#LetTheGirlsPlay Cover: Kelsea Ballerini, ‘Peter Pan’ [Watch]
The #LetTheGirlsPlay movement launched to help address the notable inequity of opportunities for female artists and songwriters in Music City, providing a showcase for some of the most up-and-coming talent in town to share their original songs in a spotlight setting. The Song Suffragettes shows take place at the Listening Room every Monday night, and feature an ever-changing roster of five talented females not only playing their own songs, but coming together at the end of each show to pay musical homage to another female artist.
Ballerini is a prime example of how young women are finally breaking through in Nashville, and the Suffragettes chose her most recent hit, "Peter Pan," in an expanded lineup of 7 on this particular night with the addition of a trio, Maybe April.
Suffragettes mainstay Kalie Shorr starts the song off in the video above, and anchors the music with her acoustic guitar strumming before handing off to Alyssa Bonagura for the pre-chorus. Ella Mae Bowen belts out the first powerful chorus, and Lena Stone delivers the second verse before Bonagura takes the pre-chorus again on the second pass. Stone takes the second chorus with harmonies from Maybe April, who also color the performance throughout with some tasteful mandolin lead lines.
The trio showcase their ethereal harmonies on the final chorus, too, before Shorr brings a close to a striking performance that strips "Peter Pan" down to its bare essentials without diluting the power of the music.
Taste of Country is a longtime supporter of women in country music, and specifically the #LetTheGirlsPlay movement. Look for a featured artist on the site once a month, a new cover song weekly and various other special features on a regular basis.
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