Written by Kelsey Shue
As a kid, I prayed for a powerhouse voice like Joan Jett or Janis Joplin. Alas, I didn’t get blessed with one of those voices, but there’s still good news – a lot of ladies did. I’ve crafted a playlist with a few of my favourite female singers – both well-known and underrated. Naturally, this doesn’t come close to bringing light to all of the talented ladies out there, but it’s a start.
Let’s talk about a few that I’ve featured.
Amy Winehouse has a voice that has captivated me since I was a young teenager. She brought something fresh and relevant to the table while still holding onto to an old, classic style of music. That’s something I can appreciate.
Other songs to listen to: Body and Soul feat. Tony Bennett, Valerie, and Cupid.
I remember the first time I heard Alanis Morissette’s voice. It was hushed and through old, static filled boom box speakers, late at night. Like most parents during that time, mine didn’t like the image surrounding her; obviously, the only way for me to listen was to sneak a CD under the bed and wait until everyone was asleep. I was left with no choice. But good thing I took the risk because her voice isn’t one to miss out on.
Other songs to listen to: Ironic, Hand In My Pocket, and the entire Jagged Little Pill: Acoustic album.
Remember when Taylor Momsen was Jenny Humphrey on Gossip Girl and she kind of sucked? Well, in case you were unaware, Taylor is actually pretty awesome. She’s currently singing in a band called The Pretty Reckless to prove that girls can absolutely be the strong voice behind a rock band.
Other songs to listen to: Cold Blooded, Zombie, and Who You Selling For.
Speaking of cool, underrated rock bands with female lead singers. Every heard of Dorothy? Because you should have by now. Between a killer voice and classic rock feel, you’ll have no choice but to blast the band’s music loudly…a lot.
Other songs to listen to: Woman, Wicked Ones, and Dark Nights.
Finally, let’s talk about one lady who’s doing country correctly. (I’m from the south, back off.) Miranda Lambert has been one of my favorite women in country for years. She does country well and brings some diversity into a genre typically associated with crying over a broken down truck or riding a tractor down a dirt road.
Other songs to listen to: Baggage Claim, Heart Like Mine, and Kerosene.
Who would you add to our powerhouse playlist?
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