Superstar Duets

John Anderson

John Anderson was born Dec. 13, 1954, in Orlando, Fla., and raised in Apopka, Fla. As an teen, Anderson played in a rock band, but ultimately pursued country music when he moved to Nashville in 1971 where he played in clubs and also helped build the Grand Ole Opry House. He signed to Warner Bros. in 1977 and by 1980 he made his mark on the top 10. He turned Billy Joe Shaver’s “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be a Diamond Someday)” into a Top 5 hit, and “Wild and Blue” spent two weeks at No. 1 in 1982, soon after “Swingin'” was released, and shot to number 1, becoming one of his signature hits in 1983. John began working on the album Seminole Wind in the early 90’s. From this album John then released the single “Straight Tequila Night” , and it shot to No. 1, setting the stage for five more years of hits, including Mark Knopfler’s “When It Comes to You,” “Seminole Wind” and the No. 1 “Money in the Bank.” This record spawned numerous nominations, including – Male Vocalist, Song of the Year and Album of the Year.

Dierks Bentley

Since making a life-altering drive with his father from Phoenix to Nashville when he was 19 years old, Bentley has forged his own path in an industry built predominantly on formula. The 2003 ACM Top New Artist of the Year has mixed elements of modern country, classic country, bluegrass and rock, maintaining an unmistakable identity while constantly reinventing his sound. His album Home debuted at No. 1 and spawned three consecutive chart-topping hits, marking 12 career No. 1 songs for Bentley as a singer and songwriter. His five previous studio albums have sold more than five million copies, and garnered 12 ACM Nominations, 11 GRAMMY nominations, and earned him an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry.

Clint Black

Prolific singer-songwriter Clint Black has long been heralded as one of Country music’s brightest stars. The winner of 6 ACM Awards including Top New Male Vocalist and Top Male Vocalist in 1989, Black’s many talents have taken him even further, as he has transcended genres to become one of the most successful artists in all the music industry. Black has also received 24 ACM Nominations between 1989 and 2004. To date, Black has written, recorded and released more than 100 songs, a benchmark in any artist’s career. An astounding one-third of these songs eligible for major single release also achieved hit song status at Country radio, while more than 20 million of his albums have been sold worldwide. While it’s well-known that Black is an accomplished singer and guitarist, people may be surprised to learn that he is also proficient on drums and harmonica.

Luke Bryan

Since the debut of his first album in 2007, Luke Bryan has placed 12 singles at No. 1 and sold nearly 7 million albums with 27 million digital tracks from his four studio albums, and has been named Entertainer of the Year for the Academy of Country Music in 2012. Bryan has won three other ACM Awards, and has been nominated for 14 ACM Awards since 2007. Luke's latest album Crash My Party was 2013's best-selling country album. It's sold over two million copies with 8 million digital downloads, is certified Double Platinum, and won the Billboard Music Award for "Top Country Album." In 2014, Luke Bryan achieved the best touring year of his career with 1.7 million fans attending his concerts. This May, Luke will be honored with a summer exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and will embark on a new tour, “Kick The Dust Up Tour.”

Deana Carter

The daughter of famed studio guitarist and producer Fred Carter, Jr., Deana grew up exposed to the wide variety of musicians her father worked with, including Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Waylon Jennings, and Simon & Garfunkel. With her wildly successful multi-platinum international debut Did I Shave My Legs For This? more than a decade ago, Carter showcased her own blend of country and retro-rock sprinkled with folksy singer/songwriter qualities. Her debut album, Did I Shave My Legs For This? boasts six songs co-written and co-produced by Carter and was released in summer 1996,and the record topped of both the country and pop charts, and achieved multi-platinum status. Everything’s Gonna Be Alright followed in late 1998. Carter released I’m Just a Girl on in 2003,The Story of My Life in 2005, and The Chain in 2007. Her success continues to be evident as last year’s chart topper “You & Tequila” , co-written with Matraca Berg and recorded by Kenny Chesney, was nominated as ACM’s “Song of the Year.”

Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney has sold over one million tickets to each of his 11 headlining tours since 2002. A 4-time ACM Entertainer of the year, Chesney has won 11 ACM Awards and has been nominated for an unprecedented 65 ACM Awards. The man deemed "The King of the Road" by The Wall Street Journal has also won American Music Award’s All-Favorite Artist, ACM's Top Male Vocalist and ACM’s Single of the Year ("The Good Stuff.") With over 30 million albums sold, 7 debuting at #1 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums and 13 topping Country Album chart, “The Big Revival” has spawned the multiple week #1 hit "American Kids," certified platinum.

