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Top Five Country Artists Who Made the Crossover
Check out these genre-bending favorites

Country music has long been the domain of veteran performers like George Strait, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard and a list of others that goes on for a country mile. Other more recent up-and-comers have made country music a mainstay on our radios and Internet streams. But some artists who were successful in other styles of music, decided to give country a chance as well. Here are five stars who did just that.
Darius Rucker
Darius Rucker performed as the lead singer and rhythm guitar player for the band Hootie and the Blowfish, achieving multi-platinum record sales. Just recently he released his 2013 album True Believers, a country mix of 15 tracks. One of them is titled Love Without You, featuring another country crossover star whose name you might know: Sheryl Crow.
Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow is best known for pop/rock hits like All I Wanna Do, If It Makes You Happy, Leaving Las Vegas, and a long list of others. Crow recently performed with Darius Rucker at the American Country Awards in Las Vegas. She was nominated for Female Artist of the Year and also for Single of the Year: Female, for the song titled Easy.
Jon Bon Jovi
Livin' On a Prayer and Wanted Dead or Alive are two of the songs we all can most likely sing by heart. But the rock star Jon Bon Jovi also entered the arena of country music with the hit Who Says You Can't Go Home, becoming the first rock artist to go to the top of Billboard magazine's Country Singles list.
As a teenager, singer Jewel attended Interlochen, a fine arts school in Michigan. She majored in Classical Voice and Art, minored in Dance and Drama, and she can yodel. You know her for such hits as Who Will Save Your Soul and You Were Meant For Me. Now she is well-known for her country album, Sweet and Wild. The love song Satisfied received a Grammy nomination for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. She resides in Stephenville, Texas, with her husband, World Champion bull-riding superstar, Ty Murray.
Bret Michaels
Michaels, of hair band Poison fame, supports American soldiers with a song dedicated to them called All I Ever Needed. He is best known for Every Rose Has Its Thorn. Not only has he entered the country music arena, he's getting ready to launch his own line of cologne, called Roses & Thorns.
Many pop stars attempt to cross over into country music from pop or rock and find much success in the genre. Check out these and other artists who've made the switch.
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