The year 2015 had us all living in a ramshackle town when it came to women in country music. Misogynistic statements made by some players in the broadcast industry tarnished the genre as a whole, as male and female players and listeners were all left with bad tastes in their mouths. In Canada, country songs voiced by women, whether as soloists or lead singers of groups and duos made up an appalling 7.3% of spins among the 50 most played songs of the year. Even rock radio had better representation from the fairer half.
Rather than offering a sincere apology and a promise to turn things around, perhaps in the interest of saving face, the broadcast industry has been quietly increasing femcon since the end of 2015, though there is still a long ways to go to achieve balance. Notable players include both Canadian and American women in country. On the stars and stripes side, we have American Idol winner Carrie Underwood, California’s Cam, and recent breakthrough artist Maren Morris, all of whom have scored big hits recently.
The sweethearts of maple include Jess Moskaluke. “Kiss Me Quiet” became her first Top 10 country radio hit, and followup “Take Me Home” has also done well, reaching the Top 15. While even the Canadian men of country have had a hard time getting airplay in the U.S., Alberta’s Lindsay Ell got some fairly significant spins with “By the Way”, a Top 20 country hit in Canada.
Come the end of April, a coalescence of forces will see to it that women clean up this town. Three majors are set to saddle up with new releases. Past CCMA Female Artist of the Year winner Kira Isabella, whose voice is ever so heavenly, will be catapulting new single “I’m So Over Getting Over You” to the airwaves April 27. All ready to one-two the bandits of disinterest, two prominent cowgirls will be launching full-length albums on the same day, April 29. Following up her Top 20 hit “Bow Chicka Wow Wow”, Meghan Patrick‘s Grace & Grit joins the release of Madeline Merlo‘s Free Soul which includes her #11 smash “Whatcha Wanna Do About It”. These two hot discs will be available at record saloons country wide, best enjoyed with an ice cold glass of sarsaparilla.