NBC’s American Song Contest announces the 56 artists, representing the 50 states, five U.S. territories and our nation’s capital, who will compete to win the country’s vote for the best hit song.
The 56 artists span a wide range of performers, from undiscovered talent, up-and-coming new artists, and rising stars to established and legendary icons. An incredible solo artist, duo, group or band will represent each location and perform a new original song, celebrating the depth and variety of different styles and genres across America. The full list of American Song Contest artists can be found below.
From the producers of Eurovision Song Contest and The Voice, the all-live music competition series, hosted by Snoop Dogg and Kelly Clarkson, will premiere Monday, March 21 from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT from the NBCUniversal lot.
Atlantic Records will serve as the exclusive music partner for American Song Contest and will release the original songs featured on the series. Beginning Monday, March 21, Atlantic will release each week’s new batch of songs at 12 a.m. ET / 9 p.m. PT.
Established acts include Jewel, who won the most recent season of The Masked Singer, Michael Bolton (!!!), Sisqo, Tenelle, Allen Stone, Macy Gray and The Crystal Method. The Voice season 9 winner Jordan Smith is also a contestant.
Eurovision features some well-known artists as well. And face it, the new show isn’t going to attract an audience for a bunch of unknowns singing songs they’ve never heard before. The well-known acts are to attract eyeballs. The big-name artists may have an unfair advantage, however.
Meet the Artists:
To learn more about each artist, visit here to view on an interactive map: https://nbc.com/americansongcontestmap
Alabama: Ni/Co – Ni/Co is thrilled to represent Alabama, where the pop Duo discovered their love for music and one another. They began gaining popularity in 2019 from their YouTube videos, which have amassed over 40 million views.
Alaska: Jewel – Jewel went from a girl who grew up with no running water on an Alaskan Homestead to an award-winning multi-platinum recording artist. She is proud to sing for her family and to represent the spirit of her state.
American Samoa: Tenelle – Tenelle has been described as a breath of fresh air whose love for singing and carefree attitude reflect her magical home of SEMO, and is a grammy-nominated and billboard-charting artist
Arizona: Las Marias – After moving to Nogales, Arizona, when their parents were deported to Mexico, twins Maria Isabel and Maria Theresa begin playing Regional music like Mariachi in Norteños. As Los Marías, they have released five albums
Arkansas: Kelsey Lamb – Kelsey is a country music singer-songwriter who feels a deep connection to Arkansas known for her strong but pure vocals, she’s accumulated over two million streams since releasing her first single “Little by Little.”
California: Sweet Taboo – Sweet Taboo is a group that represents the style, sound and attitude of California, taking inspiration form their Latin roots and mixing it with R&B, hip-hop & pop, whose videos have millions of views on Tik Tok.
Colorado: Riker Lynch – Riker Lynch is as multifaceted as the state he represents, blurring the lines between rock, reggae, pop and more in is larger-than-life performances. He’s excited to bring the good vibes of Colorado to the world. Also, Riker sang as part of the Dalton Academy Warblers on Glee.
Connecticut: Michael Bolton – Michael Bolton is a multiple Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and humanitarian who’s sold more than 65 million records globally. He’s proud to represent his hoe of Connecticut, where his story first started.
Delaware: Nitro Nitra – This transcendent soul-rock singer first performed as Nitro Nitra in Wilmington, Delaware in APril 2021 after a spiritual awakening. Since then, she’s released an EP, a visual album and two singles.
Florida: Ale Zabala – ALe Zabala is a Latin pop artist who’s honored to represent Florida, where she started writing songs at age 13. Now a prolific songwriter, she’s always working on new music and released her first single in 2019.
Georgia: Stela Cole – Inspired by the Atlanta music scene, especially hip-hop greats like Outkast, pop artist stela cole has a left-of-center edge. She’s amassed one million monthly listeners and 5000,000 followers.
Guam: Jason J. – Jason J. is a songwriter and father of two from the island of Guam. Known for his distinct vocals and blend of island reggae and alternative music, he has toured extensively and is a Billboard chart-topping artist.
Hawaii: Bronson Varde – Bronson Varde’s sound is influenced by the island reggae music he grew up listening to in his native Hawaii, known as “Jawaiian” music. He’s gained a local following and hopes to share his songs with the world.
Idaho: Andrew Sheppard – Andrew Sheppard is a songwriter from Idaho whose sound is as authentic as the state he represents. Described as “heartland rock,” his music is a straight shot of life., and his latest album was released in 2018.
Illinois: Justin Jesso – Justin Jesso’s musical roots run deep in the stage of Illinois and he has become a celebrated artist and songwriter. With over a billion streams on his collaborations with pop greats, he just released his debut EP.
