Steven Tyler, American rock legend of Aerosmith fame, recently announced (via Twitter, no less) his intention to record and release a country music album – and much to the surprise of many fans, it appears he wasn’t joking.
Since the initial announcement, which occurred back in October, Tyler has relocated to Nashville and begun collaborating with Brett James, who co-wrote songs for both Martina McBride and Carrie Underwood. He also plans to work with the Cadillac Three’s Jaren Johnston (who is behind hits by Keith Urban and Tim McGraw) as well as other country songwriters.
While it may seem strange that a man known for wearing heavy eyeliner and writing such iconic rock songs as “Misery” and “Wild Thing” will soon be crooning country, Steven Tyler is not the first to change musical genres mid-career. Here are ten others who famously made the switch:
1. Kid Rock
Like Steven Tyler, Kid Rock changed his sound from rock to country when he began performing with the likes of Hank Williams Jr.
2. Nelly Furtado
This Canadian-born singer-songwriter got her start with catchy pop song “I’m Like a Bird.” However, once she successfully made a name for herself, she recruited industry heavyweight Timbaland to record a hip hop and R&B album.
3. The Go Go’s
Typically remembered for ‘80’s pop jams like “We Got the Beat” and “Our Lips Are Sealed,” The Go Go’s actually started off as an all-female punk band.
4. Lady Gaga
She seems to change genres as frequently as she changes outfits. However, the biggest leaps occurred when she went from Broadway to pop, and then (most recently) to jazz.
5. Darius Rucker
Now known for country music, Darius Rucker originally entered the music industry as part of rock band Hootie And The Blowfish.
6. Katy Perry
Not many people know that before pop star Katy Perry began performing in wild, candy-colored outfits, she was actually a Christian music artist.
7. Miley Cyrus
Like other contemporary pop singers, Miley Cyrus experimented with different genres before she found her footing – originally following in her father’s footsteps by singing country.
8. Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan is widely known for both folk and rock music, but the folk part actually came first before the singer-songwriter found his own unique way of putting the two together.
Most commonly known for being the sole female vocalist of hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas, Fergie was first a member of the all-girl pop group Wild Orchid.
10. Snoop Dogg
This list just wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Snoop Dogg. After years of releasing hip hop albums and being a key player on the West Coast rap scene, Snoop took a brief detour and reinvented himself as Snoop Lion, reggae artist.
It just goes to show you that in the world of music, it’s never too late to experiment with other genres or make the switch completely. For more news and updates from the music industry, be sure to keep following us here at HillTop Records – where we record the songs that America writes.