Eric Church

Since the debut of his first album in 2006, Eric Church has remained true to his instincts, maintaining a stubborn insistence on doing things his own way—an approach that's been reflected both in his musical output and his career trajectory. Church has won three ACM Awards including Album of the Year in 2012 for Chief, and has been nominated for 15 ACM Awards since 2010, including being a nominee this year for Male Vocalist of the Year. Church’s latest album, The Outsiders produced two No. 1 hits, including ACM nominee for Song of the Year “Give Me Back My Hometown.” The album had one of the year’s all-genre top-five debut weeks and was the first and one of just two mainstream country albums to go Platinum. The Outsiders is a nominee for ACM’s Album of the year.

Brandy Clark

Brandy Clark opened a new chapter of her life with 12 Stories, her critically-acclaimed debut album. Clark grew up in the small town of Morton, Washington. After steadily building her reputation in Nashville as an inventive songwriter who respected tradition, Clark gained a foothold as a co-writer on The Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two,” Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart” and Kacey Musgraves’ “Follow Your Arrow.” She’s also had cuts by Toby Keith, Reba, Darius Rucker and Keith Urban. A charter member of CMT’s Next Women of Country campaign, Clark’s clever video for “Stripes” introduced her as a recording artist. In 2014, she signed to Warner Bros. in Los Angeles and earned Grammy nods for best new artist and best country album. In addition to developing a Broadway musical based on Hee Haw with ACM Award-winning songwriter Shane McAnally, Clark will tour with Alan Jackson in 2015.

Brett Eldredge

One of country music’s hottest new stars, Brett Eldredge, is taking the world of country music by storm. The Paris, Illinois, native found his way to the country scene after graduating college and moving to Nashville, where he began writing songs with some of the greats. Eldredge has written with country music legends, including “Whispering” Bill Anderson and Trace Adkins. He released his first official single, “Raymond”, in 2010. With his hit singles “Don’t Ya,” “Beat of the Music” and “Mean to Me”---from his debut album Bring You Back---Eldredge is taking control of the charts. Both “Don’t Ya” and “Beat of the Music” reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top 100 Country Airplay list.

Sara Evans

Over the years, Evans has developed a reputation for delivering thoroughly satisfying albums full of great songs brought to life by her distinctive voice. She has that heart-in-the-throat quality that turned Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn into legends coupled with an edgy contemporary sensibility that keeps her at the vanguard of today’s successful country performers. She’s sold nearly six million records and her last four albums have been certified Gold, Platinum or multi-Platinum. She’s scored five No. 1 hits, among them “Suds in the Bucket,” “A Real Fine Place to Start,” “No Place That Far” and “A Little Bit Stronger,” the title track of her chart-topping 2011 album Stronger. The single was No. 1 for two weeks and was certified platinum by the R.I.A.A. Evans has amassed an impressive collection of awards, including female vocalist from the Academy of Country Music. Slow Me Down is Evans’ seventh album for RCA Nashville Records and never has she sounded more self-assured and in control of her artistry.

Brantley Gilbert

Brantley Gilbert is tearing up the road to Country music with his upcoming album Just As I Am, which is already burning up the airwaves and ushering in summer with his first new work in four years. Like the album’s title, the songs are an expression of who he is at this time in his life. The rings, the chains, the faith, the no apologies—“If You Want A Bad Boy,” you’ll find one in Brantley’s first song on his new album. Love him or not, his latest offering is JUST AS I AM and it is an album of unforgettable memories—for him and everyone who hears it. Well-worn denim, metal in many forms and a pulled-down ball cap may frame Brantley, but the true art comes from what you don’t see. “I sing for the people who have helped me do my thing,” he says. His inspiration for writing comes from all aspects of his life, but he knows when he gets an “ear worm” it is a song that he needs to write now; he just has to give it legs and wings. That’s just what happened with Brantley’s #1 single “Bottoms Up.”

Hunter Hayes

23-year-old Hunter Hayes can do more than play 30 instruments and top Billboard charts. The country music star released his debut album, Hunter Hayes, in 2011, which sold over 1.1 million copies and was number 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums. Hayes’s hit single, "Wanted", has sold over 3.5 million copies and made Hayes the youngest male to ever top the Billboard Hot Country Songs list. In 2014, Hayes broke a Guinness World Record with the “24 Hour Road Race to End Child Hunger.” Hayes performed 10 shows in 10 cities in 24 hours to raise awareness for child hunger.

Sam Hunt

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 anticipated new artists, and his debut album, Montevallo, delivers on the buzz and the promise—and then some. The album follows Hunt’s recent four-song album preview, X2C, led by the Top Five, gold-selling track “Leave the Night On.” Hunt is one of the three semifinalists for ACM’s 2014 New Artist of the Year Award. Even though he was a recording rookie, Hunt was no stranger to the country music charts, having already written hits for the likes of Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and Billy Currington.

