Sounds like: The duo’s first single “Girl in a Country Song” drops July 15 and calls out how women are depicted in country songs: “Tell me one more time you gotta get you some of that / Sure I’ll slide on over, but you’re gonna get slapped.” These two mean (beautifully sung) business.
Words Nashville PR uses to describe them: Real.
Key track: “Girl in a Country Song.”
Sounds like: Her album’s single “Young in America” might be sugary sweet, but this 17-year-old has some seriously dramatic ballads about wild boys and deadbeat husbands up her sleeve.
Words Nashville PR uses to describe her: Sweet, soulful, quintessential personality.
Key tracks: “Young in America,” “Endless Summer,” “Wild Boy.”
3. Lindsay Ell
Sounds like: A bluesy Sheryl Crow with badass electric guitar skills.
Words Nashville PR uses to describe her: Six-string prowess, sassy, empowering.
Key tracks: “Trippin’ on Us” and “Don’t Take Me Home.”
4. Nikki Lane
Sounds like: A gothy descendant of Loretta Lynn, whose music is often about sinning and the men who’ve done her wrong.
Words Nashville PR uses to describe her: Brutal, mournful, moody.
Key tracks: “Sleep for You,” “Gone, Gone, Gone,” “Lies.”
Sounds like: Pope’s former gig as the lead singer of pop-punk band Hey Monday lingers in her Hayley Williams-esque voice.
Words Nashville PR uses to describe her: Wide consumer appeal, vocal prowess, unique.
Key tracks: “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart,” “Wasting All These Tears.”
Sounds like: Big and twangy love songs that are both conservative (“God Made Girls”) and empowering (“Kissin’ Frogs”).
Words Nashville PR uses to describe her: Dazzling, badass.
Key tracks: “God Made Girls,” “Kissin’ Frogs,” “Boyfriend.”
Sounds like: A rough-around-the-edges Shania Twain who plays the fiddle out front of a guy band.
Words Nashville PR uses to describe her: Lion’s mane, small-town girl, take-no-prisoners.
Key tracks: “Baby Come on It.”
Sounds like: Laid-back and uncomplicated songs reminiscent of early T. Swift, especially “If He’d Ever Look Up,” which is about a boy too distracted by his smartphone to notice 16-year-old Kole.
Words Nashville PR uses to describe her: Not your average teenager.
Key tracks: “If He’d Ever Look Up,” “Money to Me,” and this beautiful cover of Bey’s “Pretty Hurts.”
Sounds like: Dance-floor-worthy jams for telling everyone in the damn town about a cheating ex.
Words Nashville PR uses to describe her: Storytelling, edge.
10. Lucy Hale
Sounds like: The Pretty Little Liars star has an album of jangly pop-leaning ballads with goofy lyrics about building fires in bathtubs.
Words Nashville PR uses to describe her: Dynamic, multi-talented.
Key tracks: ““You Sound Good to Me,” “That’s What I Call Crazy,” “Lie a Little Better.”
11. Kaitlyn Baker
Sounds like: Feisty ultimatum songs, sung with a voice that’s a dead ringer for Carrie Underwood’s.
Words Nashville PR uses to describe her: Sassy, sweet, Southern grace. Plus, a whole lotta of stuff about having a coal-mining family.
Key tracks: “Better Than That,” “Coal Train,” “Burn.”