Nashville Music Guide’s Artists to Watch 2023

Ben Burgess is the pride of East Dallas, a renaissance man with a golden pen. After landing his first career cut with Jonas Brothers’ “Chillin’ In the Summertime,” he packed up a blossoming career born between his hometown and Austin’s 6th Street to chase dreams in Los Angeles, but quickly relocated to Nashville when his twang got too loud for the West Coast. 

Burgess started writing with Warner Chappell Music Publishing in 2015, where he stockpiled cuts including the BMI 2020 Country Song of the Year, 7X platinum “Whiskey Glasses,” Tyler Rich’s gold “The Difference,” Pat Green’s Texas radio #1 “Drinkin’ Days,” Lil Wayne’s “Dreams,” Martin Garrix & Troye Sivan’s platinum “There for You,” Dierks Bentley’s “My Religion,” HARDY’s “SIGNED, SOBER YOU,” and more.

His tracks have landed TV placements on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and commercial spots for Major League Baseball, Xbox, and Lexus. Breaking out as an artist in his own right, Burgess signed to Big Loud Records in 2020, and in the same year, was featured on Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley’s buzzy Chapter 1: Snake Oil album on “Heartbreak.” He was also part of HIXTAPE: Vol. 2‘s “Red Dirt Clouds” alongside David Lee Murphy and label-mate ERNEST.

In 2022, Burgess released his debut album Tears the Size of Texas. Burgess fondly refers to his debut as a miniature “greatest hits” collection, a 10-song soundtrack co-written with top notch collaborators like Kevin Kadish, Jesse Frasure, Brandy Clark, Josh Kerr, Randy Montana, Ashley Gorley, and more, made up entirely of songs that were too risky, too original, for anyone else to sing.

He also has opened tours for Koe Wetzel, Warren Zeiders, and Jelly Roll. He’ll support Larry Fleet’s spring Midwestern headline run in 2023 while writing more new music.

Label: Big Loud

Hot Release: “Tears the Size of Texas”

If you like: Tyler Rich, Morgan Wallen, Jon Pardi

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