9. LAINEY WILSON
Hailing from the small farming community of Baskin, La., country music newcomer Lainey Wilson has as much grit in her as she does soul. She moved to Nashville in a bumper-pull camper trailer to pursue a career in music and has been carving her own unique place in the country music landscape ever since, already garnering early praise as “a cautious optimist with just enough scars and pragmatism to write great, universal country songs” (Taste of Country) and “one of those voices who will grab your attention and keep it” (Whiskey Riff).
A natural-born storyteller, Wilson has quickly established herself as an in-demand songwriter on Music Row as part of powerhouse publisher Sony/ATV. Following the independent release of her self-titled EP in April 2018, Wilson was named one of CMT’s Next Women of Country for 2019, landed a record deal with BBR Music Group/BMG, spent the first part of the year opening for chart-topping Country artist Morgan Wallen during his 2019 If I Know Me tour, and had “Workin’ Overtime,” the first single off her previous EP, placed in the second season of Paramount Network’s hit series Yellowstone.
With the same vehement determination and unequivocal confidence that has fueled her momentum thus far, Wilson makes her label debut on the BBR Music Group/BMG flagship imprint, Broken Bow Records with her EP Redneck Hollywood, a term which can best be described in her autobiographical track “L.A.” Produced by mastermind Jay Joyce, the project is a collection of songs that showcase her prolific songwriting abilities and depth as an artist by offering a genuine, unwithered perspective of someone who endorses a character defined by juxtaposing values such as maintaining high standards without jeopardizing empathy.
Lainey’s live performances, with her guitar-wielding rock ‘n’ roll swagger and rousing dance moves, has earned her slots playing hundreds of shows with greats like Randy Houser, Joe Nichols, The Cadillac Three, Deana Carter and more. Hot off another European run, where she performed alongside Eric Paslay in Germany and Josh Turner across the UK. Undaunted by the inevitable early mornings and late nights that lie ahead, Wilson has no plans of slowing down as she turns her momentum into a movement.