Famous Country Singers from Texas – Complete List With Short Bio

They say that Nashville is the home of country music, and it is true that the Grand Ole Opry is located in Nashville, and there is lots of recording studios and musicians in the state of Tennessee. We will also inform you that a lot of the country singers that you love to hear were born in Texas.

Texas produces a large number of fabulous country singers. This could be partially due to the fact that Texas is rich in Christian worship, and lots of Texas country singers get their start singing gospel music in their church choirs. The first song that Willie Nelson ever learned the words to was “Amazing Grace”.

List of the best Texas country singers, and where they were born

Willie Nelson one of the most Famous Country Singers from Texas
Willie Nelson


WILLIE Nelson is an American country singer who has been around for over six decades. With so many years of experience, he can be considered one of the most famous singers in the industry.

Nelson was born in Abbott, Texas on April 29th, 1933 to Myrle and Ira D. Nelson. His parents were cotton farmers just like most people living in that area at that time. However, unlike other people living there who had to worry about being drafted into World War II, Willie just had to worry about his grades which he didn’t do well in most of the time because he spent all his time picking cotton and playing music with his brother Ira and sister Bobbie up until 1944 when music became more than just a hobby for him – it became his occupation when he joined Hank Williams’s

Waylon Jennings

Waylon Jennings was born on the 15th of June 1937 in Littlefield, Texas. His first recordings as a teenager were as a drummer for local rock and roll bands. Jennings attended North Texas State College where he majored in journalism and communications but dropped out after two years to pursue a full-time career as a musician.

Jennings had found his niche with country music and had gone on to have a successful recording career throughout the 1950s and 1960s. With his heavy influence in country music, Waylon Jennings helped shape the genre into what it is today.

Gene Autry

Gene Autry was born in Tioga, Texas in 1907. Later he moved to Ravia, Oklahoma with his mother and step-father who worked as a blacksmith. He was taught to sing by his mother when he was three years old.

He built up an interest in the cowboy way of life and learned to play the guitar.

At 14 years old, he left school and started working on a ranch with his uncle.

He then bought himself a horse and rode the length of Oklahoma for two years, singing along the way.

Eventually, Gene Autry settled down in Oklahoma City where he got involved with radio broadcasting on KVOO until 1929 when he became interested in musical theater through appearing at local theaters with his band members

George Jones

George Jones is one of the most famous country singers in the world. His voice and style made him a legend in the industry.

He had a long career of six decades, which is really impressive. His career started when he was only three years old, when he sang on his father’s radio show. He then moved on to singing for Carlin America and Starday Records, where he recorded his first song “No Money In This Deal” in 1955.

In 1960, George Jones signed with United Artists Records and released his first hit single “Why Baby Why”. He would go on to have many more hits over the next few years including songs like “She Thinks I Still Care” and “The Grand Tour”.

George Strait

George Strait is a country singer and one of the most popular and successful country music artists of all time.

George Harvey Strait (born May 18, 1952) is an American country music singer who has been called the “King of Country.” He is known as “Mr. George Strait” to his fans. He has recorded more than two hundred songs, including twenty-eight #1 hits, fourteen multi-week number one songs, six platinum albums, five gold albums and six chart topping singles.hel

Strait was first exposed to traditional honky tonk music while growing up in Pearsall, Texas listening to Patsy Cline’s records from the 1950s.

Lyle Lovett

Lyle Lovett is a Grammy Award-winning Texas born singer, songwriter and actor who has been performing since the 1980s.

Lyle Lovett was born to Mavis and B.A. Lovett on November 1, 1957 in Klein, Texas. He first learned to play the guitar from his grandmother as a child and began writing songs as a teenager. In 1982, he graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in mass communications. He went on to pursue a music career after graduation where he played at local clubs for six years before he became successful.

Lovett’s first notable achievement was his 1985 self-titled debut album which gave him national attention for his successful managerial skills which he had learned at Sam Houston State University.

Tracy Byrd

Tracy Byrd is an American country singer who has had success in the 1990s and 2000s.

Tracy Byrd is an American country singer who was born in Texas. He grew up in Kilgore, Texas and then moved to Longview at age 16. His first album, “Just Another Day in Paradise,” was released on September 15, 1990. The album went gold in 1992 and he was nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist of 1991. The album’s title song won the Academy of Country Music award for male vocalist of the year which he shared with Vince Gill and Doug Stone. He had more success with his second album which resulted in two singles that went to number one on the Billboard charts including “Watermelon Crawl”

Roy Orbison

Roy Orbison was born in 1936 in Texas. He died in 1988 at the age of 52.