Alan Jackson

16 time ACM Awards winner Alan Jackson has been one of the most defining names in country music history. He started his career in 1986, as a songwriter with Glen Campbell’s publishing company. Three years later, he was signed as Arista/Nashville’s first country artist. Jackson’s first album, Here in the Real World, debuted in 1990, and later that year, he won ACM Top New Male Vocalist. Jackson is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, has 8 albums with multi-platinum status, 6 additional platinum albums, 35 number one hits and over 60 career singles. Along with his ACM awards, Jackson has won 2 Grammys, 7 ASCAP Songwriter/Artist of the Year awards, 2 AMA Award and 2 Billboard awards. Last year, Jackson became the first simultaneous artist-in-residence and major museum exhibit subject at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. He is currently on a 25th Anniversary 25 city tour across the US.

Miranda Lambert

Consider all the living she’s done since she stomped onto the scene with “Kerosene” in 2005: she is the five-time ACM Female Vocalist of the Year, a Grammy winner with four award winning Albums of the Year under her belt, and a happily married woman whose personal foundation, MuttNation, has raised millions of dollars for pet shelters across the country. Lambert has won 18 ACM Awards in total and has been nominated for 43 ACM Awards overall. Take in all that, and you suddenly realize that the little blonde spitfire from Lindale, Texas has grown up right before our eyes.

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Patty Loveless

One of the most popular female singers of the new traditionalist movement, Patty Loveless rose to stardom thanks to her blend of honky tonk and country-rock, not to mention a plaintive, emotional ballad style. Her late-'80s records for MCA were generally quite popular, earning her comparisons to Patsy Cline, but most critics agreed that she truly came into her own as an artist when she moved to Epic in the early '90s. The two time ACM Top Female Vocalist, who tallied 19 ACM award nominations total, released “Only What I Feel” in early 1993 and earned Loveless the best reviews of her career to date. The number one smash "Blame It on Your Heart" helped the record go platinum, and "How Can I Help You Say Goodbye?" and "You Will" also went Top Ten. The following year's “When Fallen Angels Fly” won equal acclaim; it spun off four Top Ten hits in "I Try to Think About Elvis," "Halfway Down," "You Don't Even Know Who I Am," and "Here I Am." Released in 1996, The Trouble with the Truth continued Loveless' renaissance with two more number one smashes, "You Can Feel Bad (If It Makes You Feel Better)" and "Lonely Too Long," and the Top Five "She Drew a Broken Heart".

Ronnie Milsap

Milsap used pop, rock, and R&B elements to test country’s borders, and did so in a way that connected fiercely with the music-buying public. He compiled 40 #1 country hits. Milsap’s sales accrued eight gold albums; his Greatest Hits made him one of the first acts in any genre to obtain double-platinum status after the RIAA introduced the multi-platinum honor in 1984. The industry responded as positively as the public. Milsap won six Grammys, and five Academy of Country Music trophies, including lifetime honor, the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award and the 2013 Career Achievement Award.

Ashley Monroe

Ashley Monroe adds a touch of mountain tradition to her style of country music. Blessed with a sweet voice and an early desire to perform, Monroe held down a nightly gig in a country music revue in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, at the age of 12. In her early teens, her father died suddenly. After a few years in mourning, she and her mother moved to Nashville. Monroe sang in the honky-tonks, then landed publishing, management and record deals by the time she was 17. The label contract didn’t work out, although a duet with Ronnie Dunn titled “I Don’t Want To” did earn a 2006 ACM nod in the Vocal Event of the Year category. Meanwhile, Monroe gained momentum as a songwriter with cuts by Jason Aldean (“The Truth”), Miranda Lambert (“Heart Like Mine”) and Carrie Underwood (“Flat on the Floor”). As a vocalist, she teamed with Lambert and Angaleena Presley in Pistol Annies, as well as Blake Shelton on “Lonely Tonight.” One of CMT’s Next Women of Country, Monroe is a regular guest on the Grand Ole Opry. She issued Like a Rose, an acclaimed album produced by Vince Gill, in 2013. New music is expected in 2015.

Kip Moore

The catchy hit single “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” helped Kip Moore explode onto the country music scene. Moore, sometimes called the” blue-collar country rocker” by music critics, moved to Nashville in 2004 where he signed a record deal with MCA Nashville. After his first single "Mary Was the Marrying Kind" debuted, Moore concentrated on his songwriting. To follow, the country newcomer released 5 singles, including hits like “Beer Money,” “Hey Pretty Girl,” and his most recent, “Dirt Road.” “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard US Country list, and received Platinum recognition. In 2013, “Hey Pretty Girl” sat at No. 2 on the Billboard US Country Airplay list. Moore’s first album, Up All Night, was released in April 2012.

