Name: Katie Perkins
Sounds Like: Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, and Miranda Lambert
Katie Perkins’ music is a perfect mixture of old and new mainstream country music. When she was It was 16 it was discovered that Katie had a hole in her heart and needed open heart surgery. Without this surgery her life expectancy would have been 13 years. After her surgery she want back to singing and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. Check out her first single of her new album Breathe called Hello Heartbreak.
In the second video we see Katie covering a Carrie Underwood song which is where I think she could fit in the industry. It definitely shows she has the cross over potential and the attitude to be country cross over artist.
Lyrically and musically her content meets today’s pop/country standards but still has a throwback feel with her instrumentation. She definitely ticks a lot of boxes. She is pretty, pop cross over appeal, friendly demeanor, and a great backstory. When thinking of the country music industry as it is today it is hard to say if I would sign her or not. Her music is honest and you can tell it means a lot to her. Her voice is good and fits all the songs really well, overall she’s a complete package. But her talent and ability are not the only factors at play, the state of the country music industry also plays a huge factor.
The female side of the industry is dominated by Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, and most recently newcomer Kacey Musgraves. With the latter two barely making any impact on country radio. Let’s face it, in today’s country music it is hard for a female soloist to have careers like Reba Mcentire, Trisha Yearwood, and Faith Hill. For more information about this competition checkout this blogpost focusing on the potential signing of a female country artist Kree Harrison who was a ruunner up on AMerican Idol and the uphill battle she faces by clicking here. Can Katie pull of a crossover like Carrie, Taylor, or even Shania have done? I’m not so sure.
Name: The Whipps
Label: Unsigned ( In talks )
The Whipps come from Greenup County Kentucky, formed in 2009 with singer Don Hanshaw, bassist Eric Daniels and guitarist Larry Collinsworth. They self-released their debut album Ghettobillies a few months after their creation. The Whipps describe their debut album Ghettobillies as a country crossbreed that cracks with hick hop (Country Rap) and rock. In their sound you can hear a blending of traditional instruments like banjo, dobro and mandolin with newer hybrid elements. t. Check them out below.
They are definitely bringing something new to the table with songs like Ghettobillies while still showing they still have some country pop appeal with songs likes Honestly. And in an industry where most successful country groups are mixed groups i.e. Sugarland, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, and The Band Perry. The most recent group that even remotely comes close to them is Rascall Flatts but even then The Whipps is able to be more diverse in their sound. There is definitely a gap in the market for an all male country groups, especially for one bringing something new to the genre.
So who would I go for? This is a tough one! On one hand we have a female country with crossover appeal and on the other a band working within their own niche in the market but still diverse enough to be successful (in my opinion). I think I would have to go for The Whipps on this one! They country genre is just too competitive for females now a days and to go with Katie would a huge risk, I can see her having a better shot going on a reality singing show competition and establishing a fan base that way. While The Whipps are definitely doing their own think and I like what I hear!
Till next time…