New year, new music. In 2014, the country airwaves were dominated by the men of “bro country,” but 2015 may just be the year for female country artists to stake their claims on the charts. So which new women of country should you be listening to in the new year?
This Texas native just made her country radio debut, but she’s already making an impact. Guyton shows off her sweet southern voice in her first single, “Better Than You Left Me.” And 2015 seems to be a year of firsts for Guyton – she’s set to make her Opry first Opry appearance on January 10, and she says she’s putting the finishing touches on her first album.
If your heart is longing to fill the hole that was once occupied by Taylor Swift (during her country music days), look no further than Maggie Chapman. The 17-year-old released her debut album, Vignette, last year. She may be young, but her talent is well beyond her years. The Floridian singer-songwriter pulls inspiration from her personal life and from literary classics like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Shakespeare.
Maddie & Tae
If you listened to country radio at all toward the end of last year, then you’ve probably heard of Maddie & Tae. Their debut single, “Girl in a Country Song,” lampooned some of the most popular bro country songs and called out male artists for their disrespectful portrayal of women in their songs. Their humorous girl-power anthem rose to the #1 spot on the country airplay chart – but the duo isn’t just a one hit wonder. The girls released their EP, Maddie & Tae, last fall. The girls have shown a more serious side with songs like their upcoming single, “Fly,” and “After the Storm Blows Through.” But they maintain their reputation as sassy and spunky songwriters with the tune “Sierra.”
Carly Pearce has been in the music business for a while – from performing at Dollywood to singing background vocals for Lucy Hale to performing alongside Hunter Hayes – but she’s now launching her solo career. The Kentucky native has a classic country sound and says she gets her inspiration from iconic country women like Patty Loveless, Dolly Parton and the Dixie Chicks. Pearce’s debut single, “Blame the Whiskey,” just hit country airwaves, and she says her EP will soon follow this upcoming fall.