Write of passage: Meet the behind-the-scenes songwriters who've become successful country stars

George Garner


In a rare moment of harmonious opinion in the industry, it has been universally acknowledged that 2016 was a bad year for breaking new music acts. There is, however, one genre that bucked the trend: country. In 2017, some of the biggest names in country are all relative newcomers: Grammy-winner Maren Morris only released her major label debut album, Hero, last year. That’s not to mention fellow Grammy-winner Chris Stapleton and rising star Kelsea Ballerini, who broke records with ...

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