We are in the fresh start of the new year. New music is on the horizon and new artists are making a name for themselves. 2017 was a great year for current artists and comebacks but we believe 2018 is going to be the best one yet when it comes to newcomers in the industry.
Last year, artists like Carly Pearce, Dua Lipa, and others took over the charts, skyrocketing to the top with major airplay, and chart toppers and No.1’s. There were many stars born in 2017, so what does that mean for 2018? Who are the artists you have to watch this year? Of course, everyone seems to have an opinion on who they think will make it big but we dove right in and found 10 promising artists that we believe will make major airwaves this year. Did we get it right? Well, that’s for you to decide.
But while you’re deciding, check out our list of 10 below:
He’s married to one of country’s current sweethearts Kelsea Ballerini, so it’s not hard for Morgan Evans to be in the spotlight. But don’t have him fooled for just Ballerini’s husband. Evans has a lot to say and if you’re a fan of Keith Urban, well, then don’t hesitate to look any further. The Australian native is bound to make major airwaves this year with his signature sound. His U.S. debut “Kiss Somebody” has scored over 14 million Spotify streams and has landed support spots on tour with Cole Swindell and Old Dominion. More music should be coming in the next few months.
Sounds like: Keith Urban
Listen to: “Kiss Somebody” now on Apple Music
Cali Rodi is a glittery, infectious, musical bomb who is exactly what she appears to be on and off stage. She ignites you with fresh ear candy that will be on loop for days. She’s unique, different and is bound to be all over your radio in the months to come. Signed to Keith Urban’s publishing company BOOM, Rodi proves she’s ready to work hard and let her voice be heard.
Sounds Like: Katy Perry, Paramore
Listen To: “Party Favor” now on Apple Music
Ryan Griffin is an artist who can draw the fans attention on the first listen. There’s a gravitational force within his musical ability to tell a story, draw from influences like George Strait and still sound like a modern country superstar. His songs mirror truth and vulnerability and that’s an artist we want on our airwaves. Griffin also helped Kelsea Ballerini pen her No.1 hit “Dibs”
Sounds Like: Sam Hunt, Keith Urban
Listen To: “Woulda Left Me To” now on Apple Music
Logan Mize has deep musical roots and shows in his sound. Hailing from Clearwater, Kansas, Mize knows a thing or two about where he comes from and it’s displayed in an effortless fashion throughout his sound and storytelling ability. He’s performed with Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, and Blake Shelton.
Sounds Like: Chase Rice, Dylan Scott
Listen To: “Ain’t Always Pretty” now on Apple Music
Meet Jenna and Stuart Walker, the siblings who make up country duo The Reklaws. Their sound is infectious and if you love a good Thomas Rhett song, you’ll love them. These two both found a passion for music at a young age and have continuously been in pursuit of the same dream since then. Give them a listen. You won’t regret it.
Sounds Like: Tim McGraw, Thomas Rhett
Listen To: “Hometown Kids” now on Apple Music
Honesty is one of the best things when it comes to music and Filmore channels it effortlessly. Raw, real, and true storytelling come out when you hear his voice for the first time. There is nothing quite like Filmore on the radio these days, making it all the more exciting to have Filmore let his voice be heard in 2018. His R&B vibes are matchless perfection to his country roots. This year is the year for him to rise to the occasion and take over the airwaves.
Sounds Like: Canaan Smith, Michael Ray
Listen To: “You Know You Wanna” now on Apple Music
Abbey Rowe is the next teen superstar with a hilarious personality. It’s evident that Rowe is born to shine as she continues to do what she loves. Her voice is a reminder of Kacey Musgraves but she, like most is inspired by Taylor Swift. We definitely think she has a real shot at following in miss Swift’s footsteps.
Sounds Like: Kacey Musgraves
Listen To: “Miss Wannabe” now on Apple Music
He’s engaged to country superstar Maren Morris and hit the airwaves with a bang in 2017 with his debut single “Love In a Bar”. He’s written tracks for Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw and many more. He’s now received on 2 million streams on Spotify alone and is about to get even bigger in 2018.
Sounds Like: Jake Owen with a twist
Listen To: “We Do Us” now on Apple Music
She has a strong work ethic and a strong voice. Kalie Shorr is a poised, brave and courageous voice in the music industry today. Women in country need her and she’s willing to do what it takes to make her mark in the world with her sassy, but raw sound that will remain timeless in the years to come. Her new EP Awake will be released on January 26.
Sounds Like: Kelsea Ballerini, Taylor Swift
Listen To: “Two Hands” now on Apple Music
Emily Brooke is a country artist from Wellington Florida who made it as a top 24 finalist on American Idol. She’s performed with many acts including Cassadee Pope, Lauren Alaina and Kelsea Ballerini. She’s been on playlists by Keith Urban and Maren Morris to name a few. Brooke recently dropped her self-titled debut EP. She may be young but she’s about to pave a way for a long and timely career path.
Sounds Like: Kelsea Ballerini, Lauren Alaina
Listen To: “In Love With the Memories” now on Apple Music