It’s time to roll out the red carpet for some of our favorite country singers with December birthdays! This month, we celebrate stars like Jana Kramer and Randy Houser, as well as two incredible artists who have passed. Let’s check out some fun facts, news and a few throwback performance to honor their big days.
Jana Kramer — Dec. 2
The singer, actress and Dancing With The Stars competitor turns 33 this year. Kramer has had a busy year. Besides making it into the finals of the dance competition show, she released a new music video for her song “Circles.” She also made headlines after opening up about her life-threatening experience of domestic abuse at the hands of her ex-husband.
Gary Allan — Dec. 5
Allan burst onto the scene in 1966 with his song “Her Man.” His first No. 1 hit was “Man to Man” from his 2001 album, Alright Guy. His smash hit “Watching Airplanes” also earned him big Billboard chart success years later. To celebrate his 49th birthday, listen to his rocking 2016 single, “Do You Wish It Was Me.”
Sam Hunt — Dec. 8
Hunt is among those successful country singers who used to be incredible athletes as well. In fact, he pursued a professional football career before choosing to focus on his music. After spending time as an opener for Kenny Chesney’s 2016 Spread the Love Tour, he released an artsy music video for “Single for the Summer.” Give it a watch in honor of his 32nd birthday.
Meghan Linsey — Dec. 10
The soon-to-be 31-year-old has had controversy during the last few months of the year. Linsey, who’s an alum of The Voice and former Steel Magnolia bandmate, made some startling claims against a Live Nation rep and Big Machine’s Scott Borchetta. But for her birthday, let’s focus on her incredible talent with this knockout performance of “Natural Woman.”
Frankie Ballard — Dec. 16
Ballard, a rising star on the country music scene, will be 34 on the 12/16. Like Hunt, he’s also a former athlete. Ballard played basketball for Western Michigan University before switching gears to music. He has released three studio albums so far, the latest being El Rio. If you haven’t yet, listen to his most recent single, “El Camino.”
Randy Houser — Dec. 18
Houser released his first studio album, Anything Goes, in 2008. Since then, he has been nominated for several country music awards and put out three more records. One of his more recent singles, “We Went,” hit No. 1. on the Country Airplay chart. To celebrate his 41st birthday, watch him perform an Eagles cover while on tour with Cam and Dierks Bentley.
Little Jimmy Dickens — Dec. 19, 1920 – Jan. 2, 2015
Country Music Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry member Little Jimmy Dickens passed away at the age of 94 last year. Not only was he known for his music, but also his height (he was 4’11”) and signature, flashy stage outfits. Fun fact: Before his passing, he was the longest surviving member of the Opry! In honor of what would have been his 95th birthday, watch this rare footage of him performing in the 1950’s.
Hawkshaw Hawkins — Dec. 22, 1921 – Mar. 5, 1963
Hawkshaw Hawkins (born Harold Hawkins) died at the early age of 41. His honkey tonk music drew many fans in the ’50s, and his 6’5″ stature made him stand out. Tragically, Hawkins was aboard the plane that crashed in 1963 with Patsy Cline and Cowboy Copas. The Opry member was married to fellow country singer Jean Shepard who passed away earlier this year. To celebrate Hawkins’ life, watch this classic performance featuring him and Shepard singing live in the 1950’s.