Your Favorite Country Artists On How They Started And How They’ve Changed Throughout The Years

Published on 06/01/2020
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Still remember those days when you played “Achy Breaky Heart” on a cassette or listened at the heartfelt “I Will Always Love You” while you reminisced the feeling of being in love? Good old times. Ever wondered where your favorite country artist had been through all these years? Oh, and of course you do! Let’s travel back to Nashville and walk through your favorite country artists on how they started and how they’ve changed throughout these years.

Wynonna Judd

Who would forget about our multi-awarded American country music singer Wynonna Judd? Born as Christina Claire Ciminella on May 30, 1964, Wynonna Judd, now 56, started her singing career with her mother and performed as a duo around the first half of the 1980s called The Judds. Their duo had 14 singles charted at number 1, which ensured their long-lasting legacy in the country music history. After a decade of performing as a duo, they had decided to disband in 1991, and Wynonna started her solo singing career right then after and was able to retain her popularity. Her first three singles consecutively reached the number 1 country single charts. By the year 2013, Wynonna was a contestant on the 16th season of Dancing with the Stars, paired with Tony Dovolani, but it was a short-lived appearance on the show for they were the first pair to be eliminated. In February 2016, she released a new album entitled Wynonna & the Big Noise, which produced two singles: “Jesus and A Jukebox” and “Things I Lean On.”

Wynonna Judd

 

Deana Carter

Popularized the songs Strawberry Wine, We Danced Anyway, and How Do I Get There was the now 54-year old, Nashville born, Deana Carter. Music runs into Deana’s genes, as her father, Fred Carter Jr., was a talented guitarist himself. She broke through the music industry in 1996 with her first album, Did I Shave My Legs for This? The album reached 5x Multi-Platinum, making over five million sales in the United States. Though the road in making a name in the music world didn’t come easy for Deana, even with a famous father, she was able to score a deal eventually after she caught the attention of Willie Nelson. He invited her to take part in a concert as the only female soloist. Many albums were released under different record labels until Deana decided to take some time off. She then came back with her Record Label in 2013, named Little Nugget Records from where she released her most recent album, Father Christmas.

Deana Carter

 

Keith Urban

Keith Lionel Urban or Keith Urban may have looked like the typical American country boy, but he actually had a New Zealander-Australian roots. Before moving to the United States from Australia back in the year 1992, Keith had released a self-titled album the previous year, which made four charted singles, which made him debut as an artist and made it big in the country music. In 2011, he appeared as a judge in the Australian version of the singing competition, The Voice, but he didn’t renew for the next season. He replaced Steven Tyler as a judge in American Idol year 2012. His most recent tour, Rhythm, and Roots began in 2016 released his latest single, “Blue Ain’t Your Color.”

Keith Urban

 

LeAnn Rimes

LeAnn Rimes paved her way to stardom at an early age. She was only 13 when she released her song Blue by Bill Mack. LeAnn was awarded two Grammys awards in the year 1997, making her the youngest country music star since Tanya Tucker in 1972. Her debut album “Blue” made its way to number one spot in top country album charts and was a certified multi-platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America. Her lead single “Blue” made it to top 10 hits, which gave LeAnn the national acclaim of having similarities with Patsy Cline’s vocal style. Alongside being successful in her music, LeAnn tried acting and made appearances both for television and film. She also had written books and released two novels and two children’s books.

LeAnn Rimes

 

Brad Paisley

Born in October 1972 was the American country singer Brad Paisley. He started to make his name in country music in 1999when he released his first album, Who Needs Pictures, which turned the music world upside down. Since his first Album, Brad released more than 10 albums, in which all of it was certified gold or higher by the RIAA. Brad also earned country music’s crowning achievement when he became a member of the Grand Ole Pry, an honor that took a lifetime for stars to achieve, not to mention that it only took him two years to be inducted as one. He also wrote the songs in the Pixar film, “Cars,” and showed no signs of slowing his phase down when he released his album “Love and War” in 2017. In 2018 he released a single “Bucked Off,” the lead single for his upcoming album, followed by “My Miracle” the year after.

Brad Paisley

 

Luke Bryan

Tagged for his voice of an angel, Luke Bryan’s career didn’t start as to how others started theirs. His musical career started as he wrote songs for more famous artists like Travis Tritt and Billy Currington. He later signed himself with Capitol Nashville in 2007. His first nine albums had included 23 number one-hits. He was named “Entertainer of the Year” by Academy of Country Music Awards and Country Music Association in 2013. Since his debut, Luke sold over seven million albums and 27 million singles worldwide. He also sang the National Anthem at the Super Bowl and was a guest judge on the voice. He was then announced to partake as a judge for American Idol on ABC. In 2019, he returned as a judge alongside Katy Perry and Lionel Richie as American Idol returned for another season. He also received an album of the Decade award for his album “Crash my Party” in the same year.

