9 Rising Country Stars Every Fan Needs To Know Right Now

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1. Ruthie Collins

33-year-old New York native started music when she was only 3 learning to play guitar later on. Currently reciting in Nashville she has worked beside Nathan Chapman and Steve Bogard.

“Getting Out There”

2. The Reklaws

They are country music’s most anticipated duo. They performed mostly in Canada in the past.

“Hometown Kids”

3. Mary Sarah

A performer of ten years, this Texas native stole the hearts of fans on the voice in 2016. A role model for America, she opens every show with The National Anthem.

“Without You”

4. Bowen

While they might be a new band, the members themselves know the industry well. Will Bowen, Johnny Black, Chad Crawford, Chris Rafetto, Amie Miriello and Megan Jane make up the band and they plan on taking country music by storm.

“All I Ever Do”

5. Zach DuBois

A University of Notre Dame graduate class od 2011, put medical school on hold to pursue music. Choosing a path not many would have in his position, Dubois continues to make a name for himself, having seen his video ‘Work Harder’ get picked up by CMT in 2016.

“Gypsy Soul”

6. Melanie Meriney

Pittsburgh native became a country fan after listening to stars like Shania Twain and Phil Vassar. She signed her first publishing deal with Dune Grass Music in 2016.


7. Caryn Lee Carter

A Cartersville Georgia native, she first picked up a guitar at the later age of 23. She recently signed with Go Long Entertainment.

“White Trash Without The Trailer”

8. Christina Taylor

Florida native now split between, Charlotte North Carolina and Nashville she is influenced by R&B, Pop, and Soul and has a different type of country sound, singing every song from the heart and trying to put other’s experiences into music.

“That Girl”

9. Violet Bell

Their unique sounds combine Folk, Soul, Bluegrass, Blues and Classical. Since March 2016, they have played in over 200 shows. Currently, on tour, they are recording their second album for a 2018 release.

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Kirsten Corley

Kirsten is the author of But Before You Leave, a book of poetry about the experiences we struggle to put into words.

Trace the scars life has left you. It will remind you that at one point, you fought for something. You believed.

“You are the only person who gets to decide if you are happy or not—do not put your happiness into the hands of other people. Do not make it contingent on their acceptance of you or their feelings for you. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if someone dislikes you or if someone doesn’t want to be with you. All that matters is that you are happy with the person you are becoming. All that matters is that you like yourself, that you are proud of what you are putting out into the world. You are in charge of your joy, of your worth. You get to be your own validation. Please don’t ever forget that.” — Bianca Sparacino

Excerpted from The Strength In Our Scars by Bianca Sparacino.

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