Debut Spotlight

DANIEL LEE: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT

DANIEL LEE: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT

“I’m Country as cornbread,” said Daniel Lee, laughing. “I grew up on everything, gospel music, rock, rap … There’s not one genre that I don’t listen to. But the first song I ever picked on...Read full article... »

LEAH TURNER: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT

LEAH TURNER: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT

Leah Turner was raised in California’s Morongo Valley, the daughter of a rodeo champion. She was just 3 when she began sitting at her grandmother’s piano, trying to make real chords. When she was 5,...Read full article... »

AMERICAN YOUNG: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT

AMERICAN YOUNG: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT

Individually, Jon Stone and Kristy Osmunson can claim songwriting credits for Lee Brice, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton and more hitmakers. Stone performed as a solo act and produced as well. Osmunson was the...Read full article... »

NATALIE STOVALL AND THE DRIVE: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT

NATALIE STOVALL AND THE DRIVE: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT

Born in Columbia, Tennessee, Natalie Stovall began playing violin professionally at age 10. Just two years later, she played onstage at the Grand Ole Opry. Since 2006, she has fronted Natalie Stovall and The Drive,...Read full article... »

HUGH BOB & THE HUSTLE: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT

HUGH BOB & THE HUSTLE: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT

Hugh Robert Masterson grew up in Butternut, Wis., where 300 people lived amidst decrepit mills, dirt roads and beat-down bars. Though small, his hometown inspired Masterson to document the lives and dreams of its people,...Read full article... »

BRANDON ALAN: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT

BRANDON ALAN: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT

Beginning at age 11, Alan took guitar lessons from his father. Dad’s music collection inspired his son to widen his horizons, particular when it came to playing guitar; Eric Clapton, John Fogerty, Vince Gill, Jimi...Read full article... »

ROSS COOPER: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT

ROSS COOPER: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT

Born into a rodeo family, Ross Cooper pursued two interests while growing up in Lubbock, Texas: riding broncos bareback and music. If he hadn’t injured his knee a few years ago, he might still be...Read full article... »

SCOTT CONER: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT

SCOTT CONER: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT

Scott Coner has lived on the same country road in Indiana for his entire life. He writes his songs on a porch overlooking the family farm. He is a loving husband and father to two...Read full article... »

DALLAS SMITH: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT

DALLAS SMITH: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT

To Dallas Smith, Country Music is about the “special combination of a voice and song.” After spending nearly 10 years fronting Canadian rock band Default, Smith has stepped on his own, into the world of...Read full article... »

KASEY LANSDALE: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT

KASEY LANSDALE: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT

Growing up in Nacogdoches, East Texas, Kasey Lansdale remembers singing along to Reba’s Greatest Hits and listening to groups like the Contours with her father. By age 7, she was writing songs. Years later, while...Read full article... »

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