LAUREN ALAINA

Georgia native Lauren Alaina captured America's hearts when she appeared on Season 10 of Idol. Her first album, Wildflower, debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Country chart and No. 2 onBillboard’s Top Country Album chart, and was the best-selling digital album by a debut country female. She was also the youngest female to have her album debut that high since LeAnn Rimes 15 years prior. Alaina has been nominated for several Teen Choice and CMT Music Awards, and took home the Artist Of The Year: New Artist trophy at the 2012 American Country Awards. She has toured with superstars Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Sugarland. Lauren is an Ambassador for the Special Olympics and released her version of Grown Up Christmas List as a part of their A Very Special Christmas album series. Lauren is currently working on her highly anticipated forthcoming sophomore album.

Kelsea Ballerini

Kelsea Ballerini's breakout hit, "Love Me Like You Mean It," is just a taste of the country-pop sound in her imaginative catalog. The Knoxville, Tennessee native has dedicated the better part of the last decade to creating inspiring music, based on her life, to motivate others to live without fear of their emotions. Her full-length debut, The First Time, has Kelsea's credit behind every song. The album radiates positivity while exploring all facets of the human experience. She is a true poet, and The First Time reflects that.

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KELLEIGH BANNEN

With her effervescent personality and country charm, EMI recording artist Kelleigh Bannen might very well remind you of the girl-next-door; that is if your next door neighbor loves a good shot of whiskey, plays a mean classical violin and prowls the stage like a woman on a mission. Bannen is one of CMT’s “Next Women of Country” and is emerging as one of the country format’s most engaging new artists.

Dierks Bentley

Seven albums into one of country music's most-respected and most-unpredictable careers, award-winning singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley continues to grow. His latest evolution comes in the form of RISER, a project that stands as his most personal to date. Written and recorded in the year following his father’s death, the album draws its title from “I’m A Riser,” a song about resilience and determination.

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LEE BRICE

Lee Brice is a craftsman, the kind whose boundless desire to hone his skills and relentless pursuit of perfection are matched only by his humility about the entire process. His new album, I Don't Dance, is a showcase for his painstaking approach to writing and recording, with his distinctive fingerprints clearly emblazoned on every element of the album. While Brice is now known as reliable chart- topping Nashville hit-maker whose 2014 performance on the Academy of Country Music telecast — where he picked up the trophy for “Song of the Year”— "stole the show" (USA Today), there was a time when he was only recognized for his work behind the scenes.

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CHASE BRYANT

Music defines Chase Bryant. At every level and in often unexpected ways, his truths are expressed in melody, lyrics, hooks and sounds … but his reality goes even deeper than that. Bryant’s heritage is defined by music. His upbringing, his craft, his inspiration and his obsessions are all centered in the same – which is good – because there’s no other way to explain how a 22-year-old Texan could already be a top-flight guitar player, head-turning songwriter, RED BOW recording artist and co-producer of his debut album.

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CAM

Cam. The simple, three-letter name is bold. And that rings true to the art, and the heart, of one of country’s shining new acts. That boldness is evident in nearly every step she takes. Cam makes it a habit to wear eye-catching yellow every time she goes out in public. The strings and acoustic guitar in her breakout smash, the RIAA gold-certified “Burning House,” are stirringly fragile, a brave counterpoint to the party atmosphere of modern country.

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Kenny Chesney

For Kenny, his year spent focusing on music is proving to be one of the best decisions of his career. “Save It For A Rainy Day,” the fourth consecutive No. 1 single from The Big Revival, has now topped Billboard’s Country Singles Chart for the third consecutive week and reached No. 1 on Mediabase today.

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Brandy Clark

What a year it's been for Washington - born and bred singer - songwriter Brandy Clark. Named Music Row Magazine's 2014 Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Clark signed to Warner Bros. Records in 2014 after her debut album 12 Stories was released by Texas indie label Slate Creek Records to widespread critical acclaim in October 2013.

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Courtney Cole

With a fresh face, bubbly personality and a sound that is equal parts contagious and sassy, Courtney Cole has spent many years crafting her music and creating positive messages in her lyrics that inspire others in their lives.

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BRETT ELDREDGE

For the 2014 CMA New Artist of the Year Brett Eldredge, work began on his second album the day his first one went on sale.

"That was over two years ago," remembers the tall, handsome Midwesterner, relaxing between takes in a Nashville studio. “That night, I took a long walk around New York City. I was thinking, ‘This is great but I've got to start preparing for the next album. I’ve played all these stages and put out an album you can be proud of. But now you've got to release another album that's even better and bigger.

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LINDSAY ELL

Coming from a family with deep musical roots, the Stoney Creek Records’ artist started playing piano and guitar at a very early age. "I learned how to play guitar traveling to country-bluegrass camps with my dad, and knew right from the beginning of my strong passion for country music."

