Country Singers Who Are Related: These Artists Prove Talent Runs In The Family

Here is a compilation of country singers who share familial bonds and musical talents.

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Lexi Liby

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August 15, 2023

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Thomas Rhett & Rhett Akins; Photo by Chris Hollo, Hillary Scott, Linda Davis; Photo Courtesy Facebook, Linda Davis,Jordan Davis, Jacob Davis; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

The country music industry is a family in more ways than one. Many of the stars share musical talent with their relatives proving that music runs through their bloodline.

From cousins to sisters to brothers, to mothers and daughters, to fathers and sons, these singers have music in their family genes.

We’ve compiled a list of artists who share family bonds and musical talents.

Hillary Scott, Linda Davis; Photo Courtesy Facebook, Linda Davis
Hillary Scott, Linda Davis; Photo Courtesy Facebook, Linda Davis

Linda Davis and Hillary Scott: Mother and Daughter 

Like mother, like daughter, Linda Davis and Hillary Scott share a passion for country music. Linda Davis is a Grammy award-winning recording artist, and following in her footsteps is her daughter, Lady A’s Hillary Scott.

“She was a studio baby,” Davis said during an appearance on the Got It From My Momma Podcast. “I was in the vocal booth and she was in there with me. There was this one part of the song that was just eating my lunch. Whatever lyric or musical interval thing that was going on, I was not catching it, so we kept having to redo it. She (Hillary Scott) was sitting on a chair and it got to that part and she started singing it with me, correctly.”

Scott, with the help of her talented family, released a gospel album titled Love Remains, in in 2016. Throughout this album, each family member got their turn taking the lead. The project was named Best Contemporary Christian Music Album at the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images
Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus: Cousins 

Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus are former Rascal Flatts bandmates, but forever cousins. The two founded the band and later added fellow bandmate, Joe Don Rooney. The trio attained 17 No. 1 hits, sold over 11 million concert tickets, and earned more than 40 trophies from the ACA, ACM, AMA, CMA, People’s Choice, and more.

“Gary and I are related,” DeMarcus shared during an Instagram Q&A with fans. “We’re cousins, and there is a natural blend harmonically that happens with the timbre of our voices together that you can’t replicate by pulling two random great singers together. You have to have it instinctually. And when we found Joe Don, he fit in with us like he had lived with us in his entire life, and that is the truth. He blended with us vocally like he was one of us. Like he was a sibling. I think the thing that caused us to stop in our tracks was that we realized instantaneously that what was coming back out of the speakers when we sang together was something unlike we’d ever heard before. And we knew that it was special and that maybe we had some lightning in a bottle.”

Rascal Flatts was set to have a farewell tour in 2020, but with COVID the trio had to cancel. Rooney later left the band and it’s unknown if the trio will reunite.

Martie Mcguire, Emily Strayer; Photo Courtesy Instagram
Martie Mcguire, Emily Strayer; Photo Courtesy Instagram

Martie Maguire and Emily Strayer: Sisters 

Sisters by chance and musicians by choice, Martie Maguire and Emily Strayer, have made a name for themselves with the band, The Chicks. The trio includes lead vocalist, Natalie Maines, and is the biggest-selling U.S. female band of all time.

Additionally, the sisters formed the band the Courtyard Hounds together. “We’re a band, not a side project,” they insisted.

They were named after “The Courtyard Hound,” a fictional work featured in David Benioff’s 2008 novel City of Thieves, inspired by the world of Game of Thrones.

Thomas Rhett & Rhett Akins; Photo by Chris Hollo
Thomas Rhett & Rhett Akins; Photo by Chris Hollo

Rhett Akins and Thomas Rhett: Father and Son

Father, Rhett Akins and son, Thomas Rhett have shared a passion for music and they’ve been each other’s confidants through thick and thin. The pair has had the opportunity to lean into each other’s creativity during the writing process and produce several hit songs together.

Thomas told The Boot, “He’s always been that calming presence and always been the guy who says, ‘Why don’t you try swapping these two songs and see what happens?’ Or, ‘It’s all right. We’ll write it. Don’t worry that you don’t have your first single. We will make it happen, one way or the other. So, always, he’s just really been such an encouragement and somebody, when I’m feeling like, ‘What is happening right now?’ he’s always the person who comes in and says, ‘You’re going to be fine.’”

In addition to writing together, Thomas and Rhett have also gone on tour together. Rhett joined Thomas’ Center Point Road Tour for a few select dates as a special guest. As their journey progresses, the father-son pair continues to write, sing and produce music together.

