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CMTT’s Artists to Watch in 2021

2020 was a strange year. A year filled with uncertainty, a very combative presidential election and the city of Nashville seemed to take the hardest hits of the year. A tornado, COVID lockdowns, and an explosion in the middle of downtown has made us all very excited to turn the page on what we can only hope is a year of hope, rebuilding, and love. As we start to turn that page we want to look ahead at what country music is going to throw at us in 2021 and things are looking up! 2021 sounds beautifully creative, positive, and full of fun. Here are CMTT’s picks for Artists to watch in 2021.

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Kameron Marlowe

Fans were first introduced to Kameron Marlowe as a contestant on season 15 of The Voice but we really started paying attention when he turned his own personal heartbreak into his debut single, “Giving You Up.” His gritty voice and creative songwriting are what keeps us listening. Other songs to listen to:  “Leavin’ to Me” “Burn ‘Em All

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Brittney Spencer

When Maren Morris calls out the name Brittney Spencer during her speech at the 2020 CMA Awards you pay attention. Brittney is getting BIG love from Nashville names like Maren, Amanda Shires, Natalie Hemby, and many others. She is a songwriter-singer with a free spirit and a love for molding life, truth, and wild imagination into songs. Her love for storytelling landed her in Nashville in 2013 with dreams of singing and writing country music. Spencer taps into her sassy fun side with “Damn Right, You’re Wrong, Other songs to listen to:  “Sorrys Don’t Work No More.” 

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Tyler Booth

Traditional country music fans probably already recognize this name. Tyler Booth is a Kentucky native who moved to Nashville at the invitation of songwriter and producer Phil O’Donnell. He has already collaborated with big names in country music,  duetting with Brooks & Dunn on their Reboot album. We expect to see a lot of Tyler in 2021. Songs to listen to: “87 OctaneMary’s Arms,” and “Long Comes a Girl.” 

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Ashland Craft

Emerging as one of the most exciting new voices in the genre, Ashland Craft is introducing her own brand of edgy Country music. As the first release on Big Loud Records, her Soul-infused vocal roars off the tracks with “Trainwreck.” Craft is set to drop a powerful batch of fresh music, after a Top 10 stint on NBC’s The Voice and opening tour slots for major artists like Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen, and more. Since relocating to Nashville last year, she has won fans with her no B.S. stamp on independent releases like Country girl anthem “Good Ol’ Girls,” the cleverly-constructed ode to loneliness “Your Place or Mine,” and the clear-eyed ballad “They Always Do.”

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Lainey Wilson

Lainey Wilson kicked off 2020 by making her Grand Ole Opry debut—a dream come true for the Baskin, Louisiana native. Hailing from the small farming community, the Country newcomer has as much grit in her as she does soul. She moved to Nashville in a bumper-pull camper trailer to pursue a career in music and has been carving her own unique place in the country music landscape ever since. From landing multiple TV placements in Paramount Network’s hit series Yellowstone to having co-writer credits on songs recorded by fellow country artists including Luke Combs, the songstress’ talents continue to influence more than just her own artistry. Taking her talents out into the world, Lainey continuously logs an impressive number of miles on the road, performing for sold-out crowds throughout the US, UK, and Germany with notable names like Justin Moore, Tyler Farr, Ashley McBryde, Randy Houser, Josh Turner, Morgan Wallen, and more. Songs to listen to: “WWDD”, “Rolling Stone”, “Sunday Best”, and “Small Town, Girl

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Priscilla Block

Country artist Priscilla Block draws listeners in with her unfiltered, relatable songwriting and catchy melodies. With an honest and upfront approach, Priscilla promotes self-love, empowerment, and acceptance through her own blend of country-pop and southern rock, dubbed the Block Party sound. Originally from Raleigh, NC as one of five children, Priscilla moved to Nashville to pursue music shortly after high school. Songs to listen to: “Just About Over You” 

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Everette

Rooted in country, rock & roll, southern storytelling, and heartland hooks, Everette is glued together by two Kentucky natives who write their own songs, play their own instruments, and proudly blur the boundaries between themselves and their audience. For the boys, music is all about community. It’s about connection. That’s why the duo’s motto — “We are Everette” — isn’t just a statement about the musical bond shared by bandmates Brent Rupard and Anthony Olympia. It’s a reference to the communal bonds they share with their fans, too. Songs to listen to: “Dang the Whiskey” “Way Back” “Break it to Me” and “Love Me Like I Am.”

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Walker Montgomery

Walker Montgomery grew up in Nicholasville, KY steeped in country music heritage. As the son of John Michael Montgomery and nephew of Eddie Montgomery, of Montgomery Gentry, Walker lives up to that heritage, and then some. His self-penned song “Simple Town,” which was the title track of his debut EP, has already reached more than 3.6 million streams on Spotify. The success garnered him a deal with Play It Again Music. Songs to listen to: “Like My Daddy Done It” and “Saving For A Rainy Night.”

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Laine Hardy

Country Music Tattle Tale started introducing you to Laine Hardy in 2019 and we are crazy excited to see what he brings us in 2021.  Lane is a singer/songwriter from Livingston, Louisiana who took home the title of American Idol champion in 2019! Lanie has expanded his fanbase with a slew of traditional country music songs like “Ground I Grew Up On,” “Let There Be Country,” and “Tiny Town.”

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Tiera

Tiera is a country music singer/songwriter born and raised in Sweet Home Alabama! Named one of CMT’s Next Women of Country, Tiera signed to Nicolle Galyon’s female-focused Songs & Daughters publishing company in 2020 and shared with us contagious songs like “Found it in You” and “Shut it Down.” She is currently working on her EP and we expect her to explode on the country music scene in 2021.

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