Taylor Swift, “Sparks Fly”

It’s not a secret that Taylor Swift isn’t exactly country. But, she is probably one of the most consistent country artists when it comes to releasing songs that fit the template she’s created for herself: songs that are easy to relate to, creatively written, and stick to who she is as an artist. The singer’s…

Blake Shelton, “God Gave Me You”

Blake Shelton has officially entered the world of country superstardom. The singer has racked up four consecutive number one singles, a number one album with Red River Blue, a CMA award for Male Vocalist of the Year, and he’s one half of country’s newest royal couple alongside his wife Miranda Lambert.Yes, Mr. Shelton has finally hit the big…

Gloriana, “Wanna Take You Home”

Since bursting on to the country music scene in 2009 with their debut single, “Wild at Heart,” quartet (now trio after Cheyenne Kimball’s departure) Gloriana has had trouble regaining any momentum at country radio. The two follow up singles failed to get inside the top 30 on the charts after “Heart” reached number 15. Now…

Chris Young, Neon

Chris Young has worked his way up from a Nashville Star winner to one of country music’s brightest stars by releasing songs that stick true to his traditional roots yet are just mainstream enough to be played on today’s country radio. With “Tomorrow” becoming his fastest rising and career defining single, Young released his third…

Pistol Annies, “Hell on Heels”

Now that Miranda Lambert has become country’s leading female artist she has the opportunity to branch outside of her solo career and embark on numerous projects. One of those projects was forming the new trio Pistol Annies, which includes Miranda and singer-songwriter Ashley Monroe and songwriter Angaleena Presley. They made their debut back in April during the taping of the…

2011 CMA Awards: Early Contenders

With the eligibility period for the 2011 CMA Awards now over (it ended on June 30), All Things Country is going to look at who the early contenders are to land a nomination for this year’s ceremony. Here are a few artists we feel have had a big enough year since July 1, 2010 to…