What’s your favorite music genre?
Don’t you just loathe that question? Does TaylorSwift-Dreake-Adelle-MikePosner-MeganTrainor-TheWeekend-P!nk-FlordiaGeorgiaLine qualify as an answer?
If you’re like the majority of music consuming individuals today, you may find that that your favorite playlists are not just composed of a mix of artists, but they are consequently made up with songs from varying genres. Believe it or not, this dilemma is not a new one; fans have found their music preferences crossing over from genre to genre for decades. Mix tapes and burned CD’s certainly solved this problem in the mid to late 1900’s, but the process of actually “mixing” and “burning” was quite the time-consuming hassle. Of course, it wasn’t until Shawn Fanning, John Fanning and Sean Parker, founded Napster in 1998 that users were not only able to share and stream music, but were also capable of creating customized playlists, made of as many artists and genres as the user pleased. Time and technology progressed which subsequently gave us music services like iTunes Radio, Spotify, and Pandora, that synchronize with the music we enjoy and create playlists customized to each one of us.
Okay, so music consumers got their way, and are able to switch from genre to genre as they please, but what about artists? Just like us, they enjoy more than one genre. However, due to contracts and their fan base (amongst other factors), artists are often forced to stay within their genre. But, as you might imagine by the title of this article, not all artists limit themselves to just one genre. Taylor Swift is a perfect example of a country music artist who also excels in the pop music genre, though, Taylor is not the only country star to mingle with multiple genres. Bellow is a list of country music artists who excel in another genre. What’s interesting is most of these artists started in started in other genres such as alternative rock or pop and ventured over to the country music scene later in their career.
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Bon Jovi, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home”
The New-Jersey-based American Rock boy band had incorporated country sounds here and there with previous tunes, but it wasn’t until their duet with Jennifer Nettles went to number 1 on the country charts that fans had believed the band could indeed crossover. After WSYCGH, the band maintained a country presence through various collaborations.
Darius Rucker, “Wagon Wheel”
Many don’t know Darius started out as part of the less than popular soft rock/pop band Hootie & the Blowfish. Although his first shot at music wasn’t too successful (with the exception of a few chat topping pop songs), Darius has found home in the country music genre.
Jewel, “Stay Here”
Jewel had attempted a rather unsuccessful crossover from her original genre of folk-pop music to disco tunes. Thankfully, the talented artist made a comeback when she earned a spot on the Valentines Day soundtrack, which is seen as her successful crossover to the country music genre.
Sheryl Crow, “Easy”
Sheryl’s crossover from pop music to country music seemed effortless with her chart toping tune which, by the way, also encouraged strictly-pop listeners to venture to the country side.