These country music artists snagged national attention when they showed off their talents via the reality TV circuit. Check them out!
Over the last decade, budding country music standouts and future superstars have left their mark on reality TV singing competitions. Here are nine modern country artists who got their big break thanks to the highly engrossing medium!
In 2004, Underwood auditioned for season four of American Idol in St. Louis, Missouri, singing Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” During the competition judge Simon Cowell commented that she would be one of the favorites to win the competition and later predicted that Underwood would not only win the competition, but she would also outsell all previous Idol winners. On May 25, 2005, Underwood was declared the season’s winner. Watch her get her inner rock star on…
Back in 2003, country music fans nationwide first met 19-year-old Miranda Lambert when she made her big debut on the first season of USA Network’s Nashville Star. Lambert finished in third place overall, behind winner Buddy Jewell and runner-up John Arthur Martinez. Watch her give a musical shoutout to her home state below!
The Texan appeared on the fifth season of Nashville Star in 2007, placing seventh overall. In 2012, Kacey released her debut single, “Merry Go ’Round,” which reached No. 10. Her major-label debut album, Same Trailer Different Park, hit number one. Check out Kacey in her early days below!
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