8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… Country Artists You MUST Watch Out For In 2018!

8…Who is Ryan Griffin as an artist? The same young man he is as a person. He’s a young husband and father. He’s a singer who draws from such varied influences as George Strait and Brian McKnight. He’s a songwriter whose words mirror the truth, vulnerability and compassion he feels. “My whole life is about being transparent and being real,” Ryan admits. “Music needs to be honest, or I don’t want to represent it. All I’ve wanted to do was make music that’s true to who I am…authentic…that I can stand onstage and be proud to sing.” That’s who Ryan Griffin is. And that’s what makes Ryan and his music worth getting to know. Fun facts you need to know about Ryan…

  • Current single“Woulda Left Me Too” has over 3.6M Spotify streams
  • 129K+ monthly Spotify listeners
  • Co-wrote Kelsea Ballerini’s No. 1 hit “Dibs”
  • Sounds like a mix between Sam Hunt and Keith Urban

7…Logan Mize is an accomplished country singer/songwriter from Clearwater, Kansas, who has deep musical roots to his family tree. His great uncle was Billy Mize, largely known for crafting and evolving the legendary Bakersfield sound, which included musical pioneers Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. In 2016, Mize made waves when he booked a solo acoustic tour via social media and traveled more than 20 thousand miles in less than two months in a 1989 Chevy station wagon named “Glenn” running his own sound and lighting performing 2- and 3-hour acoustic shows for fans across the country. Fun facts you need to know about Logan…

  • Current single: “Ain’t Always Pretty” has nearly 28 million Spotify streams
  • Performed with Eric Church, Blake Shelton and Dierks Bentley
  • He has serious Chase Rice & Dylan Scott vibes

6…Emerging Canadian country music duo The Reklaws are ready to take the American country world by storm. Their current single “Hometown Kids” was the perfect classic summer anthem this year. The brother and sister duo have even performed with some of Country music’s biggest acts such as Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Thomas Rhett and more…more fun facts about The Reklaws…

  • Current single: “Hometown Kids” has 800K+ Spotify streams
  • They have serious Thompson Square vibes

5…With a country music foundation consisting of a little rock, pop and rap built inside is what will give you Filmore. With country music opening up its doors to anyone with a unique sound, this up and coming singer-songwriter may be coming around at the right time! Learn more about Filmore here…

  • Current single: “You Know You Wanna” has 739K+ Spotify streams
  • Performed with Canaan Smith and Michael Ray
  • R&B inspired contemporary country music

4…Abbey Rowe is a songstress taking the country music world by storm that is holding her own as a rising female in country…she’s found her voice by steering away from the classic heartbreak ballads with her unapologetic lyrics and witty charm. You will definitely feel some Miranda Lambert vibes with the “Miss Wannabe” singer. Be on the lookout for fresh music in the New Year from one of country’s next queens! Fun facts about Abbey you may not know…

  • Current single“Miss Wannabe”
  • The next teen country starlet with a hilarious personality
  • Has Kacey Musgrave vibes thanks to her honest lyrics


3…Emma White‘s first track from her latest EP, “Overthink It,” was featured by Apple Music and added to Spotify’s coveted, ‘New Boots’ playlist. Buzz like this isn’t the norm for an artist without a manager, publisher or label behind her, but shows signs of future promise and success for this new artist….check out these fun facts about Emma!

  • Current single: “Overthink It” has over 492K Spotify streams
  • The single was featured on Spotify’s “New Boots” Playlist
  • Named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 Artists to Watch” for October
  • Her music is reminiscent of Maren Morris

2…Christina Taylor‘s video for “Don’t Look Good In Your T-Shirt Anymore“ is on the active video playlist at CMT. Both “Don’t Look Good..” and “That Girl” can be heard on Radio Disney Country currently, as well as multiple Spotify Playlists. Christina was also named as an 2018 artist to watch by AXS.com, thecountrysource.com and ventsmagazine.com. AND, if you want to catch her live, Christina is currently performing regularly at the famous Sutler Saloon in Nashville scoring a coveted residency there! More fun facts on Christina…

1…Melanie Meriney describes herself as an urban/pop country singer who navigating her way through the music business as an artist on the Nashville scene. Growing up in Pittsburgh, Melanie’s first exposure to music was a combination of her mom’s playing country radio around the house, her dad’s love of 80s rock, and the pop, metal, and hip-hop-dominated scene of the Steel City. Here are some more fun facts about Melanie…

  • Current single “Lifeboat”
  • Song hit No. 2 on UK’s Hot Disc Chart
  • Nominated for Nashville Independent Music Award (NIMA) for Best Female Country Artist
  • Performed with Little Big Town, Journey and Fleetwood Mac

So there you have it, 8 of the best acts to watch out for in country music in 2018. Seriously, if you haven’t already started downloading, pre-ordering, you-tubing their songs you have my permission to stop reading this and go check it out right now!

Absolutely amazing things are happening for all of the artists mentioned and as country music fans it is our job to go out and support each and every one of them. Buy your tickets and catch them on tour, and if you get the chance, just hang out with them… great musicians, and even better guys and gals…country music should be proud to have them in the family.



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