David Lee Murphy

Growing up in Herrin, IL, Murphy honed his songwriting skills at an early age and after graduating from Southern Illinois University, he moved to Nashville and spent the next ten years writing songs and performing in clubs. Murphy released his first album which spawned singles “Dust On The Bottle”, “Party Crowd”, “The Road You Leave Behind”, “Every Time I Get Around You” “Out With A Bang” to name a few . His debut single, “Just Once” was included in the motion picture Eight Seconds which starred Luke Perry as world bull riding champion Lane Frost. “Party Crowd” was the most played song on country radio in 1995 and “Dust on the Bottle” spent two weeks at number one. Both songs were on Murphy’s debut MCA album Out With A Bang, which went platinum and became the best-selling debut album by a male country artist in 1995. That same year The Academy of Country Music nominated Murphy for Top New Male Vocalist.

Joe Nichols

Joe Nichols has a drive for hit singles. With songs such as “Sunny and 75,” “Yeah” and “Hard to Be Cool,” he has created a balance of material on the album. His voice has the ability to be edgy, with song selection created that balance. In an organic way, it made for a unique sound. The track has a rock-pop feel with the track, and the traditional vocals bring it back. Nichols has a passion for his old catalog of music – “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off,” “Brokenheartsville,” “The Impossible,” “Gimme That Girl” and the rest. Nichols has released eight studio albums, including his most recent, Crickets. He has five number 1 singles to his name.

Jake Owen

Jake Owen became a star so quickly that he didn’t have time to memorize any Country Music Rule Book – which made it that much easier to toss it out the window. In 2005, Jake went from performing in Florida bars to moving to Nashville and within months he had a Music Row song-publishing contract. Jake Owen has previously enjoyed major-league success with hits “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” “The One Who Got Away,” and “Beachin.” Owen was named 2009’s Top New Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music.

Reba

One of the most successful female recording artists in history, Reba has sold over 56 million albums worldwide and is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame. She has won 13 ACM Awards; 9 People’s Choice Awards; 2 GRAMMY Awards; an ACM Career Achievement Honor; and is one of only four entertainers in history to receive the National Artistic Achievement Award from the U.S. Congress. Reba’s reign of #1 hits spans four decades and Billboard, Country Aircheck and Mediabase recognized her as the biggest female hitmaker in Country music history.

Darius Rucker

Since re-introducing himself to the world as a country artist, Rucker has had a truly remarkable few years. In 2008, he released Learn to Live. The album's first single, "Don't Think I Don't Think About It," made him the first African American with a number one country song since Charley Pride in 1983. It was followed by two more singles that topped the chart - "It Won't Be Like This For Long" and "Alright." His 2010 follow-up, Charleston, SC 1966, included two more Number Ones, "Come Back Song" and "This." Rucker tallies 4 ACM Awards nominations, and in October, he achieved a childhood dream when he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.

Marty Stuart

For over forty years, the five-time Grammy winning, six time ACM nomine, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, Marty Stuart has been building a rich legacy at this very crossroads. Born in the small town of Philadelphia, Mississippi, Stuart caught the music bug early traveling as a mandolinist with Lester Flatt's road band. In his twenties, Stuart toured with Johnny Cash, and also played with other legends such as Bill Monroe, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. By the late 1980s, Stuart was a solo artist. However, Stuart knew he didn't want to travel this new path alone, so he recruited fellow musical missionaries Kenny Vaughan, Harry Stinson and Paul Martin to form The Fabulous Superlatives. On his latest release with his band The Fabulous Superlatives, the double-disc Saturday Night & Sunday Morning, Stuart captures all the authentic neon and stained-glass hues of country music. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning offers a rousing blend of Stuart originals, classic covers and traditional hymns and that throw their arms around the whole history of not only country but modern American music.

Cole Swindell

Cole Swindell began his career selling merchandise for friend and college fraternity brother, Luke Bryan. Swindell then began to write for some of country’s most popular names like Bryan, Thomas Rhett and Scotty McCreery. The country newcomer wrote hits “Rollercoaster,” “Love in a College Town,” “Get Me Some of That” and “Carolina Eyes”. In 2013, Swindell released his debut single, “Chillin’ It,” which topped the charts. The single also reached sales upwards of 1 million copies. In 2014, Swindell released his second single, “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” which hit the top on the Billboard Top 100 US Country Airplay list. Swindell is nominated for ACM New Artist of the Year.

Keith Urban

American Idol judge and ACM Lifting Lives Gala headliner Keith Urban boasts 10 ACM Awards and many accolades to his name, including Billboard’s top country song of the decade in the 2000’s. With the release of his latest Billboard’s country number one album, Fuse, Urban is the first male Country artist to debut atop the all-genre charts in the United States, Canada and Australia. Urban is nominated this year for Video of the Year, with his hit song, “Cop Car.”

