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  • Writer's pictureClaudio Fibonacci

From Beyoncé to Bieber: 6 Pop Stars Who Successfully Crossed Over Into Country Music Before Lana Del

Before Lana, These 6 Other Pop Stars Crossed Over Into Country

Before Lana, These 6 Other Pop Stars Crossed Over Into Country

Cyndi Lauper

This ’80s phenom might be best known for crooning about how girls just want to have fun, but she released her first country album, Detour, in 2016, featuring everyone from Vince Gill to Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson. “When I was a really young kid, country music was pop music, so this is what we grew up listening to,” Lauper said at the time.

Tina Turner

Realistically, there was probably no genre that Turner couldn’t crush, but the late singer’s debut solo studio album, Tina Turns the Country On!, made it abundantly clear that country was well within her wheelhouse. She followed that record up with the aptly titled Tina Turner Sings Country in 1999.

Michelle Branch

Even as a tried-and-true Branch stan who played “Everywhere” on a loop throughout third grade, I had no idea that the singer formed a country-music duo called The Wreckers with fellow musician Jessica Harp in 2005. The group lasted only a few years, but it gave us the single “My Oh My,” so it’s most definitely worth it.

Jewel

This pop singer’s country-heavy seventh studio album, Perfectly Clear, debuted at #1 on the Billboard country charts, making hits of twangy tracks like “Stronger Woman,” “I Do,” and “Till It Feels Like Cheating.” Not too shabby!

Jessica Simpson

Anyone who’s read her 2020 memoir, Open Book, knows that Simpson is a born-and-bred Texas gal, but after starting out in pop, she didn’t release a country album until 2008’s Do You Know. With it, however, came the boot-stomping lead single “Come on Over,” as well as the lovely title track a duet with Dolly Parton.

Lady Gaga

Gaga’s army of Little Monsters have always believed that she could do anything, and Gaga convinced the rest of the world with her signature high-camp take on country music in 2018’s A Star Is Born. Yet her 2016 album Joanne also got a little country; just see “Million Reasons,” “A-Yo,” and the titular piano ballad.

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