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    My top 20 female singers (for now!)

    I had great fun looking these up - I hope you enjoy some of them at least! Feel free to add your own.

    It's inspired by Blake Shelton's list (but, being a female specialist, lol, I've left out the men). Like his, they're in alphabetical order - but I'll give a clue to my top two - (maybe the greatest we've ever had) - both singers chose the same song for their Opry debuts.

    I think all but one of the singers are still alive, though a couple are either semi-retired, or no longer sing in this style. ( I've concentrated on the contemporary scene, with retrospects mainly since the 70s).

    All such lists are obviously highly personal (some have wide recognition as great vocalists, some are there because they have a personal meaning for me.)

    Abbie Gardner (lead singer of Red Molly, here solo - long video, but I love her!)




    Alison Krauss, with an often-recorded Richard Thompson English folk song




    Anita Carter - a lost treasure, one of the most unjustly under-rated singers in the genre




    You likely all know Ashley Monroe




    I know least about Ashley Ray - but I can't get this smoky Muscle Shoals styled voice off my mind!





    Carrie Underwood - anyone come across her yet?





    Elizabeth LaPrelle - one of the contemporary young performers of Country's oldest tradition (Mountain ballads)





    Emmylou Harris - Townes van Zandt thought this was the definitive interpretation of his song





    Another one all Carrie fans will know, Hillary Lindsey, my favourite contemporary songwriter





    Jessi Colter - one of the first in the Outlaw movement, here with her classic love song





    Kathy Dawn Lang - just astonishing, for her voice and the reverence she brought to the genre





    Linda Ronstadt - one of the genre-spanning greats





    Maria McKee - this is a better copy of one I posted recently. Carrie covered this song as a teenager





    Matraca Berg - better known as a prolific songwriter, but just glorious when she performs her own songs





    Natalie Maines - she'll probably never sing like this again - but she wrote this Western ballad, and took it to Nashville!





    Patty Loveless - the Queen of Mountain Soul





    Rebecca Lovell, of the Lovell Sisters Band, now called Larkin Poe (an artist whose progress I've followed since they started)





    Sierra Hull (another young Roots artist I've been impressed with since the start)





    Sunny Sweeney - a voice that typifies for me contemporary female Texas music





    Suzy Bogguss - a great interpreter of Western Music


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    I knew most of those. I don't think I could list 20, lol.

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    who's carrie Underwood again? lol off to listen to a few of these. thanks!
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    ^i think she is some huge megastar...nbd

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    I knew most of the names but I need to listen to the entire list.

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    I love love love Sierra Hull as well as Allison Kraus. Very respectable list.

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    Two or three of the contemporary young singers may really be unknown to most of you, but they're special to me
    However, I'm already thinking of some of my favourites I left out, lol!

    I know some of today's big commercial stars are missing - but I'm sure others can post them...
    (I would never guessed that Blake Shelton was a fan of Miranda Lambert - I hope he doesn't mind her not making this list - I do like her, but she had some stiff competition!)

    I'm glad some of you like that Underwood girl - I think she has a great future!
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    No Trisha Yearwood?

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    Thanks for your list. I don't know some of them, I'm off to listen. Trisha would be on my list too, Jeff!!

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    Thank you for including Maria Mckee from " Lone Justice" to your list. LOVE her voice for a long time.




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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff View Post
    No Trisha Yearwood?
    I was wondering about this as well.
    She was my #1 favorite vocalist before Carrie came into the scene. I'm still hoping she'll be active again someday and record an album. Her emotional delivery, plus great quality albums made me admire her so. I don't think she's ever released a bad album.

    Sorry for my rambling on and on about Trisha Yearwood, lol.
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    Mirasa - thanks for posting the two Lone Justice videos. The first probably shows why Maria became such a beautiful solo singer; the second reminds us how exciting Cowpunk can be - it's such a shame that the Mainstream won't handle more than a narrow range of Country Music (which in reality is one of the most varied genres on the planet.). Btw, I posted a little more about Maria and Lone Justice in this thread:
    http://www.carriefans.com/forums/car...rie-songs.html (Unrelased Carrie Songs?)