Dwight Yoakam

A long-time Los Angeleno, Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, placing him in an elite cadre of global superstars, yet the sales have never come at the expense of his musical integrity. Whether singing about the twisted wreckage of romance, the broken dreams of this hard life, or the burgeoning optimism that marks 3 Pears, Yoakam brings a knowing, glorious edge to his delivery and stands, in a world of artifice and flash, as a beacon of authenticity. He has 12 gold albums and nine platinum or multi-platinum albums, including the triple-platinum “This Time”. Five of those albums have topped Billboard’s Country Albums chart with another 14 landing in the Top 10. More than 30 singles have charted, with 22 going Top 20, including the incomparable hits “Honky Tonk Man,” “Please Please Baby,” “Little Ways,” “I Sang Dixie,” “It Only Hurts When I Cry,” “Fast as You” and “Thousand Miles from Nowhere.” He’s won two Grammys and earned a staggering 21 nominations. Yokam is a 2 time ACM Award winner for Top New Male Vocalist in 1986 and the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award in 2011.

Alabama

It's been 40 years since a trio of young cousins left Fort Payne, Alabama, to spend the summer playing in a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina bar called The Bowery. It took Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook six long years of tip jars and word of mouth to earn the major label deal they'd been dreaming of, but then seemingly took no time at all to change the face of country music. They reeled off 21 straight #1 singles, a record that may never be equaled in any genre. They brought youthful energy, sex appeal and a rocking edge that broadened country's audience and opened the door to self-contained bands from then on, and they undertook a journey that led, 73 million albums later, to the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The group has won 20 ACM Awards including 1984 Entertainer of the Year, 1988 Artist of the Decade and the 2002 Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award.

Brooks & Dunn

Superstar duo Brooks & Dunn released their first album in 1991, a blockbuster that delivered four #1 singles – the first of 23 chart-toppers in a career that’s seen Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn become the best-selling duo in country music history. Hits like “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” “My Maria,” “Only in America,” and “Believe” have propelled Brooks & Dunn to more than 30 million albums sold, as the duo has amassed more than 80 industry awards, including 2 GRAMMY awards, and 27 Academy of Country Music honors, making them the most-awarded act in ACM history. Named Entertainer of the Year three times by the ACM, Brooks & Dunn consistently remained among country’s most popular touring acts, a testament both to their showmanship and to their status as one of the true bedrock artists of contemporary country music. Brooks & Dunn announced their retirement in August 2009 and performed their final concert on September 2, 2010 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Both Brooks and Dunn have continued to record for Arista Nashville as solo artists. Dunn released a self-titled album in 2011 which included the Top 10 country hit “Bleed Red,” while Brooks entered the Top 40 in mid-2012 with “New to This Town.”

Eli Young Band

With the 2011 release of their Republic Nashville debut, Life at Best, the Eli Young Band scored their first No. 1 hit with “Crazy Girl.” The double platinum single became the # 1 most played country song of the year on Billboard’s 2011 Year End chart and earned them the ACM Award for Song of the Year. The band’s next single, “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” became their second No. 1 and was certified platinum. It earned the band Grammy nods for Best Duo/Group Performance and for Best Country Song as well as Single of the Year and Song of the Year nominations from the ACM. The group has been nominated for 9 ACM Awards total since 2008. After years of paying dues and gaining experience, the Eli Young Band is at the top of their game. While they started playing in tiny clubs, they’ve graduated to packing out theatres and mid-size venues as a headliner. Their road dog reputation helped them to earn an opening slot playing stadiums on the Kenny Chesney tour. All those miles on the road and visits to 10,000 towns coalesce to make their new album the band’s strongest effort yet. “At this point in our personal lives and in our career, we’re all in really good places,” Thompson says. “We’re all happy in our personal lives, so it shows on this record; it’s fun.”

Florida Georgia Line

Since forming in 2010, Florida Georgia Line has taken the songwriter skills honed from their early days in Nashville and shredded them to bits, all while simultaneously using the deep roots of country music to build something new and totally thrilling. From the most raucous party moments to unexpected self-reflective odes, FGL is an unstoppable powerhouse only looking to answer to themselves, and, perhaps most importantly, their fans. Their signature anthem “Cruise” was certified 8X platinum and became the best-selling Country single ever (according to SoundScan) – and the remix with Nelly rocked both the charts and eager genre-taggers. Since 2012, the duo has won 3 ACM Awards and has been nominated for 12, including five nominations this year. With their Republic Nashville debut, FGL is the only artist in history to join legends Brooks & Dunn in achieving four back-to-back, multi-week #1 singles. They’ve taken the “anything goes” approach with them from day one – never once, however, compromising their vision.

Lady Antebellum

Ten-time ACM Award winning group Lady Antebellum relies on their upbeat attitude and superb vocal blend. Since their debut in 2007, band members Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott have released 5 major albums, 3 of which are RIAA Platinum certified. Among those albums, the group has 9 Billboard number one hits, including their signature “Need You Now” which has over six million digital downloads. This year, the band is an ACM nominee for Vocal Group of the Year. Driven by the need to continually evolve, the country trio always seems to be in transit, pushing toward a newer, bolder sound one minute and hitting the road for a worldwide tour the next. With 747, Lady Antebellum's fifth album, the band captures the speed and spirit of its critically-acclaimed live show in 11 new songs.

