Country Musicians

A country musician may refer to a kind of singer who is involved in the production of music that has elements of both traditional and popular music. Country musicians or singers are thus involved in music that is generally of folk style generally concerning the rural United States or the music inspired by the cow boys of Western America. This genre of country music has its roots in Southern United States, where it originated in the 1920’s and gained worldwide acclaim around the 1940’s. With the development of television, radio and other forms of mass communication devices, country, and music began to be listed to across the world and slowly gained popularity in other countries. In the 21st century, there are many famous and prominent country music singers and even country music bands that are immensely popular among music audiences. Some of the main characteristics of country music include strong instrumental elements that are often complemented by ballads and dance tunes. Here is a list of the famous country music singers. To learn some of the most intriguing and fascinating facts about their lives, scroll down and continue to read their biographies along with trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

 1 Taylor Swift

Taylor Alison Swift
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

American pop and country music singer-songwriter, Taylor Swift is a multiple Grammy award winning artist who has inspired a number of hopeful musicians. A talented artist since a young age, she achieved success with her first single and debut album in 2006. Since then, the Fearless star has not looked back and also made her acting debut in 2009.

 2 Charley Pride

Charley Pride
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: December 12, 2020
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 3 Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 7, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

English musician, singer, and songwriter, Ringo Starr, gained international fame as the drummer for the rock band, the Beatles. Raised by a single mother, he had a difficult childhood. He sought solace in music and it became his vocation. After finding success with the Beatles, he embarked on a solo career as well.

 4 Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 29, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

An accomplished musician and one of the most popular names of the late 20th century American country music, Willie Nelson garnered fame with his albums Shotgun Willie, Red Headed Stranger, Stardust and Always on My Mind. The multiple Grammy award winning musician, who continues to record even today, has also appeared in numerous films and authored a number of books.

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 5 Keith Urban

Keith Urban
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Australian, New Zealander, American

Four-time Grammy-winner Keith Urban had already tasted success in Australia, before making his American debut with a platinum-certified solo album. He knows how to play a variety of instruments, including the sitar, guitar, piano, and mandolin. His track Somebody Like You was named Billboard’s greatest country hit of the 2000s.

 6 Mac Davis

Mac Davis
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Famous As: Musician, Singer, Actor, Songwriter, Stage actor
Birthdate: January 21, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
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 7 Kris Kristofferson

Kris Kristofferson
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 22, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Kris Kristofferson is a popular singer-songwriter and actor. Over the years, Kris has played a major role in the success of many famous singers, having contributed to their musical albums as a songwriter. For his achievements in the field of music, Kris Kristofferson was made a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee in 2004.

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 8 Clint Black

Clint Black
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 4, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
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 9 Ricky Nelson

Ricky Nelson
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 8, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: December 31, 1985

Ricky Nelson was an American pop pioneer, rock & roll star, and singer-songwriter. After establishing himself as a top teen idol during the 1950s, Ricky Nelson went on to release several chartbusting songs. He achieved great popularity and was ranked 91st on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list.

 10 John Prine

John Prine
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: April 7, 2020

 11 Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: August 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Country singer Kacey Musgraves has won six Grammys, including one for her debut album, Same Trailer Different Park. She had started as part of the children’s country duo Texas Two Bits and explored a solo career later. She has also appeared on the singing reality show Nashville Star.

 12 Hank Williams

Hank Williams
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Famous As: Father of contemporary country music
Birthdate: September 17, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: January 1, 1953

Musician Hank Williams is widely considered one of the most influential and significant American singer-songwriters of the 20th century. Hank Williams influenced several singers, such as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, and Charley Pride to name a few. Since his untimely death at the age of 29, many artists have released tribute albums honoring Hank Williams.  

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 13 Jana Kramer

Jana Kramer
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Television actor, Songwriter
Birthdate: December 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 14 Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician
Birthdate: May 1, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Three-time Grammy-winning country artist Tim McGraw has released 15 albums, 10 of which have topped the Top Country Albums chart. He also has 25 Hot Country Songs chart-toppers. He has also appeared in movies such as The Blind Side and Tomorrowland and is a minority owner of the Nashville Kats.