Roy Orbison was an American singer-songwriter, best known for his complex voice and dark expressive eyes.

He is best known for songs like “Oh Pretty Woman,” “Only the Lonely,” “Crying,” and “In Dreams.”

Natalie Maines

Natalie is the lead vocalist of the Dixie Chicks and she was born in Lubbock, Texas and one of the top Texas country artists. The other Dixie Chicks, Emily Erwin and Martha Erwin were not born in Texas, but they got to Addison, Texas as quickly as they could, and they were raised to be Texans.

Barbara Mandrell

Barbara was born in Houston, Texas.

Lee Ann Womack

Lee Ann was born in Jacksonville, Texas

Miranda Lambert

Miranda was born in Longview, Texas

Maddie Marlow 

Mattie Marlow of Sugar Land the band was born in Sugar Land, Texas.

Danielle Bradburry

Danielle was born in Houston, Texas but she grew up in Cypress Texas.

Kacey Musgraves 

Kacey was born in Golden, Texas.

Famous Country Singers from Texas

What Makes Texas Create Such Great Country Singers?

The Accent

You don’t have to be from Texas to be a great country singer, but it helps. Part of what helps to create great country artists from the state of Texas is the country accent that these individuals develop when they are learning to talk. Texans have a unique accent, and the accent changes depending on what portion of the state you are from. The rich undertones in the way that people speak in this state carry over into the way that people sing, and they are perfect for country music, and the storytelling that country songs do.

Small Town Roots

Small towns also play a big part in the shaping and development of the country singers. If you look closely at the list of country stars born in Texas you will notice that the majority of them were born and raised in small country towns, not in large sprawling cities. Small towns in Texas are notorious for music competitions, small carnivals, and other venues where a young singer can showcase their talents, and develop greater talent through experience. It ain’t no accident that small towns make the most stars, whether the stars are from Texas or not.

In small town Texas, every family has at least one member who plays the guitar. Most families have several members who can pick these musical instruments. Children grow up hearing family members pick and play while they are sitting on the porch on a summer afternoon or evening. This early introduction to country music helps to create the love of the music in the young folks, and that inspires these young people to strive to be country performers. Most all of them dream of the day when they can stand on the stage at the Grand Ole Opry and sing like their favorite singers have done before them.

The Gospel Connection

Like I said before, Texas is home to a large number of Christian churches, and in those churches singing is a form of worship that everyone is encouraged to do. Children grow up singing in church, and they develop a love of music. They also get the opportunity to sing in front of an audience when they sing in their church choir. 

It’s a BIG State

One reason why there are so many famous country singers born in Texas is because Texas is a very large state. There are a lot of people born in this talent filled portion of the United States, so it stands to reason that a good number of those folks will be country singers.

The Full List of Famous Country Singers from Texas

We are compiling a list of almost all Texas country stars in the state music history.

Richard Dobson

Born: 19 March, 1942
Died: 16 December, 2017
Genres: Country, folk
Years active: 1970 to 2017
Website: richard-j-dobson.ch

Abigail Dawn Ann Hoffman

One of the most popular female country singers from Texas

Born: 26 June, 1997
Genres: Country, Pop
Website: abimusicofficial.com

Ariel Abshire

Another famous female texas country singer doing really well nowadays.

Born: 3 August, 1991
Genres: pop
Years active: 2002–present

Jay Boy Adams

Born: 8 December, 1949
Genres: Country
Website: jayboyadams.com

Kay Adams

Born: 9 April ,1941
Genres: Country
Years active 1965–present

Daniele Alexander

Born: 2 December, 1954
Genres: Country
Years active: 1986–1997

Duane Allen

Born: 29 April, 1943
Genres: Country
Years active: 1966–present

Terry Allen

Born: 7 May, 1943
Genres: Outlaw country, Alternative country, Texas country
Years active 1970s–present
Website: terryallenartmusic.com

Joe Allison

Born: 3 October, 1924
Died: 2 August, 2002

Ruby Allmond

Born: 1923
Died: 2006

Tommy Allsup

Born: 24 November, 1931
Died: 11 January, 2017
Genres: Rock and roll, country, western swing
Years active: 1949 to 2016

