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Artists Who Have Unexpectedly Gone Country

Country music fans were surprised when Lady Gaga released a country version of her hit “Born This Way,” but she’s not the only artist who has unexpectedly made their way to country music. Lately, more and more artists are trying their hand a country single or even an entire album!

There’s also Aaron Lewis of Staind and even actress Gwyneth Paltrow! Even though some traditional country singers are voicing their opinions against switching genres, others are embracing the change and even collaborating with crossover artists. Jana Kramer worked with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. Then, news broke that the “Walk This Way” singer not only was signed with Dot Records, but he was also working on a country album.

This list of diverse entertainers join a list of country converts that includes Uncle Kracker, Kid Rock and former Hootie and the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker — all favorites on country radio playlists. Although it may surprise country listeners, artists from all genres of music have made their way to country radio through the years, as seen in our Artists Who Have Unexpectedly Gone Country gallery.

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