 15 GG Allin

GG Allin
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Famous As: Musician, Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: August 29, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: June 28, 1993
Punk rock artist and drummer GG Allin is best remembered for his controversial live performances, which involved acts like self-mutilation, and his themes of violence. He was also arrested for assaulting his audience members. He vowed to commit suicide on stage, multiple times, but eventually died of a drug overdose. 

 16 Marie Osmond

Marie Osmond
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Famous As: Singer, Actor, Television actor, Songwriter
Birthdate: October 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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 17 Vince Gill

Vince Gill
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: April 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 18 Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard
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Birthdate: April 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: April 6, 2016
Country singer Merle Haggard initially gained fame performing with The Strangers. He had several brushes with the law in his younger days, before he launched his music career. His songs reflected the angst of the working class. He won several accolades, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
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 19 Brad Douglas Paisley

Brad Douglas Paisley
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Famous As: American singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 28, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 20 Ashley McBryde

Ashley McBryde
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 29, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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 21 Hank Williams Jr.

Hank Williams Jr.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 22 Lyle Lovett

Lyle Lovett
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 1, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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 23 Kellie Pickler

Kellie Pickler
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: June 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 24 Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson
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Famous As: Gospel Musician
Birthdate: October 17, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Singer and songwriter Alan Jackson is famous for popularizing the “neotraditional country” genre of music that has elements of traditional honky-tonk and mainstream country-pop sounds. Having sold over 75 million records worldwide, he is one of the best-selling music artists of all-time. In 2017, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

 25 Alison Krauss

Alison Krauss
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 26 Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean
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Famous As: Country Singer
Birthdate: February 28, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 27 Jimmy Dean

Jimmy Dean
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 10, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: June 13, 2010

 28 Gram Parsons

Gram Parsons
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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Musician, Guitarist, Pianist
Birthdate: November 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: September 19, 1973

 29 Wynonna Judd

Wynonna Judd
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 30 Josh Kelley

Josh Kelley
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician, Actor, Songwriter, Composer, Singer
Birthdate: January 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 31 Tanya Tucker

Tanya Tucker
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: October 10, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 32 Jerry Reed

Jerry Reed
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Famous As: Actor, Singer-songwriter, Musician, Singer, Composer, Guitarist
Birthdate: March 20, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: September 1, 2008

 33 Sara Evans

Sara Evans
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: February 5, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 34 Steve Earle

Steve Earle
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Famous As: Musician, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Rock, country, and folk singer-songwriter, Steve Earle, developed an early interest in music and started his career when he was a teenager. Rebellious as a young man, he went through his share of struggles before he was able to establish himself successfully as a singer. Also a political activist, he is a vocal opponent of capital punishment. 

 35 David Allan Coe

David Allan Coe
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician, Singer
Birthdate: September 6, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 36 Gene Autry

Gene Autry
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Musician, Yodeler, Screenwriter, Television actor, Radio personality
Birthdate: September 29, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: October 2, 1998

 37 George Jones

George Jones
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 12, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: April 26, 2013

 38 Eric Church

Eric Church
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 39 Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer
Birthdate: February 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 40 Roy Clark

Roy Clark
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 15, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: November 15, 2018

 41 Martina McBride

Martina McBride
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: July 29, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 42 Michael Nesmith

Michael Nesmith
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Famous As: Musician, Singer, Novelist, Screenwriter, Film actor, Stage actor, Television actor, Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: December 30, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 43 Keith Whitley

Keith Whitley
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: May 9, 1989

 44 Toby Keith

Toby Keith
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: July 8, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 45 Randy Meisner

Randy Meisner
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Famous As: Musician, Singer, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 8, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 46 Mindy McCready

Mindy McCready
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: February 17, 2013

 47 Timothy B. Schmit

Timothy B. Schmit
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 30, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 48 Natalie Maines

Natalie Maines
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician, Songwriter, Guitarist, Singer
Birthdate: October 14, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 49 Shawnee Smith

Shawnee Smith
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 50 Marty Stuart

Marty Stuart
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Famous As: singer-songwriter, musician, singer, mandolinist
Birthdate: September 30, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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