Rising Women in Country Music: 7 Names You Need to Know
Updated: Nov 17, 2020
Country music has always been dominate by men, but with Reba, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and more leading the way, women are taking over! Here are seven rising women in country music doing it big that you need to know.
Caylee Hammack is a redhead with a knack for storytelling. You can tell in her lead single
“Family Tree” that she is no ordinary singer-songwriter. She’s willing to get vulnerable, some would even say she’s airing her dirty laundry. However, that’s what I appreciate about Caylee. She’s unapologetically herself and tells her story her way. Caylee also has high-profile collaborations with country legends Alan Jackson & Reba and newcomers Ashley McBryde & Tenille Townes. Check out her debut album If It Wasn’t For You and her new single “Just Friends” available anywhere that you can find music!
Gabby Barrett finished third place on Season 16 of ABC’s American Idol, but she didn’t stop there! Barrett has become one of country music’s most recent breakout stars with a crossover hit. Her debut single “I Hope” hit #1 at country radio, the top 10 (& currently climbing) at pop radio, and #10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song’s success led to a remix with Charlie Puth, which definitely helped launch the song to a wider audience. Her debut album Goldmine and current single “The Good Ones” are available anywhere that you can find music!
If you’re a more traditional country fan, look no further than Hailey Whitters. Hailey Whitters has written songs for people like Little Big Town but recently put out her breakout solo project The Dream. Her vulnerable and clever style of storytelling and songwriting is shown off throughout the album, and standout tracks include “Ten Year Town” and “Heartland.” It’s safe to say that her work as an independent artist paid off! She recently signed with Songs & Daughters (songwriter Nicolle Galyon’s imprint) which is distributed by Big Loud Records (home to Morgan Wallen). Her album The Dream is available anywhere that you can find music!
2020 has been an amazing year for Ingrid Andress! Building off the moment that her single “More Hearts Than Mine” provided in 2019 and early 2020, Ingrid Andress was able to release her debut album Lady Like in March 2020. “More Hearts Than Mine” peaked at #1 on the Mediabase Country Radio charts and hit #30 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100. Summer release & "Waste of Lime" was able to show us the catchy & fun side of Ingrid after seeing her pour out her heart on the lead single. Her new single “Lady Like” is somewhere in between those two moods but is still 100% Ingrid! Her album Lady Like and new single “Lady Like” are available anywhere that you can find music!
Mickey Guyton has been around in country music for a minute, but it feels like now is her breakout time! She started off the year with a standing ovation for her performance of “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?” at CRS (Country Radio Seminar) 2020. That song and “Black Like Me” were able to show off a side of Mickey that we haven’t seen before. Mickey was ready to tell her story. She was ready to share her truth. Thankfully, Mickey has been able to do that this year! Whether it’s through her EP Bridges or her high profile collaboration with Jimmie Allen, Mickey Guyton is finally telling her story her way… and we LOVE it! You can find Mickey Guyton’s EP Bridges available anywhere that you can find music.
Priscilla Block rocked the country music world when she topped the iTunes charts with her new single “Just About Over You.” Priscilla started on TikTok and released this song to iTunes after the reaction that an unfinished version got on TikTok. It seems like that worked out quite well for her!! The song topped iTunes and has about 2.6 million streams on Spotify to date! Keep an eye out for Priscilla Block. This is just the beginning for her and you can find her music anywhere music can be found!
Rachel Wammack rocked my world when I saw her live at The Listening Room Café in Nashville. Rachel performed her debut EP and some unreleased gems, some of which have been released since that performance. It was just her and her keyboard, but that was all she needed to make an impact. The Sony Nashville singer’s songs come from her heart and life experiences. You can tell she means what she’s singing, especially on standout songs like “When I Say Amen” and “Something People Say.” You can find Rachel Wammack’s music anywhere that you can find music!
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