Tommy Alverson

Website: tommyalverson.com

Carlton Anderson

Genres : Country

Katie Armiger

Born: 23 June, 1991
Genres: Country
Years active: 2007–present
Website: katiearmiger.com

Charline Arthur

Born: September 2, 1929
Died: November 27, 1987
Genres: Boogie-woogie blues rockabilly

Susan Ashton

Born: 17 July, 1967
Genres: Contemporary Christian music, country
Years active: 1991–present

Gene Autry

Born: 29 September, 1907
Died: 2 October, 1998
Genres::Country, Western
Years active: 1931–1988
Website: geneautry.com

Mae Boren Axton

Born: 14 September, 1914
Died: 9 April, 1997

Mary Jo Chelette

Born: 13 May, 1939
Died: 14 May, 1984
Genres: Country
Years active:1950 To 1960

Mark Chesnutt

Born: 6 September, 1963
Genres: Country, Neotraditional country
Years active: 1984–present
website: markchesnutt.com

Guy Clark

Born: 6 November, 1941
Died: 17 May, 2016
Genres: Country, Texas country, outlaw country, folk Americana
Years active: 1970 to 2016
Website: guyclark.com

Jonathan Clay

Slaid Cleaves

Genres: Folk
Years active: 1990-present

Candy Coburn

Jim Collins

Born: 19 June , 1956
Genres: Country
Years active: 1985–present

Andrew Combs

Born: 19 December, 1986
Genres: Country, Americana, Folk
Website: AndrewCombsMusic.com

Mickey Jack Cones

Born: 5 May, 1973
Genres: Country, rock, pop

Mark Cooke

Born: 11 January
Genres: Country
Website: markcooke.com

Randy Cornor

Born: 1954
Genres: Country music
Years active: 1967 to 1981

Orville Couch

Born: 21 February, 1935
Died: 26 May , 2002
Genres: Country music
Years active: 1960s

Roger Creager

Born: 25J uly , 1971
Genres: Country music
Years active: 1998 to present
Website: rogercreager.com

Charley Crockett

Born: 1984
Genres: Blues, country and Americana
Years active: 2005 to present
Website: charleycrockett.com

Randy Crouch

Born: 1 April, 1952
Genres: Bluegrass, Folk, Country, Red Dirt
Years active: 1978 to Present
Website: randycrouch.com

Rodney Crowell

Born: 7 August , 1950
Genres: Country, Americana, Country Rock, Folk
Years active : 1972 to present
Website: rodneycrowell.com

Mac Curtis

Born: 16 January , 1939
Died: 16 September, 2013
Genres: Rockabilly

Don Gililland

Born: 31 January 1939

Jimmie Dale Gilmore

Born: 6 May, 1945
Genres: Country
Years active: 1972 to present
Website: jimmiegilmore.com

Johnny Gimble

Born: 30 May, 1926
Died: 9 May, 2015
Genres: Country, swing, jazz
Years active: 1938 to 2015
Website: texas-swing.com

Mark Wayne Glasmire

Genres: Country
Years active: 1995 to present

Claude Gray

Born: 26 January, 1932
Genres: Country
Years active: 1959 to present

Dobie Gray

Born: 26 July, 1940
Died: 6 December, 2011
Genres: Soul, R&B, pop, country
Years active: 1960 to 2011

Pat Green

Born: April 5, 1972
Genres: Texas Country
Years active: 1995 to present
Website: patgreen.com

William Clark Green

Born: 19 May, 1986
Genres: Country
Years active: 2008 to present

Ricky Lynn Gregg

Born: 22 August, 1959
Genres: Country
Years active: 1978 to present
Website: rickylynngregg.com

Buck Griffin

Born: 23 February, 1923
Died: 14 February, 2009

Nanci Griffith

Born: 6 July, 1953
Genres: Folk, country folk
Years active: 1978 to present
Website: nancigriffith.com

David Grissom

Genres: Rock and roll, Country rock, Blues rock
Website: davidgrissom.com

Larry Groce

Born: 22 April, 1948
Genres: Country, Folk, Children’s music
Years active: 1971 to Present

Mickey Guyton

Born: 17 June, 1983
Genres: Country
Years active: 2011 to Present

Sam Baker

Born: 1954
Genres: Americana, Folk, Country
Years active: 2004 to Present
Website: sambakermusic.com

Smith Ballew

Born: 21 January, 1902
Died: 2 May, 1984
Genres: Popular music, Jazz, Country music, Western movies
Years active: 1930 to 50

