Song Suffragettes Showcase Celebrates First Anniversary

Pictured (L-R) Back Row: Alex Masters, Brit Willson, Morgan Dawson, Julia Cole, Maddy Newton, Mignon Grabois. Front Row: Kalie Shorr, Baylor Wilson, Natalie Stovall, Karli Chayne, Ruthie Collins, Ella Mae Bowen

Song Suffragettes anniversary show at The Listening Room Cafe. Pictured (L-R) Back Row: Alex Masters, Brit Willson, Morgan Dawson, Julia Cole, Maddy Newton, Mignon Grabois. Front Row: Kalie Shorr, Baylor Wilson, Natalie Stovall, Karli Chayne, Ruthie Collins, Ella Mae Bowen

Song Suffragettes celebrated its first anniversary Monday, June 15 with a sold out show that featured twelve of Nashville’s country female singer-songwriters along with special guests Ruthie Collins and Natalie Stovall. The Monday night show has become the largest weekly showcase at The Listening Room with regular sell-outs and standing-room-only audiences. It has featured over 80 young women to date.

“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.”

Pictured (L-R): Morgan Dawson, Kalie Shorr, Deana Carter, Julia Cole, Kristen Kelly, Maddie Larkin

Special guest Deana Carter at Song Suffragettes Saturday performance at CMA Close Up stage at Fan Fair X. Pictured (L-R): Morgan Dawson, Kalie Shorr, Deana Carter, Julia Cole, Kristen Kelly, Maddie Larkin

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 Brit Willson in three separate performance rounds. During the night, Tracy Gershon, VP A&R Rounder Records, also spoke to the packed house about the state of females in country music today.

“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.

Cassetty says, “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.”

Pictured (L-R): Mignon Grabois, Kalie Shorr, Jamie O'Neal, Karli Chayne, Brit Willson

Special guest Jamie O’Neal at Song Suffragettes Sunday performance at CMA Close Up stage at Fan Fair X. Pictured (L-R): Mignon Grabois, Kalie Shorr, Jamie O’Neal, Karli Chayne, Brit Willson

The Song Suffragettes showcase is every Monday night at 6 pm at The Listening Room Cafe, and is broadcast live on Periscope starting at 6:30 p.m. CT. For more information, click here.

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