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How tall we are is one of the most common physical characteristics we tend to wonder about each other. When it comes to our favorite country artists, sometimes we’re shocked to find out the truth, with some being exorbitantly taller than we would’ve expected or surprisingly shorter.
While the average height is 5 feet, 9 inches for men and 5 feet, 7 inches for women, it’s rare that you find someone who exactly meets that estimated criteria. Although there are some exceptions, like Reba McEntire or John Denver, you may be surprised to learn about some short country artists that don’t quite meet the average bar.
Here’s a list of the 36 shortest country artists.
1. Thomas Rhett
Thomas Rhett may be straddling the average height line, but he’s still on the shorter side of the spectrum.
The “Life Changes” singer starts off our short country artists lists at 5 feet, 8 inches tall.
2. Eddie Montgomery
Just because you’re in the same family, it doesn’t mean the characteristics you receive from your parent’s genes will add up.
While John Michael Montgomery is one of the tallest country singers in the business at 6 feet, 2 inches, his older brother, Eddie Montgomery, is on the other side of the line. The former “Speed” singer is only 5 feet, 8 inches tall.
3. Brad Paisley
With his long, thin legs, Brad Paisley is definitely one of those country artists who might be slightly shorter than you would expect.
He enters our shortest country artists list at 5 feet, 7 inches. Thankfully, it doesn’t matter how tall you are to be having fun on the “River Bank.”
4. Kenny Chesney
It is indeed “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” for Kenny Chesney as he walks barefoot along the beach. Even if he is one of the short country artists out there, he’s clearly the epitome of being comfortable in your own skin. He’s 5 feet, 7 inches tall and proud of it.
5. Anne Murray
When it comes to finding a partner to dance with, there is some relevance to knowing what kind of height difference there might be, as it helps avoid any awkwardness.
If you want to return the favor and ask Anne Murray, “Could I Have This Dance?” sometime, make a note that she solidifies her place as one of the shortest country artists at 5 feet, 6 inches tall.
6. Waylon Jennings
Waylon Jennings may have been a “Ramblin’ Man,” but he was a much shorter one than you may have thought. He topped out at 5 feet, 6 inches.
7. Patsy Cline
You may find it “Crazy” that Patsy Cline would end up on our list of the shortest country artists.
The legendary “Walkin’ After Midnight” singer was only 5 feet, 6 inches tall. Alas, she may have been tiny, but boy, was she fierce.
Related: How Did Patsy Cline Die?
8. Hunter Hayes
Hunter Hayes is one of the newer faces on the country music scene in the last few years, with hits like “Storm Warning” and “Wanted” as part of his collection of music.
His 5-foot, 6-inch height earns him his spot on the shortest country artists list.
9. Martina McBride
It seems that many of the most powerhouse voices in country music are also the shortest country artists in the genre. Martina McBride, who stuns with songs such as “Broken Wing” and “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” is living proof of that.
Although she’s often seen sporting high heels, don’t let them fool you. She stands at 5 feet, 4 inches tall.
10. Willie Nelson
Living legend Willie Nelson is not slowing down anytime soon with the “On the Road Again” singer coming to fans everywhere with his live shows. You may be surprised when you see him in person, though. He is only 5 feet, 6 inches tall.
Related: Willie Nelson’s Net Worth
11. Wynonna Judd
It’s easy to be fooled by long, luscious hair and some lift in a person’s shoe. Wynonna Judd is the perfect example of that.
The “My Strongest Weakness” singer is only 5 feet, 5 inches tall.
12. Naomi Judd
Speaking of Wynonna Judd, what about her mother, Naomi? Prior to Naomi Judd’s tragic suicide, the mother-daughter duo was one of the most popular in country music with such hits as “Mama He’s Crazy” and “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Ole Days).”
It looks like Wynonna took after her mother as Naomi Judd only stood one inch shorter than her daughter at 5 feet, 4 inches.
