7 Male Artists to Breakout in 2018
As the year comes to a close, we’ve seen many new artists come, and go. The industry has changed, exponentially, and the sound is ever evolving. There are, however, a few male artists who have that traditional sound, albeit with their own flavor and edge. I present seven artists that I believe will breakout in 2018. This is, by all means, not all-inclusive. Nor is it anything more than my opinion, based on what I have witnessed, over the last year or two.
- MORGAN EVANS
This Australian, more well-known for becoming the new Mr. Kelsea Ballerini, made an international splash, with his debut, “Kiss Somebody.” Citing fellow Aussie hunk, Keith Urban, as an influence, the CMA Global Artist of the Year is poised to breakout, on a massive scale, in 2018.
- JESSE KEITH WHITLEY
The son of the late crooner and legendary songstress, Lorrie Morgan, Jesse Keith has got a dash of his father’s voice, a smidge of his good looks and a dose of his patriarch’s songwriting ability. While he has not toured as much as the rest of the artists on the list, his intimate acoustic shows have been wonderfully-received. All he needs is that illusive “breakout single.”
- DAVID SHELBY
Shelby, who splits time between Tennessee and Michigan homes, has been a staple in both states’ country music scenes. The writer, and originator, of Kid Rock’s single “Po Dunk,” Shelby began his musical career playing trumpet for Motown legend, Stevie Wonder. With several radio singles under his belt, he continues to build toward mainstream recognition.
- DRAKE WHITE
Drake is one of the hottest (relatively and figuratively speaking) up-and-comers on the country music scene. His silky, smooth YouTube covers of classic country songs are receiving a major influx of views, solidifying his popularity among the current generation of music fans.
- DONALD BENJAMIN
The second bearded bard on the list, and one of two artists from the state of Michigan, Donald Benjamin has become a consistent mainstay on independent radio. While many compare his gravel-soaked vocal ability to those such as Keith Whitley and Brantley Gilbert, he has a remarkable throwback approach to songwriting. A quick listen to his singles “Last Man Standing,” and “I Choose the Whiskey,” generates an instant fandom.
- WILLIAM MICHAEL MORGAN
The Warner Bros. artist, hailing from Vicksburg, Virginia, is, still, riding a high from his initial debut effort, “I Met a Girl.” A genuine “boy next door,” with down-home charm and striking looks, to go along with his beautiful voice, Morgan is becoming a favorite amongst females everywhere.
- MITCH ROSSELL
From fledgling songwriter to sharing the stage with Garth Brooks, Tennessee native, Mitch Rossell, has had a phenomenal jumpstart to his young career. With the Garth Brooks world tour coming to an end, we’re hoping to see Mitch hit the road, showcasing his incredible talent, including more songs like the smash “Ask Me How I Know.”