An artist that has perhaps already graduated from this list, Chris Stapleton has received unprecedented accolades for his work over the last two years. The release of his debut studio album “Traveller” reached No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 and has sold 1.2 million copies domestically. He has received four Grammy nominations, with wins for Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance.
Having released just three singles and one studio album, this duo has already garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their Top-10 song “Stay A Little Longer.” That single became their third consecutive top-40 country hit, and their first top-10 single, peaking at No. 2 in January 2016.
Already gaining wide acclaim for her impressive guitar skills, Dunn has opened for many notable country acts including Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line and Hank Williams Jr. After releasing her debut single, “Move On,” Dunn became the highest charting independent female artist on the MusicRow CountryBreakout Chart in ten years.
In 2012, Pope became the first female winner of The Voice during its third season. Her debut solo country album, “Frame by Frame,” was released in 2013 to a top 10 Billboard 200 charting and debuted at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums Chart.
A contestant on season two of The Voice, RaeLynn released an EP titled “Me” in 2015. The EP debuted at No. 49 on the Billboard 200 and No. 7 on the Top Country Albums Chart. Two songs charted on U.S. Country Airplay, with “God Made Girls” making it into the top 10 on Hot Country Songs.
While relatively new as a solo performer, chances are you’ve heard several songs penned by Clark. Her writing credits include Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart” and The Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two.” In 2013, Clark released her first album “12 Stories,” which debuted at No.28 on the Billboard Top Country Album Chart. Her next album, “Big Day in a Small Town” will be released on June 10, 2016.
The Cadillac Three
Native Nashvillians Jaren Johnston, Neil Mason and Kelby Ray make up this country music band that borrows influences from southern rock. The group gained attention in 2013 with the release of their debut single, “The South,” which featured guest vocal from Dierks Bentley and Florida Georgia Line. The group is a consistent force on the rise, with a single in the top 50 on country music charts for three consecutive years.
Paslay released his first album in 2014 and his sophomore album is set to drop this year. He experienced previous success with his 2013 single “Friday Night,” which earned Gold certification and reached as high as No. 2 on the country charts. He provided guest vocals on Charles Kelley’s song “The Driver,” which was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Group Performance.
Signing with RED BOW Records in 2014, Eden made her Country radio debut with her single, “Daddy’s Money.” The Florida native has opened for acts such as Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley and Florida Georgia Line.
With a name paying homage to Creedance Clearwater, childhood friends Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance successfully merge the sounds of the South with classic American and Western rock with their first album, “Utah.”
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