In the Press

Opinion pieces

Watson, Jada. 2021. “Grammys 2021 performer Mickey Guyton makes history – without country radio’s support.” NBC News Think, 14 March.

Watson, Jada. 2020. “Country Radio Has Ignored Female Artists for Years. And we have the data to prove it.” NBC News Think, 17 February.

Interviews/Mentions in Popular Press


Paulson, Dave. 2021. “‘We Risked It All’: Country Music’s Black Voices are Striving to Be Heart.” The Tennessean, 24 September.

Barker, James. 2021. “CMA Nominations 2021: Don’t Pretend the Deck’s Not Stacked.CountryQueer, August.

Caza, Pierre-Etienne. 2021. « À l’écoute des femmes en musique.» Actualités UQAM, 31 August.

Barker, James. 2021. “CMA Awards Nominations Are Open. Time to Walk the Walk.CountryQueer, August.

D’orjay the Singing Shaman. 2021. “Why Did I, a Black & Queer Woman, Choose Country Music.” Canadian Musician, 27 July.

Unknown. 2021. “Morgan Wallen is Back After N-Word Scandal – Has he Changed?” The Boot, 24 July.

Lee, Veronica. 2021. “Numbers Don’t Lie: Lilli Lewis Talks Black Presence In Americana.” Off Beat, 8 July.

Martinez, Amanda Marie. 2021. “As Country Music Faces a Racial Reckoning, a New Question: Where are the Latinos?” Los Angeles Times, 28 June.

D’orjay the Singing Shaman. 2021. “Pride Month Conversation Series Episode 4 | With Stephen Krajinovic & D’orjay The Singing Shaman.” 23 June.

Abdelmahmoud, Elamin. 2021. “There’s Room for Everyone in the Church of Brandi Carlile.” BuzzFeed News, 23 April.

Cholst, Rachel. 2021. “Academy of Country Music Wants to Make Country Music Reflect This Country.” The Boot, 17 April.

Nawaz, Amna, and Gretchen Frazee. 2021. “Long Excluded from Country Music, Black Women are Finally Breaking Through.” PBS News Hour, 15 April.

Frazee, Gretchen. 2021. “How These Black Women are Reshaping Country Music.” PBS News Hour, 15 April.

Fox, Rebecca. 2021. “Country Music a Fight for Women.” Otago Daily Times, 1 April.

Dowling, Marcus K. 2021. “Black and Multiracial Bro-Country Stars are Paving the Way.” Nashville Scene, 25 March.

Leimkuehler, Matthew. 2021. “New Study Illustrates Broad Racial Disparity in Country Music.” The Tennessean, 23 March.

Dowling, Marcus K. 2021. “Solomon Burke: The Country Star?” Holler, 23 March.

Dowling, Marcus K. 2021. “Last Week Was the Greatest Black Week in Country Music History.” The Medium, 19 March.

Stefano, Angela. 2021. “Study: Artists of Color Still Vastly Underrepresented in Country Music.” The Boot, 12 March.

Dowling, Marcus K. 2021. “Black Artist Representation in Country Music Remains Woefully Low: New Study.” Billboard, 12 March.

Rodman, Sarah. 2021. “Black, Female and Carving out Their Own Path in Country Music.” New York Times, 17 February. [Links to SongData projects.]

Hughes, Charles. 2021. “Three Lessons to Learn from to Learn from Morgan Wallen’s Racial Reckoning.” Slate, 13 February. [Links to SongData projects.]

Abdelmahmoud, Elamin. 2021. “If Morgan Wallen’s Racism Won’t Bring a Reckoning to Country, What Will?” BuzzFeed News, 8 February. [Links to SongData projects.]


Ibrahim, Erika. 2020. “How Spotify Seized Control of our Musical Tastes and Sidelined all the Cool Songs.” Roots Music Canada, 12 December.

Moss, Marissa. 2020. “The O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack Turns 20.” Stereogum, 4 December.

Reuter, Annie. 2020. “How Kalie Shorr Went From Independent Artist To Signing A Record Deal In A Pandemic.” Forbes, 30 November.

