Country music's next generation begins with your vote. These 31 artists are all on the RISERS Hot Seat, a fan-decided poll that selects the final artist in Taste of Country's new artist platform set to launch in March.

Scroll through this gallery to meet each artist and get an idea for why he, she or they are potential RISERS. It's a very diverse group of country talent, ranging from teenagers to singers past 40. Country stars from coast to coast and in America's heartland are featured in this list of rising talent. Signed artists will fight for votes just like independent artists, and they've all got an equal shot at becoming country music's next superstar.

Are there favorites? Sure, about 30 of them — 31 to be exact. Brett Young may have hits on the radio, but Brent Cobb has the support of dozens of Nashville's top singers and songwriters. Bailey Bryan may be a fresh face, but a vote for her counts just as much as a vote for Adam Craig, a singer who's been fighting in Nashville for over a decade.

You'll find links to songs from all 31 artists at the Hot Seat voting page. Vote once every four hours until the polls close at 11:59PM ET on Jan. 23, 2017. All Taste of Country RISERS will be revealed on March 1.

Introducing Taste of Country's RISERS: