Get to Know: Nashville’s Emerging Artists

Get to Know: Nashville’s Emerging Artists
Nov 27, 2023

From the city best known for churning out country music legends comes six aspiring musicians to make their mark at The Barns! Experience these stars live during their Wolf Trap debut on January 27.

Get to know these up-and-coming artists before the show:

Allison Park

Soulful singer/songwriter Allison Park has been writing and performing for over a decade. In addition to writing music, she hosts her own podcast called In Tune with Allison Park, where she explores the connection between music and mindfulness. Check out a recent performance:

Garrett Shultz

Garret Shultz has embodied the mantra “do something that scares you” throughout his life. His adventurous journey included a career in ice hockey, military service, opening a fitness training facility, and the pursuit of a degree in biochemistry. This fearless approach to life extends to his musical career, where he consistently pushes boundaries in songwriting and live performances. Shultz leverages the ever-evolving sound of country music, showcasing his dynamic and innovative approach to the genre.

Rico Del Oro

Rico Del Oro’s unique musical journey is thanks to an unconventional cultural upbringing. Born in Fort Worth, TX, Del Oro developed an appreciation for Spanish love songs by listening to Mexican legends like Vicente Fernandez and Los Angeles Negros. He taught himself the guitar, started to write his own songs, and made the decision in 2020 to drop out of college to pursue a career in music. After reflecting on his life experiences, he recorded his debut album Vida in Nashville and released it in 2022.

Connor Christian

Growing up in a small Ohio town, Connor Christian‘s musical journey was shaped by the soulful sounds of blues clubs and church hymns sung with his family. In 2021, Christian stepped into the spotlight during Season 20 of NBC’s The Voice, where he garnered attention under the mentorship of country music megastar Blake Shelton. The 24-year-old’s sound blends rock roots with modern alternative music.

Maddie Lenhart

Maddie Lenhart‘s performance at The Barns marks a hometown show for the talented artist, originally from Warrenton, VA. While she grew up writing songs and playing for her family, she didn’t decide to pursue a career in music until she was studying political science at James Madison University.  She joined an a cappella group there, where she believed she’d get her musical fix and ultimately get a “real job” after college. But as graduation approached, she opted to pursue her passion and moved to Nashville instead of going to law school. Listen to her debut single “Sober.”

Brenden Monroe

Listening to country singer and storyteller Brenden Monroe is something that “Never Gets Old”—also the title of his latest single. From opening for Sugarland in 2019 to winning the coveted iHeart Media B93 Battle To The Bash title in 2022, Monroe is becoming known for his powerful, smooth voice and relatable, character-filled songs. When he isn’t playing shows in Nashville or his home state of Michigan, you might find Monroe on the baseball field! Outside of music, his other passion is mentoring young athletes in “America’s favorite pastime.”

Tickets are on sale now to catch these emerging stars at The Barns on January 27!