Fitzpatrick, Hayley. 2020. “Women in Country Music Talk Pushing for More Representation and Diversity in the Genre.” Good Morning America, 10 November.

Keel, Beverly. 2020. “How Have Women Artists Fared on Country Radio So Far in 2020?Inside Radio, 3 November.

Barker, James. 2020. “We’re Queer, We’re Not Here: LGBTQ+ Representation on Country Radio,” Country Queer, 31 August.

Yahr, Emily. 2020. “When Will the Country Music Industry End the Myth That Fans Don’t Like Ballads By Women?” Washington Post, 24 August.

Reuter, Annie. 2020. “Can Taylor Swift’s ‘betty’ Help Country Radio’s Gender Imbalance?” Sounds Like Nashville, 17 August.

Lyle, Ashley. 2020. “Mickey Guyton’s Hard-Earned Breakthrough.” Hits Daily Double, 4 August.

Nielson, Tami. 2020. “Basic Folk Podcast: Tami Nielson.”, 3 August. [In conversation with Basic Folk’s Cindy Howes, Nielson speaks about SongData’s research in her discussion about inclusion and diversity in country music.]

Keefe, Jonathan. 2020. “Review: The Chicks’s Gaslighter is a Defiant Act of Rebranding.” Slant, 13 July.

Guyton, Mickey. 2020. “A conversation with country star Mickey Guyton.” NPR 1A, 2 July. [In conversation with 1A‘s Celeste Headlee, Guyton cites SongData’s research in her discussion of the gender disparity on country radio.]

Mazonowicz, Max. “‘I sometimes throw on a wig that I had custom made by a drag queen in the States who does a lot of the wigs for RuPaul’s Drag Race’ We Chat with Tami Neilson.’ The Digital Fix, 11 May.

Willman, Chris. 2020. “Ingrid Andress Replaces Gabby Barrett at No. 1 on Country Radio Chart, Marking a Historic First for Two Debuting Women.” Variety, 27 April.

Yahr, Emily. 2020. “How SiriusXM’s The Highway, airing ‘Stagecouch’ this Weekend, Became a Not-so-Secret Weapon for New Country Singers.” Washington Post, 23 April.

Hight, Jewly. 2020. “Is Country Music Finally Ready for Mickey Guyton?Los Angeles Times, 9 April.

Easton, Steacy. 2020. “Why Can’t Women Catch a Break in Nashville These Days?” City Pages, 30 March.

InsideRadio. 2020. “For The First Time In Seven Years, Three Female Country Artists Make Top 10.” Inside Radio, 18 March.

Willman, Chris. 2020. “Country Radio has Three Women in Top 10 for First Time in Seven Years.” Variety, 16 March.

Shewfelt, Raechal. 2020. “Jennifer Nettles on ‘Extreme’ Gender Imbalance in Country Music: ‘I don’t Think This Will be Able to Last Much Longer’.”, 6 March.

Johns, Nikara. 2020. “Jennifer Nettles Rips Into Patriarchy, Talks That ‘Equal Play’ Pantsuit & Using Fashion for Good.” Footwear News, 6 March.

Cantwell, David. 2020. “No One is Writing Better Songs Than Brandy Clark Is.” The New Yorker, 6 March.

Keel, Beverly. 2020. “Female Country Artists Deserve More Respect, Money and Airplay.” The Tennessean.

Paulson, Ken. 2020. “Country music sexism: Women fight for equality on the airwaves, and country radio shrugs.” The Tennessean, 24 February.

Liebeg, Lorie. 2020. “Carrie Underwood Says ‘Songwriters Aren’t Writing for Women,’ But She Understands Why.” The Boot, 21 February.

Moss, Marissa R. 2020. “Women on Country Radio: Data Mixes With Lip Service at CRS 2020.” Rolling Stone Country, 21 February.

Nicholson, Jessica. 2020. “CRS: Is 2020 The Year of the Female Artist?Music Row News, 21 February.

