Ariana Grande Going Country?
Ariana Grande has become a pop-R&B diva in her own right, releasing hit after hit on mainstream radio. But would she ever try out another genre? Country, perhaps? The singer says she could definitely see herself doing it one day, crediting her grandfather for the inspiration.
“My grandpa, he always wanted me to do something in the country world. I don’t know if that would ever happen. If that opportunity, when it comes along, I’d have to say, ‘Hell yeah!'” she explains to Entertainment Tonight.
She does admit, though, that she’d have to do some research before she’d feel like she had a grasp on the genre as a whole.
“My dad was a really big Dixie Chicks fan, so that’s the most country I’ve been exposed to,” says Grande. “I definitely need to do more country music homework.”
While there’s no telling if country music will be on the horizon for Grande anytime soon, stranger things have happened. Legendary rocker and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has dipped his toes in the country water, as well as pop icon Cyndi Lauper and even actor Kiefer Sutherland.
Tyler’s entrance actually feels more like he dove in head-first, as he’s made appearances left and right with country artists and at country award shows, and his singles “Love Is Your Name” and “Red, White and You” were respectable hits at No. 19 and 29 on the Billboard charts, respectively. His full-length record, We’re All Somebody from Somewhere, dropped July 15.
Lauper released her album Detour covering country standards this spring, which featured guest artists including Vince Gill, Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris.
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