Today, USA Network revealed the 21 artists competing in its new music showcase series Real Country. Each contestant was hand-picked by the show’s panel of artists, which includes Shania Twain, Travis Tritt and Jake Owen.
"On the night of the 75th annual Golden Globes, Kalie Shorr dressed in black and went to a viewing party at her friend Kim Paige’s house. Other girlfriends were there rocking the same matching color as a show of solidarity with the Hollywood actors supporting the Time’s Up movement at the ceremony." - CMT
"As the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements begin to make their presence felt in country music, the Nashville-based songwriting collective Song Suffragettes is taking a strong stand against discrimination and harassment with the song "Time's Up." The video made its debut on Friday." - Rolling Stone
"Twenty-three of country music's rising female stars got together to make a powerful statement. "Time's Up" is a collaborative message that adds to a swelling conversation about mistreatment of women in society.
The seed of the song was planted during the Golden Globes, where dozens of actors and actresses wore black to support Time's Up, a legal defense fund set up to support victims of sexual harassment and assault." - Taste of Country
"Last week on the 51st Annual CMA Awards, Keith Urban debuted a new song, “Female.” The song was inspired by the many reports now emerging in the public about sexual assault and harassment in the entertainment industry.
Penned by Shane McAnally, Nicolle Galyon, and Ross Copperman and produced by Urban and Dan Huff, the song has made waves and touched people nationwide. The proof came when the song soared to No. 1 on iTunes immediately following Urban’s award show performance." - Nashville Gab
"Song Suffragettes, a woman-only showcase in Nashville who live by the motto, “Let the girls play,” have collaborated to create a moving cover of Keith Urban’s new “Female.” The country superstar was impressed.
“LOVE this cover!!! You all ROCK!” Urban wrote, sharing a link to the video." - Radio.com
Kalie Shorr, Savannah Keyes and other members of the all-women songwriting group the Song Suffragettes have recorded their own version of Keith Urban's "Female." "I’ve always loved Keith Urban but his decision to record this song and use his platform to stand in solidarity with women made me admire him even more," says Shorr. "I chatted with the Song Suffragettes girls and we thought it would be really cool and special to put our voices on it." - Rolling Stone Country
"Savannah Keyes is getting the chance to meet some of her idols, but meeting the artist most influential on her music is still a dream that has yet to come true. Still, the April #LetTheGirlsPlay artist of the month imagines what she might say to Dolly Parton if she had the chance…" - Taste of Country
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.”
Formed in 2014 by Keel, CMT senior vp Leslie Fram and Rounder Records Group’s vp of A&R Tracy Gershon, Change the Conversation is a coalition designed to “tackle country music’s gender issues.” In addition to the Q&A with McEntire, the sold-out Bluebird event also included a new artist showcase featuring up-and-coming country singers Savannah Keyes, Lexi Mackenzie, Kalie Shorr, Alana Springsteen and Allison Veltz.