Top 10 Young Male Country Singers In 2023
Young male Country singers include 1. Kane Brown 2. Morgan Wallen 3. Marcus King, and seven more. The singers on this list are all under 30.
Country music is a well-traversed genre for male artists, but for the longest time, the charts have been ruled by the giants of the genre like Blake Shelton and Keith Urban, who debuted decades ago.
However, in recent years, there has been a surge of young talent who are changing the game.
1. Kane Brown
Kane Brown is a 29-year-old American Country singer. Brown was born on October 21, 1993, in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Brown is known for being a Country-pop artist as his music mixes the classic tropes of the genre with a more pop flair. The way he's mixed the two has proved very popular, gaining him worldwide fame, and a bevy of supporters as evident in his over 11.8 million Spotify listeners.
The singer is different from the clean-cut image of the average Country singer as his mother, Tabatha, is caucasian while his father is part African-American and part Cherokee, a Native American tribe.
According to an interview with People magazine, his heritage caused him a lot of confusion when he was younger because, as his father had been incarcerated since 1996, he was raised by his mother and thought he was the same as her.
Brown's childhood was rough, and he was also homeless at times as he constantly moved from Rossville to Fort Oglethorpe to LaFayette, until his family finally settled in Red Bank, Tennessee. Soon enough, the singer started showing an interest in music, specifically R&B, and aside from singing in the choir, even auditioned for American Idol and The X Factor.
The singer started his career in 2014 as he started posting covers of songs by various artists like Brantley Gilbert, Alan Jackson, Lee Brice, and more.
The success of these covers led to him releasing his debut EP, Closer, in 2015, and since then, the singer has gained massive popularity and released three successful albums in 2016, 2018, and 2022.
2. Morgan Wallen
The 29-year-old Morgan Wallen was born on May 13, 1993, in Sneedville, Tennessee.
Known for his various controversies, bad-boy persona, and undeniable success, Wallen is the only Country artist in history to have an album spend over seven weeks atop the Billboard 200 with his sophomore album, Dangerous: The Double Album.
The singer's success is reflected on Spotify where he has over 20 million listeners.
The singer was born to Tommy and Lesli Wallen, a pastor and a school teacher respectively, who made sure to foster their son's musical talents as Wallen took both piano and violin lessons throughout childhood.
However, during his teenage years, the boy would gravitate toward rock bands like Nickelback and Breaking Benjamin, alongside rappers like Lil Wayne.
3. William Michael Morgan
William Michael Morgan is a County singer-songwriter from Vicksburg, Mississippi. Morgan is 29 years old and was born on May 13, 1993.
The singer is best known for his arresting figure and outfit which consists of a dress shirt and blue jeans with a black cowboy hat. The look is reminiscent of the 80s and 90s country stars like Kenney Chesney and Garth Brooks, who sported a similar style and aesthetic.
Similarly, the singer's music is also reminiscent of that era as his topics revolve around women, relationships, alcohol, and other Country stereotypes. That approach has proven successful as the singer has well over 140K monthly listeners on his Spotify despite not releasing an album since 2016.
However, most people remember the singer for his Gold-certified debut single I Met a Girl that he released back on August 24, 2015. The song was a smash hit on the Country charts in both the United States and Canada and charted at number 8 on the former, and number 19 on the latter, and even managed to peak at number 60 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The singer followed the single up with a self-titled EP on March 18, 2016, and then off the back of that, released his debut album, Vinyl on September 30, 2016.
Unfortunately, neither the EP nor the album could replicate the initial success of the single, and Morgan has not released any album or record since then and has only been releasing non-album singles, though not one of them has charted either on the Country charts or the Hot 100.
4. Scott McCreery
Scott McCreery is a most popular male country singers from north carolina. Besides, he is also an American Idol winner.
The singer was born to his parents Judy and Michael McCreery, the latter of whom is half-Puerto Rican, in Garner, North Carolina. As a child, McCreery already showed vocal talents as he sang tenor at his high school choir, and was even voted Rookie of the Year.
McCreery was already winning awards before he set foot on American Idol as back in 2009, he won a singing contest held by the radio station WQDR-FM called Clayton Idol. The singer used his local fame to sing at various fundraisers raising money for sick children all around the state.
