Five Song Suffragettes singers brought an early 2000s hit to life during a recent #LetTheGirlsPlay show in Nashville. Kalie Shorr, Lena Stone and three more rising singers and songwriters closed a show with a cover of Michelle Branch‘s “All You Wanted.”
This acoustic version of Branch’s 2001 hit from The Spirit Room features Stone and Shorr on guitar, and Lexi Mackenzie adding percussion. Savannah Keyes and Jessica Roadcap are also onstage. Each artist takes a part of the verse or chorus before all five come together to carry the song through its climax to a calming end.
The weekly #LetTheGirlsPlay shows at the Listening Room in Nashville are the place to find the response to country music’s lack of females in the format. It’s not just about getting women on the radio. Songwriters join together to sharpen their skills and try out new ideas in a safe space. Shorr is the group’s first breakout star, with a song called “Fight Like a Girl” on SiriusXM and Spotify.
#LetTheGirlsPlay was created in response to the lack of females having success in country music. Female songwriters are also poorly represented, but last year saw some significant shifting after years of ignoring the problem. Taste of Country is proud to be part of the solution.