Indiana: UG skywalkin – Josh Kimbowa, also known as UG Skywalkin, is a hip-hop artist known to audiences around the world for his charismatic persona and electrifying performances. Originally from Uganda, he is proud to call Indiana home.
Iowa: Alisabeth Von Presley – This pink-haired pop rock artist with a flair for the theatrical has made an impression on audiences in Iowa and across the country with her memorable live shows and is a fierce advocate for female empowerment.
Kansas: Broderick Jones = Broderick J9nes is a singer-songwriter whose ambition is to become the biggest artist ever from Kansas. Known for his smooth vocals, Broderick’s captivating solo performances have garnered over 35 million streams.
Kentucky: Jordan Smith – Jordan Smith is a singer-songwriter best known for winning season 9 of NBC’s The Voice. The Kentucky native has since released four best-selling albums and toured throughout the United States and the world.
Louisiana: Brittany Pfantz – Mixing the sounds of Rock, gospel and swamp pop with her soulful voice, Brittany Pfantz’s music evokes th streets of New Orleans and is like her mama’s gumbo–a little bit of everything with some extra spice.
Maine: King Kyote – King Kyote is a recording artist from Maine, whose music is evocative of “a night of whiskey drinking in a cabin among the Maine pines” with influences from early rock and roll, roots rock and folk.
Maryland: Sisqó – Sisqó, the Maryland born singer and front man for Dru Hill, is one of the most influential and successful solo artists of the last 25 years after shooting to superstardom with his 2000 smash hit “The Thong Song.”
Massachusetts: Jared Lee – Jared Lee is a Boston-born singer, songwriter and platinum producer with over 80 million streams worldwide. A soulful vocalist inspired by Boston legends, he grew up harmonizing to James Taylor on family car rides.
Michigan: Ada LeAnn – With her emotional songs and relatable lyrics, 15 year old Ada LeAnn is not only a representative for her home state of Michigan, she also wants to be a voice for teens like herself to show them they’re not alone.
Minnesota: Yam Haus – Vocalist Lars Pruitt, drammer Jake Felstow, bassist Zach Beinlich and guitarist Seth Blum form Minneapolis-based Yam Haus. With personalities as lively as their music, they bring “Minnesota nice” to the dance floor.
Mississippi: Keyone Starr – Keyone Starr is a Grammy-nominated and Billboard chart-topping musician and producer proud to represent “The Birthplace of American Music.” Inspired by the Mississippi blues, she performs soul music like a rockstar.
Missouri: Brett Seper – After learning the guitar from his late grandpa James in their small hometown, Brett Seper started pushing the boundaries of the missouri pop scene. His music pays homage to his hometown and his grandpa’s memory.
Montana: Jonah Prill – Jonah Prill’s autentic cowoy charm and down-home upbringing put a twist on country while honoring his Montana heritage. To listeners nationwide, he leads a new generation into the next chapter of country music.
Nebraska: Jocelyn – Known for her insightful lyrics and inspiring music, singer-songwriter Jocelyn has taken her positive message from the prairies of Nebraska to every corner of the uS on tour with some of the biggest names in music.
Nevada: The Crystal Method – Las Vegas born-and-raised Scott Kirkland is known as Grammy-nominated artist The Crystal Method. As a pioneer of the big beat genre, his work popularized electronic music with mainstream audiences across America.
New Hampshire: MARi – With powerhouse pipes and a larger-than-life personality, MARi creates and performs Billboard chart-topping music. Proud of her Latina and New Hampshire roots, she proves that big things do come in small packages.
New Jersey: Brooke Alexx – Pop starlet meets girl-next-door in Brooke Alexx, a singer-songwriter with coming-of-age lyrics inspired by her New Jersey childhood. By expressing vulnerability in her music,, she hopes to empower other young women.
New Mexico: Khalisol – Zachary Chicoine’s career launched as a ghostwriter and producer for other artists. Now under the name Khalisol, his original songs push soul, hip-hop and rap to the frontier of the New Mexico music scene.
New York: ENISA – Enisa is a first-generation American inspired by her heritage and the multicultural New York music scene. Infusing contemporary soul pop with Middle Eastern flourishes, she has amassed millions of streams worldwide.
North Carolina: John Morgan – From the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carlina, Grammy-nominated John Morgan grew up immersed in bluegrass, touring at festivals with his family band every summer. He brings blue-collar toughness to country music.
North Dakota: Chloe Fredericks – Chloe Fredricks wrote her first song when she was five, inspired by a cattle ride on her North Dakota reservation. Though she was raised on country music, she’s also influenced by contemporary pop greats like Adele.
