At the height of the bro-country epidemic in 2013, CMT introduced the “Next Women of Country.” The brand helps promote outstanding female talent in the country music world. Because, as we all know, country has a problem with promoting females recently.
So far, the the “Next Women” franchise lobbied some serious talent. The three previous classes proved successful with artists like Maren Morris, Kelsea Ballerini and Kacey Musgraves. Others include the phenomenally talented Brandy Clark and Jennifer Nettles.
And now, the 2016 class is ready to carry that torch. They are: Caitlyn Smith, Jamie Lynn Spears, Lucie Silvas, Maggie Rose, Jillian Jacqueline, Kree Harrison, Logan Brill, Margo Price and all-female groups Runaway June and Post Monroe.
You probably recognize a few of those names. Margo Price is on her way to Americana superstardom. Meanwhile, Maggie Rose is ready for a comeback and Caitlyn Smith is ready to prove she’s an artist in addition to a songwriter.
For being part of the class, each of these women receives year-round support from the TV network. In addition, CMT puts together a “Next Women of Country Tour,” and all of them have a shot at landing on it.
It’s a really cool program. Not to mention a great way to tackle the gender issue in country music head on. By helping form a strong community of female artists, the Next Women of Country classes prove country music is far from a lettuce-heavy salad.