Newman, Melinda. 2020. “Programmers Suggest Ways to Get More Women onto Radio During Country Radio Seminar Panel.” Billboard Bulletin, 21 February, p. 4.

Willman, Chris. 2020. “CMT Throws a Data Party to Prove Country Fans Want More Female Voices.” Variety, 20 February.

Stefano, Angela. 2020. “Country Music’s Women Earning Only 10 Percent of Radio Airplay, Chart Spots, New Study Finds.” TheBoot, 19 February.

Shelburne, Craig. 2020. “Research Shows Fans Would Welcome More Women on Radio.”, 19 February.

Reuter, Annie. 2020. “Next Steps For Gender Parity at Country Radio Discussed at CMT & Change the Conversation Event.”, 19 February.

Advocacy. 2020. “How The AM-FM Act Can Close The Music Gender Gap.”, 19 February.

Newman, Melinda. 2020. “Is the Tide Finally Turning for Women at Country Radio?”, 18 February.

Hollabaugh, Lorie. 2020. “CMT Study Reveals 84% Of Listeners Want Equal Airplay For Female Artists.” Music Row News, 18 February.

Hollabaugh, Lorie. 2020. “SongData Study Reveals Women’s Voices Are “Nearly Invisible” On Country Radio.” Music Row News, 18 February.

Vaden, Monta. 2020. “Q&A: Fram Leads Equal Play.” Country Aircheck, 18 February (Issue 692), pp. 1, 7.

Leimkuehler, Matthew. 2020. “Want to Hear More Women on the Radio? Most Listeners Do, says new poll.” The Tennessean, 18 February.

Smith, Courtney E. 2020. “Maren Morris Hits No. 1 at Country Radio & A Study Shows that Women Want to Hear Women.” Refinery29, 18 February.

Leimkuehler, Matthew. 2020. “Women accounted for 10% of country radio airplay in 2019, new report says.” The Tennessean, 17 February.

Somvichian-Clausen, Austa. 2020. “Inside the Myth that Listeners don’t Want to Hear Female Singers.TheHill, 18 February.

Weaver, Jackson. 2020. “Stand by your man – and woman: Country music radio station pledges equal play.CBC, 25 January.

Moss, Marissa R. 2020. “How CMT’s Pledge to Play More Videos by Women Could Influence Country Radio.” Rolling Stone Country, 24 January.

Stiernberg, Bonnie. 2020. “CMT Promises Gender Parity. Why Won’t Country Radio Do the Same?” InsideHook, 23 January.

Hall, Kristin M. 2020. “Can Equality Pledges Fix Country Music’s Gender Problem?”, 22 January.

Jashinsky, Emily. 2020. “CMT Just Pledged To Play Male and Female Artists the Same, But Will it Matter?” The Federalist, 22 January.

Bernheim, Lucie. 2020. “Equal Play: The Movement That Won’t Quiet Down Until Radio Listens.” NYCOUNTRYSWAG.COM, 21 January.

Reuter, Annie. 2020. “CMT Pledges Equal Airplay For Female Artists.Billboard, 21 January.

Thiessen, Connie. 2020. “Kingston’s Pure Country Commits to Week of Equal Play.” Broadcast Dialogue, 20 January.

Schwartz, Drew. 2020. “Inside Country Radio’s Hidden, Sexist Policies That Keep Female Artists Off the Air.”, 17 January.

Venman, Kate. 2020. “Kacey Musgraves Clapping Back At Sexist Country Radio Is So Important.” GOAT, 17 January.

Hudak, Joseph. 2020. “Twang’s Up? Samantha Bee Explores Sexism in Country Music.Rolling Stone Country, 16 January.

Trageser, Stephen. 2020. “Margo Price Debuts ‘Stone Me,’ Talks Sexism in Country Music on Full Frontal.” Nashville Scene, 16 January.

Wang, Stephanie. 2020. “Kacey Musgraves Calls Out Sexism in Country Radio.”, 16 January.

