It’s no secret that the country music industry is undeniably sexist, but did you know that in 2018 women held only 11.3% of the songs on the year-end country airplay reports? You’d think that as time goes on we would be working towards some kind of equality, but those figures are in fact 66% less than they were in the year 2000, when they had 33.3%.
Radio is one of the main platforms that country artists rely on to reach new listeners, but when the established women in country music struggle to get airplay then newer female faces have all the odds stacked against them. For this reason, I particularly wanted to share some of my favourite female breakout artists from the past year or so…
Kalie released her debut album – Open Book – last year and it’s a rollercoaster of emotions and powerhouse vocals. She is not only one of my favourite lyricists, but she’s one of my favourite people on the internet because she’s so freaking funny. What makes the best country songs AND tweets? Having no filter.
This voice. I don’t have the words to cover how incredibly talented I think Caylee is, but I highly recommend that you go listen to her debut album “If It Wasn’t For You” and judge for yourself.
Now although Ingrid did get a number 1 this year with More Hearts Than Mine, I still feel that she is extremely underrated considering the number of beautiful songs on her album. She’s just released a deluxe edition of her album Lady Like, so go give that a listen and let me know what you think!
Winner of New Female Vocalist at this years ACM awards, Tenille Townes is probably the artist on this list that gets the most airtime on country radio and definitely has a bright future. Her debut album – The Lemonade Stand – is one of my absolute favourite releases from 2020, so please do yourself a favour and check it out!
This girl has an insane vocal range, and released her sophomore album earlier this year. I first heard Tenille’s music on the Song Suffragettes YouTube channel and instantly fell in love with her way of telling a story.
Lindsay is my absolute guitar hero, and I’m loving her latest album – Heart Theory. Her collaboration with Brantley Gilbert – What Happens In A Small Town – went to number 1 on the country charts earlier this year!
These are just a few of my favourite female country artists that have come onto the scene in the past few years, but there are so many other incredible women out there. The only way for us to achieve any sort of equality in country music is to support both the established and the upcoming women in the industry and show radio that there is undeniable demand for an equal female presence.