Being a woman in the county music industry is a difficult journey. They struggle to get airplay with so many men in heavy rotation. Many women in country music deserve more shine, so here are five acts that should be on your radar.
The first act is Maddie and Tae. They are currently on tour with one of the biggest names in country music – Carrie Underwood. They just released the second part of their new EP, “Everywhere I’m Goin,” on Friday. Two standout tracks are “Lay Here With Me” featuring Dierks Bentley and “Aint’ There Yet.” Maddie and Tae have sweet and tender moments, but this duo also knows how to pack a punch.
The second act is Runaway June. This trio is also opening for Underwood at the moment. Having released their first album, “Blue Roses,” in June, these three ladies are proving they deserve to be known and deserve to have the spotlight on them. Some key songs to listen to are the sassy “Head Over Heels” and the fun “I Know The Way.”
It will be interesting to see what happens with these two acts after opening for Carrie Underwood for the past year. I’m looking forward to seeing these talented ladies when they come to Little Caesars Arena on Oct. 31, 2019.
Artist Mickey Guyton has been on the scene for a while now and has been one of my personal favorites. She is an incredible singer who should be known by every country music lover. Her latest single, “Sister,” is fabulous and truly needs to be on the radio. Her two songs “Why Baby Why” and “Better Than You Left Me” have both been played millions of times on Spotify. So, why not more success? She should have it.
Carly Pearce is an artist who has seen success on the radio, but it doesn’t mean she has it as easy as the guys. Her latest single, “I Hope You’re Happy Now” featuring Lee Brice, is a good song and will hopefully have major impact on the radio. She did have a co-headlining tour with Russell Dickerson, but mainly she toured as the opening act for two major country stars – Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan. I’m hoping that when her second album drops, she will be able to headline her own tour.
The fifth act is Gabby Barrett. She won third place on the first season of the American Idol reboot. Her two singles “I Hope” and “The Good Ones” have been on the radio often, but it will be interesting to see how difficult of a road it is to travel for her. The main thing is to check her out and request her on the radio if you like what you hear.
It’s not to say women don’t see success in country music, they absolutely do. As has been said in country music, women don’t want to hear women, and unfortunately, men often don’t either. This thought process must change for women to truly succeed in this genre.