Trisha Yearwood, Carly Pearce and More Reveal Their Country Crushes

Find Out Which Stars Made Them Crazy for Country Music

Every successful country artist started with a fierce devotion to at least one country musician who turned them into country music fans forever and ever, amen.

For Hunter Hayes, he became completely obsessed through albums by Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and Brad Paisley. All inspired him to want to be a better musician.

Chris Janson admits he’s an odd one. The only country crush he’s ever had is on his wife, Kelly Janson.

Find out which country crushes made Carly Pearce, Cole Swindell, Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen, Sheryl Crow and Trisha Yearwood into the artists they are today below.

Carly Pearce: Vince Gill

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“I was a huge Vince Gill fan from the time I was a little girl and even now if I see him backstage at the Opry or any sort of event, I kind of freak out and fan-girl.”

Chris Janson: Kelly Janson

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 07: (L-R) Chris Janson and Kelly Lynn attend the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/ACMA2019/Getty Images for ACM)

“I never had a crush other than my wife really. That’s the truth.”

Cole Swindell: Reba McEntire

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“She was the one country artist that came to my little small town year after year and not to mention she was one of the biggest things in country music. She had the best acts opening for her just the outfits, her stage presence, she’s an entertainer, and I always think back to those days some of my first concerts were seeing Reba.”

Luke Combs: Eric Church, Brooks & Dunn, Clint Black, Garth Brooks, Vince Gill and Alan Jackson

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - JUNE 07: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Eric Church performs on stage during day 2 for the 2019 CMA Music Festival on June 07, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

“I mean, the list goes on for sure.”

Morgan Wallen: Shania Twain

“She was just hot, you know? And she wore hot things, and I loved it.”

Hunter Hayes: Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and Who Needs Pictures?

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 28: Keith Urban hosts the 32nd Annual ARIA Awards 2018 at The Star on November 28, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

There was one year where [Rascal] Flatts put out their first album, “Praying for Daylight,” “Everyday Love,” c’mon. Keith [Urban] put out his debut album, which had “Where the Blacktop Ends” and “Everything.” There’s also another one, oh, “It’s a Love Thing.” And then Paisley put out his first album, which was just pure money -- Who Needs Pictures?. It was such an incredible record -- great songs, great production.

Sheryl Crow: Kris Kristofferson

“[Kris] is and has always been my celebrity country crush; not only that but my rock ‘n’ roll crush, as well.”

Trisha Yearwood: Steve Wariner, Gary Morris and George Strait

“If I go back to high school, it was Steve Wariner, Gary Morris; and he had this big long flowy hair, he was so cute. I loved George Strait. I mean, every girl still loves George Strait. He’s just the guy. The ‘Troubadour’ video, I just can’t talk about it. I love him so much.”

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