    Jeff, Rainbow, Claire - no slight intended to Trisha Yearwood (I left out several of my own favourites, to spare people a never ending list!). I'll try to make amends. Here's Trisha:



    My debt of gratitude to Trisha is that she covered an awesome Gretchen Peters song and tried to take it to the Mainstream, with sadly only relatively limited success. It is though my absolute favourite Gretchen song (even beating Independence Day, which both Martina McBride and Carrie covered). In fact it's one of my all-time favourite songs - although the lyrics have to be seen in the light of Gretchen's explanation that the lover in the song is meant to be interpreted as having taken his own life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farawayhills View Post
    Mirasa - thanks for posting the two Lone Justice videos. The first probably shows why Maria became such a beautiful solo singer; the second reminds us how exciting Cowpunk can be - it's such a shame that the Mainstream won't handle more than a narrow range of Country Music (which in reality is one of the most varied genres on the planet.). Btw, I posted a little more about Maria and Lone Justice in this thread:
    http://www.carriefans.com/forums/car...rie-songs.html (Unrelased Carrie Songs?)

    Thank you for this.

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    Interesting list - one of my favorite country singers is KT Oslin, love her voice - I wish Carrie would cover one of her songs

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    Hi, Farawayhills. So interesting to know your top 20 female singers.
    I must "disagree" with you on Idol Carrie's place. She must be No. 1. It's not very great that you put her at No. 6.

    That's absolutely awesome to believe that we are sharing some similar interests.
    I like Matraca Berg. She's a very good songwriter and country singer. The Things You Left Undone, South of Heaven and You and Tequila may be some of her greatest songs.
    And Sierra Hull? She must be always on my top 10 singers. I have purchased her two studio albums Secrets and Daybreak. I have never found any bluegrass singer better than Sierra

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    I'm not going to post a list of my top singers but a current list of my top country singers.
    You should always remember that most of my top singers are female country singers.

    1. Idol Carrie Underwood and Idol Danielle Bradbery
    1.1. Idol Carrie Underwood
    1.2. Idol Danielle Bradbery
    The Idols are superior to all the other artists

    3. Kacey Musgraves, Miranda Lambert and Lauren Alaina
    6. Sierra Hull

    That's so difficult to continue the list from No. 7 to No. 20 because I don't need to do it and not many singers have impressed me very much though I do like someone. Therefore, the places from No. 7 to No. 20 are free now.

    Sierra sings very well but one thing that makes her ranked below the No. 3 singers on this list is that her style is weaker than theirs.
    That's good to know Farawayhills' opinion on this point of view
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    Quote Originally Posted by IdolCarrieAlwaysShines View Post
    Hi, Farawayhills. So interesting to know your top 20 female singers.
    I must "disagree" with you on Idol Carrie's place. She must be No. 1. It's not very great that you put her at No. 6.

    That's absolutely awesome to believe that we are sharing some similar interests.
    I like Matraca Berg. She's a very good songwriter and country singer. The Things You Left Undone, South of Heaven and You and Tequila may be some of her greatest songs.
    And Sierra Hull? She must be always on my top 10 singers. I have purchased her two studio albums Secrets and Daybreak. I have never found any bluegrass singer better than Sierra
    Thanks for reviving the thread - it fits in with other recent discussions, and people may like to add to it.

    The list, though, was not meant to be a ranking order, so there's no significance in whereabouts any video was placed. I don't normally rank one musician above another - and in this case, it would probably be impractical anyway, because several of the musical styles and the context they are aimed at are so different. I picked those because I thought they were all good in their own way (but as I said in the title, it was "for now", and I think it's always possible to come up with other lists that reflect different moods and different work that you've heard lately)

    Sierra Hull comes from the same family as Cordell Hull, who was FDR's Secretary of State in the 1940s, and won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in helping to set up the United Nations.
    Sierra won the prestigious Presidential scholarship at Berklee College of Music. She's best known as a mandolinist, and several of her videos are instrumental. Here's one that also features her as a singer




    (I haven't forgotten your other questions, and I'll try to give you some thoughts a little later)

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    I can never do these lists. I always have a lot of singers I really enjoy. I really like all the singers you have and don't disagree with any of them. Ill put other singers who I think are amazing.