Jordan Davis, Jacob Davis; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Jordan Davis, Jacob Davis; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Jordan Davis and Jacob Davis: Brothers 

There’s no love like brotherly love, and for Jordan and Jacob Davis, this is the truth. According to The Boot, the brothers were inspired to persue music after their uncle, Stan Paul Davis, found success as a songwriter, penning songs such as Tracy Lawrence’s “Better Man, Better Off” and “Today’s Lonely Fool.”

“We had the rare opportunity to hear [those songs] at our grandmother’s house on acoustic guitar, before it was a hit,” Jacob explained. “He was making a great living making things up, you know? How cool is that? Whenever we were in college, and graduated college, none of our buddies ever though, ‘Oh, you go to Nashville and write songs and make a living.’”

Jordan agreed, adding, “Not a lot of times do people know that songwriting is a profession. I still feel like there’s a strong part of country music that thinks the if there’s an artist up there singing it, at some point in his life, he wrote that song. So having Uncle Stan up here having success was a huge path-starter for me and Jacob …

“If Uncle Stan wouldn’t have moved to Nashville, man — I could be wrong, but I don’t know if this would’ve ever happened,” he continued.

Jordan Davis has found success as a songwriter and artist. Jacob Davis was previously signed to Black River Entertainment as a solo artist. Now, his focus is on songwriting. Together, Jordan and Jacob have co-written several hits, including Jordan Davis’ massive chart-topper, “Buy Dirt,” alongside brothers Matt and Josh Jenkins.

Eddie Montgomery, John Michael Montgomery; Photo Courtesy Facebook
Eddie Montgomery, John Michael Montgomery; Photo Courtesy Facebook

Eddie Montgomery and John Michael Montgomery: Brothers 

Brothers, Eddie Montgomery and John Michael Montgomery have a bond like no other. Eddie is known as one half of Montgomery Gentry and John Michael Montgomery is a wildly successful solo artist.

“We’ve done a couple shows together, but that’s about all we’ve done,” Eddie previously told SiriusXM “I’d love to, man [work with John Michael], but we’ll see how it goes. Me and him have talked about it and of course our mom is really into it. She’s like ‘before I go and leave this world, I want a CD by you all, with you all singing together on it.’ So, I’m sure she’ll get it.”

Music runs deep in this family as John Michael Montgomery is also the father of rising star, Walker Montgomery.

Logan Crosby, Jason Aldean; Photo via Facebook
Logan Crosby, Jason Aldean; Photo via Facebook

Jason Aldean and Logan Crosby: Cousins 

Jason Aldean and Logan Crosby are not only country singers but cousins too. The reveal came after Crosby’s appearance on the TV show Claim To Fame, and it has led Crosby to an excelling music journey. Since then, Crosby has moved to Nashville, signed with 50 Eggs Music, and released new music.

Aldean said he was “proud” of his cousin and encouraged fans to check out his music.

Travis Tritt, Tyler Reese Tritt; Photo Courtesy Facebook
Travis Tritt, Tyler Reese Tritt; Photo Courtesy Facebook

Travis Tritt and Tyler Reese Tritt: Father and Daughter

Country hitmaker Travis Tritt passed on his love for music to his daughter, Tyler Reese Tritt. She is the eldest child of Travis Tritt and his wife, Theresa Nelson. 

When she was 14 years old, she had the chance to record the enduring duet “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough” by Don Henley and Patty Smyth with her father. This significant moment became the catalyst for Tyler’s career, propelling her toward a trajectory of triumph.  

Sam Williams, Hank Williams Jr; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Sam Williams, Hank Williams Jr; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Hank Williams Jr. and Sam Williams: Father and Son

Country music is a “Family Tradition” for the Williams family. Hank Williams Jr., son of country music pioneer Hank Williams, passed his love for music along to his children. His son, Sam Williams, signed a deal with Mercury Nashville to release his debut album, Glasshouse Children, in August of 2021. The project drew praise from critics for its vulnerability. Hank Williams Jr.’s daughter, Holly Williams, is also a singer/songwriter and has previously released three studio albums.

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I am a senior at Kansas State University, where I am majoring in Communication Studies. Throughout my time at college, I’ve had the opportunity to publish a few of my pieces in the University’s newspaper, The Collegian, and I’ve created my own website. I’ve previously interned for Country Insider, an iHeartMedia-owned country music industry newsletter and I am currently interning for CountryNow, a Red Light Management owned publication. I’m very passionate about music and writing, so I hope to find myself in a career that incorporates both of these passions.