Before there was Carrie Underwood, there was Crystal Gayle. Her role in paving the way for other country females lands her at No. 21 on Taste of Country's list of the Country Music's Most Powerful Women of All Time.
Sara Evans was one of country music's dominant female singers for nearly a decade beginning in 1998. The sheer strength of her voice makes her a lock for this list of country music's most powerful women.
Linda Ronstadt was one of the first true multi-genre female superstars, and her impact on country music is so great that she ranks No. 23 on Taste of Country's list of Country Music's Most Powerful Women of All Time.
Thomas Rhett's Life Changes album finds the singer paying homage to his own catalog and his many influences. So many of the 14 songs recall someone specific, be it his wife, his father or some other famous singer from generations past.
In the eight short years that Patsy Cline recorded music, she left behind a catalog of timeless classics that will always be sung, and a voice that will continue to influence artist of all genres and generations.
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