Wynne, Kelly. 2020. “Kacey Musgraves, Kelsea Ballerini Blast Country Radio Station for Saying it Can’t Play Two Female Artists in a Row.” Newsweek, 16 January.

Bee, Samantha. 2020. “Sexism in Country Music.” Produced by Todd Bieber and Kim Burdges with Grace Leeson. Edited by Jesse Coane with graphics by Daniel Spenser. Featuring Amy Hoggart and Sasheer Zamata. Full Frontal With Samantha Bee on TBS, 16 January.


Moss, Marissa. 2019. “20 Country Songs by Women that Should Have Been Hits.” Rolling Stone Country, 18 December.

Chayka, Kyle. 2019. “Can Monoculture Survive the Algorithm?” Vox, 17 December.

Moore, Bobby. 2019. “New Study Finds That Things Keep Getting Worse for Women on Country Radio.” Wide Open Country, 11 December.

Inside Radio. 2019. “New Study Reveals Worsening Gender Gap in Country Music Airplay.” Inside Radio, 10 December.

Liptak, Carena. 2019. “Study: At All Times of Day, Country’s Women Find Themselves Crowded Out of Airplay.”, 9 December.

Reuter, Annie. 2019. “New Study Shows Staggering Imbalance of Gender Representation at Country Radio.” Billboard, 6 December.

Neal, Jocelyn. 2019. “Five Myths About Country Music.” Washington Post, 27 November.

Fowler, Jena. 2019. “Country Music Needs to do Better.” Her Campus, 20 November.

Shewfelt, Raechal. 2019. “Jennifer Nettles calls for ‘equal play’ for women in country music with CMAs red carpet look.” Yahoo! News, 13 November.

Smith, Courtney E. 2019. “Yes, Miranda Lambert Married A Hot Cop. She’s Also a Country Music Star.” Refinery29, 31 October.

McDonnell, Brandy. 2019. “Interviews, photos and video: Carrie Underwood, Maddie & Tae talk about women in country music ahead of Tulsa tour stop.” The Oklahoman, 18 October.

McDonnell, Brandy. 2019. “Carrie the torch: Carrie Underwood is lifting up fellow country music women Maddie & Tae and Runaway June on ‘Cry Pretty Tour 360’.” The Oklahoman, 18 October.

Thiessen, Connie. 2019. “The Podcast: Four-Time CCMA Music Director of the Year Winner Amanda Kingsland.” Broadcast Dialogue, 27 September.

Watters, Gemma. 2019. “Country’s New Supergroup ‘The Highwomen’ Unite to Make Way for Unsung Female Artists,” NPR, 15 September.

Murtha, Tara. 2019. “The Highwomen are Revolutionizing Country Music (Opinion).” CNN, 13 September.

Thiessen, Connie. 2019. “Study Finds Men Outplaying Women on Canadian Country Radio 8.7 to 1.” Broadcast Dialogue, 11 September.

CBC Radio. 2019. “Why Don’t We Hear More Women on Country Radio?” CBC Radio q episode, 6 September.

Johnston, Abby. 2019. “The Highwomen are the Superbly Talented, Feminist Supergroup Country Music Needs.” Texas Observer, 5 September.

Moore, Bobby. 2019. “Women Don’t Want to Hear Women? Country Music History Proves Otherwise.” The Boots, 4 September.

Weiner, Natalie. 2019. “Country Music is a Man’s World. The Highwomen Want to Change That.” The New York Times, 3 September.

Sumanac-Johnson, Deana. 2019. “Women on Country Radio are Endangered Species, New Research Says.” CBC News, 17 August.

Inside Radio. 2019. “Female Country Artists Had Only Four No. 1’s in Past 19 Months.” InsideRadio, 5 August.

Dredge, Stuart. 2019. “Flagship Country Streaming Playlists Outdo Radio for Diversity.” Music Ally, 5 August.

Eggersten, Chris. 2019. “Female Artists Account for Just 21% of Songs on Billboard’s Country Airplay Charts: SongData Research Finds a ‘Significant Gender Imbalance’ in Country Radio.” Billboard, 2 August.