Luke Bryan

 

Jake Owen

He was born as Joshua Ryan Owen, popularly known as Jake Owen is an American country music singer/songwriter. He signed with RCA Nashville in 2006 and managed to land a record deal with them. His debut album “Starting with Me” was released the same year. Though he released his first album in 2006, Jake Owen took 5 years before he landed on the number one hit on the country charts with his song Barefoot Blue Jean Night. He had also toured as an opening act for several other country artists like Keith Urban and Brad Paisley. He released a couple more albums. Most recent was his “Greetings from…Jake”, released by his new record label, Big Loud Record. His recent divorce with wife Lacey Buchanan kept him in the headlines recently.

Jake Owen

 

Darius Rucker

Darius started his career as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of rock band Hootie & the Blowfish, which he founded in 1986 at the University of South Carolina along with Mark Bryan, Jim Sonefeld and Dean Felber. Their band released 5 studio albums with him as a member before he started his solo career in 2008, after being in the band for 22 years. He signed with Capitol Nashville as a country music singer and released his first country music album “Learn to Live.” His single, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” made him the first black artist to reach number one on the Hot Country Song charts since Charley Pride in 1983. In 2009, he became the first black American to win the New Artist Award from CMA. He recently played Country to Country festival in Europe. He also appeared as a mentor on the seventeenth season of The Voice.

Darius Rucker

 

Toby Keith

Toby Keith debuted as a country music artist in 1993 with his single, “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” which topped the country charts and the most played song of the 90s. The song has received three million spins since its release, according to Broadcast Music Incorporated. Though being a musician didn’t stop Toby from being a businessman. He opened Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill in his hometown in Oklahoma. His bar was a success making him one of the wealthiest American Celebrities and earned the name “Country Music’s $500 million man.”

Toby Keith

 

Josh Turner

Josh Turner signed with MCA Nashville Records in 2003. He had not to shield away and shared the influence of his faith through his music. After he signed with MCA Nashville Records, Josh released his debut album and his single “Long Black Train” broke through his singing career. His second album scored him two number one-hits for the singles “Your Man” and “Would You Go With Me.” In 2017, he released the album “Deep South,” which scored him his third No. 1 album on the US Top Country Album’s Chart upon its release. His most recent album was titled “I Serve a Savior” in 2018.

Josh Turner

 

Vince Gill

Born in 1957, American country singer/songwriter Vince Gill started his musical career in the 70s as the frontman of the country-rock band Pure Prairie League. His solo career broke off in 1983, where he showcased his vocal talents and placed him in high demand guest vocalist and duet partners. He has recorded more than 20 albums, and over 40 of his singles charted number one on the US Billboard charts, with a sale reaching over 26 million volumes sold. He won 18 CMA awards, including two “Entertainer of the Year” awards and five “Male Vocalist Award.” He had also earned a total of 21 Grammys, breaking the record for the number of Grammys earned by any other male country music artist. In 2007, he was also inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Vince Gill

 

Eric Church

Eric Church started his music career when he landed a deal with Capitol Nashville in 2005. He had released a total of six albums with them since his debut. His first album, Sinners Like Me, produced three singles on the billboard country charts, including How ‘Bout You and Guys Like Me. His first number one album was released in 2011 and gave him two number one singles. His fifth Album Mr. Understood produced two number one singles. One fun fact about Eric is that he had been wearing sunglasses on stage. The good reason for it is for him to prevent his contact lenses from drying on the harsh glares of the theatrical lighting. He recently began his tour titled Holdin’ My Own, so you can catch him singing all over the country.

Eric Church

 

Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert started early in her singing career as she released her title debut album independently. In 2003, the then 19-year-old artist placed third on the television show Nashville Star singing competition. This native Texas artist has grown into a talented and accomplished musician as she been honored by the Grammy Awards, the ACM Awards, and the CMA Awards. Lambert had been honored with more ACM Awards than any artist in history and considered to be one of the greatest country artists of all time. She married a fellow artist Blake Shelton, though it was a short-lived relationship. She managed to transition her heartbreak into a career success as she appeared in Europe for the first time in 2006.

Miranda Lambert

 

Hank Williams Jr.

