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The New Nashville: Seth Ennis

Alister Ann

In just three years, Seth Ennis has managed to make a lot of waves in Nashville as a singer-songwriter. The 23-year-old grew up as a military brat with a passion for music. That eventually led him to the Music City, where he’s quickly built a reputation as a stellar songwriter and solo artist.

It’s becoming increasingly hard to define country music as a genre, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Artists like Keith Urban and Dierks Bentley released albums that infuse elements from pop and rock into their sound. Ennis is following that path, mixing the sleek production of Top 40 hits with the twang and impressive songwriting that comes from country’s roots.

In recent months, he’s followed the track of artists like Maren Morris who have broken through with the help of satellite radio and streaming platforms like Spotify. In fact, his poignant debut single “Woke Up in Nashville” has already racked up over 1.2 million streams in just two months. The piano-driven ballad would feel right at home on a David Nail album, but still sounds completely unique.

With a newly-inked deal with Arista Nashville, he’s also landed stellar support slots for some huge country stars. In the coming weeks, he’ll share the stage with Jon Pardi, Chase Rice and Billy Currington. If you have the chance, make sure to catch his live show before he becomes the headlining act.

What He Sounds Like: A mix of Hunter Hayes’ youthful sound, the soul of Lee Brice and the swagger of Dierks Bentley.

Required Listening: “Woke Up in Nashville”, a reflective and pleading ballad to someone special he left behind.

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