June marks the month that several country stars get to blow out their birthday candles. Here are six country singers with June birthdays whom we love, and a few fun facts and performances to celebrate them with.
Ronnie Dunn — June 1 (turning 63-years-old)
Ronnie Dunn of Brooks and Dunn has embarked on a solo career, and in 2013, he started his own record label called Little Will-E Records focused on freedom of creativity. Dunn’s most recent solo single is titled “Ain’t No Trucks in Texas,” but he hasn’t left his duo days behind him completely. He’ll be performing as part of Brooks and Dunn in Vegas with Reba McEntire this summer, and the duo will also be reuniting for a new song called, “Damn Drunk.”
Lee Brice — June 10 (37)
Born Kenneth Mobley Brice, Jr., the country singer is known for songs like “I Drive Your Truck” and Love Like Crazy.” Celebrate Brice’s birthday by watching this video of him singing “Rocky Top” with Peyton Manning in Nashville earlier this year.
Chris Young — June 12 (31)
You may not remember that Chris Young got his start in 2006 as the winner of the singing competition show Nashville Star. Since then, he’s been nominated for more than a dozen awards. This summer, you can catch Young on his I’m Comin’ Over 2016 tour. Celebrate his birthday with his recent SNL performance of “Sober Saturday Night,” featuring Vince Gill.
Waylon Jennings — June 15, 1937 – Feb 13, 2002
We could write a novel on Waylon Jennings. He’s one of the most well-known names in country music history, but here’s something you may not have known: He was supposed to be on the plane that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper) when it crashed just after take-off in 1959. Jennings had given up his seat on the private plane to Richardson who was sick at the time. You can celebrate Jennings and his life by watching his 1985 live performance of “Folsom Prison Blues,” featuring Johnny Cash.
Blake Shelton — June 18 (40)
Between being a judge on NBC’s The Voice, the successful release of his latest album (If I’m Honest), his high-profile romance with Gwen Stefani and those hilarious sketches with Jimmy Fallon, Shelton is everywhere right now. Give his stunning new gospel song, “Savior’s Shadow,” a listen to honor the day of his birth.
Kellie Pickler — June 28 (30)
Pickler has been in and out of the limelight since coming in at sixth place on American Idol in 2005. She garnered a lot of attention, and won a handful of awards, for her introspective song “I Wonder.” Fun fact: She partnered with The Grand Ole Opry for a home goods line.