Known for his musical style with blends of southern rock, blues, and country music, it’s no longer a surprise that Hank had country music flowing in his veins. The son of Hank Williams didn’t settle just to be a shadow of his father’s success, though his success was interrupted by a near-fatal fall incident in 1975. He bounced back after recovery and challenged the country music establishments by his signature blends in the 1980s, from which he earned considerable recognition and popularity both inside and outside country music. He recently released his most recent album in 2016.

Hank Williams Jr.

 

Blake Shelton

Made his debut in 2001 with a single “Austin,” Blake Shelton broke through as a country music artist. His first single “Austin” spent five weeks at number one on the billboard hot country song charts and made this a certified platinum. He was also a judge in Nashville Stars, Clash of the Choirs, and was a coach on the voice. His recent split with Miranda Lambert made him appear in the headlines lately.

Blake Shelton

 

Trace Adkins

His signature that made Trace Adkins his character as he’s rarely seen without it. He started his career in 1995 and signed with Capitol Records. He released his first album Dreaming Out Loud and continued to release an album since his debut. He also charted more than 20 singles in the Billboard country music charts, including one of his number one hits, You’re Gonna Miss This. He also made several television appearances like Hollywood Squares and Pyramid. Aside from his music, Trace wrote his autobiography published in 2007 titled A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Free-Thinking Roughneck.

Trace Adkins

 

Billy Ray Cyrus

The American country singer/actor had released 16 studio albums and 53 singles since 1992 and is known for his number one single “Achy Breaky Heart,” which became the first single ever to achieve triple platinum status in Australia. It was also the best-selling single in the same country in 1992. His most successful album was the 9x multi-Platinum, Some Gave All. Though Billy was successful in his singing career, it didn’t stop him from trying and venture on acting. He played and appeared to numerous television shows. One of those was Hannah Montana, where he played the father of Hannah, portrayed by her real-life daughter, Miley Cyrus. Billy still acts and had recently seen on the 2017 VMA with his signature mullet.

Billy Ray Cyrus

Gary Allan

His landing with Decca Records in 1996 paved its way to country music for Gary Allan. His debut album Used Heart for Sale was certified gold. His single Her Man paved the way for the artist. After the first album’s success, Gary released eight more albums, and 26 of his singles made it to the billboard charts. In 2015 he released a new single Hangover Tonight, served as the lead single for his tenth album entitled Hard Way. In 2016, the album’s second single “Do You Wish It Was Me?” was sent to country radio. The third single was titled “Mess Me Up,” released to country radio in May 2017.

Gary Allan

Rascal Flatts

It started as a trio in Columbus, Ohio, in 1999. The members, Gary LeVox as the lead vocalist, his second cousin Jay DeMarcus played the bass, and Joe Don Rooney played the guitar and banjo. Their demo in 2000 had them signed, and since then, the trio released seven albums, all had been certified platinum or higher by RIAA. They’ve been touring the country following the single I Like the Sound of That. The band recently announced that they would be disbanding following a farewell tour after 21 years together but was canceled due to the pandemic of COVID-19.

Rascal Flatts

Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves also appeared to be one of those artists who were in Nashville Stars. Before entering the competition, Kacey self-released three solo albums and one more as Texas Two Bits, before appearing on the fifth season. She placed 7th on the show but took her couple more years before she signed with her label, Mercury Nashville Records. Her music differed from others because Kacey didn’t shy away from relaying controversial topics as other artists do. She also won six Grammy Awards, six CMA awards, and three ACM.

Kacey Musgraves

Kris Kristofferson

Kris made his name famous not only as an artist but as a songwriter. He won almost all the 1972 songwriter Grammys on his own. Kristofferson composed his songs and collaborated with Nashville songwriters such as Shel Silverstein. He often shared his collaborations with other country legends, including Johnny Cash. In 2009, Kristofferson was honored as a BMI Icon at the 57th annual BMI Country Awards. Throughout his career, his songwriting has garnered 48 BMI Country and Pop Awards. He planned to have another tour, but it was derailed for he battled Lyme disease, which at his age, if 80, was thought as an early sign of Alzheimer’s.

Kris Kristofferson

Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean started his career by performing in Atlanta nightclubs, which made him land a deal with Broken Bow Records in 2005. He had then released nine albums and 24 singles in his record label. His 2010 album, My Kinda Party, was certified quadruple platinum. His Night Train album released in 2012 was double platinum. 21 of all his singles reached number one on either Hot Country Songs or Country Airplay. He was awarded as the Entertainer of the year on ACM awards in 2016.

