Cole Swindell and Martina McBride

It may be the only thing they have in common, but Cole Swindell and Martina McBride both sold merchandise for other artists before they hit the big time. Swindell sold for Luke Bryan, whom he eventually wrote songs for, and Martina sold merchandise for none other than Garth Brooks. McBride also sang on demo tapes in Nashville, but ironically found it hard to get work because she was a better singer than most of the artists she was demoing for.

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Cole Swindell and Martina McBride