Country music has had many artists come and go over the years, and the desire for new music from many artists remains, even after years of silence or after the artist changes genres. Regardless of where these artists are at in their careers, they are all due (or maybe even overdue) to release new music.
1. The Band Perry
The Band Perry has been on one of the more interesting artist journeys that have taken place in recent years. After their successful album Pioneer, The Band Perry dove into pop music in 2015 with their single “Live Forever” and was gearing up for the release of their third album. After poor reception from fans, that album was never released and they changed labels from Big Machine Label Group to Interscope Records. The band released two singles with them before parting ways and going in a different direction musically. In 2018 and 2019, the group toured and independently released an EP and two singles that were in the pop/indie-pop genres but then they disappeared. There have been clues on social media that The Band Perry is gearing up for a return to country music including pictures of them writing with their previous collaborators The Henningsens, their social media pages have been cleared, they relaunched their website to only feature their country songs, and there were recent pictures on Twitter of them performing at a showcase at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. Fans have been commenting on their posts for years asking for them to return to the country genre, could 2022 be the year that their wish comes true?
Fans went wild at Sugarland’s first public appearance as a duo in five years at the 2017 CMA Awards and became even more ecstatic when the duo confirmed that new music was in the works. 2017 and 2018 were whirlwind years for Sugarland fans. Those years included high-profile performances, two major singles (“Still the Same” and “Babe”), their first album in eight years (Bigger), and a tour to top it all off. They continued to play shows in 2019 and things seemed to be heading in the direction of a new album and tour in 2020. The group went as far as to announce the ‘There Goes The Neighborhood Tour,’ which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the video that announced the tour’s cancellation, they confirmed that new music was still on the way; however, new music never surfaced and both members have been busy with other ventures. Hopefully, Sugarland has more in store for fans in the new year.
3. The Wreckers
The Wreckers almost broke the country music sphere of the internet in December 2020 by creating an Instagram account that teased new music in 2021. The duo consisted of pop-rock singer Michelle Branch and country singer Jessica Harp. They’re best known for their massive 2006 single “Leave The Pieces.” After the release of their album Stand Still, Look Pretty, the duo decided to part ways to focus on solo ventures but reunited for live shows on occasion. Things seemed to be moving in the direction of a full-fledged comeback, but it has been silent on their front until another Instagram post on Christmas Eve that wished fans a happy holiday. Could 2022 be the year that fans see that long-awaited reunion?
4. Colbie Caillat
Despite never releasing solo country music, Colbie Caillat has been in and out of the genre over the years. She has featured on songs with Taylor Swift and Trace Adkins, collaborated with Brad Paisley for “Merry Christmas, Baby,” and formed country group Gone West in 2018. Since the disbandment of Gone West, Colbie has posted songwriting sessions with country artists on her Instagram page, featured on a song from new country duo After Midtown, and appeared on Brett Young’s CMT Crossroads Christmas special. Could 2022 see Caillat going country?
5. Jamey Johnson
It has been 11 years since Jamey Johnson released a solo album of new material even though he has continued to tour. Rumors have swirled around Nashville over the years of Johnson’s potential next album, but he put those rumors to rest in an interview with Rolling Stone in May of 2021. He said that rumors of a new album were “news to me” and “I only want to put out an
album if it’s going to be good.” It seems unlikely that Johnson will release a new album of his own in 2022. Fans can still catch him on the road, on various collaborations, and hold on to hope that one day he may release new original music.
6. Faith Hill
Faith Hill is one of country music’s biggest stars. She has sold over 40 million albums worldwide and won numerous awards throughout her career. Fans haven’t received a solo album of original songs from Hill since 2005, but she’s still been busy. She released a Christmas album, a long-awaited duets album with her superstar husband Tim McGraw, and most recently co-starred with McGraw on Paramount+ series 1883, a prequel series to Yellowstone. Hill has talked about releasing a new album multiple times over the years, but sadly nothing has materialized. Fans would be ecstatic to get new Faith Hill music this coming year.
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