Rising country stars to watch in 2018: Walker Hayes, 'The Voice' contestants and more

Get ready for big year in country music in 2018!

America's favorite genre of music has a slew of rising stars making a name for themselves in Nashville, and we're here to introduce you to some of the most promising new acts.

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Leading the pack is Walker Hayes, whose single "You Broke Up With Me" is one of the breakout hits of the second half of 2017, reaching the Top 15 on country radio. He's almost certainly the next Sam Hunt.

Also on our list of country names to look out for? Addison Agen and Keisha Renee, who reached the finals and semi-finals of "The Voice," respectively, are set to make a splash in Nashville next year, after having cultivated passionate fanbases on the hit NBC singing show that will surely continue to support them as they kick off their careers. 

Ryan Griffin is another person to get excited about. Griffin is a talented singer-songwriter who co-wrote Kelsea Ballerini's No. 1 hit, "Dibs." His own song, "Woulda Left Me Too," went viral on Spotify this year and has almost 4 million Spotify streams.

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Walker Hayes' single "You Broke Up With Me" channeled Sam Hunt's spoken-word delivery and reached the Top 15 on country radio. It's also garnered over 30 million streams on Spotify. 

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Keisha Renee made it to the semi-finals on Team Blake on the most recent season of "The Voice," and she should be able to make a dent in Nashville. Her powerful voice has a slight country twang and brings something new to country music.

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Ryan Griffin's song "Woulda Left Me Too" racked up 3.8 million streams on Spotify after going viral earlier this year, and there's more of where that came from. The singer-songwriter co-wrote Kelsea Ballerini's No.1 single "Dibs," so he clearly has the hits in him. He's currently working with producer Busbee, who has worked with the likes of Kelly Clarkson and Gwen Stefani, on new music.

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Filmore makes R&B-inspired country music in the same vein as Sam Hunt, and his current single "You Know You Wanna" has almost a million streams on Spotify.

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Addison Agen finished second on the most recent season of "The Voice," and the 16-year-old's alt-country delivery was a fan-favorite every week: Her covers consistently ranked in the iTunes Top 10. Her original song "Tennessee Rain" should gain her even more fans as her career kicks off.

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Logan Mize's current single "Ain't Always Pretty" is a certified country hit with 28 million streams on Spotify. He's performed with the likes of Eric Church and Dierks Bentley.

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The James Barker Band has already found success in Canada, and their first US single, "Chills," has almost 4 million streams on Spotify, with radio play to pick up into 2018.

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Brother/sister duo The Reklaws returned to the scene with single "Hometown Kids," which has notched almost a million streams on Spotify. The Canadian pair has performed with major names like Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw and Thomas Rhett.

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