13. Kacey Musgraves
It’s no secret that Kacey Musgraves followed her arrow to Nashville. She took the country music world by storm when she did and remains one of the most successful new acts in the business.
She also remains one of the short country artists in the business. Musgraves’ height is approximately 5 feet, 5 inches tall.
Related: Kacey Musgraves’ Net Worth
14. Kelsea Ballerini
There seems to be a pattern among the women in country music as many seem to be shorter than the average height for women. Like some of her fellow artists, “Peter Pan” singer Kelsea Ballerini is only 5 feet, 5 inches tall.
15. LeAnn Rimes
LeAnn Rimes is one country artist that it might be confusing to tell exactly what her height is, considering she broke into the music industry when she was only 13 years old.
She may have grown up in her voice and in her looks, but the “Blue” singer didn’t grow much more in height from her early days. She is only 5 feet, 5 inches tall.
16. Lainey Wilson
Lainey Wilson is quickly becoming one of the most popular female artists in country music as the reigning CMA Female Artist of the Year (2022) and ACM Female Artist of the Year (2023).
The “Watermelon Moonshine” singer’s status as a short country artist is earned by her 5-foot, 6-inch frame.
17. Jennifer Nettles
Jennifer Nettles is best known as one-half (formerly one-third) of the hit band Sugarland, although she has since explored a solo career as well.
The “Stuck Like Glue” blonde beauty is only 5 feet, 4 inches tall. That’s quite a height difference, considering her Sugarland partner Kristian Bush is one of the tallest country singers, standing at 5 feet, 11 inches.
18. Miranda Lambert
Miranda Lambert is easily one of the sassiest female artists out there, with songs like “Baggage Claim” and “Red Wagon” to back us up. It proves you don’t have to be tall to be fierce.
Miranda Lambert is only 5 feet, 4 inches tall.
Related: Miranda Lambert’s Net Worth
19. Shania Twain
Shania Twain is the ultimate female empowerment artist, with songs like “Man, I Feel Like a Woman” and “She’s Not Just a Pretty Face” as just two examples from her massive repertoire.
She’s also the epitomizing example of letting women know it’s OK to be confident and secure in your own skin, no matter what. So, all of you who are ashamed of your 5-foot, 4-inch height and wish you were taller, take a page from your fellow 5-foot, 4-inch country-pop goddess.
Related: Shania Twain’s Net Worth
20. Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood clearly has one of country music’s most prominent powerhouse voices. As she’s taking on her sold-out tours and Las Vegas residency shows, you can always see her sporting a glam look and some pretty high heels.
Don’t let them fool you, though. The “Before He Cheats” singer is only 5 feet, 3 inches tall.
Related: Carrie Underwood’s Net Worth
21. Patty Loveless
Patty Loveless is one of those classic 80s and 90s female country artists that we still love to listen to today. The “How Can I Help You Say Goodbye” singer is yet another example of a short country artist who may only be 5 feet, 2 inches tall but has a big voice to get her noticed.
22. Loretta Lynn
Loretta Lynn was a trailblazer in country music with classic, tell-it-like-it-is songs, such as “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin,’” “The Pill,” and “You Ain’t Woman Enough.”
She may only be 5 feet, 2 inches tall, but we think these songs made it clear that you didn’t ever want to mess with Loretta.
Related: How Did Loretta Lynn Die
23. Maren Morris
Maren Morris is undoubtedly an example of an edgy country music artist despite her short 5-foot, 1-inch frame. She kills with her classic songs like “My Church” and “I Could Use a Love Song.”
24. Dolly Parton
There are a lot of things about Dolly Parton that might be big, like her personality, her songs, her blonde hair, and her chest, but her height is not one of them.
She may wear a lot of high heels, but the legendary blonde, known for her hit songs such as “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You,” only stands 5 feet tall.
25. Justin Moore
Justin Moore made headways in country music when he released his second No. 1 hit, “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away.” In terms of the song’s purpose, which is about missing those who have gone before us, we can all relate to wishing the eternal place was a little bit closer.
