USA Network revealed the 21 artists competing in its new music showcase series Real Country and the prizing they will be vying for.
In every episode, three artists will compete for $10,000, a performance at Stagecoach – California’s Country Music Festival, and a spot in the grand finale where they will then vie for a chance to win $100,000 and a highly coveted performance at Nashville’s iconic Grand Ole Opry, which has been a launching pad for many of today’s top country superstars.
Hometown: Las Cruces, New Mexico
Fun Facts: Bagwell has grit, passion, perseverance and talent. After touring with her band – “The Banned” – over 180 days per year for seven years, this six-time Texas Regional Radio Female Vocalist of the Year has continued to grow her grass-roots and begun to earn the respect of her peers in the Nashville music scene.
Hometown: Littleton, Colorado
Fun Facts: Brown is an American singer-songwriter. After four years in the Marine Corps with two tours overseas, he moved to Texas to pursue music before leaving for Nashville. Brown now tours across the country, headlining and opening for acts like The Charlie Daniels Band and The Marshall Tucker Band, among many others. He is a father of four children, and adopted his two youngest. Brown uses his music platform to advocate for veterans and adoption.
Hometown: Mineral Wells, Muenster, and Richmond, Texas
Fun Facts: Copper Chief is a central Texas band with deep roots and even deeper brotherhood consisting of three country artists – Mike Valliere, Rio Tripiano and Justin Lusk. Their passion for music runs deep, one of the members even gave up pursuing a law degree to pursue this dream. Since the release of their debut self-titled album – “Copper Chief” – the guys have been burning a path all across Texas and the surrounding states to steadily growing crowds.
Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
Fun Facts: A former marine, Jackson fell in love with country music as a young man after seeing Randy Travis perform on an army base in Spain. He is a true singer/songwriter with a passion for the traditional country music sound. His original music reaches millions of fans across his social channels, with his George Jones tribute hitting over 38 million views.
Hometown: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Fun Facts: With a voice like a runaway freight train, Kennedy has been a singer/songwriter for nearly a decade and has influences of both old and new country, mixed with a little rock-and-roll. Although his wife and daughter keep him longing for home, Kennedy recently toured with country artist Drake White and is starting to work on his first full-length solo album.
Hometown: Charlottesville, Virginia
Fun Facts: Following in the country music footsteps of his parents, Purvis is a more traditional singer who is influenced by a myriad of country music legends. He moved to Nashville when he was 15-years-old and has opened for the likes of Trace Adkins and Darius Rucker. He has performed at the historic Ryman Auditorium and is doing everything he can to grind in Music City in order to get his big break.
Hometown: Springfield, Missouri
Fun Facts: Porter Union, led by husband and wife Cole Michael Porter and Kendra Porter, met singing karaoke. They are two old souls who’ve spent the last decade traveling the country together playing their music everywhere from dive bars and honky tonks to festivals and theaters.