LAUREN JO BLACK •Sounds Like Nashville
2015 brought great success for new Country artists like Cam, Michael Ray, Kelsea Ballerini, and Canaan Smith (just to name a few!). As this year winds down, we’re looking ahead to 2016 and the new Country acts who we think will have a breakout year.
Here are 11 new Country artists to watch in 2016.
Lucie Silvas: She’s married to Brothers Osborne’s John Osborne, but he’s not the only one in the family with killer chops. Lucie Silvas rose to fame in the U.K.with the release of her first two albums and slots on tours with Elton John and Macy Gray. After selling over a million albums in Europe alone, the singer/songwriter relocated to Nashville and began to tour with artists like Little Big Town and Kacey Musgraves. Her album, Letters To Ghosts, is a must-listen!
Jon Langston: Much like Chase Rice, Sam Hunt, and Florida Georgia Line did before him, Jon Langston has built a strong fan base through his live shows. The Georgia native has sold out venues across the Southeast, including the Georgia Theater, a venue he previously attended as a fan. Langston recently released a self-titled EP, and the lead single, “Rollin’ In And Rockin’ Out,” is making waves on Sirius XM’s The Highway.
Brooke Eden: Brooke Eden signed to Red Bow Records in 2014 will officially make her debut at Country radio in the new year with her single, “Daddy’s Money.” The Florida native has spent countless days on the road opening for acts like Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, and Florida Georgia Line. She’s got what it takes to make it, and we’re rooting for her!
Two Story Road: Two Story Road is comprised of husband and wife Brandon and Jamelle Fraley. The duo made waves with the release of their Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Luke Bryan) produced six-song EP earlier this year. We’re looking forward to hear more from Two Story Road in 2016. Until then, check out their song “Arson.”
Courtney Cole: Courtney Cole is just as sweet as she is sassy. The Louisiana native, who majored in commercial voice at Nashville’s Belmont University, scored her first publishing deal after appearing on CMT: The Next Superstar. Since then, she’s been writing and recording non-stop. She even spent the latter part of this year on tour with Miranda Lambert. Cole is among the 2016 Class of CMT’s Next Women of Country and we can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for her.
Kane Brown: We have a feeling 2016 is going to be a big year for Kane Brown, who became a seemingly overnight sensation, thanks to social media. The singer, who hails from Chattanooga, Tennessee, turned heads when his iTunes releases began to pass some of Nashville’s heavy-hitters. Rumor has it that he’ll kick off the new year with a record deal with one of Music City’s top labels.
Post Monroe: Ashlee Hewitt, Whitney Duncan, and Shelby McLeod make up Country music’s hottest new trio, Post Monroe. These girls have it all – the stage presence, the vocals, the songwriting skills, and the looks. They’re currently in the studio with Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood and recently caught the attention of former ‘N Sync-er Lance Bass. Trust us, Post Monroe is about to make a BIG splash in the Country music community. Keep an eye on them.
Maren Morris: Country fans won’t know what hit them when they hear Maren Morris blasting through their speakers. This Texas native may be small, but she has a big voice, and a whole lot of talent. Her debut single, “My Church,” will officially hit Country radio in the new year. Remember her name, y’all. She’s the real deal.
Tucker Beathard: Tucker Beathard is no stranger to the music industry. He’s the son of two-time BMI Songwriter of the Year Casey Beathard and has been playing music since he was 10 years old. He’s opened up for Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, and Keith Urban, and will release his debut album on Dot Records next year. Fun Fact: Beathard’s rebellious teenage years inspired the lyrics of Eric Church’s “Homeboy.”
Ashley Campbell: As the daughter of the legendary Glen Campbell, Ashley Campbell has music running through her blood. The 29-year-old caught fans’ attention earlier this year with the release of “Remembering,” a poignant tune inspired by her father’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease. We’re looking forward to hearing more from Campbell in the new year.
LANco: Brandon Lancaster, Tripp Howell, Eric Steedly, Jared Hampton, and Chandler Baldwin make up Arista Nashville’s new group LANco. The band is working with award-winning producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood), so we have pretty great expectations for them.