Nashvilleâ€™s all-female singer-songwriter collective, Song Suffragettes, pointedly address gender inequality and sexual misconduct against women with a new song aptly-titled â€œTimeâ€™s Upâ€ and an accompanying music video. The project and the women involved give a direct and unapologetic voice to the injustice and mistreatment of women everywhere, both inside and outside the entertainment business. The song and music video have already been embraced by iTunes and Apple Music, who added the song into their top playlist: A-List Country. Radio Disney Country will premiere the song today and feature it on the Radio Disney Country Spotlight show airing on Radio Disney. The music video arrived atÂ midnightÂ last night on VEVO and you can watch itÂ here.
“Me and the girls were watching the Golden Globes, drinking wine and wearing all black. During one of the many inspiring speeches that night, I just felt the weight of what was happening — how I was going to tell my daughters and granddaughters about this one day,â€ said Kalie Shorr, a co-writer on the song and CMT Next Women of Country member whose song â€œFight Like A Girlâ€ made waves in 2016 for its female empowering message, â€œIt came together so easily and Â flawlessly because the amazing girls of Song Suffragettes were so passionate about the cause and willing to move around their schedules to make it happen. The team behind Song Suffragettes hustled so hard to make this project come to life making our idea a reality. I have been so inspired by this whole reckoning thatâ€™s been happening and it just Â felt so obvious to connect that to what we do at Song Suffragettes.â€
The women of Song Suffragettes are using their unique platform to add their voices to the current conversation on gender inequality and sexual harassment prevalent throughout America and on a local level within the country music industry. Earlier this week, Rolling Stone Country released an article discussing the history of sexual misconduct and harassment in country music radio:
â€œThey reveal an environment where artists and other music professionals â€“ especially women â€“ are expected to be overly accessible and use sexuality as currency when visiting stations and meeting with certain program directors, or attending industry events, in the hope of having their song added into rotation.â€ -Â Marissa R. Moss,Â Rolling Stone Country
The proceeds from the sale of the song will benefitÂ Timeâ€™s Up, an organization that created a unified call from women in entertainment to end discrimination, harassment and abuse of women everywhere.
The 23 voices featured in â€œTimeâ€™s Upâ€ come from all over the U.S. and Canada and all have unique stories and musical directions. You can learn more on each participating artist here (women listed in order of appearance in the song):Â Kalie Shorr,Â Tasji Bachman,Â Chloe Gilligan,Â Savannah Keyes,Â Mignon,Â Gracie Schram,Â Tiera,Â Jenna Paulette,Â Emma White,Â Jordyn Mallory,Â Emma Lynn White,Â Regan Stewart,Â Kim Paige,Â Jenna McDanielÂ -Â Madison Kozak,Â Jenny Ray,Â Tenille Arts,Â Tristan McIntosh,Â Tia Scola,Â Alexis Gomez,Â Candi Carpenter,Â Trannie Stevens,Â Lena StoneÂ (does not appear in music video).
About Song Suffragettes
Song Suffragettes is a collective of female singer-songwriters who perform everyÂ MondayÂ night at Nashvilleâ€™s Listening Room CafÃ©. With a mantra of #LetTheGirlsPlay, Song Suffragettes has featured close to 200 women in the past 3+ years resulting in multiple publishing and record deals for some of Nashvilleâ€™s brightest talent. For more information please visitÂ www.songsuffragettes.com.