One year ago, Brett Eldredge was a country newcomer and Chris Stapleton was a country "Who?!" Few would have mentioned either in a conversation for Country's Top Vocalist, but both are — arguably — frontrunners.
Two big burly voices will square off in this Round 1 matchup to decide the top vocalist in country music. Trace Adkins' new single "Jesus and Jones" is good enough to assure spot in this conversation, while "We Went" shows how dynamic Randy Houser is...
The second matchup between female vocalists in this month-long competition to decide the best country vocalist of 2016 is between one singer with the most unique voice in country, and another with one of the most powerful.
The Top Female Vocalist winner is going to have to top Carrie Underwood, and that won't be easy. Eight female country singers were chosen from amongst country music's most active artists to compete for the this title, and Round 1 starts with a matchup between the "Heartbeat" singer and Ashley Monroe.
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