MITCH GOUDY is the country music newcomer who is making his way into the hearts of music fans of all ages. As one of the Country Music Association (CMA)’s ‘Who New To Watch Artists’ for 2014, he is becoming one of country’s hottest new stars rocking stages across the nation. Every time he picks up his guitar and starts to sing, you know this guy not only has the roots for authentic country music, but the heart to back it up. Hailing from the cornfields of southeast Iowa, Mitch grew up with a sense of pride about who he is and a strong notion of what he believes. His interest in country music began when he first picked up a guitar after suffering a traumatic knee injury that would forever limit his ability to play sports. His dad bought him that first guitar, put it in his hands and said, “Let’s see what you can do.” At that moment, Mitch found his passion. While growing up, he was influenced by a wide range of artists including Eric Church, Garth Brooks and Bob Seger, to name a few. “Garth Brooks did something different, and that’s what made him Garth. I admire that and try to keep it in mind when I get out on the stage.” The fall of 2013, he released his debut single, Blow These Speakers Out, to country radio and rapidly earned the respect from radio and industry executives, calling him “the next Brad Paisley” (WGSQ-FM). At only nineteen-years-old, nothing will stop this guy. He’s been on the road performing every chance he can get, sharing the stage with Rodney Atkins, Joe Nichols and The Oak Ridge Boys. He’s becoming a crowd favorite because of his music, warmth, charm and his all-American values. His follow-up release, Ain’t My Fault, showcases his young, fun, appealing sound while creating the ideal blend of contemporary and traditional country. This song will be on his upcoming album, slated to be released late 2014. “I’m so excited for everyone to hear this new record,” said Mitch. “My music grows with me and I feel like this album captures who I truly am today as an artist.” The biggest recognition he received was being named one of CMA’s ‘Who New To Watch 2014’ artists. Since then, Mitch has been determined to set the bar even higher in his career. “That’s always been a goal of mine —to make everything I do better than the last. To get this acknowledgement is beyond words. I cannot believe I’m on the same list as artists like Cole Swindell and Chase Rice!” This year is only getting better for him as he took part in his first ever CMA Music Festival. “I grew up reading and seeing the artists that take part in this festival and I was able to be one of them this year! I enjoyed every minute of it, meeting the country fans, signing autographs in my own booth. I just took it all in and I’m ready for next year.” Maybe when Mitch is not on the road, you’ll find him playing guitar, reading books and enjoying his comfort foods: McDonald’s, Kraft Mac and Cheese, Hostess Cupcakes, and Swiss Cake Rolls. “I'm one of those, 'I don’t watch TV' dudes. I also like to study, which is odd, and I'm sure my high school teachers would disagree. I’m interested in subjects like management and accounting. I could read book after book about them because I find it so cool.” With Mitch’s drive, energy, confidence and over 30,000 Facebook fans and counting, it proves that his Midwestern roots are being firmly established in the country world. “I work from early in the morning until late at night. I'm going to give it the best shot I've got and see how it goes."