Stilwell, Rachel. 2019. “Rachel Stilwell.” Storyophonic, 15 July. [In conversation with Storyophonic’s Dan Kimpel, Stilwell cites SongData’s research in her discussion of the impact of the Telecommunications Act on diversity in radio programming.]

Brunner, Jeryl. 2019. “Trisha Yearwood Says Life is a ‘Sliding Scale. Everything is Not Always in Perfect Balance.” Parade, 12 July.

Godwin, Cody. 2019. “Trisha Yearwood: ‘Country Music Has to Change’.” BBC News, 8 July.

Barnes, Hannah. 2019. “Kelleigh Bannen Says the State of Women in Country Music is ‘Really Wild’.”, 2 July.

Stimeling, Travis. 2019. “It’s Time to Stop Promoting the White, Working-Class Cliche of Country Music.” 100 Days in Appalachia, 1 July.

Moss, Marissa. 2019. “Country Music’s Reckoning: Race and Gender, 2019-Style.” Pop Literacy, 25 June. [Pop Literacy‘s Jennifer Armstrong and Kimberly Potts discuss gender and racial inequity in country music with Moss.]

Savage, Mark. 2019. “Maren Morris: Country Music Has A Problem with Sexuality.” BBC News, 12 June.

Marissa, Moss. 2019. “One More Scoop of Vanilla: A New Proposal Looks to Loosen Radio Ownership Rules.” NPR, 7 June.

Yahr, Emily. 2019. “Why Kacey Musgraves, Who Keeps Winning wards, Still Can’t Get a Country Radio Hit.” Washington Post, 6 June. [Reprinted in print editions of National Post, 12 June; “Radio Silence: Country Radio Stations Ignore Star,” The Ottawa Citizen, 18 June; “Country Star Gets No Respect From Radio,” The Vancouver Sun, 18 June.

Erickson, Kevin. 2019. “Podcast #196 – The Campaign to Keep Local Radio Local.” Radio Survivor, 4 June. [Host Paul Riismandel discusses issues of localism and diversity in radio programming with Erickson, from Future of Music Coalition.]

Moss, Marissa. 2019. “Banding Together: From Country and R&B to hip-hop and rock, female artists are taking their show on the road…together.” Entertainment Weekly, 31 May.

Ward, Rachel. 2019. “The Sociology of Country Music Lyrics.” The Economist, 30 May.

Houghton, Cillea. 2019. “Female Nashville Execs Speak out at ‘Women Who Rock’ Music Biz Event.” The Variety, 9 May.

Godwin, Cody. 2019. “Garth Brooks on Country Music’s Gender Bias: ‘We Don’t Have Enough Female Voices’.” BBC News, 3 May. [Reprinted in Business Ghana13 June.]

Moss, Marissa. 2019. “Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Sounds Like Country’s Future. So Why Has Nashville Snubbed It?” Los Angeles Times, 1 May.

Brown, Harley. 2019. “Consolidation is Harming Diversity and Localism in Terrestrial Radio, According to New Report.” Billboard Biz, 30 April.

Inside Radio. 2019. “Research Delves into Female-Male Artist Disparity on Country Radio.” Inside Radio, 29 April.

Maddison, Katie. 2019. “Men Still Dominate Country Radio Airplay, Distressing Study Reveals.” Country Daily, 29 April.

Moore, Bobby. 2019. “Even Country Radio’s Most-Played Women Struggle Compared to its Most-Played Men, Study Finds.” The Boot, 29 April.

Radio Ink. 2019. “Study: Lack of Female Artists on Radio is Real.” Radio Ink, 29 April.

Smith, Courtney E. 2019. “Want to Hear a Woman on Country Radio? You’ll Have to Sit Through 44 Songs by Men First.” Refinery29, 27 April.

Hughes, William. 2019. “Study Reveals Shocking Result: Country Radio is Still Totally Dominated by Dudes.” AV/News, 26 April.

Whitaker, Sterling. 2019. “New Study Reveals Nearly 10-to-1 Disparity Between Men and Women at Country Radio.” Taste of Country, 26 April.