The Band Perry

Since releasing their self-titled debut album in 2010, The Band Perry have ascended to dizzying heights. Fronted by Kimberly Perry and rounded out by her younger brothers Neil and Reid, the band has notched a string of hit singles, including the quadruple-platinum “If I Die Young” (which climbed to No. 1 on Billboard’s Country and AC charts), the platinum “You Lie,” and the Country No. 1 “All Your Life.” The band is nominated this year for ACM Vocal Group of the year. They’ve also enjoyed sold-out tours and a showering of honors, including multiple ACM, as well as Grammy, Teen Choice, and Billboard Music award nominations — all of which has cemented the sibling trio as one of the hottest acts in recent history.

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Kelsea Ballerini

Hailing from Knoxville, TN, singer/songwriter Kelsea Ballerini moved to Nashville, TN at age 15 to chase the dream of becoming a songwriter. At age 19, Kelsea signed a publishing deal with Black River Publishing in 2013. Later that year, Kelsea signed a record deal with Black River Entertainment and her single, “Love Me Like You Mean It” from her debut EP is digitally available now.

Gord Bamford

Gord Bamford is country through and through. In the way he lives his life and in the way he writes his songs, Gord brings a unique out-look to his music in which his heartfelt sincerity can instantly be heard. Whether in front of 35,000 screaming fans opening for Tim McGraw at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton Alberta, or playing a quiet small town hall for 150 people, Gord is right at home. Gord Bamford is more than just a Country singer. His song writing reaches out to touch the soul of many, his performance connects with people inexpressibly, and his passion for life comes through his actions as he supports many organizations that pursue goals of helping make a better society.

Josh Abbott Band

Weeks before its Valentine’s Day release on iTunes, the Josh Abbott Band’s “Touch” was already well on its way toward being one of the most talked-about songs in Texas music of 2012. From the very first time it was played in concert or over the airwaves, it was clear that “Touch” had a lot more going for it than just good timing. From the erotic tension and release of its slow-burning verses and soaring chorus to the dramatic crescendo of fiddle and guitars at the outro, it’s a song that captures every ounce of the passion, talent, and vision that’s propelled the Josh Abbott Band to the forefront of the Texas music scene in record time. And as the rest of Small Town Family Dream proves convincingly, they’re here to stay.

Kristian Bush

For a decade, Kristian Bush built his reputation as one half of the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning country duo Sugarland. He wasn't the group's lead singer -- that role went to his big-voiced partner, Jennifer Nettles -- but he steered the ship in other ways: playing multiple instruments, singing harmonies, co-producing the group’s platinum-selling albums, and co-writing an award-winning catalog of songs (including five No. 1 singles and nearly a dozen Top 10 hits) about life and love in the American South. On Southern Gravity, his first release as a solo artist -- due April 7, 2015 on Streamsound Records -- Bush occupies the spotlight himself, juggling the roles of vocalist, songwriter, bandleader and producer.

Cam

A fresh and heartfelt new force in country music that feels like home and sounds like the truth. Cam’s country roots trace back to her grandparents ranch in Southern California: imagine palm trees, horses, a blue barn and a tractor named Big Red. Her storyteller lyrics walk a romantic line between worldly wisdom and Disney charm, and judging by her fan base this sort of thing appeals to all of us. She writes music that exudes absolute comfort and trust in her own tastes.

Montgomery Gentry

When the two Kentucky boys—Eddie, from Lancaster and Troy from Lexington—first burst onto the national scene in 1999 with the defiant “Hillbilly Shoes” notice was served—country music had never seen a hard driving duo like this. Despite the millions of albums sold, the sold out shows and the scores of awards, Montgomery Gentry remains in touch with its working class roots. Who they are is a duo with fourteen Top 10 singles, including five No. 1s, “Something To Be Proud Of,” “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” Lucky Man,” “Back When I Knew It All” and “Roll With Me.” There’s no doubt that they’re hard-running honky tonkers, but Eddie and Troy are also empathetic citizens of the world. Winner of two ACM awards and acknowledged as the 2010 winners of its Humanitarian Award, they devote their time and energy into making the needs of others a priority.

A Thousand Horses

A Thousand Horses is a fresh fusion of classic sounds – a hybrid of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, Black Crowes and Exile on Main Street-era Rolling Stones, wrapped up in a modern-country context. The band’s Republic Nashville album, Southernality, is as wild and free and powerful as the name A Thousand Horses implies. This is the result of years of a road-doggin’ pursuit, determination and an against-the-odds struggle that found its rewards by bringing great music to the people.

