Gloriana. The event, held at Nashville's Cannery Ballroom, served as a showcase of some of the most exciting new acts in country music today.
Taking the stage first was Gloriana (whose performance was also streamed live on Pepsi.com). Releasing their highly anticipated sophomore album, "A Thousand Miles Left Behind," today (July 31), the trio turned in an energetic set that featured their stunning harmonies.
Comprised of brothers Mike and Tom Gossin, plus Rachel Reinert, Gloriana took the opportunity to roll out several new tracks for the revved-up fans, including "Can't Shake You," "Turn My World Around," "Wanna Take You Home" and "Sunset Lovin'."
Watch Gloriana perform their new song, "Sunset Lovin'"
For "(Kissed You) Good Night," their newest hit currently at No. 3 on Billboard's Country Songs chart, the band enticed a young couple on their first date to take the stage for their first kiss.
"This song is helping people get some, all across America," Tom Gossin joked.
The night was emceed by Jonathan Brooks, host of Billboard's daily news show The Beat.
Next up was rising star Jana Kramer. Referred to by some as country's "It" girl, she had the crowd in the palm of her hand from the start -- with a performance that included many tracks from her self-titled debut album, including "Why Ya Wanna," as well as a spirited version of Sheryl Crow's "All I Wanna Do."
Randy Houser took to the stage next, thrilling the crowd with his rough-edged vocals. He delivered his current single, "How Country Feels," to the audience's delight. Houser told Billboard that he is about halfway through recording his debut album for Stoney Creek Records. Another Houser highlight was the performance of crowd favorite "Whistlin' Dixie."
Jerrod Niemann followed up, and one can tell a higher level of confidence from the singer -- after being on Miranda Lambert's "On Fire" tour. He performed his current single, "Shinin' On Me," and also gave fans a preview of his upcoming fall release. The crowd turned his "Lover, Lover" into a massive sing-a-long to end his set.
Closing out the night was Easton Corbin. Already having an impact at radio with his first two singles climbing to the upper reaches of the Country Songs chart ("Lovin' You Is Fun" is currently No. 22), the Florida native played his hits, but also premiered many of the songs from his "All Over The Road" album, due in stores September 18. Closing his set (and the show) with his chart-topping "Roll With It," he sent the crowd on their way from the Cannery Ballroom out on a high note. And, in doing so, he (and the rest of the night's lineup) proved that the future of country music is in some very good hands.
Watch Gloriana perform their new song, "Carolina Rose"
The event was the second in Billboard and Pepsi's summer series, which kicked off with a Katy Perry performance on Hollywood Blvd. in June. A third event will close out the series in New York City in August, with more information to come soon.