This is how important the issue of women in country music has become: Two women from different eras of country music completely agree that something’s got to give. More female artists deserve to be on the radio, on the charts and on the rise.
Trisha Yearwood, 49, made her debut the old-fashioned way, when “She’s in Love With the Boy” went to No. 1 in 1991. And this is what she recently told Billboard when they asked her why more female artists aren’t at the top of the charts:
“I don’t understand. I don’t have an answer. What I loved about being a woman in country music was there was something for everybody. There were a handful of us, probably 10 of us that were doing really, really well, but we were all a little bit different, and I always thought it was easier. People always said it’s so hard for a woman, but it’s easier because if you were a guy back in the ’90s you had two choices: You either wore the hat or you didn’t. So it was hard to distinguish yourself. As a woman, it was easy because your image could be so completely whatever you wanted it to be. It was an awesome time to be a woman in the business.”
Carrie Underwood, 30, was only a little girl when Yearwood had her first song on the radio. But 14 years later, in 2005, she was launched into country superstardom when she was crowned American Idol. And here’s what she told Glam.com in a recent interview:
“For country music, I would really love to see more females doing really well. The ones who are out there — myself, Miranda, Reba, Taylor — are doing really well. I would just love to see more! It makes me a little sad when I do look at the charts and I see one female in the Top 20. I really hope that this is the year of the woman, and I really hope that there are some really breakthrough, amazing female artists that people can hear.
“I hear them all the time! You can walk up and down Broadway [in downtown Nashville] and hear people singing, and think, ‘They’re better than I am!’ You know what I mean? You think, ‘Wow, why aren’t you super famous right now?’”
Two women almost two decades apart agree that there’s a problem. The lack of female singers at the top of the charts doesn’t make any sense. But does anyone know how to solve it?