Country singers take a look back at 2016.

Dishing with Katie Couric
At the Neshoba Coutry Fair in Philadelphia, MS
| Credit: Robbie Caponetto

From signing a record deal to recording a music video, country singers share their favorite memories from 2016.

"I'm so proud to be an American and really enjoy playing music for our military. When I had the great honor of going overseas as part of the USO tour this year, I experienced some of my favorite & most memorable moments of my life. I'm so grateful for our brave men & women & thankful for all they do." -Jerrod Niemann

"One of my favorite moments from this year was shooting the 'Make My Own Sunshine' music video! There was so much energy and positivity that day and everything I had imagined about the music video came to fruition." -Olivia Lane

"Our favorite moment of the year was when we adopted our two cats! They are always the first to hear our new music and they may or may not be the toughest song critics we've ever had." -Haley and Michaels

"Recording & releasing "Sea Of Lights" and getting such a great reception from the entertainment industry has been a great experience. We did it with our own hand picked indie team. Also, I consider it a huge success and victory for the "good guys" seeing fellow roots music artists Chris Stapleton & Sturgill Simpson receive such great accolades." –Boo Ray

"My best moment of 2016 was getting to open up for Chris Lane in Denver. I'm from Colorado and this was my first big gig as an opener. It was so fun to have all my friends and family come out for the show. The support I have received this year has been phenomenal and I can't wait to see what 2017 holds." -Spencer Crandall

"If we had to pick our favorite moment of 2016, it would be the day we released 'Porch Swing Angel.' We never expected the song to receive the reaction it did. This song opened many doors for us in the music industry and our careers." -Muscadine Bloodline

"Our favorite moment from 2016 as a band was inking our record deal with Universal Music! It was definitely something we all wanted. We love working with the team that stands behind the James Barker Band." -James Barker Band