The local fame was short-lived as McCreery was working as a bagger at Lowes Food when he decided to audition for the tenth season of American Idol, for which he made his way to Milwaukee at the young age of 16. McCreery quickly made his way up the ranks by singing various country and gospel numbers and dueled against fellow future Country singer Laren Alaina, who was also 16 at the time.
McCreery ended up winning and became the youngest male winner in the history of American Idol. Since then, the singer has embarked on a successful music career starting with his debut album, Clear as Day, in 2011, up till the release of his most recent album, Same truck in 2021.
A decorated artist, McCreery has also won various awards, seven in total, at the CMT, BMI, and American Country Awards.
5. Marcus King
Marcus King is a 26-year-old Blues and Country singer and guitarist. King was born on March 11, 1996, in Greenville, South Carolina.
The singer was born to a musical family as his father, Marvin King, is a locally popular blues guitarist in South Carolina. As a child, young Marcus would follow his father, and through him, learned the guitar at a very young age.
King even played the guitar in one of his father's albums when he was 11 years old, and while still in his teens, would start playing various gigs with a band at night while still going to school in the morning. The singer would eventually drop out of high school while still in his junior year, though he did earn a GED just to complete his education.
With his friends, King formed the popular, The Marcus King Band in 2013, and release three albums between 2015 and 2018, all charged with blues, Southern Rock, and Country influences.
Though never gaining mainstream commercial success, each of the albums was very popular on the Blues chart, with the debut reaching number 8, and the second and third albums peaking at number 2.
King put the band on pause and embarked on a solo career in 2019, releasing his successful debut solo album, El Dorado, the next year, and followed that up with his equally popular sophomore effort, Young Blood in 2022.
Most recently, King got married to his longtime girlfriend, the social media influencer, Briley Hussey at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee in an opulent ceremony.
6. Payton Smith
Payton Smith is a 23-year-old Country singer-songwriter. Smith was born on January 26, 2000, in Beaumont, Texas.
Though born in Texas, Smith was raised in Houma, Louisiana, near New Orleans. The close distance to the iconic city is one of the reasons cited by the singer for his interest in and passion for Country and Southern music, alongside his mother's love for 90s Country, and Keith Urban.
In fact, the Australian singer was a huge influence on young Smith, who stated that he knew he wanted to be a musician in the genre when he saw Urban perform at the CMA Awrsd when Smith was only five years old. The boy begged his family to buy him a guitar, which they did when he was 10, and he spent the next four years learning the instrument.
The four years definitely helped as when his family took a trip to Nashville when he was 14, Smith decided to play at an open mic night at the famous Bluebird Cafe. Sadly, the location was closed, but the singer decided to showcase his talents by playing an impromptu set at the lobby of the hotel his family was staying at, and through sheer luck, happened to be heard by a session musician who introduced Smith to Buddy Cannon, a famous career.
Smith moved to Nashville soon after finishing high school, and through Cannon, started working with songwriters Jim McCormick, Ronnie Bowman, and more, making more than 500 songs, ultimately signing a publishing deal with Eclipse Music at the age of 17.
Since then, he has also signed with Big Machine Label Group, and most recently his debut self-titled EP on October 4, 2019.
7. Bailey Zimmerman
Bailey Zimmerman is also 23 years old and was born on January 27, 2000. Zimmerman was born in Louisville, Illinois.
Starting his career in 2020, Zimmerman is part of a new wave of young artists who have been making a name for themselves through social media platforms. In Zimmerman's case, he started gaining a following on TikTok, after he first posted his original music to the account on December 2020.
Within a month, in January 2021, the singer's debut single "Never Comin' Home" had entered the top 10 on Spotify's US Viral Charts. As of the writing of this article, the singer has amassed over 2.2 million followers on the app and has garnered over 32.5 million likes.
Though he released two more non-album singles over the course of 2021, it wouldn't be until 2022, that the singer would gain mainstream success with the release of his single "Fall in Love," which has since peaked at number 29 on the Hot 100, number 5 on the Country charts and even achieved a platinum certification.
