Iconic female country singers like Reba McIntyre, Dolly Parton, and Carrie Underwood continue to release new hits and tour throughout the country. Adored by millions and celebrated for their powerhouse music, within the country genre, they are certainly forces to be reckoned with. While they each have their own special place in our hearts, we love seeing up-and-coming stars on our stage making a name for themselves. We love how many female country artists are bursting onto the country and western music scene these days. Who are some of the modern female country singers to look out for in 2020?
Grizzly Rose has been excited to have hosted some of these quality emerging stars and can not wait to have them back in soon. Here are some of the modern female country singers you might have seen on our stage:
Born Tenille Nicole Nadkrynechny, this vibrant native of Grande Prairie, Alberta was nominated for a Canadian Country Music Award for Female Artist of the Year when she was only seventeen.
Her talent showed early, writing her first song when she was just fourteen. Her love of music was matched by her hard work, learning to read music by studying album liner notes. Her first song release was in 2009. The single, “Home Now”, was written from the perspective of a young girl whose father has just been posted in war-torn Afghanistan. She got the idea from a history class she attended at Peace Wapiti Academy.
Maddie & Tae
Another popular group at Grizzly Rose is Maddie & Tae. This dynamic duo is composed of Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye who met during a showcase in Dallas. Maddie being from Sugar Land, Texas and Tae hails from Ada, Oklahoma they were forced to travel to meet each other and perform. Before finishing high school the two were traveling to Nashville to perform every weekend together under the name “Sweet Aliana”. When they graduated Maddie & Tae made the choice to move to Nashville, to write and perform full time. These modern women co-write the songs they perform. They are surely a duo that can’t be stopped!
Georgia born, Lauren Alaina was born to sing. Starting at the age of 3 Lauren knew she had a gift and knew she wanted to pursue it. Growing up she sang in Church, local karaoke nights in her town and anywhere she was allowed just to get her voice out there, but that only would please her for a short time. At the age of twelve, she started making weekend trips to Nashville, taking any chance she could to sing. Although that gave her some recognition, her appearance on “American Idol” truly was her big break. Ending as runner-up on “American Idol” she wouldn’t let that stop her moving forward in her career. She was determined, making her way onto the stages around the country, even ending up playing at the Grizzly Rose.
Lauren comes from a musically talented family. Her first guitar player was her dad, JJ Suddeth. Those who were in the audience on Father’s Day, in June, 2012, when she and her dad performed “When You Say Nothing at All” will long remember that moment.
As far as modern female country singers go, look out for this one! Born in Baytown, Texas, twenty-six-year-old Racheal Lynn Woodward uses the stage name RaeLynn. This modern woman country singer emerged from season two of “The Voice” where she finished third but left judges, and everyone with lasting memories of her talent.
RaeLynn began singing in the church choir at age eleven. RaeLynn has gone on to write and perform her songs to enthusiastic audiences all around the country. Her single “Boyfriend” was number thirty-two on the Billboard country charts in 2012. “God Made Girls” released in 2014, reached number seven.
In 2016, RaeLynn married Josh Davis and changed her name to RaeLynn Davis. The two travel together where Josh supports his wife’s musical career.
RaeLynn made acting appearances on “Entertainment Tonight” in 1981, “Nashville” in 2012, and “Celebrity Animal Encounters” in 2018. In 2013, she also sang background vocals in Blake Shelton’s “Boys ‘Round Here.”
We couldn’t possibly draft up a list, of the best modern country female singers, without including this extraordinary musician and Grammy award-nominated artist. Originally the lead singer of the band, Hey Monday, Pope began her career in the rock genre. In late 2011 Hey Monday parted way, giving Cassadee Pope a chance to make a name for herself. In December 2012 she started her solo journey by auditioning for the NBC show, The Voice. A fan favorite throughout the season, Cassadee became the first female winner gaining her an instant fanbase. As part of country sensations, Blake Shelton’s team, Cassadee’s debut country album sold 43,000 albums in the first week.
Since then, she’s gone on to top country charts and was nominated for her first Grammy with co-singer Chris Young in 2017, for their duet “Think of You.”
Cassadee Pope performed live at the Grizzly Rose in 2018. Her presence and live performance make her an amazing artist and celebrate singer among country enthusiasts.
Among our list of modern female country singers, we couldn’t forget this dynamic group filled with unmatched vocals and musical talent. Nashville-based, the Runaway June country group, is composed of three lovely and talented ladies, Naomi Cooke, Hannah Mulholland, and Jennifer Wayne. The group was nominated for an Academy of Country Music Award for Best New Vocal Group in 2018.
Grizzly Rose was honored and thrilled to have hosted Runaway June back in February 2020. We look forward to another LIVE performance onstage at our Denver-based country bar. Contact us today for more information on our upcoming shows or visit our Facebook page here.