1. Maren Morris
An artist as well as a performer, women in country music’s newest “Hero” Maren Morris has captured the heart of millions. Soulful and honest, Morris crafts each song like a story opening up to her fans about her own personal experiences. Not afraid to go a little crazy, Maren threw all her emotions into her debut EP Hero which features a wide variety of attitudes. From the timeless sounds of “80’s Mercedes” to the soulful confessions of “Wish I Was” and the pop anthem “My Church,” it’s no wonder Morris has won numerous awards just this year. Winning her first ever Grammy for “My Church” along with CMA’s Artist of the Year and ACM’s New Female Vocalist of the Year, Morris has risen fast and furious and isn’t about to slow down. Dedicated to pushing the boundaries both in music as well as her own life, Marren hopes to inspire others to enjoy the journey they’re on and remind her listeners that sometimes it’s ok to be your own hero.
2. Lauren Alaina
After charming America on Season 10 of American Idol, Lauren Alaina set off to inspire young women to go after their dreams. Our 2016 Artist of the Year and ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year, Lauren has recently released her empowering and highly anticipated album Road Less Traveled. Full of personality as well as personal stories of her own, Lauren brought to life her past with bulimia, her father’s alcohol addiction, and her parents’ divorce. Road Less Traveled in one emotional rollercoaster. From her song “Three” where she opens up about the pain she’s felt being away from home to her favorite track “Pretty” which encourages young girls to look away from the mirror and embrace their natural beauty; Alaina not only sends a message, but brings you to tears. Road Less Traveled is unlike any other album on the charts. Standing out with a strong theme of empowerment, positivity, and loving yourself and others, you are sure to learn many valuable lessons by an artist who’s overcome it all and is ready to empower us .
3. Miranda Lambert
An artist who’s surely made a name for herself in country music with her previous hits “The House That Built Me” and “Mama’s Broken Heart”, Miranda Lambert’s newest album The Weight of These Wings has had to live up to very high expectations. Without a doubt Miranda pulled it off, releasing a 24-song double album which won the ACM Award for Album of the Year. Written upon her divorce with Blake Shelton, The Weight of These Wings is emotional for Lambert who proved at this year’s ACM Awards with her performance of Tin Man how if you just speak from the heart and allow yourself to be vulnerable you can bring an entire room to tears.
Country music’s sweetheart Raelynn is just one example of a girl on the path to success. Spunky and often found dazzling up on stage, Raelynn has demonstrated that nothing can stop her from doing what she loves. Diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 12, Raelynn has dealt with many challenges along the way, but hopes to take away with her life lessons that she’ll cherish forever. Starting a diabetes fund in her name, Raelynn hopes to inspire others to face their fears and never give up. More recently Raelynn released her debut EP Wild Horse which found itself in the number one spot of the iTunes country music charts in a matter of days. Full of heart wrenching as well as playful tracks, Wild Horse is perfect for any mood. This month Raelynn will kick off her first ever tour, which she promises will be a glitter-filled dance party you won’t want to miss. So make sure to check out the full list of tour dates as well as purchase your tickets on her website at www.raylynn.com.
5. Alyssa Micaela
Ready to take on the world with her big personality and feisty song lyrics, Alyssa Micaela has always known she wanted to become a singer. Inspired by the strong women in country music, Alyssa’s determination to succeed in the music industry has given her the opportunity to open for country music greats Jon Pardi, Sam Hunt, Cam, and more. Immersed in the country music scene, Alyssa recently released her debut EP Cowboys Like That which speaks to her diverse audience through stories others can relate to. A performer excited to meet and collaborate with others in the industry, Alyssa can’t wait to find out what comes next.
6. Camille Rae
An artist who can’t help but find comfort in sharing her love of music with others, Camille Rae has the power to captivate any audience. Influenced by a variety of country music powerhouses including Trisha Yearwood and Kelly Clarkson, Camille hopes her music reflects the words you couldn’t say. This past March Camille released her sophomore album Come Find Me which features fifteen tracks written by Camille herself.
7. Sunny Sweeney
Rooted in country music, Sunny Sweeney has always found a connection with the stories and the sounds of the genre. In 2006 Sunny released her debut album Heartbreaker’s Hall of Fame putting her name on the map. Despite being thrown into a busy schedule of performances and music videos, Sunny persevered and is back with an all new approach. Remembering to just be herself, Sunny’s newest album Trophy tackles love stories with marvelous humor and impressive vocals.
8. Kalie Shorr
Song Suffragette’s headliner Kalie Shorr entered the country music scene in the hopes to inspire. First setting out to Nashville Kalie was quick to meet new people and book her first gigs. Upon performing for Song Suffragettes Kalie was discovered by Sirius XM which began playing her empowering hit “Fight Like a Girl.” Speaking on the issue of gender stereotypes, “Fight Like a Girl” was not only relatable but exactly what a girl needed to hear. Upon her success Kalie released her new EP Slingshot and continues to perform weekly.
9. Jessie G
From the small town of Brookings Oregon, Jessie G was surrounded by a supportive community who taught her the importance of hard work. Often tagging alongside her father, Jessie was exposed to fishing and earned enough on the docks to support her passion for music. With a diverse sound and the ability to wow any crowd, Jessie has had the opportunity to perform at many notable fairs including The Oregon Jamboree and the Willamette Music Festival alongside some of country music’s biggest stars. In February Jessie released her debut self-titled EP which features seven tracks exposing her more vulnerable side and well as her independence.
10. Natasha Zimbaro
Returning to her country roots, Natasha Zimbaro released her new self-titled EP this march. The six track EP is a product of Natasha’s determination and many late nights. With Jason McCoy as her mentor, Natasha is confident in her ability to share her music with the world and can’t wait for her fans to get to know her better.
I am currently a student at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles as a marketing major. Upon realizing that I wanted to change the way people perceive country music and to help women have a voice, I began Next Women of Country in 2015 promoting new female artists and sharing their stories with the world. You can find me via Instagram @nicolemmarchesi or contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org