Jason Aldean

Taylor Swift

Though Taylor had turned into a total pop artist over the years, she debuted as a country music artist with her first hit singles. She was the youngest artist signed by SONY at the age of 14. Her first record deal was signed when she was 15. Her single “Our Song” made her the youngest person to single-handedly write and perform a number-one song on the Billboard Hot Country Song Charts. Teardrops on my Guitar made Taylor America’s darling and gathered a massive teen fan base as they found her songs about love and heartbreak relatable. As she age, Taylor had gotten into a few transformations. Having sold more than 50 million albums and 150 million singles globally, she became one of the world’s bestselling artists of all time, the highest-earning female musician of the 2010s. She had won countless awards over the years.

Taylor Swift

Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson’s well known for his honky-tonk and country-pop blend. But one interesting story about his career was he started at the bottom. He started working in the mailroom of Nashville Records. It was until his wife Denise Jackson made a move to get him connected with the country music executives that he signed with Arista Nashville as a recording artist in 1989. Jackson has recorded 16 studio albums, three greatest hits albums, two Christmas albums, and two gospel albums. With over 80 million records sold, Alan is considered a pillar of country music. It was announced in 2017 that he would be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Alan Jackson

Dierks Bentley

Capitol Nashville had signed Dierks Bentley in 2003, where he released his debut album. His first and second album is certified platinum in the US. Dierks looks changed over the years, but he was consistent in making great hits. Over 15 of his singles made into the number one spot in Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts. His ninth and most recent studio album, the Mountain was released in 2018.

Dierks Bentley

Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw had an enviable country career. McGraw had released fifteen studio albums, 11 of those from Curb Records, three for Big Machine, and one from Arista Nashville. All of these albums have produced 65 singles, 25 of which have reached number 1 on charts. Three of his songs were the top country songs of 1997, 1998, and 2004 according to Billboard year-end. He also ventured on acting alongside Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side. his Soul2Soul II tour was made in partnership along with his wife, Faith Hill, which was one of the highest-grossing tours in country music history, and one of the top 5 among all genres of music.

Tim McGraw

Tanya Tucker

Tanya Tucker started her career when she was 13. She made her debut in 1972 with her single, Delta Dawn. Unlike other child stars whose fan base changes over the years, Tanya became one of the few child performers to mature into adulthood without losing her audience. She’s still touring today, following the death of Glen Campbell in August.

Tanya Tucker

Randy Travis

Randy Travis started his career in 1978. since then, he had produced 20 albums and 50 of his singles made into the billboard, where sixteen of those ranked first. He had won six Grammys and six CMA. Unfortunately, he suffered from a stroke in 2013. Still, with the therapy of experts, Randy Travis was able to perform Amazing Grace during his induction in Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.

Randy Travis

Kelly Clarkson

Winning the first season of American Idol, Kelly Clarkson earned her label deal with RCA Records. Her debut single, A Moment Like This topped the US Billboard Hot 100, and the people loved her ever since. At her age, the then 20-year old artist took over both pop and country charts and became the country’s best selling single of 2002. As time goes by, Kelly tried to reinvent her image and shifted to pop-rock music with her Album Breakaway. Though shifted to the pop genre, Kelly’s roots are still country. She sold over 25 million albums and 45 million singles worldwide. She had 28 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with three number one songs and eleven in the Top 10. In 2019, Kelly returned as a coach of The Voice.

Kelly Clarkson

Kenny Rogers

Sixty years of being a country star and a Hall of Fame awarded, Kenny Rogers still tours and explore. With over 100 million albums sold, he is also considered as one of the top-selling artists of all time. He did consider retiring in 2015, but he cannot escape the urge to perform.

Kenny Rogers

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood won the fourth season of American Idol. She had turned into a very successful country music artist and sold over 65 million records. She bagged numerous music awards, including 7 Grammys, 17 Billboard Awards, and 11 American Music Awards. She was then tagged as the “reigning queen of country music.”

Carrie Underwood

Clint Black

Signed to RCA Records in 1989, his Debut Album Killin’ Time produced four straight number-one singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks. his momentum gradually slowed down throughout the 1990s. Still, Clint consistently charted hit songs into the 2000s. Clint didn’t just settle to music. He also entered acting and starred in the 1998 film, Still Holding On: The Legend of Cadillac Jack. In 2003, he found his record label, Equity Music Group but it closed in 2008. In 2015 it was reported that Clint Black had signed a new record deal with Thirty Tigers.

Clint Black

Trisha Yearwood

Trisha Yearwood’s career took off when she had her debut single, and She’s in love with the Boy. The self-titled album sold over two million copies. She made her name as she focused on her female-centric songs. She married Garth Brooks, another country artist. She can be considered as a jack of all trades as her title includes singer, author, actress and celebrity chef. She had been hosting Trisha’s Southern Kitchen since 2012.

