5 Country Music Female Stars You Need to Know

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Here are 5 up-and-coming female country music artists that you need to know!

Country Music Stars

Country music is a genre of American popular music that originated in the rural South in the 1920s. It takes its roots from the southeast American folk music and Western music. Country music often consists of ballads and dance tunes with generally simple forms and harmonies accompanied by mostly string instruments such as banjos, electric and acoustic guitars, fiddles, and harmonicas.

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood first came to fame as the winner of American Idol in 2005. She is one of the most successful country artists of all time, with more than 65 million records sold worldwide. Her debut album, Some Hearts, was the best-selling solo female album in country music history. She has won seven Grammy Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards, and nine Country Music Association Awards. In 2018, she was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.

Miranda Lambert

One of the most successful and celebrated female country music stars of our time, Miranda Lambert is known for her powerful voice, her deeply personal songwriting, and her badass attitude. She shot to fame in 2005 with her debut album Kerosene, and has since released seven studio albums, including the Grammy-winning record The Weight of These Wings. A highly decorated artist, Lambert has won multiple Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music Association Awards, and Grammy Awards. In 2019, she launched her own clothing line, Idyllwind.

Kacey Musgraves

This 27-year-old singer/songwriter from Golden, Texas is quickly making a name for herself in the country music world. She released her debut album, Same Trailer Different Park, in 2013 to critical acclaim and won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album. Her follow-up album, Pageant Material, was released in 2015 to great success. Musgraves has a unique sound that sets her apart from other country singers and she is definitely an artist to watch in the coming years.

Maren Morris

Maren Morris is a American country music singer and songwriter. Active since 2005, she has released six studio albums and three extended plays. She has charted fourteen singles on the Billboard country charts, of which nine have reached number one: “My Church”, “80s Mercedes”, “I Could Use a Love Song”, “Dear Hate” (a duet with Vince Gill), “Rich”, “GIRL”, “The Bones”, and “More Hearts Than Mine”.

Her debut major-label album, Hero, was released in June 2016 to commercial and critical success. The album’s first five singles were all number ones on the Country Airplay chart, making Morris the first artist to achieve that feat with her debut album on that chart. She won the 2016 CMA Award for New Artist of the Year and the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Country Solo Performance for her song “My Church”.

Ashley McBryde

Ashley McBryde is a country music singer and songwriter from Arkansas. She has released two studio albums, “Girl Going Nowhere” and “Never Will”, both of which have been met with critical acclaim. McBryde is known for her punchy, guitar-driven songs and her powerful vocal performances. She has been praised by critics as a country music traditionalist, and her work has been compared to that of Miranda Lambert and Chris Stapleton.

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