And the 2016 Artist of the Year is…. Lauren Alaina
Born in Georgia, Lauren Alaina found her stardom on season 10 of American idol. While on the show she captured the hearts of many with her powerful vocals and charming personality. Following the release of her self-titled EP and with a large following of devoted fans, Lauren has earned herself a rightful spot as Next Women of Country’s 2016 Artist of the Year. Lauren co-wrote every song on her new EP including her most recent empowering hit “Road Less traveled.” Lauren’s music can be heard on country music radio stations across the country and she has been nominated for several Teen Choice and CMT Music Awards this year as well. Currently Lauren is on tour with Alan Jackson and regularly appears on the Grand Ole Opry Stage. Lauren’s music video for ‘Road Less traveled” is featured as our 7th best Music Video of 2016!
Paulina Jayne, though she grew up in Detroit, is no stranger to the music industry. Raised by artistic parents, Paulina has been singing and composing her own music since she was nine years old. Paulina’s music reflects her own personal views on the social issues we are dealing with today and sends a message. Recently Paulina, with the help of songwriters Trey Bruce and Hailey Steele, released her song ‘Love’s Gonna Always Win’ to remind us that we can be greater than the hatred in this world. Paulina’s strong support system and clear talent got her to the final round in determining the 2016 Artist of the Year, so make sure to check out her music if you haven’t already.
From musical theatre to dance classes and singing lessons, Lauren Davidson knew she was destined to entertain. Though Lauren’s childhood was driven by musical theatre, her passion for music took her down the path to becoming an independant artist. Lauren’s sound includes elements from both pop and country music. Her songs are personal and convey both her own experiences and emotions. This year Lauren released her EP Hear Me which features five songs Lauren hopes “inspires all to go after their dreams and fly”. With an “I can do it” attitude and a unique sound Lauren has made it into the final round and her EP Hear Me is listed as the 9th best Album of 2016.
What began in the summer of 2012, the trio Maybe April are known for their unique sound and strong stage presence. After meeting in Nashville at a weeklong music industry camp, the three girls quickly became friends. Later collaborating for just a few short hours they wrote their first single “Loving You Still” putting them on the map. This year they came out with their newest single Blush which earned the 3rd spot on our Top Ten Singles of the Year list. As one of the best country music trios, it’s no wonder Maybe April landed a spot in our final round for Artist of the Year as well.