Eric Paslay

Eric Paslay definitely knows how to craft a hit song. Jake Owen, Rascal Flatts, Love and Theft and the Eli Young Band have all scored No. 1 singles thanks to Paslay’s songwriting prowess, but fans who have seen him on stage will testify there is so much more to the tall, Texas redhead than his excellent songwriting chops. Paslay is a charismatic performer and a potent vocalist who knows how to connect with an audience. As his debut album’s lead single “Friday Night” reached the No. 1 spot, Paslay has arrived as an artist in his own right.

Mo Pitney

Born and raised in Cherry Valley Illinois, Mo Pitney, is truly a small town country boy. He began his career in music at the age of 12 when he picked up his dad’s guitar and asked him to teach him a few chords, his dad obliged, never dreaming just how far he would take it from there. Currently, Mo is working on a new album with Curb Records, working on making it a perfect blend of traditional and mainstream country sound. Mo enjoys writing songs that reflect what he’s all about: Young love, faith, family, friends and his love for the outdoors. Deeply rooted in the classic true country style that he cut his musical teeth on, Mo has the ability to deliver each song with a fresh, young, modern twist…in his own way, making the old new again.

Michael Ray

When Rising country singer Michael Ray made his first exploratory trip to Nashville, he got a life-changing piece of advice from an industry insider. “Go home.” Turns out it was the best thing Ray ever did. He built a rowdy fan base tilling the same fertile Southeastern soil Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan used to start their careers and returned to Nashville three years later to claim a record deal, a publishing contract and a few unexpected opportunities along the way.

Native Run

Native Run formed in the music venue Jammin Java in their native Virginia one fateful afternoon at the suggestion of mutual friends. After playing for a few hours in a little practice room, magic started exploding everywhere, and they felt like they'd just found another planet! They immediately went to the booker for Jammin Java and said, "Please book our CD release show at your earliest convenience," to which he replied, "Do you have a CD?”. They did not. They booked a show anyway. That was only two years ago, and the rest is history.

Dan + Shay

Since coming together a little over a year ago, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney—known collectively as Dan + Shay—have established themselves as one of country music’s most promising duos. With pristine vocals and a knack for writing clever yet relatable songs about looking for, finding and losing love, Dan + Shay bring a youthful sense of energy to country music. The two are nominated for ACM Vocal Duo of the Year, and their current single, “Nothin’ Like You,” broke onto the charts earlier this year.

Cole Swindell

Cole Swindell began his career selling merchandise for friend and college fraternity brother, Luke Bryan. Swindell then began to write for some of country’s most popular names like Bryan, Thomas Rhett and Scotty McCreery. The country newcomer wrote hits “Rollercoaster,” “Love in a College Town,” “Get Me Some of That” and “Carolina Eyes”. In 2013, Swindell released his debut single, “Chillin’ It,” which topped the charts. The single also reached sales upwards of 1 million copies. In 2014, Swindell released his second single, “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” which hit the top on the Billboard Top 100 US Country Airplay list. Swindell is nominated for ACM New Artist of the Year.

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Frankie Ballard

The best music is about connection, that place where words and music allow an artist’s reality to fire real emotion in listeners. And it’s just that connection that has been at the heart of Frankie Ballard’s rise as an artist. “I see people relating to the words of these songs,” he says, “using the lyrics to reflect on their own lives.” Nowhere has that been more evident than in Ballard’s breakthrough #1 hit, “Helluva Life.” Fans are owning every line as they sing it back in concert and use social media to share their own stories of good times and bad, and the way romance puts a shine on all of it.

Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers

Over 50 years ago, Larry, Steve, and Rudy Gatlin started singing in their little hometown of Abilene, Texas, and from there went on to make music history. Over the course of a four-decade career that has taken the Gatlin Brothers from dusty Texas stages to White House performances, from Broadway to Grammy Awards to the top of the country charts, there has been one unifying element, music. Throughout the 70's and 80's, the Gatlin Brothers lit up major marquees and packed concert halls across America. At this stage, the Gatlins' have the best of both worlds, families and fans, plenty of work both as individuals and together.

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.

Old Dominion

Blending old-fashioned country charm, lyrical wit and rock n’ roll grit into radio-friendly hook-heavy pop nuggets — traits best exemplified on their gut-punch of a new self-titled EP — Old Dominion have emerged as one of the hottest breaking bands in country music. “It’s kind of the classic, seven-year overnight success story,” lead guitarist Brad Tursi says with a laugh, reflecting on the longtime friends and collaborators slow-burning rise to recognition. “I think we’re all lucky enough to really love what we do and in that respect we were gonna just keep doing it no matter what.”

Brett Eldredge

One of country music’s hottest new stars, Brett Eldredge, is taking the world of country music by storm. The Paris, Illinois, native found his way to the country scene after graduating college and moving to Nashville, where he began writing songs with some of the greats. Eldredge has written with country music legends, including “Whispering” Bill Anderson and Trace Adkins. He released his first official single, “Raymond”, in 2010. With his hit singles “Don’t Ya,” “Beat of the Music” and “Mean to Me”---from his debut album Bring You Back---Eldredge is taking control of the charts. Both “Don’t Ya” and “Beat of the Music” reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top 100 Country Airplay list.

