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article imageOp-Ed: Top 10 Male Country Singers to Watch in 2014

By Markos Papadatos     Jul 5, 2014 in Music
The following 10 male rising country singers have made quite an impact in the music scene this year, hence they made Digital Journal's "Top 10 Male Country Singers to Watch."
Previously, Digital Journal revealed its "Top 10 Female Country Singers to Watch" list, and that may be seen by clicking here.
Our male artist list ranges from independent country singers and songwriters to up-and-coming artists on major record labels whose career is off to a good start.
Ben Rue: Newcomer Ben Rue is signed to Arista Nashville, and his brand new single "I Can't Wait (Be My Wife)" is an absolute delight. Hopefully, it is a harbinger for bigger and better things to come.
Country singer Ben Rue
Country singer Ben Rue
Courtesy of Sony Music Nashville
Brandon Chase: Brandon Chase was a contestant on the reality singing competition, The Voice, who auditioned with Hunter Hayes' "Wanted" and he was coached by Blake Shelton as part of Team Blake. An independent country artist, Chase was part of this year's Country Radio Seminar (CRS) and his new song "One" is neat and catchy.
Country singer Brandon Chase from  The Voice
Country singer Brandon Chase from "The Voice"
David Le
Chris Lane: Chris Lane is signed to Big Loud Mountain and he is out touring with hit country duo Florida Georgia Line and rapper Nelly. His breakthrough single "Broken Windshield View" is already making an impact on the radio airwaves, and looks quite promising.
Country singer Chris Lane
Country singer Chris Lane
Kristin Barlowe
David Fanning: Red Bow Records' David Fanning is a triple threat in the industry, being a producer, singer and songwriter. His debut single, "Drink You Away" is raw and rocking and it has a haunting vibe to it. He has been dubbed as the "Ryan Tedder of country music."
Country singer David Fanning
Country singer David Fanning
Robert Chavers
Joel Crouse: Show-Dog Universal Music country artist Joel Crouse has toured with The Band Perry and Darius Rucker, among other musical acts. I have been a fan of his music from the very start, and after seeing his live shows, he does exceptional covers of songs by other artists. His songs "If You Want Some" and "Why God Made Love Songs" have been well-received by fans in his concerts, and his debut album Even the River Runs will be out in the middle of next month.
Country singer Joel Crouse
Country singer Joel Crouse
Casey Culver
Jon Pardi: Capital Nashville recording artist Jon Pardi has had success with his first two singles "Missin' You Crazy" and "Up All Night," and he is back with his new single "What I Can't Put Down." These three songs are all tracks from his critically-acclaimed breakthrough studio album Write You A Song.
Country singer Jon Pardi
Country singer Jon Pardi
Photo Courtesy of Brian Doben
Justin Adams: Independent country singer and songwriter Justin Adams released his debut EP last summer, which reached No. 4 on the Country iTunes charts. His five-track EP is a compelling collection of songs. An Oklahoma native and former college football player, Adams is known for his high-energy shows which have landed him opening spots for such musical acts as Easton Corbin, Eli Young Band, Eric Paslay and Charlie Worsham, among others. At this year's CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee, he played at the AT&T Showcase Stage.
Country singer Justin Adams
Country singer Justin Adams
Courtesy of Zach Harrison Photography
M Callahan: Independent country singer M Callahan won the 2014 "Best Male Country Artist" award at the Indie Music Channel awards, and rightfully so. An Arkansas native, Callahan's single "Chicken on a Chain" reached No.1 in Europe's Hot-disc Country Charts for multiple weeks. His debut studio album that he released was also a gem.
Country singer M Callahan
Country singer M Callahan
Photo Courtesy of Cj Stevens
Mitch Goudy: Newcomer Mitch Goudy grew up in Iowa, where he would play in saloons, clubs and for audiences at state and county fairs. A few months ago, he became a member of the Country Music Association (CMA), and he was part of this year's Country Radio Seminar (CRS). He rocks on his single "Blow These Speakers Out," which he penned while he was in high school. His album Wild is noteworthy and he has opened for such artists as Joe Nichols and The Oak Ridge Boys.
Country singer Mitch Goudy
Country singer Mitch Goudy
Jamie Cochran
Phoenix Stone: Phoenix Stone is the front-man of his Phoenix Stone Band, and he wrote his latest single, the ballad "When The Whiskey Doesn't Work." It deals with a failing romance and it displays a different side to his music than his upbeat and rocking "100 Proof Moonshine." Stone is one of modern country's finest songwriters and male vocalists. He was a part of this year's CMA Music Festival.
Country group Phoenix Stone Band
Country group Phoenix Stone Band
Courtesy of Casey Galbraith
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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