Artist to Watch: Joey Hyde

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Joey Hyde moved from his home state of Michigan to Nashville in 2006 in pursuit of a degree at Belmont University. Like most other aspiring artists at Belmont, he spent more time playing gigs around town than studying on campus. His love of music drove him to hit the road playing guitar for other artists for a few years before deciding to focus on his own solo career.

The 25-year-old recently inked a deal with Capitol Records Nashville and earned slots opening for big-name acts like Lee Brice and The Band Perry. In February, he released his debut self-titled EP which has earned an impressive amount of buzz on Music Row. Hyde is currently hard at work crafting his first full-length LP, which will cement his introduction into the world of mainstream country.

If you're a fan of artists who infuse pop influences into their sound, like Old Dominion or Dan and Shay, you're sure to connect with Hyde's charming personality and danceable rhythms. Although his songs are meant to be turned up loud, he still doesn't slack when it comes to the songwriting. Thankfully, Hyde's music holds plenty of substance for country fans who care about more than dancing on tailgates and picking up chicks.

What He Sounds Like: A mixture of Brantley Gilbert's gritty rock sound with Frankie Ballard's lighthearted twang.

Required Listening: "Losing It," a party-ready love song that has the same fun vibe as Old Dominion's "Shut Me Up."

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Artist to Watch: Joey Hyde