As a country fan, it’s not always easy to get friends or family members to share your love of the genre. However, for every type of music fan, there are a few gateway artists to help ease your reluctant friends into your favorite music. In this week’s edition of “If You Like…, Then You’ll Love…,” we’re looking at pop star Shawn Mendes. If you love pop music, here are our top 3 country artists that all Shawn Mendes fans are sure to love!
First, let’s take a look at the things love about Shawn Mendes. He’s super talented as a songwriter, singer, and guitarist. It’s impossible to hear catchy songs like “Mercy” or “Stitches,” and not be a fan. He’s soulful with an R&B twinge, and let’s be honest, he’s not bad to look at.
Now, let’s take a look at a few country artists you’ll love if you are a Shawn Mendes fan. These three men offer catchy hooks, passionate ballads, guitars, and again, aren’t terrible to look at.
1. Chris Lane: Stylistically, we’d argue that Chris Lane is one of country music’s most pop-leaning artists, making him the perfect artist for fans of Shawn Mendes. With a similar R&B-infused vocal tone and hook-laden tracks, Lane is one of country’s fastest-rising stars. Not sure where to start? Listen to “I Don’t Know About You,” “Big, Big Plans,” or his first huge hit, “Fix.”
2. Matt Stell: As far as new artists are concerned, it’s impossible NOT to like Matt Stell. With his breakout hit, “Prayed For You,” Stell shows his sensitive and romantic side. This wedding-reception-ready ballad is sure to soften even the hardest of hearts and is sure to endear Stell to any Mendes fan. However, Stell has other sides, making him the perfect fit for a new country fan, including tracks like “Everywhere But On” and “Home in a Hometown.” Watch our Swag Session with the rising artist here.
3. Adam Doleac: Although he was one of SiriusXM’s Highway Finds in 2017 and we first featured him back then in a Swag Session, 2019 was truly the breakout year for Adam Doleac. With his soulful voice and clever songwriting, he’s won fans over across the world, and his style is sure to endear him to fans of Shawn Mendes. With a slight hint of pop over his country drawl, he’s the best of both worlds.
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