However, it seems even farther away for him in terms of physique. He’s only 5 feet, 7 inches tall.
26. Little Jimmy Dickens
He’s not short. He’s fun size. His over-the-top personality was proof of that.
In the case of Little Jimmy Dickens, his surprisingly shorter-than-average height was one of his essential characteristics, alongside his rhinestone-studded outfits. The “I’m Little, but I’m Loud” singer stood proud at 4 feet, 11 inches.
27. Lauren Alaina
Lauren Alaina came into the spotlight as the runner-up of season 10 of the hit reality singing competition American Idol behind fellow country artist Scotty McCreery.
Unlike his taller-than-average height of 5 feet, 10 inches, the “Road Less Traveled” singer lands on the short country artists end of the scale. She’s only 5 feet, 6 inches tall.
28. Carly Pearce
Carly Pearce is not unlike many of her fellow female country artists. In the past years, he has earned Female Vocalist of the Year titles as well as Singles of the Year and more.
The “Should’ve Known Better” singer has another thing in common with many of them as well. She’s one of the shortest country artists, standing approximately 5 feet, 4 inches tall.
29. Michael Ray
Michael Ray is certainly one of the more obscure artists on our shortest country artists list, but he’s still earned his place both musically and for his shorter-than-average height.
The “Run Away with You” co-writer is only 5 feet, 7 inches tall.
30. Jana Kramer
Jana Kramer is one of the double threats on our shortest country artists list, having first been known to the world as Alex in the popular teen drama series One Tree Hill alongside Sophia Bush and Bethany Joy Lenz before breaking into the country music scene.
The “Why Ya Wanna” singer stands 5 feet, 4 inches tall. No wonder it looked as though her ex-husband, Mike Caussin, towered over her all the time.
31. Jessie James Decker
Jessie James Decker is one of the shortest country artists on our list, with only Dolly Parton and Little Jimmy Dickins coming in under her. The singer, best known for such songs as “I Do” and “Girl on the Coast,” is only 5 feet, one inch tall.
32. Kimberly Schlapman
When it comes to the popular group Little Big Town, Kimberly Schlapman is the only member who lands on the shortest country artists side of the spectrum. The curly-haired blonde of the “Better Man” group is only 5 feet, 6 inches tall.
By comparison, her fellow female of the group, Karen Fairchild, as well as one of the two men, Jimi Westbrook, both come in at the average height for men and women, respectively. Phillip Sweet, meanwhile, towers over the lot of them at 5 feet, 11 inches.
33. Kip Moore
Kip Moore has been making an exceptional following of fans since his 2012 debut album. He is best known for hits like “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” and “Hey Pretty Girl.”
You may be surprised to find out, however, that the blue-eyed Georgia native is only 5 feet, 7 inches tall.
34. Luke Combs
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Luke Combs was one of many country artists who took to songwriting to express how the entire world was feeling. “Six Feet Apart” was perhaps one of the most perfect sentiments of it all as it talked about how we were forced to be distanced from our loved ones and what Combs would do once it was all said and done.
Unfortunately, he couldn’t use his height as a way to measure whether people were six feet apart. This short country artist taps out at 5 feet, 8 inches tall.
35. June Carter Cash
Johnny Cash and June Carter are one of the most popular country couples in the history of the genre. The “Man in Black” and his second wife are also one of the most recognizable, with many couples even sporting Halloween costumes depicting the two.
If you really want to sell it, be sure to think about their significant height difference. Cash was 6 feet, 2 inches, while his bride was a short, 5 feet, 5 inches.
36. John Rich
Last but not least on our short country artists list is John Rich of the hit duo Big & Rich. His 5-foot, 8-inch frame is hard to miss next to Big Kenny’s 6-foot, 4-inch height standing next to him.
It looks like John Rich fits in with the “Six Foot Town,” while Big Kenny would just tower over everything.
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