Modern Country Music is often regarded as not a country at all, lacking the fundamental principles of traditional. Such is the changing times where Pop meets Country and is regarded as Country. So whether good or bad, who are the top modern Country Singers?
5: Zac Brown Band
Zac Brown Band is an award winning band from Atlanta, Georgia. They have released four albums, the first in 2004, and three singles, with two number ones “Chicken Fried” and “Toes,” and a number two “Whatever it is.” With a good steady start, they are growing in popularity and slowly becoming recognized as a good Country Music band to rival other new and very popular bands, such as Lady Antebellum.
4: Toby Keith
Toby Keith was born July 8, 1961, and rose to fame when he released his first four albums in the 90’s: “Toby Keith,” “Boomtown,” “Blue Moon” and “Dream Walkin'” and a single “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” which was one of the most well-known Country songs of the 90s. From there he has carried on rising to greatness with 19 Number one Country hits, and now enjoys a top spot among the greatest modern Country singers.
3: Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum is not technically a singer, but a group, from Nashville, Tennessee, the group is made of Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood, and Hillary Scott. They made their debut in 2007 with “Love Don’t Live here,” which made it to number 3 on the Country Charts. Their first number 1 came in July 2009 with “I Run to You” with this success behind them and their careers only just beginning we can expect to see more of Lady Antebellum in the charts for many years to come.
2: Brad Paisley
Brad Paisley-born October 28th, 1972, released his first album in 1999 with “Who Needs Pictures,” all of his albums are certified gold or higher and has had fourteen number ones. Strictly though Brad Paisley is not pure country, he tends to cross music genres between traditional and pop or soft rock. Despite this Brad is very popular among modern Fans and is an up and coming star.
1: Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood, born 10th March 1983, rose to the spotlight after she won the fourth season of American Idol. Don’t let that put you off though, she is fast becoming a name to be reckoned with in the C. Music Business, with her debut album “Some Hearts,” going Ten times platinum and is the fastest selling female album in Country music history! Carrie is bringing it to the forefront of the millennium, reintroducing it to a new generation of people, perhaps it lacks the finesse of old greats like Hank Williams or the true Country Spirit of The Carter Family, but she is doing her bit for Country Music worldwide, and showing that Country can still be popular.
While some of these artists may be seen as more pop or rock than Country by those who like their Country to be traditional, they are bringing about a new age, for the next generation.