R.C. Bannon

Born: 2 May, 1945
Died: 2 May, 1984
Genres: Country
Years active: 1977 to present

Aaron Barker

Born: 5 March, 1953
Genres: Country
Years active: 1988 to present
Website: aaronbarker.com

Benny Barnes

Born: 1 January, 1934
Died: 8 August, 1985
Genres: Country
Years active: 1956 to 1977

Danny Barnes 

Born: 21 December, 1961
Genres: Country, jazz, punk, rock, folk
Years active: 1970s to present
Website: dannybarnes.com

Ryan Beaver

Born: 17 March,1984
Genres: Country, Texas Country Music
Years active: 2007 to present
Website: ryanbeaver.com

Brett Beavers

Genres: Country

Vince Bell

Born: 16 September, 1951
Genres: singer-songwriter, alternative country
Website: vincebell.com

Crystal Bernard

Born: 30 September, 1961
Years active: 1982–2008

Ryan Bingham

Born: 31 March, 1981
Genres: Americana, roots rock
Years active: 2006 to present
Website: ryanbingham.com

Scott H. Biram

Born: 4 April, 1974
Genres: Blues, Punk, Country music, Americana, Heavy metal
Years active: 1990 to present
Website: scottbiram.com

Bonnie Bishop

Website: bonniebishop.com

Clint Black

Born: 4 February, 1962
Genres: Country
Years active: 1983 to present
Website: clintblack.com

Tommy Blake 

Born: 14 September, 1931
Died: 24 December, 1985
Genres: Rockabilly country
Years active: 1950 to 1970

Clay Blaker

Born: 27 June, 1950
Genres: Country
Years active: 1970 to 2002
Website: clayblaker.today

Audie Blaylock

Born: 18 August, 1962
Genres: Bluegrass music
Years active: 1983–present
Website: redlinebluegrass.com

Ron Block

Genres: Bluegrass, country
Years active: 1984 to present
Website: ronblock.com

James Bonamy

Born: 29 April, 1972
Genres: Country
Years active: 1995 to 1997
Website: ronblock.com

Tony Booth

Born: 7 February, 1943
Genres: Country
Years active: 1970 to present

Jimmy Bowen

Born: 30 November, 1937
Genres: Country
Years active: 1960 to present

Don Bowman

Born: 26 August, 1937
Died: 5 June, 2013
Genres: Country
Years active: 1964 to 2007

Craig Wayne Boyd

Born: 31 December, 1978
Died: 5 June, 2013
Genres: Country, country rock
Years active: 2004 to present
Website: craigwayneboyd.com

Bill Boyd

Born: 1914
Died: 1993

Danielle Bradbery

Born: 23 July, 1996
Genres: Country pop
Years active: 2013 to present
Website: daniellebradbery.com

Jesse Brand

Genres: country, rock

Donnie Brooks

Born: 6 February, 1936
Died: 23 February, 2007
Genres: Pop, rockabilly, surf rock

Karen Brooks

Born: 30 April, 1954
Genres: Country
Years active: 1982–1992

Cecil Brower

Born: November 28, 1914
Died: November 21, 1965
Genres: Western swing, country and Western, jazz
Years active: 1931–1965

Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown

Born: April 18, 1924
Died: September 10, 2005
Genres: Blues, swing, country, Cajun, R&B, rock, folk music, electric blues, Texas blues
Years active: 1947 to 2005

Kaci Brown

Genres: Pop, R&B, country
Years active: 2005 to present

Lacey Brown

Born: 13 August, 1985
Genres: Christian, folk, pop, rock, country
Years active: 2009 to present

Chase Bryant

Born: 9 October, 1993
Genres: Country
Years active: 2014 to present

Stacy Burk

Genres: Country

Johnny Bush

Born: February 17, 1935
Genres: Country, honky-tonk, western swing
Years active: 1952 to present
Website: johnnybush.com

Tracy Byrd

Born: December 17, 1966
Genres: Country
Years active: 1992 to present
Website: tracybyrdmusic.com

Final Thoughts

Obviously, this southern state produces a wide variety of talented musicians, actors, football and sports players, as well as other notable people. The Lone Star state is a friendly place that encourages individuality and encourages everyone to reach for the stars as they pursue their dreams. The dreamers and storytellers of Texas become some of the greatest celebrities in country music.

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