7 Country Newcomers You Need to Know

Prior to their country radio debut, every megastar has started somewhere smaller, playing cover songs and winning the hearts of fans. At #CMchat, we are all about the journey! Some artists played the Broadway strip in downtown Nashville, some played at their tiny hometown local bar, while others got their humble start on a television show. If you solely listen to main-stream country radio, then you likely haven’t heard of these artists just yet, but chances are that you will hear them on your favorite station in the future, and possibly very soon!

Cole Taylor

This Georgia native’s songwriting is on point. He has written country songs recorded by current top artists, including No. 1 charting songs by Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan. Taylor currently has two EP’s available on iTunes which burst with No. 1 song potential, and his live shows are the best way to experience those tracks. Get connected with him here.

Gracia Harrison

You might remember this lovely lady from Team Blake on Season 3 of The Voice. Harrison just released her debut single, “Boys in a Beach Town” which was written by Jennifer Denmark, Wil Nance, and country superstar Kelsea Ballerini. It is a must-have for your summer playlist! Her debut EP is also in the works, and she will be touring her heart out until then to meet her fans and introduce her music. Make sure to keep tabs on her by connecting with her on social media.

Cort Carpenter

The quality that is so intriguing about Cort Carpenter is that he pushes the boundaries of country music’s potential while still keeping its integrity. His new EP, Changing Lanes was released on May 27. The EP melds electronic and pop elements with country music, creating a unique sound. You can purchase Changing Lanes on iTunes or his website.

Ray Fulcher

Fulcher is a Georgia-born singer/songwriter who made a name for himself while performing mostly locally with his band, County Line. He made the necessary move to Nashville in 2014 with the purpose of pursuing his music career and he has prospered more as an artist since then. Recently, he co-wrote on four of six songs on Luke Combs’ EP, which landed a No. 5 spot on iTunes Country Charts. With live performances scheduled and an EP of his own due for release in the coming months, Ray Fulcher is one that you won’t want to take your eyes off of for too long. Find out how to keep up with him here.

Faren Rachels

Maybe music is naturally in the blood of Georgians because it seems that’s where a lot of raw music talent has been sourced as of lately. Faren Rachels is another testament to that thought. Her flawless country vocals attract immediately, whether you listen live or on a recording, but she shines even more so when she writes music. In fact, one of her latest songs, “We Still Do” was performed by Jordan Rager at the Grand Ole Opry. Just weeks later, Rachels earned a publishing deal with CTM Writers INK. She is on fire, and we believe it’s only going to go up from here for Faren Rachels. Follow her on Facebook to stay connected.

Stephen Neal

Though it has only been a year since Stephen Neal decided to turn his passion for songwriting into a career, you’d never know it by listening to his music. He has the ability to adapt to what is in demand musically while staying true to his unique sound. Stephen has already released two EPs, with the latest delivering a refreshing and stripped-down collection of songs. Stephen Neal has plans to release two more EP’s by the end of 2016 before putting together a full album, and will be touring throughout the country in the mean time as well. You can watch his journey unfold here.

Morgan Myles

Just listen to one song from this Pennsylvania native, or watch one performance, and you’ll be captivated. Morgan Myles is the queen of the country/soul blend with a voice that will immediately enchant your heart and leave you with the feels in the best way. Her debut EP, Miss Morgan Myles is available for purchase now, and we can’t wait to see what’s next from her! Be sure to check out her website.

Author: Tiera Bolt

Mix 1 part momma + 1 part writer + 1 part hairstylist. Add the love of laughter, adventure, and caffeine. Blend well with a passion for country music and hockey. Sprinkle with sass, and that's me.

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