Rising country music star Chris Young is a Murfreesboro native. While in the Middle Tennessee area, he attended Belmont University and Middle Tennessee State University. Young’s work has produced nominations for the American Country Music Awards, the Grammy Awards, and Country Music Association Awards.
Sharon Van Etten, a New Jersey native, has a unique Murfreesboro legacy. Van Etten moved to Murfreesboro to attend MTSU for the recording program. Dropping out, Van Etten helped make the Red Rose coffee shop a staple in the Murfreesboro music scene. She arranged and promoted nightly performances by local artists while at Red Rose. Van Etten, now signed with the Jagjaguwar label, and is now a staple in the indie rock scene.
Hailing from Memphis, Julian Baker has made a name for herself locally and nationally. When not performing in various cities across the nation, Baker resides in Murfreesboro, where she attends MTSU in pursuit of a degree in literature. Baker recently signed with Matador Records, a popular indie label.
Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, country music producer Luke Laird, and country star Eric Paslay all attended Middle Tennessee State University before going on to becoming nationally known artists and producers.
Chris Young – “I’m Comin’ Over”
Chris Young – “Tomorrow”
Sharon Van Etten – “Taking Chances”
Sharon Van Etten – “Every Time the Sun Comes Up”
Sharon Van Etten – Live at KEXP [Full Performance]
Julien Baker – “Sprained Ankle”
Julien Baker – NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Lady Antebellum – “Need You Know”
Lady Antebellum – “Just a Kiss”
Eric Paslay – “She Don’t Love You”
Luke Laird – “Hillbilly Bone” at BMI’s “How I Wrote That Song” Panel