The lack of women on the radio and popular streaming playlists isn't due to a lack of content. With little effort we found 17 songs from rising female singers in country music that deserve your attention and respect.

A few of the names you'll recognize (Kelsea BalleriniKacey MusgravesLindsay Ell), but none of the songs on this list have reached critical mass. That means they rest outside of the Top 40 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart (if they've been released as singles) or they're album cuts yearning to be much more. "Contact High" will melt the strings off a guitar, yet Caitlyn Smith remains an underground act appreciated by very few. Morgan Myles' "Acapella" is pure bliss, yet this talented vocalist is still very much on the outside looking in.

Support women in country music by learning, listening and buying their music. Then go a little deeper to find out when and where you can see them live. Many (Ashley McBryde, Ell, Ballerini and Lauren Alaina) rank among country's best live performers. With little change in the three-plus years since the Tomatogate scanda,l it's become clear that passive support for the women in country music is not enough. We need to be active!

17 Songs From Women in Country That Demand Attention:

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