When looking back on 2023, it’s easy to point out the success of well-established acts whose names plaster the ballots of award shows and make historic waves on country radio. However, there’s another group to consider – the budding new female artists who are in the beginning stages of paving their own paths to stardom.
With over 3 million likes on TikTok, touring with The Voice winners Girl Named Tom and Alexandra Kay, and her latest singles “New Friends,” “Penniless & Broke,” “Best Friend,” and “18” have a combined total of nearly 10 million global streams, Jordana Bryant is definitely one to watch – and add to your playlists.
Erin Kirby was invited to record an official duet with Kameron Marlowe after her TikTok dueting the song went viral with over 1 million views. “I Can Lie (The Truth Is)” is available now, and the pair debuted the song at the Grand Ole Opry.
After releasing a string of singles in 2021 and 2022, Ella Langley showed up and showed out in 2023 with her debut EP, Excuse the Mess. She is considered to be one of the newest female badasses of the genre.
After releasing the full-length mixtape drowning towards the beginning of 2023, Jessie Murph leaned hard into her country roots and put out a string of near perfect pop country singles, beginning with ‘Cowboys and Angels’ and ending up with Jelly Roll collab ‘Wild Ones.’
Meg McRee spent the last year touring with Lainey Wilson, Morgan Wade, Marcus King, and Brent Cobb, while releasing not one but two substantial projects; the 9-track mini album Is It Just Me? and the History of Heartbreak EP.
With the mission of bringing girl power back to country music, sisters Kendra and Krista Slaubaugh celebrated a whirlwind year that included their coveted Grand Ole Opry debut, the release of their Blonde EP, and their first single to country radio, which peaked in the Top 40.
Emily Ann Roberts
Before even graduating high school, Emily Ann Roberts launched her career as a contestant on Blake Shelton’s team on The Voice, where she earned second place in the overall competition. She’s now racked up a whopping total of 17 performances at the Grand Ole Opry and counting.
Mae Estes came to Nashville with a dream in 2015 and while it took some time for her to land on her feet, she eventually did so with grace and is now on her way to stardom. On March 4, Estes made her Grand Ole Opry debut with a memorable performance featuring songs from her just-released debut EP, Before the Record.