Trisha Yearwood

Alison Krauss

Alisson Krauss entered the music industry at an early age. Winning a local contest by the age of 10 and recording at 14, she signed with Rounder Records in 1985. Her talent earned her 27 Grammys, on top of numerous awards received in country music. She was the most awarded singer and the most awarded female artist in Grammy history. In 2019, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Donald Trump.

Alison Krauss

Patty Loveless

Born as Patricia Lee Ramey, professionally known as Patty Loveless emerged in the country music scene in late 1986, and her popularity had remained steady since then. Her professional heyday came a decade after. Loveless had semi-retired from performing.

Patty Loveless

George Strait

Known as the King of Country, George Strait was considered one of the most influential and famous recording artists of all time. His success began when he released his first single in 1981. During the 80s, seven of his albums ranked first on the country charts. Counting all music charts, Strait has amassed a total of 60 number-one hits, breaking a record also previously set by Twitty, giving him more number one hits than any other artist in any genre of music. His first grandchild was named after him in 2012.

George Strait

Rhett Akins

Decca Records paved Rhett Akins way to the country music in 1994. Though it was short-lived, He released two albums on the record label, followed by What Livin’s All About under MCA Nashville in 1998. His first single, That Ain’t My Truck, made it to the number three spot on the billboard country chart. Although he has not charted a single since 2006, Akins has written singles for other country music singers.

Rhett Akins

Ty Herndon

After he signed to Epic Records in 1995, Herndon made his debut with his number one single, “What Mattered Most,” followed by the release of his first album bearing the same title. He continued to release several albums and singles through the years. After the release of his 2013 album, he came out as gay and told the press his ex-wives knew about his preferences. His last album release was in the year 2016 entitled House on Fire.

Ty Herndon

Ricky Van Shelton

Ricky Van Shelton started in 1986 and released over 20 singles from which ten of those ranked first in the Billboard. His top hits include Somebody Lied, and Life Turned Her That Way and the likes. He then announced his retirement in 2006 after 20 years of performing.

Ricky Van Shelton

Bryan White

Bryan White left his hometown in Oklahoma to find his way in country music. At the age of 20, he signed a label with Asylum Records and released a self-titled album the same year. His first and follow up album both received certified platinum by the RIAA. Reaching stardom at an early age made the mid-2000s rough for Bryan White. He then took some time off from music and returned in 2012. His song from his fourth album “God Gave Me You” eventually becoming a big hit in the Philippines.

Bryan White

John Michael Montgomery

He was discovered by Atlantic Records in the early 90s who recorded and released his first album, and life’s a Dance. His love of music was inspired by his father, who was a musician. He learned to play the guitar at the age of five. His last album release was from 2008, but he is still performing and spending his time touring the country with his music.

John Michael Montgomery

Dwight Yoakam

When Dwight Yoakam started performing in Nashville, they were caught up in a pop-country phase, but it didn’t stop him from performing in his neo-traditional country renaissance. He experimented with his genre, but he became well known as a country musician.

Dwight Yoakam

Clay Walker

Even though he received a dire diagnosis of having progressive multiple sclerosis during his early years in the business, it didn’t stop Clay Walker to pursue his dreams. He signed with Giant Records in 1992 and was able to release his first single in 1993. His single, What It Is To You, topped the Billboard charts. His most recent release dated was in 2014, which was a compilation album, titled “Best Of…”.

Clay Walker

Gretchen Wilson

Her debut album Here for the Party did the impossible for Gretchen Wilson as it hit number one and earned a Grammy to boot. She then followed up the success of Redneck Woman from her second album, which earned the highest single ever by a female country vocalist. Keeping up the success is quite hard, but Gretchen was able to turn out the tracks. Her recent album was Ready to Get Rowdy.

Gretchen Wilson

Neal McCoy

Neal McCoy debut earned him a spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs in 1988, but he only managed to land a single in the top 40 in 1992 when he released his single, Where Forever Begins. His dream came true when he ranked first for his two singles released the next year. His album No Doubt About It was certified platinum by RIAA. He released more than 10 albums in total in which they had released a compilation this year.

Neal McCoy

Pam Tillis

Pam Tillis also came from a musical family. Her father was the famed country artist, Mel Tillis. Being the daughter of a famous artist helped Pam to get an early start. She started performing at the age of eight. Though started early, Pam didn’t release her first single until she was 24. Her musical heyday didn’t arrive in til the 80s to 90s, and she wasn’t inducted in the Grand Ole Opry until the year 2000. She appeared several times on the Nashville show portraying herself.