The 26-year-old Calgary native was discovered at 13 by BTO and The Guess Who's Randy Bachman ("American Woman," "Takin' Care Of Business"). Lindsay’s passion and study has served her well, leading to several unique opportunities, including an opening slot with blues icon Buddy Guy; however, her first songwriting trip to Nashville was the catalyst that brought her early affinity for country full-circle. "When I got here, it was like I was home," she says. "I didn't need to put on a facade of who I was or wasn't. And I finally fell back into my roots. Coming to Nashville brought me to who I am and who I'm meant to be."

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SAM HUNT

At first glance, Sam Hunt might seem like a fairly typical young country singer—he grew up in a small Southern town; spent his school days concentrating on sports, but feeling his attachment to music grow deeper and deeper; and came to Nashville with little idea of how the music business worked, but with big dreams. But a closer look instantly reveals that there is nothing typical about the music that Hunt makes, nor about the way he has introduced his work to the world. In a short time and on his own terms, he has become one of Nashville’s most hotly anticipated new artists, and his debut album, Montevallo, delivers on the buzz and the promise—and then some.

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CHRIS JANSON

Chris Janson has never doubted who he is. He's a devoted husband, a passionate father, a hit songwriter, a wildly entertaining performer and, now, a Number One country artist. All those elements influence Buy Me a Boat, his debut solo album for Warner Bros. Records/Warner Music Nashville.

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JANA KRAMER

Just ask Jana Kramer and she'll tell you she’s: “Just getting started.”

And it’s that drive and love for music that has been the driving force behind her career. After all, in just a little over three years, she has become one of country music's brightest new stars. Her platinum debut single, "Why Ya Wanna," rocketed to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 2012 making her the most played new artist of that year. Her self-titled debut album hit No. 5. In 2013, the Academy of Country Music honored her with its Top New Female Artist Award, and Blake Shelton picked her to open on his "Ten Times Crazier" tour.

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CHRIS LANE

Growing up in Kernersville, North Carolina, Chris Lane listened to all of the requisite country music staples: Alan Jackson, George Strait, Kenny Chesney and Garth Brooks. But as a child of the Nineties, he was also shaped by the smooth pop and R&B sounds of artists like Justin Timberlake, Usher and the Backstreet Boys. Now, as he prepares to release his anticipated debut EP for Big Loud Records, Lane has drawn upon those influences to create music for the modern country fan.

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DUSTIN LYNCH

Broken Bow Records artist Dustin Lynch occupies a unique place in today’s country music. Thanks to his classic sensibilities, he’s been heralded as the heir to George Strait’s throne. Yet with one listen to, “Where It’s At,” it’s obvious the young Tennessee native knows how to combine his traditional influences with an edgy intensity that places him at the vanguard of today’s contemporary country scene.

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MARTINA MCBRIDE

Martina made history with her most recent album EVERLASTING as the first artist to debut at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart with an independently released and distributed album in the chart's 50-year history. The project also marks her fifth chart-topping debut. To date, she has sold over 18 million albums, which have included 20 Top 10 singles and six #1 hits.

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JACKSON MICHELSON

Jackson Michelson is a American Country singer/songwriter from Corvallis, Oregon. He has always been drawn to entertaining performances inspiring him to place his focus on creating an intimate, entertaining live performance for fans.  Raised on country, rock, reggae, & soul music, Jackson will make you smile with his raw country jams like "The Good Life" and melt your heart with the heartfelt "Fire Burns For You". "I tried to learn the trombone at age 12, but quickly learned I couldn't play & sing at the same time, which gravitated me toward the guitar," says Michelson,  "Writing songs came naturally after just a few days." Touring with some of the biggest names in country music, this up-and-comer will wow you with personality and passionate music.

KIP MOORE

A relentless road warrior, MULTI PLATINUM singer/songwriter Kip Moore is currently gearing up to head back out on the road at the end of the month for the second leg of his WILD ONES TOUR that will include a string of headlining dates in The UK and Ireland as well as shows scheduled in Australia for the first time. Moore's new single “Running For You” was heralded by Billboard as “a career song from the album” and was the most added song at country radio in its debut week.

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MAREN MORRIS

"Can I get a hallelujah, can I get an amen?" sings Texas-born, Nashville-dwelling Maren Morris on "My Church," the lead single from her self-titled LP. Though "sing," however, might not be the most appropriate verbiage – she belts, more like it, in her dynamic range that can growl soulfully one moment and twangily howl the next. It's an honest performance from an artist and writer who stands out for the singular point of view, sheer creativity and fearless approach to music she's developed since she began performing and writing as a young child. Using the boldest colors from across many genres as her palate and country as her canvas, Morris' stories are vivid paintings that can be gleefully fun, tearfully heartbreaking and a perfect balance of modern and timeless.

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KELLIE PICKLER

There are many ways to describe Kellie Pickler, with spunky, beautiful, talented and charismatic just scratching the surface. But there is one word that ties them all together and brings them to life. Kellie Pickler is real. Few people speak or sing so transparently from their hearts. Few can bridge life and art, story and song, so vibrantly and compellingly.

