It's time to shine the spotlight on some of the new country and Americana acts that we think will make some noise in 2014. Some are very much in the mainstream sound, while some are a little off the beaten path, but we think there's something to each of these acts (listed in alphabetical order) that might help to set them apart from the pack.
We in the 615 have had an eye on Tyler Barham for quite a while. He has managed to register over eight million views online with many covers of other artists' songs, but it's his new material -- which you'll be hearing about soon that we're particularly excited about! Needless to say, the city of Florence, Montana might start to invest in a "Home of" sign!
OK, She's got a famous last name – which could probably get her anything she wanted in and around Pittsburgh. But, the daughter of Terry Bradshaw was been working on and perfecting her craft for quite a while now, and she's already tasted success as a songwriter, helping to pen Jerrod Niemann's "What Do You Want." Look for her to make a leap into the performing spotlight in 2014! She's got the looks, the writing and vocal chops, and the moxie to go the distance!
Many people come to Nashville each week in search of stardom. This is without a doubt one of the most talented male vocalists to do so in quite some time. His songs have a universal appeal, his voice is appealing, and his stage show is very energetic. Just like the name of his single, he has the potential to "Make Each Moment Last."
Dan + Shay
The Warner Brothers duo of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney have a ton of momentum heading into the new year, with their debut single "19 You + Me" leading their charge as one of the top new acts in the business. Listen to their spellbinding harmony, and we think you'll agree!
She may be best known for her role as Aria on "Pretty Little Liars," but we think that status could very well change in 2014. Her debut single, "You Sound Good To Me," is out now (watch the new video below), and it's a sure bet to get some attention. Plus, she's a Tennessee girl, hailing from Memphis. What's not to love?
He claims Springsteen, Van Halen, and the Scorpions as influences, but one listen to the music of this Minnesota native, and you can tell that GB Leighton has a style all his own. His writing is deep, introspective, and moving – all at once. Definitely one to watch and to listen to! So, go ahead, "Get Up."
From time to time, you will hear someone described as "Wise beyond their years." While that is definitely true of this newcomer, his musicianship is so far beyond his 20 years of age that we think you will be as impressed as we were upon hearing him. He doesn't fit in a 4 x 4 box, so you might have to search him out. But, trust us, he's worth it!
He's already shared the stage with fellow Texas artists Cory Morrow, Kevin Fowler, and Reckless Kelly, but there's something about this guy's sound – particularly on cuts like "The Judge's Daughter" and "Tomorrow's Gone" that makes us think he could be the biggest artist to come from the Lone Star state since the days of Waylon and Willie. A big statement, but take a listen!
Typically, teenage acts don't necessarily blow us away, but this native Texan is a little different. Her debut single is called "Into The Circle," and is a tribute to the world famous Grand Ole Opry, and she shows plenty of promise on the track. She's contemporary – but has one ear planted towards the heritage of the format!
Natalie Stovall & The Drive
You want to talk about personality? They've got it. Attitude? They've got that too! Musical talent? That, and then some! A native of Columbia, TN – Stovall is the real deal – instrumentally and vocally – and they've got legendary producer Paul Worley in their corner – among others! Listen to "Shout, Shout, Shout," and we think you'll be doing just that!