The singer followed the successful single with another, even more, successful single titled "Rock and a Hard Place" later in the year that too would achieve platinum certification and chart on both the Hot 100 and Country charts at number 16 and 2 respectively.
Zimmerman followed up the success of his singles with his debut EP, Leave the Light on, released on October 14, 2022. The EP would peak at number 2 on the Country charts and even enter the top 10 at number 9 on the Billboard 200 chart.
8. Laine Hardy
Laine Hardy is a Country singer and an American Idol winner. Hardy was born on September 12, 2000, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Though born in Baton Rouge, Hardy was raised in Livingston by Barry, a construction contractor, and Cindy Lou, a real estate agent. The young boy is the middle child between his brother Kyle and older sister Brittany Banta.
Hardy has some Korean heritage as his maternal grandfather is a Korean immigrant from the capital of South Korea, Seoul. The singer was interested in music from a young age and even started learning how to play the guitar when he was eight years old, and by age 14, was already performing in a band called the Band Hardy with his brother, though he didn't sing.
Encouraged by his brother, Hardy started singing more, and even developed a passion for it, leading him to audition for the sixteenth season of American Idol. However, his first foray into the reality television show would not prove successful as the singer only got to the Top 50 before being eliminated.
Hardy would fare much better, but initially did not want to audition, only going there to accompany his friend, Ashton Gill. In a heartwarming turn of events, the judges, Katy Perry, Lionel Riche, and Luke Bryan, encouraged him to audition again, and the young boy did just that, singing "The Weight" by The Band.
This time, the singer would not only make it all the way to the end but even end up winning the competition, beating Alejandro Aranda and Madison VanDenburg, to take the crown.
9. Ben Gallaher
Ben Gallaher is a 30-year-old Country singer from Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. Gallaher was born on March 26, 1992.
The singer can play both guitars and the drums and started playing both instruments when he was only six years old. Gallaher already knew he wanted to be a Country singer from that young age and had dreams of moving to Nashville despite growing up in Pennsylvania.
More specifically, Gallaher wanted to study at Belmont University, but ended up studying at Penn State-Mont Alto for his freshman year, though he did eventually transfer to Belmont University.
The singer would end up graduating from the college in May 2014, with an Entertainment Industry Studies degree, though he had already started his music career by that point and had shared the stage with some big Country acts like Colt Ford, and Brantley Gilbert to name a few.
The reason why his career saw a start while he was still in college was in fact due to one of the singer's professors who would routinely send some of Gallaher's music to Sony.
Through the professor, Gallaher ended up with a record deal while still in college and worked with Sony until January 2019, after which he signed with Stone Country records.
The singer officially launched his career on August 11, 2017, when he released a self-titled EP with five songs that tackled common Country themes like love, heartbreak, and America.
Though the EP wouldn't break any records, it brought him a fair amount of following which would eventually lead to his debut album, Country in the House, being released on February 24, 2023.
10. Mason Ramsey
Mason Ramsey is a Country singer and Internet sensation. Ramsey is 16 years old and was born on November 16, 2006.
The singer first gained fame in March 2018 after a video of him yodeling the Hank Williams song, "Lovesick Blues" at a Walmart went viral. Since then, the boy has crafted an endearing online persona and a large following on various social media platforms.
Ramsey was born and raised in Golconda, Illinois, but the Walmart he found fame in is located in Harrisburg. The yodeling video was not only a great career starter for Ramsey, but helped in the resurgence of the original song and even Hank Williams, as the song charted on Spotify's Us Viral 50 chart at number 3, and on the Global equivalent of the chart at number 4.
As a viral sensation, Ramsey was invited to The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and in his subsequent interview charmed the entire audience with his folksiness, wise beyond his years persona, and interest in appearing on the popular Country music concert, Grand Ole Opry.
Ellen surprised the young boy by informing him that he had been selected to perform on the stage the next weekend, much to Ramsey and the audience's surprise.
Since then, the young boy has performed a number of miraculous feats like performing at Coachella, signing a record deal with Atlantic Records and Big Loud, and having his debut single, Famous, peak at number 62 on the Hot 100.
As of the writing of this article, the boy has released two EPs, and six singles, and even owns and operates his own Subway restaurant.
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