Pam Tillis

Collin Raye

Floyd Elliot Wray, also more known as Collin Raye, was an American country music singer and was now at age 59. He was born on August 22, 1960, in De Queen, Arkansas. He first entered the scene under the pseudonym, Bubba Wray, with his band The Wrays between 1983 and 1987. He decided to change his stage name to Collin Raye to break away from the band and to pursue a solo career in 1991. He made the right choice as he got the number one spot with his single Love Me from his record All I Can Be. His latest album titled Everlasting and her autobiography A Voice Undefeated had both been released in 2014.

Collin Raye

Donna Fargo

Yvonne Vaughn, more commonly known as Donna Fargo, was an American country singer-songwriter known for her series of Top 10 country hits during the 70s. She was now 74 years old and was born on November 10, 1945, in Mount Airy, North Carolina. She had multiple award-winning hits that appealed to both fans of country music and to that of pop music. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis during the late 70s. It took quite a toll from her health, and she had no other choice but to step back a bit from her music. She released an album in 2008, but she now focused on her other business ventures, such as greeting cards and several books.

Donna Fargo

Anne Murray

Morna Anne Murray, also known as Anne Murray, was a Canadian singer in pop, country, and adult contemporary music, and her albums sold more than 55 million copies across the world in the span of her 40-year career. She was now 74 years of age and was born on June 20, 1945, in Springhill, Nova Scotia. She had been active from 1967 to 2008. She was the first-ever Canadian female soloist to have ever reached the number one position in an American music chart. She marked history when she won Album of the Year in 1984. She was both the first woman and Canadian to achieve this honor. The last album that she released was a Christmas album titled Icon: Christmas.

Anne Murray

Faith Hill

Audrey Faith McGraw, also most known as Faith Hill, was an American singer and record producer. She was deemed to be one of the most successful country music artists of all time and managed to sell more than 40 million albums across the globe. She was now 52 years old and was born on September 21, 1967, in Ridgeland, Mississippi. She had been a staple within the country music industry since her debut in 1993 with her Album Take Me as I Am. This sold more than 30 million copies. She had other interests aside from music, and she had a fragrance line that started in October 2009. It included her first scent Faith Hill Parfums and True. She was currently traveling with her husband Tim McGraw, in their joint tour that was titled Soul2Soul The World Tour.

Faith Hill

Kenny Chesney

Kenneth Arnold Chesney, more known as Kenny Chesney, was an American country music singer, songwriter, and record producer. He was now 52 years of age and was born on March 26, 1968, in Knoxville, Tennessee. He might have been around since the early 90s, but his fame and popularity only boomed since his debut. He had released more than 20 albums and the majority of these had been certified gold, or even higher. He had around 30 number-one singles in the country chars and had more success when he crossed over to the pop charts. His latest Album Cosmic Hallelujah came out in 2016, and it even featured a duet with the pop singer P!NK.

Kenny Chesney

Chris Young

Christopher Alan Young, most commonly known as Chris Young, was an American country music singer and songwriter. He was declared as the winner of the Season 4 television program Nashville Star, which was a singing competition that was aired on the USA Network. This landed him a deal with RCA Records Nashville. He was currently 34 years old and was born on June 12, 1985, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Drinkin’ Me Lonely, his first-ever single was released after he won in 2006, and he made it to the 42nd spot in the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. He might have only been in the business for around a decade, and he was already inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.

Chris Young

Crystal Gayle

Brenda Gail Webb, also known as Crystal Gale, was an American country music singer and songwriter. She was now 69 years old and was born on January 9, 1951, in Paintsville, Kentucky. She followed the footsteps of her sister Loretta Lynn and became a country music star. She somehow managed to carve a niche for herself as a crossover pop-country artist between the 70s and 80s, and she even released around 20 number one hits. Her sister might have been a bit more famous. However, she was the first female vocalist ever to earn platinum sales for a record. Crystal Gale had been inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2016.

Crystal Gayle

Willie Nelson

Willie Hugh Nelson, more known as Willie Nelson, was an American musician, actor, and activist. He was now 87 years of age and was born on April 29, 2933, in Abbott, Texas. He had been in the music industry longer than the others and had the discography to prove it. He initially had trouble getting a foothold in the industry, but because of his love in music, he managed to bounce from career to career until he hit it big. Ever since then, he managed to put more than 68 albums, starred in several movies, and even invested in a few business ventures such as his biodiesel fuel company. One of his most recent releases was God’s Problem Child last 2017.

