16. CHRIS BANDI
Chris Bandi’s breakout hit, “Man Enough Now,” written with Jason Massey and Jason Duke, has already garnered over 72 million on-demand audio and video streams and more than 400k consumption units. The new music video, starring Kelli Berglund and Luke Pell, premiered on CMT and CMT.com
The St. Louis, Missouri native has been writing songs since high school. He began making the trek to Nashville during his college days at Ole Miss, honing his craft playing small clubs and making the big move to Music City after graduation. Nashville took notice of his passion for storytelling and multi-genre tinged vocals, evidenced by a publishing deal with BMG and a RECORDS label deal in late 2019. Bandi joined American Idol Season 17 winner Laine Hardy on tour in the fall and is currently on the road with country breakout Matt Stell for dates through March. A brand-new EP expected is to release in 2020.