Billboard: Top Country Music Artists to Watch in 2017

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    With the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM Awards) on the horizon and the Billboard Music Awards in May, we thought it would be fitting to share who we think are the up and coming country artists to watch out for this year.

    The country music genre is filled with so much talent, from Luke Combs with his gritty sound and Brantley Gilbert-like edge to Runaway June with their sweet, country twang and beautiful harmonies. We are loving this new music and can’t wait to see more of these artists over the next few years.

    See below for our top new country music artists to look out for and tell us which ones are your favorites!

    Luke Combs

    Popular Song: “Hurricane”

    Brett Young

    Popular Song: “Sleep Without You” or “In Case You Didn’t Know”

    Jackie Lee

    Popular Song: “Getting Over You”

    Runaway June  

    Popular Song: “Lipstick”

    Caitlyn Smith

    Popular Song: “Tacoma”

    Carly Pearce

    Popular Song: “Every Little Thing”

    Seth Ennis

    Popular Song: “Woke Up in Nashville”

    Ryan Hurd

    Popular Song: “Love in a Bar” or “City Girl”

    James Barker Band

    Popular Song: “Chills”

    See Country Music Stars at the Billboard Music Awards

    The Billboard Music Awards encompass all genres of music, but we can't wait to see if any country music artists get nominated.You can be there to join country music artists for the 2017 Billboard Music Awards this May! Official packages have yet to be released, but you can sign up for our wait list to be notified when they become available. 

     

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