After months of planning, preparation and anticipation, Taste of Country can now officially reveal our RISERS for 2017. Brett Young, Aubrie Sellers, Runaway June, Brandon Lay, Kalie Shorr and Jacob Davis all made the cut, in addition to our previously revealed Hot Seat winner Farewell Angelina.

Taste of Country has gathered together the hottest young talent in contemporary country music for RISERS, a one-of-a-kind program in which we’re not only finding the next big country stars, we’re nurturing them.

We brought all of the 2017 RISERS together at a top-secret shoot in Nashville in February, and all through March we’ll be rolling out exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, photo shoots and one-of-a-kind live performances from the Class of 2017.

The RISERS are a very diverse roster, chosen through a careful selection process that included input from some of the top radio programmers, talent booking agents, managers, streaming service providers and digital media members in country music. There’s something for everyone, from the country soul of Brett Young to the self-proclaimed “garage country” of Aubrie Sellers and the sweet harmonies of Runaway June and Farewell Angelina. Brandon Lay and Jacob Davis have their own brands of country music to offer, and Kalie Shorr is something different than we’ve seen in quite a while.

You’ll see for yourself as we debut performances of original songs, as well as some truly stellar covers from the RISERS over the next few weeks, but our journey with these rising stars certainly doesn’t stop there. Taste of Country will be keeping you up to date on the RISERS all throughout 2017 as they release new music, hit the charts and head out on tours all over the country, taking their rightful places as the next generation of country stars that we know them to be.

Congratulations to the 2017 RISERS!