Willie Nelson

Reba McEntire

Reba Nell McEntire, mostly known as Reba McEntire, was an American country singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. She was now 65 years of age and was born on March 28, 1955. She was born in McAlester, Oklahoma. Ever since she achieved her fame as a country singer, she managed to snag a self-titled sitcom during the early 200s. This sitcom ran for seven seasons before it got canceled last 2007. Her most recent appearance was a guest judging contestants on America’s Got Talent. Still, she would be returning to the scripted television in the new ABC show Bluegrass Blood Red starring as Ruby Adair.

Reba McEntire

Martina McBride

Martina Mariea McBride was more known as Martina McBride and was an American country music singer-songwriter and record producer. She was currently 53 years old and was born on July 29, 1966. She was born in Sharan, Kansas. She was most known for her soprano singing range and country-pop music. Martina McBride entered the country scene last 1991 and signed with RCA Records. The Time Has Come, her first single, was released in 1992. She had garnered 14 Grammys under her belt. She had excellent time management because she was able to balance her time with her career and still found time to devote working with the National Network to End Domestic Violence and the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

Martina McBride

Emmylou Harris

Emmylou Harris was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. She was already 73 years old and was born on April 2, 1947. She was born in Birmingham, Alabama. She had released dozens of albums and singles in the span of her career, and she burst into the industry during the 1960s as a folk singer in Greenwich Village and eventually changed to a country music star. She earned 13 Grammy Awards and a few other awards for her hits. She had partnered up with other great country music artists such as Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, and Willie Nelson. Some of Emmylou’s friends decided to put up a tribute concert for her last 2016.

Emmylou Harris

Chris Stapleton

Christopher Alvin Stapleton, also known as Christ Stapleton, was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. He was born on April 15, 1978, and was currently 48 years of age. She was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and decided to move to Nashville, Tennessee, to make his musical dreams come true. At the start of his career, he usually stayed behind the scenes as the songwriter for the other artists. However, he decided to go to the spotlight himself last 2007. His career was usually spent on fronting bands such as The Steeldrivers and The Jompson Brothers. Chris Stapleton had started to work solo since 2015, but he did collaborate with Justin Timberlake’s newest album.

Chris Stapleton

Maren Morris

Maren Larae Morris, more commonly known as Maren Morris, was an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. She was 30 years of age and was born on April 10, 1990. She had been incredibly talented from an early age, and her professional career in music started when she was just 15 years old last 2005. Even though she had promised, her music had been hidden under the radar for the next decade. Maren Morris self-released EP in 2015 and managed to gain traction on Spotify. It earned her a deal with Columbia Nashville. Maren got her first four Grammys last 2017. This was followed up with her HERO tour.

Maren Morris

Kelsea Ballerini

Kelsea Nicole Ballerini, most known as Kelsea Ballerini, was an American country pop singer and songwriter. She was born on September 12, 1993, and was currently 26 years of age. She might be a newcomer to the genre of country music, but she had already proven her worth. She had signed her first record deal when she was just 19. This was shortly after she had left her university so that she could pursue her passion for music full time. Her debut single managed to grab the number one hit on the charts, and she was the first to achieve this honor since Carrie Underwood snagged it last 2006. Her second album, named Unapologetically, was released in early November 2017.

Kelsea Ballerini

Connie Smith

Constance June Meador, most known as Connie Smith, was an American country music artist. She was born on August 14, 1941, and was currently 78 years of age. She had become a legend because of her fantastic voice, and her career started in the 60s. Her vocal style was described to be significant and influential. She might have lesser crossover appeal compared to some of her peers in country music; however, her success within the genre could rival the best of them. Connie Smith had more than 20 singles in the top 10 of the Billboard country music charts. Also, she had 11 nominations for Grammys. Of all her albums, 31 had been charted, and three of these managed to take the number one spot. Her latest album had been released last 2011.

Connie Smith

Loretta Lynn

Loretta Lynn was an American country music singer and songwriter that had quite a few multiple gold albums during the span of her career. She was born on April 14, 1932, and had held the record for having the most awards among the female country artists. She was also the only woman that was given an award for the Academy of Country Music Artist of the Decade for the 70s. She had been awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor by President Obama last 2013. Her most recent album release was on last March 2016, and it featured a few other great singers such as Elvis Costello and Willie Nelson.

