CMT unveiled its annual “LISTEN UP” list highlighting the 18 emerging artists- signed and unsigned- to spotlight across all platforms in the coming year including its two television channels (CMT and CMT Music), music series (“CMT Hot 20 Countdown”), radio (nationally syndicated “CMT Radio Live with Cody Alan”) digital (CMT.com) and social (CMT Facebook, CMT Instagram, CMT Twitter)
“LISTEN UP taps into CMT’s influence and platforms to guide fans to talented emerging artists that might not yet be on their radars,” said Leslie Fram, SVP of Music Strategy and Talent, CMT. “This lineup represents the diversity within country music – from traditional to modern country, mixed with a little bit of soul. We look forward to sharing their passion and great music with our audience all year long.”
This year’s “18 for 2018” LISTEN UP artists are Abby Anderson, Ashley McBryde, Bailey Bryan, Cale Dodds, Delta Rae, Devin Dawson, Jillian Jacqueline, Jimmie Allen, Jordan Davis, Kassi Ashton, Levon, Maggie Rose, Morgan Evans, Morgan Wallen, Russell Dickerson, Ryan Kinder, The Sisterhood Band and Tyler Rich.
Since 2011, CMT’s LISTEN UP franchise has helped launch of the career of budding superstars including Brett Eldredge, Cole Swindell, Dustin Lynch, Jon Pardi, Kacey Musgraves, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, and RaeLynn. Last year’s class alone, included breakout stars Carly Pearce, Luke Combs and Midland.