CMT has revealed their Listen Up program's class of 2018. They aptly chose 18 artists to feature for 2018. The campaign spotlights country music's upcoming newcomers across all of CMT's platforms, introducing new and diverse artists into the landscape of country music.
Abby Anderson, Ashley McBryde, Bailey Bryan, Cale Dodds, Delta Rae, Devin Dawson, Jillian Jacqueline, Jimmie Allen, Jordan Davis, Kassi Ashton, Levon, Maggie Rose, Morgan Evans, Morgan Wallen, Russell Dickerson, Ryan Kinder, The Sisterhood, and Tyler Rich, have been named CMT's “18 for 2018.″
Leslie Fram, CMT's SVP of Music Strategy and Talent, as well as an avid supporter of new country talent, describes the purpose of the program: “Listen Up taps into CMT's influence and platforms to guide fans to talented emerging artists that might not yet be on their radars. This lineup represents the diversity within country music — from traditional to modern country, mixed with a little bit of soul. We look forward to sharing their passion and great music with our audience all year long."
In the past 7 years, CMT Listen Up had helped to launch the careers of now superstars, including Kelsea Ballerini, Brett Eldridge, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Luke Combs, and many more.