10 Country Singers with Deep Voices
Deep male voices are one of the iconic sounds that country music offers. Having to pick the top 10 country singers with deep voices is no easy task, so this list is certainly not to be seen as definitive, but it includes some of the best!
1. Johnny Cash
We have to start off the list with the Man in Black. Johnny Cash is the biggest star of country music and a singer that has transcended genre divisions. Through his long career, he went from being the biggest country star in the world in his younger years, to being reinvented in old age through his collaboration with Rick Rubin.
He started his career in Memphis, Tennessee in the late ’50s, with an iconic all-black look, with a black guitar on his neck and a famous opening line “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash”. He made a bulk of his hits in the next decade, with his stardom fading, until Rick Rubin decided to work with him in the ’90s, recording the iconic American Recordings.
He sold nearly 90 million records throughout his career, making him one of the best-selling singers of all time, not only in country music.
2. Trace Adkins
Adkins is the representative of the 90’s on this list. He emerged on the scene in 1996, with his classic southern country sound. He had more than 20 singles on the Billboard country music charts, with three number one hits ranging through the decades.
Apart from his singing, he is also well-known for his acting and TV shows appearances. He has a distinctive bass-baritone voice and has sold millions of records on all of his albums and is still going strong today.
3. Randy Travis
Randy Travis made an impact from the moment he stepped on the scene in the late ’70s. With his recognizable voice and neotraditional country music sound, he quickly reached the stars in the ’80s. He recorded 20 studio albums, with several of them reaching platinum and diamond status.
He also had 16 Billboard number 1 hits. Unfortunately, his career was halted in 2013 after a stroke he suffered, but we still have lots of music to enjoy from this singer and songwriter.
4. Chris Stapleton
One of the younger singers on this list, Chris Stapleton is at the height of his music career. He started in the late 2000s, working as a songwriter for other country musicians and as a singer in several bands until he broke off and started his solo career in 2015.
His debut album Traveller has reached number one on Billboard charts and has sold in more than three million copies. He is still very active and we will enjoy fresh new music from him in the years to come.
5. Jamey Johnson
Another younger star on this list, Jamey Johnson is an established singer and songwriter, both as a solo artist or as a writer for other country icons. He started his career in 2005, with several records that were very well accepted by the audience.
Apart from his own music career, he has worked as a songwriter for the likes of country legends such as Willie Nelson, Trace Adkins, and Joe Nichols, with all of whom he has made great success.
6. Josh Turner
Even though many hard-core country music fans don’t like when someone leaves the beaten path, Josh Turner has made quite a career with his mixture of country and pop music. Through the years, he has had five top 1 singles on the charts, all of which came from different records.
Today, he is one of the biggest country stars. He is still active and produces music that is loved by the audience.
7. Waylon Jennings
Waylon Jennings is one of the true country music legends. Even though he is not with us anymore, his contribution to the genre and the revolution he made as a founder of outlaw country puts him in the pantheon of the all-time greats.
He started his music career as a bass player for Buddy Holly. His commercial breakthrough came in the ’70s with the iconic Wanted! The Outlaws, where he played with Willie Nelson and other country legends, making it the first platinum country album. In the 80’s he was a member of the Highwayman with Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson.
8. Scotty McCreery
The youngest singer on this list, Scotty’s career has only just begun. His career was jumpstarted through a talent show American Idol, which he won in 2011. Just after that, he released his debut album, which was certified platinum in the USA.
He has recorded 5 studio albums to this day, with four of them finishing in the top 10 on the charts in the USA. We’re eager to hear what he will put out next and since he is only 27 years old, there is still plenty of time for that.
9. Conway Twitty
Singer with one of the most recognizable stage names, Conway Twitty (Harold Lloyd Jenkins was his true name) is still remembered and loved by country music fans, even though he passed away almost 30 years ago.
He started his career in the late 50’s playing and recording pop and rock’n’roll music, but started playing country, which was always his true passion. He had several solo hits but is most remembered by his collaboration with Loretta Lynn, which lasted for several decades and marked the career of both of these singers.
10. Don Williams
The Gentle Giant, as he was known, had a long and fruitful career, which left a big mark on country music. Even though he never had smash hits and top 1 records, his records were always admired and listened to closely by everybody.
The best proof of how influential Williams was is the fact that so many other singers covered and played his songs through the years, citing him as the influence on their playing style. He also made a great international career, breaking through the American market and going around the world with his calm smile and soothing voice.
Other singers with deep voices
This is no definitive list and there are plenty of great country singers with deep voices. To mention just the few that we kept on the list there are Merle Haggard, a big part of the Outlaws, which really influenced the 60’s and 70’s scene.
Also, there are the likes of Alan Jackson, one of the best-selling artists in country music, or Charley Pride, a professional baseball player turning singer after he ended his career.
I tried to mention as many singers who deserved to be on this list, but as always, there is not enough space for everyone! If you have a deep voice, there is certainly plenty of songs that you can sing along to by checking out the artists on this list.
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