10 New Country Artists You Need to Know: March 2016

From a country Ed Sheeran to a protégée of Willie Nelson

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Morgan Myles
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Morgan Myles

Sounds Like: Trisha Yearwood cutting an R&B record in Muscle Shoals

For Fans of: Shelby Lynne, Joan Osborne, Martina McBride's Everlasting

Why You Should Pay Attention: The woman has got some serious pipes. That's the immediate takeaway from Myles's new EP Miss Morgan Myles, a six-song taste of her soulful spin on country. Even as a kid, the 29-year-old singer-songwriter knew she had a big voice and was drawn to kindred spirits such as Janis Joplin and Mariah Carey, but especially to country's great female belters — Yearwood, McBride and LeAnn Rimes were all early influences. Originally from Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Myles has been in Nashville for a decade and admits it hasn't been an easy ride. Still, she's finally making inroads in her dream career and shopping a full-length album to various labels, with the plan to release it this year.

She Says: "When I was watching the CMAs and Chris Stapleton and 'Girl Crush' were winning everything, I was in tears. It basically said that this kind of music is going to be heard and people want to hear big, soulful country voices. That's where I've been living for a long time. And I'm excited that the gate has been opened a little bit." 

Hear for Yourself: New single "Whiskey Dreaming," which has the hallmarks of both country and soul, from empty bottles to sultry backup vocals. J.R.

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