Song Suffragettes celebrated its first anniversary with a sold out show during the CMA Music Festival. The celebratory show featured twelve of Nashville’s best up-and-coming country female singer-songwriters along with special guests Ruthie Collins and Natalie Stovall. The esteemed female-only, singer-songwriter showcase started its residency at The Listening Room Cafe just over a year ago with a weekly Monday night show that has featured over 80 young women to date, all of whom had to audition for a spot on that stage. Song Suffragettes has become the largest weekly showcase at The Listening Room with regular sell-outs and standing-room-only audiences
“As the name suggests, Song Suffragettes is all about giving talented and deserving ladies the chance for their musical voices to be heard,” says Song Suffragettes founder and music executive Todd Cassetty. “It’s a positive environment in which new female artists can develop, connect and hone their craft.”
In addition to Stovall and Collins, the Song Suffragettes first anniversary show featured Ella Mae Bowen, Karli Chayne, Julia Cole, Morgan Dawson, Hannah Ellis, Mignon Grabois, Alex Masters, Maddy Newton, Kalie Shorr, Emily Weisband, Baylor Wilson and Britt Wilson in three separate performance rounds. During the night, Tracy Gershon, VP A&R Rounder Records, spoke to the packed house about the state of females in country music today. And later, the ladies performed a pitch perfect performance of “Happy Birthday”.
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During the CMA Music Festival, Song Suffragettes played on the CMA Close Up Stage at Fan Fair X, with packed houses eager to see the lineup including special guests Deana Carter and Jamie O’Neal, who has played with Song Suffragettes previously at The Listening Room.
“These girls play guitar, they write their own songs,” O’Neal says. “They’re so young and just on fire for country music. The crowds are getting bigger and bigger every week and I’m really happy to be a part of this movement.”
“I am so proud of this movement and the hard work these girls put into their careers day in and day out. The talent is unbelievable and I walk away from every show inspired,” says Helena Capps who books all Song Suffragettes shows. Says Cassetty, “In only a year, we’ve watched Song Suffragettes performers land publishing deals and record label meetings as the country music community has embraced what these young women are doing. Stay tuned for year two as we continue to #LetTheGirlsPlay.”
The Song Suffragettes showcase happens every Monday night at 6pm at The Listening Room Cafe, and is broadcast LIVE on Periscope starting at 6:30 PM CT.