Loretta Lynn

Lee Ann Womack

Lee Ann Womack was an American country music singer and songwriter. She was born on August 19, 1966, in Jacksonville, Texas. She was best known for her single I Hope You Dance, but this in no way meant that this blue-eyed beauty was just a one-hit-wonder. For some time, Lee Ann Womack decided to explore the pop music genre for a few years. However, she came back to country music last 2005. She released There’s More Where That Came From. Lee Ann had sold more than 6 million albums on a global scale, and she was about to release her latest album The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone.

Lee Ann Womack

Garth Brooks

Troyal Garth Brooks, more known as Garth Brooks, was born on February 7, 1962, and was an American singer and songwriter. He was deemed to be the richest one in our list, and his net worth was reported to be around 70 million dollars. He also sold almost 134 million albums across the globe, and in terms of this number, he closely trailed that of Elvis Presley. He integrated both rock and pop elements in the genre of country music, and this was what earned him his popularity and success. He was married to the singer Trisha Yearwood during hos music hiatus of eight years. Garth Brooks decided to make a comeback by going on a tour with his wife last 2014. He recently released his latest album Gunslinger.

Garth Brooks

Barbara Mandrell & The Mandrell Sisters

Barbara Mandrell was deemed to be the “Sweetheart of Steel” because she was able to master the pedal steel guitar, which had even given her accolades when she was just 11 years of age. Her parents taught her, and so Barbara and her sisters eventually formed a family band together with their parents. They went on a few tours in the United States and were known as the Mandrell Family Band. Barbara’s career almost ended because she had been in a severe car accident last 1984. Thankfully, she was able to recover from her experience and only retired from music in 1997.

Barbara Mandrell & The Mandrell Sisters

Shania Twain

Eilleen Twain, also known as Shania Twain, was born on August 28, 1965, and was a Canadian singer and songwriter. And even though she was a Canadian, this did not hinder her from being the darling of country-pop. She had sold more than 86 million records and was deemed as the best-selling female country artist in history. She was also in the list of the all-time top-selling artists. Her second album was what shot her straight to the spotlight. It was The Woman in Me and was released last 1995. Her most recent achievements included the release of her new album, Triumphant, and she also performed in the Stagecoach Festival.

Shania Twain

The Dixie Chicks

The Dixie Chicks was an American country music band that was composed of talented musicians, and the founding members were the sisters Emily Strayer, Martie Erwin Maguire, and the lead singer Natalie Maines. The band was formed in 1989 in Dallas, Texas. They started as an all-female country trio and started as a bluegrass group. However, their fame and popularity had grown so much to the point that they frequently sold-out stadium shows and even had international tours. They even nagged the spot of the highest-selling all-female band in the United States last 2015.

The Dixie Chicks

Dolly Parton

Dolly Rebecca Parton was born on January 19, 1946, and was able to remain relevant within the industry of country music for over 50 years. She had humble roots on a small tobacco farm and acreage and looking at her now, and she was now the sweetheart of country music ever since her first Album Hello, I’m Dolly had been released last 1965. She was deemed to be a multitalented artist because she was not stuck as a singer, but she also appeared in films, television, and even on Broadway. Dolly was not just talented, but she also had a heart of gold. She helped in staffing a telethon to raise money for the Great Smokey Mountain wildfires relief last 2016.

Dolly Parton

 

Lorrie Morgan

Lorretta Lynn Morgan, also known as Lorrie Morgan, was born on June 27, 1959, and was born in Nashville, Tennessee. She had performed her very first performance on the Grand Ole Opry to performing Paper Roses on stage when she was just 13 years of age. Her first number one hit was Five Minutes, which was released last 1990. However, Something in Red, which was her second record, was the one that received certified platinum after a year since her first hit. Lorrie’s personal life had been quite turbulent, and she had suffered from some challenges in the years. Eventually, she had no choice but to file for bankruptcy last 2008. Thankfully, Lorrie was able to make a comeback and even released an album called Letting Go . . . Slowly last 2016.

Lorrie Morgan

 

Sara Evans

Sarah Evans was born on February 5, 1971, and was born in Boonville, Missouri. She was a combination of English, Irish, Native American, and Welsh descent. She decided to move to Nashville, Tennessee, to follow her dreams of being a country music artist, and even though she was a Missouri native, she fit right in and even landed a record deal with RCA Nashville. She did not stick with RCA for too long and was eventually signed with Sony Music Nashville. She also left Sony in August 2016 and joined the Concord Music Group. There was a period in her life when she decided to take some time away from music so that she would be able to focus on her family together with Jay Barker. She made an appearance on Chrisley Knows Best last 2016 and was able to perform a duet with Todd Chrisley.

Sara Evans

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