If there’s one thing I’m passionate about it’s the pursuit of women in music. Sure, that’s mostly in the country genre, but I’m all about girl power no matter the genre as long as they’re making solid music that stands for something. Even if that something is their own personal empowerment. I’ve been so inspired by other females lately, whether it’s the industry professionals I’ve met or incredibly talented women that want to share their voice. I thought, what better time to highlight some of the women that have been inspiring me than right now?
Below are 5 albums by women that I think everyone should be listening to. Did I miss one that you love? Please share it, because I want to spread that girly love all over the place.
1. Selena Gomez – Revival
She may not be the main songwriter, she may not even have the best voice on the planet, but Gomez stands for something pure and real. She believes in empowerment, she believes in herself, and she wants to inspire everyone else to do the same. This woman has been through a lot recently, with her lupus diagnosis and ridiculous amounts of scrutiny in the media. But in my opinion, she’s remained classy while continuing to voice her frustrations, and refusing to let people tear her down. Revival is an album all about that voice.
2. Lucie Silvas – Letters To A Ghost
Until Letters, Silvas hadn’t released a new album since 2006, a 10 year absents that possibly helped her put out one of the best albums of 2015. Every single song tells a story, carries an emotional impact, and flows cohesively from one track to the next. How could it not when she worked alongside some of Nashville’s other bright talents, including John Osborne (Brothers Osborne) and Ian Fitchuk (Mindy Smith, Griffin House). It’s amazing. And you need to hear it.
3. Clare Dunn – Clare Dunn
Dunn is a badass. From the first few seconds of Ferrari that becomes abundantly clear. She kicks ass on this EP, which meanders from country to pop and back again in a way that doesn’t offend my country music sensibilities. Not to mention, that voice is something else. She can howl with the best of them. And Tuxedo is a song I think every girl living in the south can agree on.
4. Rachel Platten – Fight Song EP
Unless you’ve been living under a rock or in the back of a cave, you’ve probably heard Fight Song all over the place. Whether it’s a hockey game or an uplifting moment on a television show. I would have to say it’s probably one of THE SONGS of 2015. And that’s for a reason. Boston native, Platten, is a songwriter first and foremost and her breakout single showcases pop music’s real ability to tell stories. Something that has been missing from the platform as of late. Which is why I’m a huge fan of Platten and can’t wait for the full length version of this EP to come out.
5. Maren Morris – Maren Morris
If you do one thing today, press play on My Church. From the first moment I heard this song I was completely obsessed with Morris. She’s got that Kacey Musgraves attitude and the hooky sensibility to (hopefully, possibly) kill it on radio. Her gritty voice and cheeky lyrics are exactly what we need more of in country radio and I’m so excited to see where her career takes her. She is, quite honestly, one of the artists I’m most excited about right now.