Love Kelly Clarkson's Country Side? These Five Singers Are For You
Ever since Kelly Clarkson made her mark as the first artist to win American Idol in 2002, the 31-year-old singer has become one of pop’s biggest names with two number one albums and three Grammy awards over the span of 10 years. More recently, she’s made a seamless transition into country music, gracefully singing alongside legendary acts like Reba McEntire and Martina McBride while still creating records that appeal to her dedicated fanbase.As a leading lady in country music, Kelly Clarkson’s blend of strong singing skills and commercial appeal is a difficult combination to master, but we’ve found five country singers who just might be on her heels very soon. If you like Kelly Clarkson, you’re definitely going to love these five singers.
Brandy Clark is someone who many would consider a double threat. Coming into the music industry as a songwriter, she co-wrote hit songs like Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart” and The Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two.” Now, Clark has officially branched out as an artist, with her debut album 12 Stories set for release later this fall. The 35-year-old previewed the project on her 2012 EP Brandy Clark, backed by her latest single “Stripes.” The song fittingly executes a perfect balance between Clark’s vibrant personality and a thrilling narrative that tells the story of deceit and love lost. If the rest of her album proves to be as convincing, Brandy Clark is definitely someone to watch out for.
Watch Brandy Clark’s music video “Stripes” here.
While Jana Kramer initially broke into the entertainment business as a blossoming actress in the early 2000’s, she’s since focused her energy and passion on music and has never looked back. She released her self-titled debut album in 2012, which showcased her charming demeanor and sweet vocals on tracks like “Why Ya Wanna” and “I Hope It Rains,” a sassy pop record that has all the makings to be a hit. At 29-years-old, Jana Kramer will continue to win over fans in the coming years. Watch Jana Kramer’s new music video “I Hope It Rains” here.
One listen to Kacey Musgraves and you can tell she’s a country girl through and through. A native of Golden, Texas, she released her first album as a teenager in 2002. She’s since matured into a remarkable artist, with her latest album Same Trailer Different Park proving to be an impressive project that gives listeners a thorough look at the 24-year-old singer. “Merry Go ‘Round” is an emotionally-driven record about the simple life, while her latest single “Blowin’ Smoke” playfully touches on the travails of responsibility. Watch Kacey Musgraves’ new music video “Blowin’ Smoke” here.
Ashley Monroe may be known best for her role in the trio group Pistol Annies with Miranda Lambert and Angeleena Presley, but the 26-year-old Knoxville, Tennessee singer has quietly put together a solo career that’s definitely worth getting into. Monroe released her debut album Satisfied in 2009 and continued her path to success into the new year with her follow-up album Like a Rose. From the opening title-track to her album-ending duet with Blake Shelton, listeners are immediately pulled in by Monroe’s magnetic voice. She touches on love found and love lost, as well as more intimate moments like in her song, “You Got Me.” It’s these kinds of distinct performances that make Ashley Monroe such a unique artist, and we can only hope for more from her. Listen to Ashley Monroe’s single “You Got Me” here.
Cassadee Pope may have initially started out as the lead singer of rock band Hey Monday, but she’s transitioned into country music wonderfully over the last year. The 23-year-old artist had her breakout moment in 2012 when she won The Voice with powerful performances of Faith Hill’s “Cry” and Miranda Lambert’s “Over You.” Preparing to release her debut album Frame by Frame in October, Pope’s lead single “Wasting All These Tears” highlights her vocals as she beautifully captures the heartache of a breakup. With the recent release of “You Hear A Song,” it’s clear her debut album can’t come any sooner. Watch Cassadee Pope’s new music video “Wasting All These Tears” here.
October 24, 2013 via Pepsi