Forbes released its annual 30 Under 30 Music list, a group of musical go-getters that includes singers, songwriters, managers and entrepreneurs who are revolutionizing the biz—all under the age of 30.
The cross-genre list included a talented tandem of 20-somethings from the country music world: Ingrid Andress, 29, and Gabby Barrett, 20.
To select the list, Forbes enlisted the help of four judges: Mike Caren, CO Warner Music Group; songwriter Nija Charles; musician Jill Scott; and artist Taylor Swift.
Here is what Forbes had to say about Ingrid and Gabby.
Ingrid Andress co-wrote and co-produced every track on her debut album Lady Like, released in 2019. She’s had 350 million-plus streams and her single “More Hearts Than Mine” is platinum-certified. Andress was nominated for the 2021 Grammy Awards in Best New Artist and the 2020 Country Music Awards in Best New Artist and Song of the Year. She has performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Late Night with Seth Meyers‘ and Today. She’s also written songs for Bebe Rexha, Charli XCX and Fletcher.
Rising star and 2018 American Idol finalist Gabby Barrett is breaking records in Country music. Her breakup anthem “I Hope” skyrocketed her career and made history in June as the first debut single by a woman to top Billboard‘s Country Streaming Songs chart. Pop singer-songwriter and 30 Under 30 Music alum Charlie Puth later hopped on the remix, which broke into the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at No. 6 in November.
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