Nicholson, Jessica. 2019. “Spun Out: New Study Examines Drastic Decline in Female Artists on Country Radio.” MusicRow, 26 April.

Brown, Harley. 2019. “Study Finds ‘Alarming’ Gender Representation on Country Radio.” Billboard, 26 April.

Moss, Marissa. 2019. “New Study Examines Impact of Country Radio Programming on Women.” Rolling Stone Country, 26 April.

Mercuri, Monica. 2019 “Reba McEntire’s ACM Award Criticism Speaks to Ongoing Issues for Female Country Artists.” Forbes, 8 April.

Moss, Marissa R. 2019. “New Country Music Study Examines Scarcity of Women on Radio.” Rolling Stone Country, 5 April.

Vallet, Stéphanie. 2019. “Palmarès : où sont les femmes?La Presse, 8 mars. [Mise à jours le 11 mars, “Palmarès musicaux : où sont les femmes?“]

Moss, Marissa R. 2019. “Women on Country Radio: CRS 2019 Sends Mixed Messages.” Rolling Stone Country, 27 February.


Moss, Marissa R. 2018. “Go-Karting With Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, 2018’s Unlikeliest Hitmaking Team.” Billboard Magazine, 15 December.

Buchholz, Amanda B. 2018. “Gender Equity Strikes a Chord in Country Music Industry.” The Progressive, 1 November.

Smith, Courtney E. 2018. “The Man Who Thinks Women in Country Music Are ‘Tomatoes’ Is At It Again.” Refinery29, July 8.

Media Appearances

92Y. “Diversity in Country Music.” From Nashville – Music Talks with Hunter Kelly,  19 May 2021.

Country Soul Songbook. “Spring 2021 Almanac.” 13 April 2021.

Interview with Victoria Banks and Sarah DeFors. Special Episode! BIPOC in Country Music w/Musicologist and Researcher Jada Watson.” The Table Women Podcast, 16 March 2021.

Interview with Billy Dukes. “The Grammy Awards Showed Progress – Is It Real?” The Country Music Media Podcast, 15 March 2021.

Interview with CBC Ottawa. “Representation in Country Music,” 8 March 2021.

Interview with Rissi Palmer. “Episode 13: Musicologist Jada Watson and Historian Amanda Martinez Give a Music Industry Crash Course,Color Me Country, 28 February.

Interview with Tami Neilson for Episode 8” of the Tami Show, 18 June 2020.

Women of Country: Country Music Radio Has a Problem – What’s at Stake?” episode in Southword series, produced by Red Clay Media,  17 February 2020.

Interview with Dahlia Kurtz for The Goods on 580 CFRA, November 16, 2019.

Interview with Andrew and Sean of Country-Country Music podcast, “Women on Country Radio,” October 9, 2019.

Interview with Cody “Murph” Murphy for Weekdays with Murph podcast, October 7, 2019.

Entrevue avec Rudy Desjardins pour Le Café Show du Radio-Canada, “Musique country : de moins en moins de femmes à la radio,” September 16, 2019.

Interview with Giacomo Panico for CBC Radio Ottawa Morning. Gender Representation on Country Music Radio, August 22, 2019.

Interview with Deana Sumanac-Johnson for The National, Women in Country Music Get Less Airplay, Says Prof, 16 August, 2019.

Interview with guest host Cormac MacSweeney for Ottawa Today with Mark Sutcliffe – 1310 News, Discussion on Gender Gap in Country Radio, 30 July 2019 [33:00-43:50].

Interview with Sarah Boesveld for The Big Stories Podcast, “Country Music Has a Woman Problem,” 29 July, 2019.

Interview with Connie Thiessen for Broadcast Dialogue – The Podcast, “Dr. Jada Watson on the widening gender gap in Country radio,” May 3, 2019.

Interview with Preston Mulligan for Maritime Noon (CBC – Halifax), “Phone-in with Brett Kissel about the growing popularity of country music,” October 18, 2018 [12:38-53:03].