Country music is enjoyed by people from all over the world. With its relatable, down-to-earth lyrics and iconic twang, it’s a style of music that is iconic and immediately recognizable. With lots of artists, it’s fun to figure out how they got their start. For some, it’s a true rags to riches story,f others got their start as buskers, whilst others still won a popularity vote. So, let’s dive in and take a look at how five of these amazing artists got their start.
Dolly Parton has a true rags to riches story. She grew up in the Appalachian Mountains as one of twelve children. At the age of ten, she was given a guitar and she began to write her own songs. Her distinctive style and voice took off. She started performing for local television shows and radio in Knoxville, Tennessee. From there she moved to Nashville, where she became an instant star on the The Porter Wagoner Show and her career really took off. Know for her timeless hits like “Jolene” and “9 to 5” her songs are very relatable to everyday life.
As one of the most popular young country music artists, Tim McGraw has the ability to make his audience feel his emotions through his music – It’s part of how he made his claim to fame. He dropped out of college and moved to Nashville, where he worked in a club before signing a record deal. His marriage to Faith Hill only added to his fame. His music is just as iconic as the other artists on this list. His down-to-earth music is very relatable and evokes a deep sense of emotion in his ballads, and his jauntier songs make you want to dance. With such versatility, it’s easy to see why he’s so popular and why he got signed in the first place.
Starting at the age of six, Jewel started by performing with her parents on stage. While she had an early introduction into the music life, she also notoriously got famous by performing on the street. That’s right, before Jewel topped the charts with her song, “Who Will Save Your Soul” she started out as a busker. This strategy might have worked well for several bands from different genres, but surprisingly not so much for country music stars. However, Jewel’s case is a nice exception as she got signed by Atlantic and began singing her heart-felt ballads for all to hear and enjoy.
The man and the legend, Garth Brooks was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but moved to Nashville to sign a record deal. While his first attempt didn’t work out, the second time was the charm for him. Known for his iconic songs “The Thunder Rolls,” and “Friends in Low Places”, his music is relatable to audiences from every walk of life. He’s known for selling out shows, and he even offers concerts for free to residents in the Tulsa area. Garth Brooks is sometimes sighted at local concerts in the Tulsa area, where he enjoys watching instead of performing. With a new album coming out soon, this very humble legend is not only an icon, but his claim to fame is well deserved thanks to his incredible talent and original song-writing skills.
Another country music artist from Oklahoma, Carrie Underwood’s journey can be watched on old episodes of American Idol. She got her start at a young age performing in her local church, as well as at various talent shows in her home-town of Muskogee. At the age of 22, she auditioned for American Idol and won. From there, she achieved extreme popularity and stardom with hits like “Before He Cheats,” and “Inside Your Heaven.” Her original voice and sound won over audiences and helped her become the artist that she is today. Still just as humble as the day she won American Idol, it’s easy to see why Carrie Underwood is the sweetheart of country music.