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You’ll never look at these country stars the same… Find out their real names below! Who knew it was so common for stars to go by their middle name or drop their last name??


Carly Pearce

Real name: Carly Cristyne Slusser


Cole Swindell

Real name: Colden Rainey Swindell


Craig Morgan

Real name: Craig Morgan Greer


Dierks Bentley

Real name: Frederick Dierks Bentley


Eric Church

Real name: Kenneth Eric Church



Real name: Ernest Keith Smith


Faith Hill

Real name: Audrey Faith Perry


Garth Brooks

Real name: Troyal Garth Brooks


Gary Allan

Real name: Gary Allan Herzberg


Gary LeVox (Rascal Flatts)

Real name: Gary Wayne Vernon, Jr.



Real name: Michael Wilson Hardy


Jake Owen

Real name: Joshua Ryan Owen


Jason Aldean

Real name: Jason Aldine Williams


Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts)

Real name: Stanley Wayne DeMarcus Jr.


Kix Brooks

Real name: Leon Eric Brooks III


Lauren Alaina

Real name: Lauren Alaina Suddeth


LeAnn Rimes

Real name: Margaret LeAnn Rimes


Luke Bryan

Real name: Thomas Luther Bryan


Trisha Yearwood

Real name: Patricia Lynn Yearwood



Real name: Racheal Lynn Woodward


Randy Houser

Real name: Shawn Randolph Houser


Randy Travis

Real name: Randy Bruce Traywick


Shania Twain

Real name: Eilleen Regina Edwards


Thomas Rhett

Real name: Thomas Rhett Akins


Tim McGraw

Real name: Samuel Timothy Smith


Toby Keith

Real name: Toby Keith Covel


Trace Adkins

Real name: Tracy Darrell Adkins


Travis Tritt

Real name: James Travis Tritt


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