Sounds Like: A classic-country enthusiast who leads with her sass and robust voice
For Fans of: Dixie Chicks, Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt
Why You Should Pay Attention: A self-described "big fish in a little pond," the 24-year-old Houston native left home at 16, hell-bent on living in an entertainment capital with more opportunities. Lane landed in Los Angeles, where she attended college, before uprooting to Nashville two years ago to hone her chops around town and open for the likes of Wynonna and Kip Moore. Lane has already put out two EPs buoyed by spirited kiss-offs such as "You Part 2" and recently released an acoustic mixtape, Heart Unlocked, available for free download through her website. "I just have an attitude of, 'Why not?'" she says. "No dream feels too big for me right now."
She Says: "I love a lot of different types of music, but honestly it was the storytelling that drew me to country. From a very young age, I knew I was going to be an artist of some sort. I did acting, singing, and guitar and piano lessons. I didn't figure out what I wanted to do until I went to college and took songwriting classes. And it's a great time to be in country music. You have someone like Sam Hunt, but you also have Kacey Musgraves. There's room for all of it.”
Hear for Yourself: The radio-ready "Lightning," from Heart Unlocked, pushes banjo to the fore before club beats raise the roof. James Reed