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CHASE RICE

Within a few short years of moving to Nashville, country music maverick Chase Rice has already built a loyal fan base across the country through his energetic live shows and gained the attention of industry professionals with his edgy, eclectic sound. Rice’s current album, Ignite the Night, was released on Columbia Nashville/Dack Janiels Records and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums and No. 3 on the all-genre chart. With two Top 5 hits already under his belt (including the Platinum-certified lead single "Ready Set Roll" and follow-up smash, “Gonna Wanna Tonight”), Rice is currently working on new music for a forthcoming album and continues to sell out venues across the country on his JD and Jesus Tour, hailed by Taste of Country as “an event to catch.”

CHRIS STAPLETON

Released in May on Mercury Records Nashville, Chris Stapleton’s album Traveller initially debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Albums chart with more than 27,000 albums sold, making it the best-selling first week by a debut country artist in 2015. The album also received immediate and extensive critical acclaim and landed him bookings on “Late Show with David Letterman,” “The View,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” among others.

Following a historic turn on the CMA Awards — Stapleton is the first artist to win Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year at the same awards – Traveller became the first album to re-enter the Billboard 200 all-genre album chart at No. 1, where it stayed for two straight weeks. Stapleton also performed a “show-stealing” (Rolling Stone) duet on the live awards show with superstar and friend Justin Timberlake, which Entertainment Weekly called, “an unapologetic display of abnormal levels of talent.”

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GRANGER SMITH

Country music’s Granger Smith is the flagship artist, along with Trace Adkins, of BBR Music Group’s newest imprint, Wheelhouse Records. With sold-out national tours, a social media following of more than four million, and YouTube views exceeding 36 million, Granger Smith has amassed a rabid audience, while building a truly groundbreaking career. Granger’s current EP, 4x4, is co-produced by Granger Smith and Frank Rogers (Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and Josh Turner) and debuted at #6 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart.

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Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film. A seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner, she has amassed nearly 100 major honors, sold more than 56 million records worldwide, and recorded 21 #1 singles, 11 of which she co-wrote. The first female artist to be twice named the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year, Underwood was recognized as Pollstar’s top female country touring artist for her headlining tours in 2008, 2010, and 2012. Her four studio albums, Some Hearts, Carnival Ride, Play On, and Blown Away – each certified multi-Platinum or Platinum, and each an American Music Awards winner as Country Album of the Year – tallied 38 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with songs that have been streamed more than 1.4 billion times worldwide.

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CHRIS YOUNG

At the age of 30, Chris Young has accomplished more than some artists do in a lifetime. Already a Grammy-nominated vocalist, he’s also a dynamic live performer who plays a powerhouse show packed with hits, including chart toppers “Gettin’ You Home,” “Voices,” “Tomorrow,” and “Who I Am With You.” With five albums to his credit, Young has amassed seven #1 singles, seven Gold/Platinum certifications and performed for audiences ranging from Good Morning America to Australia and Dublin to The Late Show with David Letterman. The RCA Records artist is an international ambassador for his genre, a talented songwriter, and a southern gentleman who is frequently declared one of country music’s sexiest men by People and Nash Country Weekly magazines. With the release of his hotly anticipated fifth studio album, “I’m Comin’ Over,” Young is just as well known for his classic baritone as he is for melt-your-heart ballads and is winning audiences across the globe.

A THOUSAND HORSES

When Rolling Stone Country hailed A Thousand Horses as the best up-and-comer at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, it was the latest in a whole series of accolades that got the band even more fired up.

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BROTHERS OSBORNE

Years before they climbed the country charts with songs like “Stay a Little Longer” and “Rum,” the Brothers Osborne grew up in Deale, Maryland, a small fishing town on the Atlantic seaboard. It was a cozy place, filled with blue-collar workers who made their living on the water. During the weekends, many of those workers would head over to the Osborne household, where a series of loose, all-night jam sessions filled the Maryland air with the sounds of Bob Seger, Hank Williams, Tom Petty and George Jones.

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MADDIE & TAE

Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye never intended to strike a nerve when they sat down on St. Patrick's Day and wrote "Girl In A Country Song." Merely expressing their honest reaction to the reductive tilt of today's "Bro Country," the pair along with co-writer Aaron Scherz, shamelessly skewered its Xeroxed stereotypes. "Girl In A Country Song," as much a lark as meaningful social commentary, proved they weren't alone in their feelings of the current state of Country music. No one was more surprised than the natives of Sugar Land, Texas and Ada, Oklahoma to the response their real Girl Country evoked in even the most established music industry veterans.

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OLD DOMINION

Old Dominion may be best known as a nickname for the Commonwealth of Virginia, but the moniker is set to become synonymous with great country music if the five members of Old Dominion have their way. Tipped by Billboard, Rolling Stone and Huffington Post as a 2015 band to watch, Old Dominion brings their spirited take on modern country to their RCA Nashville debut, Meat and Candy. While undeniably country, the songs sparkle with clever lyrics, innovative instrumentation, genre-busting arrangements and finger-popping melodies.

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