The ACN 10: All Country News' Artists To Watch In 2024
The past year as seen country music surge to the top. With the increase in opportunities comes an influx of emerging talent in the genre. Artists who began singing on TikTok have transformed into bonafide rising stars. The next crop of talent has begun to play historic dream venues and open for their biggest inspirations. Here is this year's ACN 10, a list of country artists you need to have on your radar in 2024!
Wyatt Flores is a Oklahoma-born Mexican-American artist who sings right from the gut and tells his stories straight from the heart against a gritty country soundtrack. His intoxicating stage presence and universal stories have led country music fans to cling to the riser. With a voice full of personality, Flores has amassed millions of fans thanks to his approachable attitude and feel good stories.
Our Favorite Song: Life Lessons
Stephen Wilson Jr.
Southern Indiana native and country music's resident mad scientist, Stephen Wilson Jr., has taken the country music scene by storm. With his painfully honest stories and sonically provocative song, SWJ is easily one of the most notable talents to come out of Nashville this decade. Stephen's personification of his personal and raw emotion is put on full display on his debut double album søn of dad. The midwesterner's poignant view of the world around him makes him one of the most dynamic risers this year. At the end of the day, country music is built on raw stories, and Stephen Wilson Jr. is helping lead the charge.
Our Favorite Song: patches
Some may say that growing up in music city gives you a leg up, but for Ryan Larkins, growing up a son of a preacher, meant that his love of country music came a little later in life. Immersing himself in a healthy dose of classic country sounds and pulling inspiration from the most acute moments of everyday life has made him one to watch in 2024! His debut EP Meet Ryan Larkins is a collection of diverse stories that country music fans have been craving. Through powerful storytelling and a classic sound, the rising talent solidifies himself as one of the biggest acts to watch in 2024.
Our Favorite Song: King of Country Music
Full of soul and armed with a universal point of view, songstress Peytan Porter is an artist you need to know. Leading the charge in the wave of new powerhouse females in the genre, Porter's authenticity shines. With over ten million streams and counting, Peytan's wistful vocals evoke emotion that we haven't seen in decades. The riser has also graced massive festival stages including CMA Fest, Tortuga, and Watershed. 2024 is the year of Peytan!
Our Favorite Song: God's Hotel
Sometimes it is hard to break out of the grasp of your small-town roots, but Matt Schuster put those home grown lessons to good use. Growing up in small town Charleston, Illinois, Matt always knew he loved music but never expected his journey to take him from his small town all the way to Music City, Nashville, Tennessee. Taking the scene by storm thanks to his infectious covers, Matt has set himself apart with one of the most unique voices in the genre! Schuster's recent signing to Warner Music Nashville comes after two years of releasing music independently, with four releases landing in the Top 200 of Spotify's Country Global chart and collecting over 150M+ streams to date. His songwriting talent continues to shine, recently landing a cut on label-mate Bailey Zimmerman's Religiously. The Album. with “Chase Her”. Needless to say, Matt needs to be on your 2024 radar!
Our Favorite Song: Tell Me Tennessee
A true country music dark horse, North Carolina native John Morgan is one of the most dynamic artists in the game today. Known for his zestful lyrics, the number one songwriter for friend Jason Aldean is now stepping into his own spotlight. Garnering millions of streams and hitting some of the biggest stages this year, John represents the best in modern country music. Oozing with validity, Morgan's subtle twang in his debut EP is undeniably fresh and is a swift and welcomed return to the traditional sounds that he grew up on and his fans also crave. This year also brought his Grand Ole Opry debut, and tours with ERNEST, Riley Green, Jameson Rodgers, and Conner Smith and has been hitting renowned music festivals such as Headwaters Country Jam, Utah’s Country Fan Fest, WE Fest, Voices of America Country Music Festival, TidalWave Music Festival and more. There's no questioning the need to keep an eye on John in 2024!
Our Favorite Song : Friends Like That
Emily Ann Roberts
Full of sass and southern authenticity, Emily Ann Roberts truly brings country music to life. Since rocking the stage for Team Blake on season nine of The Voice, the Knoxville powerhouse has taken humble stories and given them a twang filled boost. Her debut album, Can’t Hide Country, puts her infectious personality on full display. Emily Ann's honest and captivating lyrics, along with her exceptional vocal talents, have already received widespread acclaim from both the media and her dedicated fanbase. In 2024, fans get to see Emily Ann shine alongside mentor Blake Shelton as she joins him on his Back To The Honky Tonk Tour. It's abundantly clear that the Opry staple has country music in her capable hands.
Our Favoirite Song: Whole Lotta Little
Vocal powerhouse and American Idol winner Chayce Beckham has had a massive 2023! Not only is his gritty track 23 a RIAA-certified PLATINUM single, the crooner also stepped into the circle for his Opry debut. Currently surging toward Top 15 at Country radio, Beckham’s 23 resonates so deeply with fans that it has now banked over 1 million on-demand streams per week since its 2021 release, amassing over 330 million thus far. The song also went to the top of the Canadian radio charts, providing Chayce with international attention. Beckham is an incredibly captivating performer, powerhouse vocalist, and prolific songwriter who shared the stage with his superstar mentor Luke Bryan this year! Full of personality and zest, Chayce is a full blown country music phenomenon.
Our Favoirte Song: 23
Lets get one thing straight... Ella Langley is a badass! Born in Hope Hull, Alabama, Ella worked tirelessly to make her way to Nashville to share her show-stopping vocals and razor-sharp pen with the world, and it is paying off! Ella showcased her signature style and unique tone on her debut EP, Excuse The Mess, which features her honest storytelling and anthemic hooks. She is also a formidable performer, having toured with prominent country artists Koe Wetzel, Randy Houser, Cody Johnson, and Jamey Johnson. A star in the making, she made her debut at the Grand Ole Opry this year and will absolutely be back. Currently bringing her style to the stage alongside Jon Pardi, Ella is helping to usher in a new era of strong females in Music City. Her intoxicating tone and high octane stage presence have made Ella one to watch in 2024!
Our Favorite Song: Paint The Town Blue
Since relocating to Nashville in 2014, the RECORDS Nashville artist has gained an impressive 40 million global streams across his catalog to date. George and his hit song Mind On You and surged in popularity and now finds itself in to top ten on the Mediabase Country Charts and amassed tens of millions of streams. The Austin, Texas native credits his dynamic stories and relatable lyrics to his humble upbringing. Most recently, the Texan was named one of CRS' New Faces, for showcasing achieved notable success at country radio. Flawlessly blending classic storytelling with a modern troubadour sound, George Birge is one to keep your eye on in 2024!
Favorite Song: Mind On You
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