#LetTheGirlsPlay Cover: Sara Bareilles, ‘Brave’ [Watch]
Five talented female artists got together in Nashville on a recent Monday night to pay musical homage to pop singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles with a cover of her hit, "Brave."
Mignon Grabois, Lena Stone, Kalie Shorr, Laura Veltz and Trannie Stevens make up the Song Suffragettes lineup in the video above. The Suffragettes are a collective of the most up-and-coming female singer-songwriters in Music City, and they perform at the Listening Room downtown every Monday as part of the #LetTheGirlsPlay movement.
Bareilles co-wrote and recorded "Brave" for her 2013 album, The Blessed Unrest. The song encourages listeners to speak their inner truths that might be awkward or painful: "Say what you wanna say / And let the words fall out honestly / I wanna see you be brave / With what you want to say / And let the words fall out honestly / I wanna see you be brave."
Stevens begins the song in the clip above, accompanying herself on keys as she sings the opening verse. LTGP staple Shorr -- shown here in a rare instance of singing without her guitar -- follows up before Grabois delivers the first chorus in her clear, powerful voice while playing along on electric guitar.
Stone takes her own turn in the vocal spotlight, and Veltz gets a shot at the mic as well, with all of the women blending in and out of stacked vocal intervals as the song progresses.
The #LetTheGirlsPlay movement began in Nashville to provide artists who've been dealing with the unique struggles of females in country music a platform and a voice, and while things have certainly gotten better over the last two years, there's a long, long way to go. Taste of Country was an early supporter, and we continue to lend a hand to the cause. Look for a featured artist once a month, cover songs each week and various other special content.
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