If there were no singers, how would we understand the lyrics, the melody and the entire amalgamation of these elements that make the song? It is the talent of singers who give the songs their final form and shape that we all enjoy. Female country singers have fascinated the mind of people around the globe and here are some of the most popular artists of all times.
Before going through the list of famous female country singers, let’s first understand what exactly country music is:
Country music is a genre of American popular music that originated in the rural regions of the Southern United States in the 1920s. It takes its roots from the southeastern genre of 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 guitar, fiddles and harmonicas. The term country music is used today to describe many styles and subgenres.
Female Country Singers:
Known for her tonal quality and phenomenal style Miranda Lambert is one of the most famous female pop singers of all time. Miranda Lambert songs are some of the most consistently interesting and best-written among the current crop of country music stars. The singer rose to the prominence after placing third on “Nashville Star” in 2003. Her diverse song varies from revenge songs to gentle, heartfelt ballads which have placed her among the forefront of the artists in contemporary country music. Lambert was ranked no. 90 on the 100 greatest women by Country Universe in 2008.Miranda Lambert made her acting debut on NBC’s long running legal drama, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit in an episode titled “Father Shadow” which aired on February 8, 2012.
Famous Songs: Me and Your Cigarettes, Famous in a Small Town, Only Prettier, Over you, Mama’s Broken Heart, Gunpowder and Lead, Heart Like Mine, The House that Built Me, White Liar.
A singer known for her impressive vocal range was born on August 28, 1965. She took the world by storm with her album The Woman in Me. Her album Come On Over became the best-selling studio album of all time by a female act in any genre. Come On Over sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. Twain has won five Grammy Awards and 27 BMI songwriter awards. The Queen of The Country Pop, she is ranked 10th best-selling artist of the Nielsen Sound Scan era. Originally born as Eilleen Regina Edwards in 1965, she changed her name to Shania which means I am on my way.
Famous Hits: “Any Man of Mine” (1995), “You Win My Love”,”No One Needs to Know” (1996); and “Honey I’m Home” (1998). Other big hits include “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under” and “The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You)” (1995); “Don’t Be Stupid,” “From This Moment On” and “That Don’t Impress Me Much” (all 1998, the second a duet with country singer Bryan White); and “Man! I Feel like a Woman,” “You’ve Got a Way” and “Come On Over” (all 1999).
Carrie Underwood rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol in 2005. Underwood has since then became multi-platinum selling recording artist, a winner of six Grammy Awards, sixteen Billboard Music Awards and ten Academy of Country Music Awards. As a songwriter she has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. Her debut album Some Hearts was released on 2005. With songs like Jesus take the wheel and Before he cheats, it went to fast selling album in the country. Described by music critics as Country Music Reigning Queen, she is the only solo country artist in the 2000 decade to have a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
Her Famous Hits: Does He Love You, Before He Cheats, Cowboy Casanova, Carnival ride, Undo it, Walk this way, I told you so, Inside your Heaven.
Reba McEntire , the international superstar and the world’s best-selling female country artist of all the time. Born on March 28, 1955, she began her career on local radio shows with her siblings. Signing with MCA Nashille Records, McEntire took creative control over her second MCA album, My Kind of Country, which had a more traditional country sound and produced tow number one singles: “How Blue” and “Somebody Should Leave”. This album brought her breakthrough success bringing her a series of successful albums and number one singles in the 1980s and 1990s. McEntire has since then released 26 studio albums, acquired 40 number one singles, 14 number one albums, and 28 albums have been certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America. An amazing and accomplished singer she is phenomenal. She has also explored other avenues of entertainment, serving as a guest host on “Good Morning, America” and earning generally favorable reviews for her acting in the movie Tremors and the miniseries Buffalo Girls. In 1988, she formed Starstuck Entertainment to oversee the various aspects of her career.
List of Awards she has Won:
She has won two Grammy Awards, nine People’s Choice Awards (for singing and acting), seven CMA (Country Music Association) Awards (including an unprecedented Female Vocalist of the Year four years in a row), two Country Radio Awards, 11 ACM (Academy of Country Music) Awards (including an unprecedented Top Female Vocalist seven times), 14 American Music Awards (including an unprecedented Favorite Female Country Singer 10 times), five TNN/Music City News Awards, three International Awards and the 2001 Drama Desk Award for her Broadway debut in “Annie Get Your Gun”.
Originally born as Dolly Rebecca Parton is today know through many names such as, The Smoky Mountain Songbird The Iron Butterfly The Queen of Country The Backwoods Barbie The Queen of Nashville The Book Lady The Leading Lady of Country, Aunt Granny. Born on January 19, 1946, she is one of the 12 children of Robert Lee Parton, a tobacco farmer and Avie Lee Parton. An American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalists, actress, author, she is best known for her work in country music. She came to greater prominence in 1967 as a featured performer on a singer Porter Wagoner’s weekly television program. Moving towards mainstream pop music, Parton’s 1977 single “Here You Come Again” was a success on both the country and pop charts. She has composed over 3,000 songs and the best known of which include “I will always love you”, Coat of many colors and “My Tennessee Mountain Home.” Parton is one of the most successful female country artists of all time with an estimated 100 million in record sales.
Her Award List:
Dolly got her first Grammy award, Best Female Country Vocal Performance, for her song “Here You Come Again”. Dolly’s movie debut was in Nine in Five in 1980 where she got an Oscar nomination for writing the title tune, and also Grammy awards 2 and 3, Best Country Song, and Best Female Country Vocal Performance for the song “Nine to Five.
Born on June 28, 1986, Kellie Pickler gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol and finished in the sixth place. She entered the industry with her debut album, “Small Town Girl.” She released her self-titled second album in 2008 and has produced the singles’ Don’t You know you are beautiful, Best days of your life, Didn’t you know how much I love you. In 2012, she was ranked as the14th best American Idol alumna.
The top selling country artists of all time gained. She was the first country star to appear on the cover of Newsweek Magazine in 1973 and was the first woman to win the Country Music Association Entertainment of the Year trophy in 1972. Loretta is best known for being the Coal Miner’s Daughter. Just like Patsy Cline Loretta is a female country music legend. Loretta had her first hit in 1960 with the song Honky Tonk Girl. Loretta by the 1970′s was one of the richest women in country music. She is famous for many songs such as You Aren’t Women Enough (To Take My Man), Before I’m Over You and Coal Miner’s Daughter. Lynn focused on blue-collar women’s issues with the theme about philandering husbands and persistent mistresses and pushed boundaries in the conservative genre of country music by singing about birth control( The Pill), repeated childbirth ( One’s on the way), double standards for men and women( rated X) and being widowed by the draft during the Vietnam War. In 1980, her best-selling autobiography Coal miner’s daughter was made into an Academy Award winning film.