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Annie Bosko: 10 New Country Artists You Need to Know Summer 2015

Annie Bosko

Sounds Like: The California girl next door, with the country-pop delivery of Sheryl Crow

For Fans of: Crow, Kelsea Ballerini, Kelly Clarkson

Why You Should Pay Attention: Born and raised in Cali, the real-life farmer's daughter was reared on Patsy Cline and George Strait before a Tim McGraw documentary on CMT inspired her to move to Nashville. The change of scenery suits her: Bosko mixes her innate West Coast chill with country's personal lyrics. Fan favorite "Crooked Halo" toasts bold, free-spirited women, while her empowering "Fighter" encourages them to strive on. "This is a man's world, and right now it's more bro-tastic than it's ever been," she says, zeroing in on the country music industry. "There's a very small percentage of females that are able to really break through." With the support of SiriusXM and some high-profile gigs — singing backup for Adele and Darius Rucker on a CMT special; opening for Wynonna and Pat Benatar — Bosko is poised to give the guys a run for their money. Besides, "I've always been one of the boys," she quips.

She Says: An American Idol alum who cashed out in the Top 36, Bosko wasn't thrilled with the experience but looks as it as part of her artistic journey. "Contractually, you can't play gigs," she says. "So I was cleaning houses to make money, because I couldn’t do anything musically related, which was frustrating. But it's OK, because you realize it's part of the story, and you just accept everything as making you a better person."

Hear for Yourself: "Angel With a Crooked Halo" is bright and beguiling, an anthem for country girls unafraid to go against the grain. Joseph Hudak

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