Northern Mariana Islands: Sabyu – Known musically as Sabyu, Matthew Sabian is a songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist known for blending island and stateside influences alike. Island reggae, jazz and soul all combine in his eclectic style.
Ohio: Macy Gray – A powerhouse of R&B and soul, Ohio’s own Macy Gray first rose to stardom with 1999’s Grammy-winning “I Try,” and has pushed the boundaries of pop music ever since with over 25 million records sold.
Oklahoma: AleXa – Though Oklahoma might be known for country music, K-op musician AleXa represents the state’s strong individualism. Her debut “Bomb” launched an award-winning international career when she was just 22 years old.
Oregon: courtship. – Classical jazz pianist Micah Gordon and pop-punk musician Eli Hirsch met at a gig early in their careers. Inspired by the vibrant nature of Oregon, the instantly created the feel-good indie-pop due courtship.
Pennsylvania: Bri Steves – Bri Steves is a Philadelphia MC who is as multi-layered as she is multi-talented. Her musicality, singing ability and skill as a rapper make her a unique, independent voice in an industry she refuses to conform to.
Puerto Rico: Christian Pagán – Best known as the first-ever winner of Idol Puerto Rico, Christian Pagán’s songs pay tribute to the music he heard on the streets growing up. He is also an actor, writing music for his on-screen role with Telemundo.
Rhode Island: Hueston – Cory Hueston’s first solo project succeeds his role as frontman of indie-alternative due The Blancos. Mysterious and gritty, his new sound represents the hard-working people of his hometown.
South Carolina: Jesse LeProtti – Jesse LeProtti wants his music to invoke a feeling of “deja vu.” From R&B and soul to pop and electronic, his dynamic musical range was influenced by a South Carolina music festival he attended annually with family.
South Dakota: Judd Hoos – Judd Hoos – Judd Hoos is an independent rock band from the Black Hills of South Dakota who have been busy touring throughout the American Midwest promoting their new EP Not Alone as well as their very own IPA, “Hoos Joos.”.
Tennessee: Tyler Braden – Rising country star Tyler Braden taught himself guitar while working as a Nashville firefighter. Inspired by legends like Hank Williams, his music has garnered over 70 million streams today.
Texas: Grant Knoche – At age 11, Grant Knoche taught himself to write and produce music in his Texas bedroom. Though he’s spent most of his life touring his bass-heavy pop music at venues like Woodstock, he’s proud to represent his home.
U.S. Virgin Islands: Cruz Rock -k Cruz Rock is the stage name of Frankie Garcia, a singer, songwriter and producer with Trinidadian and Puerto Rican heritages. His sound fuses Caribbean, American and Latin influences for a global audience.
Utah: Savannah Keyes – Country-pop musician Savannah Keys got her first break on the Ellen DeGeneres Show at age 13. After releasing her debut “I’m Not California,” she hopes to inspire undiscovered Utah artists to follow their dreams.
Vermont: Josh Panda – Josh Panda is a musician known for his booming four-octave vocal range. He found his sound in Vermont, experimenting with a wide range of musical styles, and now performs everything from pop to Americana to disco.
Virginia: Almira Zaky – Almira Zaky is an Indonesian R&B singer and songwriter influenced by the sounds of the ’90s and ’00s. Just like other Virginia R&B greats like Pharrell and Missy Elliot, she hopes her music will empower her audience.
Washington: Allen Stone – The son of a pastor, Allen Stone grew up in a small town in Washington listening to the power of gospel music. Now, he’s developed a devoted following of his own with his soulful blend of rock, folk, R&B and funk.
Washington, D.C.: NËITHER – Jack-of-all-trades creative NËITHER grew up in the DMV, where his grandma made sure he knew the blues, went to the opera and played the violin. Today he works with legends like Ty Dolla $ign and Childish Gambino.
West Virginia: Alexis Cunningham – Alexis Cunningham got her start playing folk songs on YouTube in her West Virginia home. After experimenting with a variety of sounds, she’s finally found her “secret sauce” in her new single, “The Medicine.”
Wisconsin: Jake’O – Jake’O originated the “Nuvo-Retro” sound, where vintage meets futurism. Inspired by the rolling hills, starry skies and eccentric personalities of Wisconsin, his music blends rock ‘n’ roll, blues and R&B.
Wyoming: Ryan Charles – Western Rapper Ryan Charles takes the cowboy lifestyle to ’00s rap. Just like his hometown, once known a “the most lawless town in America,” he brings style and lighthearted twang to high-energy performances.