Country music is a popular musical genre within and outside America. Unfortunately, because Country is a white-dominated genre, many people do not appreciate that important role that African American singers have played in this segregated style of music from as far back as the 1920s. To date, black presence in country music continues to soar, with artists such as Charlie Pride ranking high among the most reputable and most celebrated singers in this niche. In 2015, our picks for the top 10 famous black male singers of country are:
10. Carl Ray
Carl Ray is an inspiration songwriter and country singer from Texas, United States. He is handsome, dynamic, and has a killer voice that has hypnotized country music enthusiasts worldwide, since his professional debut several years ago. As a teenager, Carl was an avid country music fan with songs such as Play that Funky Music White Boy being one of his most favorite titles. To date, Carl Ray has produced several charts topping singles, with his self-published album, I Love Country Music, being one of the most sought-after music albums in this niche. Currently, Carl Ray lives with his wife, daughter, and son in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and is a powerhouse in both the local and international country music scene.
9. Scott Eversoll
Scott Eversoll is a well-known country music singer from Phoenix, Arizona. Apart from the long line of musicians in his family, many people know and love him for his traditional sounding rich voice that is reminiscent of country music’s hero, Randy Travis. Scott, as many country singers, started performing from a young age. However, it was not until the late 80s that he got his big break for his stellar performance in Marine Corps. Since then he has produced many crowd moving singles, with his signature song, What Color Am I, becoming a virtual anthem for the BCMA. Unlike many artists who have watered down old school country music by fusing it with rap, hip-hop, and southern rock musical genres, Scott’s decision to keep his style traditional brought him the fame that he enjoys to date.
8. Milton Patton
Milton Patton is a 23-year old black country singer from Forest City, Arkansas. Unlike Cark Ray and Scott Eversoll whose musical inspirations came from established singers and family members, Milton Patton’s love for country music came from an unusual source. While undergoing a break up he related to Brad Paisley’s mournful lyrics of Whiskey Lullaby and started writing and singing songs to console himself. Encouraged by colleagues, he decided to move from Forest City to pursue a musical career and has never looked back since. Milton Patton featured in Season 8 of the sensational America’s Got Talent television show. Even though he was eliminated in the Vegas round of this popular reality competition, his sweet-sounding country voice is one that music lovers will not forget soon.
7. Dwight Quick
Dwight Quick is a talented songwriter and singer from Nashville, North Carolina, United States. He is famous for his traditional style of country music, which many people have compared to those of country music legends such as Alan Jackson and Clint Patrick Black. Apart from performing in packed Nashville lounges and bars, Dwight is a famous figure in the BCMA. He has also enjoyed international success with some of his songs featuring in popular country billboard charts worldwide. Currently, he is one of the best black singers.
6. Trini Triggs
Born on August 5, 1965 in Louisiana, United States, Trini Triggs is an established black American country music singer. He broke into the entertainment industry in 1998 with a self-titled album produced by Antony Smith and Chuck Howard of MCG/Curb records. The album enjoyed international success, with three singles featuring on the 1998 Hot Country Singles & Tracks billboard chart and one single featuring on the 2004 Asylum Curb chart. Since his debut, he has produced grossing singles with Asylum and Curb record labels, many of which have made him the international successes he that is to date.
5. Cowboy Troy
Born Troy Lee Coleman III on December 18, 1970, Cowboy Troy is a famous American country music singer who has also enjoyed successful hip-hop and country rap musical careers. A native of Victoria, Texas, Troy is a registered member of MuzikMafia. Although he started singing from a young age, he broke into the limelight in 2005 with his first major label solo album, Loco Motive, produced by Warner Music Group and RAYBAW records music labels. The album attracted positive reviews from country music enthusiasts worldwide, with a single, Chicken with the Train, peaking at number 48 on the Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart of 2005. To date, Cowboy Troy’s songs are among the most downloaded in retail sites such as iTunes because of his rich and modern style of singing.
4. Cleve Francis
Popular in many top 10 famous black country male singers 2015 reviews, Cleve Francis is a highly rated American singer and songwriter from Jennings, Louisiana. Before venturing into country music, Cleve Francis was a cardiologist. He has worked with Playback and Liberty music labels and has released chart-topping singles since his professional debut in 1992. With his current music label (Liberty), for instance, Cleve has released three internationally acclaimed studio albums with four singles charting on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks charts. Now 69 years old, Cleve is at the prime of his career.
3. Aaron Neville
Aaron Neville is a multitalented 74 years old country music singer from New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. He also does pop, jazz, soul, and adult contemporary styles of music. Since 1960, Aaron Neville has worked with six music labels (Curb, Par-Lo, A&M, Burgundy, EMI, and Chordant), has had associated acts with Linda Ronstadt and Neville Brothers, and released four top hits and four platinum certified albums. Recently (January 2013), Aaron released a collection of 12 scintillating tunes under the banner My True Story to pay tribute to his youth. Backed by Tommy Petty, Benmont Tench, and acclaimed musicians such as Keith Richards and Don Was, it continues to attract positive reviews.
2. Darius Rucker
Darius Rucker, born Darius Carlos Rucker is a Grammy award winning American country singer from Charleston, South Carolina. Now 48 years old, Darius gained fame in 1989 in the Hootie and the Blowfish band. He was a rhythm guitarist and lead singer for the band, co-wrote many of its hit songs, and helped it to release five highly grossing studio albums before pursuing a solo rhythm and blues (R&B) musical career in 2002. In 2007, Darius signed with Capitol records to pursue a country music career. He released many internationally acclaimed singles with one of his titles, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” making him the second male African American country music singer to have a song on Hot County Songs chart and the first black singer to win the County Music Association New Artist Award. Eight years later, Darius continues to captivate music lovers worldwide.
1. Charlie Pride
In 2015, Charlie Pride is the most famous black county musician globally. He is an established songwriter. He is also a talented performer, singer, and is currently the second best selling performer signed by RCA Records after Elvis Presley. Over his 45-year career, Charlie has released many chart topping singles. He has also mentored many aspiring country musicians, and acted as a role model for millions of African American children.