    Patsy Cline

    Patsy Cline - Walkin' After Midnight (Bradley Studios TV Show - 1957) - YouTube

    Jennifer Nettles

    Jennifer Nettles - This Angel - Fox Theatre 02/22/2014 - YouTube


    Holly Williams

    Ill add to what you already posted.

    Trisha Yearwood

    Trisha Yearwood - This Is Me You're Talking To [Live] - YouTube

    Miranda Lambert

    Miranda Lambert - "Automatic" Live at the Grand Ole Opry - YouTube

    The Secret Sisters

    The Secret Sisters - Tomorrow will be kinder - 22 March 2012 - YouTube

    The Trishas

    The Trishas - Liars and fools Live - YouTube

    Della Mae

    Della Mae - Blackbird (Live @ Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2013) - YouTube

    Sara Jarosz

    Sarah Jarosz: "Build Me Up From Bones," Live On Soundcheck - YouTube

    Ashley Monroe

    Ashley Monroe - "Morning After" Live at the Grand Ole Opry - YouTube

    Lindi Ortega

    Lindi Ortega - Hard As This (Live) - YouTube

    Dolly Parton

    Dolly Parton - I Will Always Love You (Live) - YouTube

    Valerie June

    Valerie June - "Somebody to Love" (WFUV Live at City Winery) - YouTube

    The Carolina Chocolate Drops

    Carolina Chocolate Drops - "Leaving Eden" Live at the Grand Ole Opry - YouTube

    Angaleena Presley

    Angaleena Presley - "Look It Up" - YouTube

    Rachel Brooke

    Rachel Brooke - The Legend of Morrow Road (Solo) Live 03-05-2013 Valdosta, GA - YouTube

    Paige Anderson and the Fearless Kin

    Paige Anderson - Hollow Bones of White Swans - YouTube

    Kellie Pickler

    Kellie Pickler - "Someone Somewhere Tonight" Live at the Grand Ole Opry - YouTube

    Maggie Rose

    Maggie Rose - Better (Bing Lounge) - YouTube

    Julie Roberts

    Old Habit - YouTube

    Joey Feek

    Joey+Rory - Heart Of The Wood (Live) - YouTube
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    Quote Originally Posted by Farawayhills View Post
    Sierra Hull comes from the same family as Cordell Hull, who was FDR's Secretary of State in the 1940s, and won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in helping to set up the United Nations.
    Sierra won the prestigious Presidential scholarship at Berklee College of Music. She's best known as a mandolinist, and several of her videos are instrumental. Here's one that also features her as a singer

    Sierra Hull and Justin Moses - YouTube


    (I haven't forgotten your other questions, and I'll try to give you some thoughts a little later)
    Sierra sang 2 songs and played 2 instruments on this video. The first song is Best Buy off the album Daybreak.
    It would be great if you could tell me what the others are.

    Is Alison Krauss the artist who has influenced Sierra the most?


    Quote Originally Posted by Farawayhills View Post
    Thanks for reviving the thread - it fits in with other recent discussions, and people may like to add to it.

    The list, though, was not meant to be a ranking order, so there's no significance in whereabouts any video was placed. I don't normally rank one musician above another - and in this case, it would probably be impractical anyway, because several of the musical styles and the context they are aimed at are so different. I picked those because I thought they were all good in their own way (but as I said in the title, it was "for now", and I think it's always possible to come up with other lists that reflect different moods and different work that you've heard lately)
    You are welcome.
    My list is often "forever", not "for now" and my musical interest is always tied in with my Idols.
    Idol means that all the songs she releases in her life are always ranked above other people's songs


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