Female singers have entertained masses worldwide since the development of the country music genre of music centuries ago. Their ability to articulate life’s challenges such as love and suffering via music has won them many loyal followers who continue to support their good work in a predominantly male-dominated field. Many female country singers are currently active within and outside America. While most of them have enjoyed global success, the most popular beginning and established singers in this niche in 2017 include:
10. Cassadee Pope
Cassadee Pope is a popular American singer and songwriter from West Palm Beach, Florida. Although young (25 years old), she has made a significant contribution in the American entertainment industry since her professional debut as a lead vocalist for Hey Money pop punk band in 2008. Originally, Cassadee Pope was a rock artist. However, since she officially ditched rock for country music and embarked on a solo career in December of 2011, her reputation has soared, bringing her fame and fortune. This, according to many country music enthusiasts is because of her looks, enchanting sound, and ability to rouse crowds when performing indoors or in outdoor concerts. Cassadee Pope won NBC’s third season of The Voice on December 18, 2012. Her solo debut album, Frame by Frame, debuted at number nine on the top 200 Billboard chart in 2013 and number one on the Top Country Albums charts. Her singles have also done well.
9. Kelsea Ballerini
A recent entrant in the American country music scene, Kelsea Ballerini has made great in roads to become one of the most popular female artists in 2015. As many established country singers, this native of Knoxville, Tennessee started writing songs and singing at a young age. By age 13, she had already written her first song. Six years later, she signed a professional music deal with Black River Entertainment, released her debut single titled Love Me Like You Mean It in late 2014, a self-titled extended play for Black River Entertainment on November 14 the same year. For her sound and charm, Kelsea Ballerini won the 2014 Next Woman of Country Award by CMT. Recently (February 13, 2015), she played her popular debut single on the renowned Grand Ole Opry for the first time.
8. Katie Armiger
In the country music niche, Katie Armiger is the epitome of beauty. While her stellar looks and refined nature have contributed to her fame, her soul piercing voice and inspiring lyrics are among many attributes that have brought her the global success she enjoys to date. Now 24 years old, Katie Armiger’s path to success started in her home city of Houston, Texas after winning a countrywide competition for young country singers. She released her debut album on August 21, 2007 with Cold River Records. Since then, she has released three albums with five singles charting on Hot Country Songs Billboard charts. The albums are also popular, with Confessions of a Nice Girl becoming her first to chart on the Billboard Heatseekers and Billboard Top Country Albums charts.
7. Kelleigh Bannen
Kelleigh Bannen is a famous American country singer best known for her acclaimed debut single, Sorry on the Rocks, which she released in 2012. The song has charted Hot Country Songs Billboard charts, received endorsements from legends of country music such as Billy Duke, and helped her to break into one of the most competitive musical genres in America. Currently, Kelleigh Bannen is signed with EMI Record Nashville music label. She has released enthralling singles with her latest, Smoke When I Drink, being one of the most downloaded songs in 2015. For its quality, it has received generous airplay, cementing her place in top 10 most popular female country singers 2015 reviews.
6. Mickey Guyton
Mickey Guyton is a new entrant in the global country music industry. Born in 1984, this 30-year-old American country singer continues to hit music headlines since releasing her debut single titled “Better than You Left Me.” In the Billboard Country Airplay Chart that ended in January 2015, this song charted at number 56, making it one of the most successful debut singles in recent years. Although Mickey Guyton is African American, her heart throbbing voice and the sensitive subject matter addressed in her song brought her early success in this predominantly white dominated musical genre. Guyton is from Arlington, Texas, signed with Capitol Records Nashville, and is 2015’s most rising female.
5. Caitlyn Smith
Caitlyn Smith is a prominent figure in country music niche. Although many people know her for the award winning songs she has written for established country musicians such as Rascal Flatts, Dolly Patton, Kenny Rogers, and Jason Aldean, her outstanding vocal prowess is an attribute that country music enthusiasts will not forget soon. Her vocals are outstanding, while her undeniable ability to rouse emotions with a guitar is God sent. Caitlyn Smith is from Minnesota, United States and one of 2015’s most influential artists.
4. Martina Mariea Schiff
Martina Mariea Schiff, commonly known as McBride is a popular 48-year-old country singer, songwriter, and music producer from Nashville, Tennessee, United States. Since her professional debut in 1991, she has made a significant contribution in the American entertainment industry with RCA Nashville, Republic Nashville, Vinyl Recordings, Kobalt, and NASH Icon music labels. McBride is a neon-traditionalist country singer. Her pop-styled crossover sound has produced a string of chart topping singles. Her studio albums, live albums, and combination albums have also done well, winning her two RIAA Gold Certifications, four MCA Female Vocalist of the Year Awards, 3 Top Female Vocalist Academy of Country Music Awards, and 14 Grammy Award nominations.
3. Rissi Palmer
Born on August 19, 1981 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, Rissi Palmer is an internationally known African American singer. Since her professional debut in 2007 with the single “Country Girl,” she has released several charts topping singles, won several awards, and rose to become the best black country singer in 2015. Since Dona Mason in 1987, she is the first black country singer with a charted debut single. Her debut album “Hold on to Me” charted at number 50 on Billboard charts. Rissi has done associated acts with Terry Lewis and Patsy Cline. Currently, she is signed under Universal Music Group.
2. Faith Hill
Having sold over 40 million records worldwide, Faith Hill (born Audrey Faith Perry) is one of the most successful female country singers of all time. She is also one of the most popular female country singers, is an occasional actress, and one of the most inspirational celebrities for starting female country singers within and outside America. Faith Hill is 47 years old, divorced, and has three children. Her many bestselling albums and singles have won her 15 Academy of Music Awards, five Grammys, and six American Music Awards.
1. Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood is our pick for the most popular female country singer in 2015. She is also an established songwriter and actress, and first rose to fame in 2005 when she won the fourth season of the American Idol talent show. Since then, she has showcased her prowess in mainstream country music, becoming an inductee of the Grand Oly Opry in 2008 and an inductee of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2009. For her good work, Carrie Underwood has won seven Grammy Awards. She has also won 16 Billboard Music Awards, eight American Music Awards, and nominations for the Golden Globe Award.