Check out the latest talent selected for CMT’s Artist Discovery initiative.
Shelley Skidmore, “White Picket Fences”
Beauty, heart, talent — Shelley Skidmore is the total package. The Kentucky native doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t singing, and she soon found herself immersed in the world of bluegrass as a vocalist and mandolin player. After graduating from Nashville’s Belmont University with a degree in music business, Skidmore landed a publishing deal and the chance to work with Grammy-winning producer Paul Worley. You’ve heard her work on the Nashville TV series, but it’s her newest song — “White Picket Fences” — that will strike a chord and show you true country sass, complete with fiddles.
Big things appear to be coming for Big Springs, Texas, native Brandon Ray. He began playing guitar at 13, and by age 18, found himself supporting bands like Fall Out Boy, Switchfoot and even Brett Eldredge. But now it’s his turn. The singer-songwriter has spent the year opening for Kip Moore, Jon Pardi, David Nail and A Thousand Horses, but with the rasp of his voice and the groove of his music, songs like “American Way” could put him on the fast track to solo headliner.
Eric Dodd, “Outskirts”
Eric Dodd made a choice early in his life — to be a golfer or be a musician. Listening to his debut EP Outskirts proves he made the right decision. The Georgia native, whose influences range from Van Morrison to Johnny Cash to Stone Temple Pilots and even rapper Tupac Shakur, has opened for the Zac Brown Band and scored a CMA Music Festival performance slot early in his career. Dodd has crafted his own brand of country and Americana with a smooth, authentic voice that will resonate with everyone who hears it.