a teenager, he participated and won in several talent shows. He started playing for a local country band and developed his own unique style of music”a combination of rock guitar and country sound”which enabled him to carve a niche for himself in Australia. He released an album and several singles in his home country which were met with considerable success. Propelled by his success he moved to the U.S. to further his career. He set off to a flying start with his first band ˜The Ranch' and eventually left the band to focus on his solo career. His solo debut album, the self-titled ˜Keith Urban' was a smash hit and there was no looking back for the talented singer. The versatile musician is also skilled at playing the acoustic guitar, banjo, bass guitar, piano and mandolin.
Tim McGraw is one of the most popular American country singer, song-writer and an actor. Ever since he started his musical career, Tim has released 14 studio albums and out of them all 10 has been known to peak the Top Country Albums chart. Born and brought up in Delhi, Louisiana, Tim grew up playing competitive sports such as basketball and baseball. He was so good at playing baseball that he was invited on a scholarship to attend the Northeast Louisiana University. But an unfortunate injury brought an end to his baseball career prematurely and he gave up on his dreams of becoming a professional baseball player. During his college years, Tim started playing guitar and performed at smaller venues to make some money. He dropped out of college while pursuing his majors and in 1993, he released his debut self titled album, which was received very poorly by the critics and the music lovers. But Tim was just beginning and he worked harder for his second studio album ˜Not a Moment too Soon'. The album became a huge success and turned Tim into an overnight star. By now, Tim had released 14 music albums and with them, he had established himself as one of the best known country musicians of all times.
Reba Nell McEntire is a country music singer who has won numerous awards and accolades, thanks to her golden voice and immense talent. Born to a music loving mother, Reba was taught music and singing from a young age. Naturally inclined towards music the young girl taught herself to play the guitar. Along with her siblings, she formed a vocal group called the ˜Singing McEntires' which sang at rodeos. Her life took a turn for the better when her performance of the National Anthem at the National Rodeo got noticed by the country artist Red Steagall who helped her sign a contract with a major record label. Her initial years in the music industry were fraught with failures and success eluded her for a long time. Undaunted, the feisty singer worked on her voice and improved her style and brought out her album ˜My Kind of Country' which set the road right for her singing career by spawning two No.1 singles ˜How Blue' and ˜Somebody Should Leave'. The success of this album prompted her to release several more albums and singles which went on to become super hits and cemented her position as the reigning queen of country music. Eventually she made her foray into films with a role in the horror comedy ˜Tremors'; she also starred in several television movies.
Maren Larae Morris is an American country singer, songwriter, and record producer who has released four studio albums and many singles as of June 2018. Her latest album, titled ˜Hero', is also her first major label studio album. A big hit, it charted at number one on the US Billboard charts. Active in the music scenario since 2005, Morris has delivered multiple platinum-certified singles like ˜My Church' and ˜The Middle'. These singles sold hundreds of thousands of copies and were featured on the top musical charts as well. Her other popular singles like ˜80s Mercedes' and ˜I Could Use a Love Song' were certified gold by different agencies. The talented country singer won the Grammy Award for the Best Country Solo Performance for her hit single ˜My Church' in 2017. In addition to her solo career, she also collaborates with other musical artists often. Working together with Vince Gill she released the song ˜Dear Hate,' in response to the 2017 Las Vegas Strip shooting.
Shania Twain, born Eilleen Regina Edwards, is a country pop singer made famous by her album, ˜The Woman in me'. She is one of the top best selling singers in Canada, second only to Celine Dion. Her album ˜Come on Over' is the best selling country album of all time. The Grammy award winning singer is also a world class songwriter who has won multiple BMI songwriter awards. ˜The Queen of Country Pop' as she is known to her fans, loved music from an early age. She was writing and performing songs by the time she was ten and appeared on a television show as a teenager. She had a difficult childhood and found the much-needed solace in music. Music was not just a means of succor; it was also a way of earning money to contribute to her impoverished family. Her musical talent made her famous in her town and she was often invited to play at clubs and radio stations. She struggled for years to establish herself before signing a contract with Mercury and found big success with her second album, ˜The Woman in Me'. The album went Multi-Platinum and announced the arrival of a new star to the world of country music.
George Harvey Strait is an American country music singer who is popularly referred to as the King of Country by his fans. In addition to being a singer, he is also an actor and music producer whose talents are recognized by followers and critics alike. He is famous for being true to traditional country music while developing his own unique style of bar-room ballads, western swing and honky-tonk style music. He discovered his interest in rock and roll music while still in high school when he started a garage band. He would attend live performances of country music that were often held in Texan towns and soon his interest turned to this genre. He lists Lefty Frizzel, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, and George Jones as his biggest influences. His music career began when he was serving in the US army. While he was stationed in Hawaii, he started performing with an army-sponsored band called Rambling Country which played under the name of Santee while performing off-base. After his army days he joined the country band Stoney Ridge which he renamed as Ace in the Hole when he became the lead. His band performed at several honky-tonks and bars around Texas and soon gained an impressive fan following. As on today, he has sold more than 70 million albums in the US and holds the world record for having the maximum number-one hit singles in the history of music.
Pop country singer and musician who was named the Best-Selling Solo Artist of the Century in the United States by the RIAA in 2007.
An up-and-coming country singer and songwriter based in Nashville, he started covering country songs and posting them to YouTube. His first original single "Hurricane" was released in April 2015.
Willie Nelson is an American musician, singer, songwriter, author, poet, social activist, and actor. Owing to the tremendous success of his albums ˜Shotgun Willie' and ˜Red Headed Stranger,' Willie became one of the most influential names in the history of American country music. Born and raised in Texas, Willie started playing music at the age of 7, and by 10, he was already part of a music band. He toured around the state of Texas with his band, ˜Bohemian Polka,' as a teen, but making music for a living was still not his primary plan. Willie joined the ˜American Air Force' as soon as he graduated from high school. In the mid-1950s, his song ˜Lumberjack' started gaining significant attention. This led Willie to quit everything else and to focus only on music. After he joined ˜Atlantic Records' in 1973, Willie gained immense fame. Two of his albums in particular, ˜Red Headed Stranger' and ˜Honeysuckle Rose,' turned him into a national icon. As an actor, Willie has appeared in over 30 films and has co-authored several books. He happens to be a liberal activist and has never shied away from expressing his thoughts about the legalization of marijuana.
Country singer who finished 7th on Nashville Star in 2007 and released the Grammy-winning album Same Trailer Different Park in 2013. She was named New Artist of the Year at the 2013 CMA Awards and her song "Follow Your Arrow," which she wrote with <a title='Shane McAnally' href='/famous/shane-mcanally.htm'>Shane McAnally</a> and <a title='Brandy Clark' href='/famous/brandy-clark.htm'>Brandy Clark</a>, won Song of the Year at the 2014 CMA Awards.