10 New Country Artists You Need to Know: July 2016

From a British singer-songwriter to an Internet-born firebrand

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Lucie Silvas
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Lucie Silvas

Sounds Like: A fiery Brit, raised for a time in New Zealand, whose musical American road trip makes pop-fueled pit stops in Nashville, Memphis and Motown

For Fans of: Brandi Carlile, Sara Bareilles, Jamie Floyd

Why You Should Pay Attention: Silvas wraps her gutsy, smoldering vocals around razor-sharp lyrics and sparkling melodies. Highlighted by the punchy title cut, the powerful, elegant country-pop ballad "Unbreakable Us," and the bubbly "How to Lose It All," Letters to Ghosts covers a lot of  ground. Silvas has done the same, having toured with Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves and Chris Stapleton, as well as Elton John and Jamie Cullum. Making trips to Nashville since 2007, she moved to Music City permanently in 2012 and, last year, married Brothers Osborne guitar player John Osborne, who co-produced Silvas's album.

She Says: "I always felt like the music that I made didn't necessarily fit in anywhere," Silvas says of her genre-defying tunes. "Even in the U.K. there were charts full of songs that certainly weren't a girl sitting at a piano playing ballads. I remember coming to Nashville thinking that people just love songs here. It doesn't matter who you are or what you've done or what you haven't done. People just get up there and play their songs and it feels like such an emotional connection."

Hear for Yourself: The percussive "Letters to Ghosts" finds a vulernable Silvas admitting she's powerless to let go of the past. Stephen L. Betts

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