9 Country Music Triple Threats

9 Country Music Triple Threats

Julianne Hough

1. Julianne Hough

Hough is definitely a Jane of all trades: She’s a two-time professional champion of a hit dance competition show and, during Season 5, was nominated for a 2007 Creative Arts Primetime Emmy for “Outstanding Choreography.”

Then, in 2008, her self-titled debut album hit No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and she joined Brad Paisley on tour. Just when you thought the girl couldn’t get more talented, Hough received her first leading role in the 2011 remake of a classic American musical-drama.

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Laura Bell Bundy

2. Laura Bell Bundy

Bundy got her start on Broadway in a musical adaption of a certain hit film about a ditzy blonde law student. She also appeared on the Silver Screen in a 1995 action-adventure movie about a board game coming to life.

Her first country single, “Giddy On Up,” debuted at No. 60 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and she hasn’t slowed down since. (She has released four studio albums over the past eight years.) Is there anything she can’t do?

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Carrie Underwood

3. Carrie Underwood

Underwood is primarily known for her impressive singing talent, but she has also achieved major success on the stage and screen. For example, she appeared on the hit show How I Met Your Mother and loaned her voice to character of “Carrie Underworm” on a popular kid’s show.

More recently, in 2013, Underwood performed in a three-hour live telecast of a Tony Award-winning musical about an Austrian family’s desperate escape from the Nazis during World War II.

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Billy Ray Cyrus

4. Billy Ray Cyrus

Way before earning the title of “Miley Cyrus’ Dad,” William “Billy” Ray Cyrus achieved major success with his own music career. Since 1992, he has released 12 studio albums and 44 singles. (Remember that song “Achy Breaky Heart”? That one’s his.)

From 2005 to 2011, Billy Ray starred alongside his daughter in a hit sitcom about a tween girl and her pop-star alter-ego. Then, as a contestant on a hit dance competition show, the long-haired country crooner boogied on down with his dance coach and even made it to the semi-finals!

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Wynonna Judd

5. Wynonna Judd

Wynonna first rose to fame in the ’80s as one-half of the famed mother-daughter duo The Judds. The duo (composed of Wynonna and her mother Naomi) released seven albums and 26 singles, 14 of which were No. 1 hits. During her solo career, Judd released eight studio albums and achieved even more chart success with singles like “She Is His Only Need” and “My Strongest Weakness.”

Judd made her television debut as the voice of a rock star character on a science-themed kid’s TV program. Like so many of the other stars on this list, she also put on her dancing shoes for a hit dance competition show in 2013.

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Chuck Wicks

6. Chuck Wicks

Wicks got his start on a reality series about aspiring country music artists based in Nashville and, as a result, was signed to RCA Records Nashville. His debut album, Starting Now, featured three Top 40 singles, including “Stealing Cinderella” and “All I Ever Wanted.”

In 2009, he also boogied down on a hit dance competition show in 2009. Wicks still has music running through his veins—he currently co-hosts a popular morning radio show on a top country music channel.

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Taylor Swift

7. Taylor Swift

While Taylor’s most recent album showcases her pop side her roots in country run deep. Earlier in her career, she served as the opening act for country giants like Rascal Flatts, George Strait, Kenny Chesney, and Tim McGraw. (She also five ACM Awards already under her belt!).

While Ms. Swift isn’t known for having the smoothest dance moves, that hasn’t stopped her from making sure her live show is filled with fancy footwork. Anyone who has seen the singer’s Red Tour knows what we’re talking about. Most recently, Taylor has dipped her feet into the acting pool: In fact, her first role was that of a rebellious teen on CSI.

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Miley Cyrus

8. Miley Cyrus

Cyrus has been everywhere since she got her start on a popular kid’s show playing an perky California girl who had a secret popstar life. . After acting for years, though, Miley focused more of her attention on her budding music career, which landed her five non-consecutive No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200.

As of September 2014, Miley also holds the Guinness World Record for “Most Searched For Pop Star On The Internet.” Get it, girl!

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Reba McEntire

9. Reba McEntire

Easily one of the biggest names in country music, McEntire has released 26 studio albums, 14 No. 1 singles, and 14 No. 1 albums.

While her talent for singing is undeniable, Reba’s also a successful actress. In the early ’90s, she branched into film with a lead role in a Western horror movie and, from 2001 to 2007, she also starred in her own namesake sitcom

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