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Taylor Hughes Wins Female Vocalist of the Year - Multi-Genre JMA Alum at The 2023 Josie Music Awards

Written by Renee Collins Cobb, M.Ed. and Warren Cobb, B.A.

Country artist and songwriter, Taylor Hughes, is not your typical pop country artist. With southern rock and blues influences, she delivers a powerful, unique, and sassy sound that demands attention. Native of Lexington, Kentucky, she now resides in Nashville where she's made quite a name for herself. Award winning Gospel singer and vocal coach, Christy Sutherland, describes Hughes' voice as "rich chocolate cake with soul" along with being said to be "country music's answer to Adele" in the Tennessee Star. She currently studies under the world renowned vocal coach, Kati Hendricks.


2021 showed a lot of promise for this rising country star. After releasing her debut single, "Good Taste," which hit iHeart Radio and multiple other stations, her sophomore single, "Prayin' to the Whiskey," got her the attention she truly deserved.


She was nominated for "Emerging International Artist of the Year" in the UK followed by "Praying' to the Whiskey" being nominated for "International Song of the Year" in Ireland, making the final top 10. She ended the year on a high note being nominated for the Southern Fellow's "Country Artist of the Year" landing in the final top 5 (her second year in a row.)


Her latest single, "High on Something," is currently charting in the top 100 on the Texas Internet Radio charts and continues to climb daily. Along with this success, she was nominated in 2022 for her first Josie Music Awards for "Female Country Vocalist of the Year" and "Fan's Choice Award."

Hughes was making waves long before moving to music city though. She has been nominated in the Lexington Music Awards for "Best Female Vocalist," "Best Singer-Songwriter," "Best Country Artist," and "Song of the Year" winning in 2016, 2018, and 2019. She has opened and shared the stage with artists such as Chase Rice, Riley Green, Morgan Myles, Angaleena Presley (Pistol Annies), Sam Riggs, Striking Matches, Leah Turner, Alexandra Kay and more!


Hughes has achieved big goals for 2023 with multiple mini tours around the country, festivals, releasing new music, new partnerships and much more. She was nominated by fan vote in Country Evolution's "Artist to Watch in 2023" and received five nominations in the 2023 Lexington Music Awards, taking home the win for "Country Artist of the Year." She received two nominations in the 2023 Josie Music Awards for "Rising Star" and "Multi-genre Vocalist" and was awarded "Multi Genre Vocalist of the Year!" Taylor’s live shows bring the energy, passion, and true country music that fans have been dying to hear. This star is one you should definitely have on your radar!



The 9th Annual Josie Music Awards were held in Nashville at The Grand Ole Opry on October 22, 2023. The Josie Music Awards are the largest, most respected, revered award and prestigious events / association in the independent music industry. Their theme is "Chase Your Dreams - Be a Part of Something Big." Taylor Hughes has been chasing her dreams for a long time and on that evening - she saw those dreams transform into reality.

Renee Collins Cobb, M.Ed. and Warren Cobb are Executive Producers of Overtones LIVE and Co-Owners of Listen Locally, LLC, as well as Executive Directors and Founders of Room 17 Productions, a non-profit 501c3 organization. We are also partners in Dreamland Entertainment Group and The Scribe TV Network.




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