Tyler Farr

Tyler Farr’s a thinker, an observer of the human condition, a man in the middle of a surging testosterone country movement in today’s Nashville who insists on digging a little deeper, getting a little realer and owning how hard it can be. On Suffer In Peace, the son of a Garden City, Missouri farmer opens his veins and examines the pain that comes from being truly engaged with living. “If Suffer In Peace does anything, I hope for people who don’t have perfect lives, they can go, ‘Hell, yes!’ Because life is messy and hard to trust sometimes, but it’s deep and it’s intense – and if you do it right, you get to experience it all.”

Kenny Foster

At first listen, there’s something comfortingly familiar about the voice of Kenny Foster. And it’s not just his singing voice, which combines a professional’s polished croon with the gritty soul of a vocalist that’s already seen some life. But more importantly, it’s his songwriting voice that captures the listener. Like an old friend, you’d swear you’ve heard it before. His songs are like a late night conversation in a living room: intimate and instantly memorable. Mostly, Kenny writes songs to connect. To hear about life, to discuss it, to make changes in his own, and hopefully affect change in others.

Sam Hunt

Sam Hunt was a college quarterback at Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham before he came to Nashville to pursue a career in music. After being offered a publishing deal, Hunt began to write songs for country music superstars including Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban. In January 2014, the current ACM nominee for New Artist of the Year signed with MCA Nashville. Hunt’s second single, “Leave the Night On,” which topped the charts and earned a RIAA Platinum certification. In October of 2014, Hunt released his first studio album, Montevallo. Hunt’s current single, “Take Your Time”, is featured on the album.

Kip Moore

The catchy hit single “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” helped Kip Moore explode onto the country music scene. Moore, sometimes called the” blue-collar country rocker” by music critics, moved to Nashville in 2004 where he signed a record deal with MCA Nashville. After his first single "Mary Was the Marrying Kind" debuted, Moore concentrated on his songwriting. To follow, the country newcomer released 5 singles, including hits like “Beer Money,” “Hey Pretty Girl,” and his most recent, “Dirt Road.” “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard US Country list, and received Platinum recognition. In 2013, “Hey Pretty Girl” sat at No. 2 on the Billboard US Country Airplay list. Moore’s first album, Up All Night, was released in April 2012.

Brothers Osborne

For John and TJ Osborne, getting into music was unavoidable. Growing up in the water town of Deale, Maryland, their close-nit-family of seven spent most nights not in front of the television, but writing and playing songs. John (guitar) moved to Nashville first to play. Two years later, TJ (vocals/guitar) moved to Nashville. It was then they formed Brothers Osborne and began playing as many writer rounds as they could. In April 2011, Warner Chappell/King Pen Music offered them a publishing deal. A year later, Capitol Records offered them a record deal. The two are ACM nominee for Vocal Duo of the Year this year.

Chase Rice

Truthful, unfiltered, unafraid to take every risk he encounters, Chase Rice is that rare artist who means what he says and backs it up with equal measure. “I’m going to speak the truth any way I can,” says the singer-songwriter, who, without a song on mainstream radio, saw his 2013 Ready Set Roll EP top the iTunes Country charts and when its titular single hit the radio waves, he watched it climb up the Billboard charts and hit Gold before it even entered the Top 20, ultimately peaking in the Top 5 and scoring Platinum sales. As if on cue, Rice, who co-wrote the Hot 100-busting Florida George Line single “Cruise,” is rearing back for more with his new full-length, major-label LP Ignite The Night, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard Country Albums and No. 3 on the all genre chart.

Dylan Scott

Dylan Scott can write your life in a song, and deliver it in a baritone so deep it’ll rattle your bones. Then there’s his stage presence, so commanding as to win two major music competitions--the final for the Colgate Country Music Showdown in his native Louisiana, and in 2009, the Neal McCoy East Texas Angel Network Talent Contest. Now the multi-talented Sidewalk Records artist is poised to become a major star with Dylan Scott, featuring five modern, progressive songs he co-wrote with the best of Nashville’s new generation of songwriters.

Maddie & Tae

Like a lot of young women, Maddie & Tae grew up on the Dixie Chicks’ full-tilt acoustica. Both dreams who knew what they wanted early, the pair met at 15 through their vocal coach and came to Nashville for “a summer camp publishing deal.” They met Big Machine’s SVP of A&R Allison Jones – and fate stepped in. Publishing deal in hand, they were immersed in creativity, seeking a voice that was both authentic and truly their own. Up for ACM Vocal Duo of the Year, the duo knew by speaking their truth, their uniqueness would set them apart.