The New Nashville: Steve Moakler

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Steve Moakler has been one of Nashville's best-kept secrets for years. He's penned hits for some of country music's biggest artists, including Dierks Bentley's 2014 chart-topper, "Riser". When he's not writing songs for others, Moakler is hard at work crafting his own music, which spans across both pop and country's genre lines.

Artistically, he is truly a jack of all trades who seems to always be a step ahead of the mainstream. As more and more fans are searching for substance in lieu of party anthems, Moakler is currently focusing on completing his first full-length country album with longtime friend and award-winning producer Luke Laird.

His first country single, "Suitcase", perfectly mixes the soulful acoustic country with polished production that makes it easily accessible for mainstream country fans. With years of experience and a solid artistic vision, there's little stopping Moakler from becoming one of the biggest breakthrough artists of 2016.

What he sounds like: A soft-spoken songwriter, a la John Mayer, with a twang reminiscent of Eric Church.

Required listening: "Suitcase", a heartfelt nod to the truly important things in life, co-written with acclaimed songwriters Thomas RhettLuke Laird and Barry Dean.

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The New Nashville: Steve Moakler