This emerging country artist has fans swooning over his catchy new single Photo credit: Randy Shaffer
Photo credit: Randy Shaffer

Even with an ever-growing number of talented music artists popping up on social media these days, Dylan Schneider stands out from the crowd.

At just 17 years old, the heartthrob from Terre Haute, Indiana, has earned more than 800,000 combined followers on his social channels. He’s also proven to be a triple threat as a singer, songwriter and guitar player.

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Dylan dropped his newest single, “How Does It Sound,” on July 21, but a preview of the tune on Instagram earned glowing remarks even before its official release.

“I love this song already😍,” one fan wrote, while another added, “Gonna Be My Summertime Jam.”


“How Does It Sound,” is the first new single since the April release of Dylan’s latest EP, “Spotlight’s On You,” which hit No. 1 on the iTunes country chart. Dylan co-wrote the song with Nashville songwriters Corey Crowder and Jaren Johnston (of the Cadillac Three).

“It’s probably one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written,” Dylan told Rare Country. “I feel like it has a great story. When I finished that song, it brought me back into a realization that I’m like, ‘Man this is what I want to do.’ ”

Dylan performed the song onstage for the first time in Chicago on July 27 and got an audience response that stunned him.

“In the third broken down chorus I took a chance and took my microphone away from me and held it out to the crowd,” he explained. “I heard them singing every single word, and it [had] only been out for, like, six days, which was mind-blowing.”

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Like many internet-bred artists, Dylan shared many cover videos on YouTube prior to releasing his own original music. Those clips, which began appearing in 2014, caught the interest of artist manager Sean Pace, who formerly worked with Kane Brown. In 2016, Sean and Dylan teamed up. With the addition of co-manager Joey Russ, they continued to capitalize on Dylan’s talents and grow his fan base. Thus far, Dylan has released three EPs, including, “Wannabe,” and “17,” both in 2016. His videos have also generated more than 30 million views to date.


Be sure to check out “How Does That Sound” in the video below. Let us know what you think.

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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