Through 15 seasons, many wondered what ever happened to American Idol‘s many winners and runner-ups, as only a select few actually became staples in the music industry. While how much competing on American Idol actually helped the artist’s career is up for debate, it did not go unnoticed that some of the show’s most successful contestants were country music singers. Although it has only been cancelled since 2016, American Idol is being brought back, which means there may be even more talented country artists to watch out for! Here are American Idol’s 10 best country singers ranked:
10. Crystal Bowersox
Crystal Bowersox quickly became a fan favorite in season nine of American Idol where she immediately impressed in her audition with a rendition of Shania Twain’s “Piece of My Heart.” She went on to come in second place on the season and was the first female contestant to make it to the finale since Jordin Sparks’ 2007 win in season six. Her debut album “Farmer’s Daughter” was released in 2010, but unfortunately for the singer, in 2011 RCA Music Group disbanded Jive Records, J Records, and Arista Records, leaving Bowersox without a label. She has since found a new label and released a second album with moderate success.
9. Danny Gokey
Danny Gokey’s story hit fans hard when he entered American Idol’s eighth season in 2009. At the time the Milwaukee native was a former truck driver and had lost his wife only weeks before auditioning. He ended up placing third in the season, and also ended up signing with 19 Recordings/RCA Nashville which made him the first male Idol contestant to sign to a major country label. His debut album “My Best Days” entered the Billboard charts at number four. The fantastic debut gave Gokey the best opening-week sales debut by a country male artist in 18 years. He went on to open for Sugarland and released four more albums with his most recent being “Rise” in January, 2017, but he has most certainly not become a well known country artist despite his talent.
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