Throughout the month of March, RADIO.COM will be celebrating the Leading Ladies of Country music with special interviews and performances from some of the biggest female names in the genre -- all culminating with a virtual end-of-month concert event.
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In honor of Women’s History Month, we're celebrating the power of Women in Country by honoring iconic heritage female artists, showcasing the genre's rising stars, and spotlighting today’s hit female artists. Today RADIO.COM welcomes singer Caitlyn Smith!
"I'm just such a fan of women singing music to my ears -- that's what I wanna listen to," Caitlyn tells RADIO.COM's Rob + Holly as we kick off another week of celebrating all things female in the Country world and beyond.
Caitlyn is a former member of CMT's Next Women of Country, one of Rolling Stone's 10 Artists You Need to Know, and an esteemed member of our own Back To Back feature. She recently released her latest single "I Can't" with Old Dominion back in September of 2020.
"What I first started listening to, actually, the first cassette that got me into wanting to do music and wanting to sing was Alison Krauss," says Caitlyn. "Her record 'Now That I've Found You.'"
"I just remember I was just a kid and I would sing from my boom-box. I would take that cassette and flip it back and forth and read the lyrics and ask myself, 'how do they write songs like this?' This is incredible."
The purity of Krauss' voice and, as Caitlyn says "the conviction in her delivery," stirred emotions inside of the young singer that made her want to follow the same musical path.
Although Caitlyn never had the terrible experience of her boom-box eating up her favorite cassettes, Caitlyn also remembers using that high-technology (at the time) to record her favorite '90s female singers, from Martina McBride to Trisha Yearwood (her first concert) off the radio. "I used to be my own DJ... like, 'OK next up!'"
If Caitlyn were to introduce her next block of songs like she did as a kid, it might take a while -- especially when considering the numerous incredible up-and-coming woman singers currently in the Country genre. For the past six years in Music City, Caitlyn's been putting together shows highlighting the Women of Nashville, so buckle up. "One of my favorite things to do is highlight and celebrate what women are doing in music and in Country music."
"The few that float to the top for me," Caitlyn says, "I'm the number one fan club of Caylee Hammack, I'm obsessed with her... I'm also number one fan club of Tenille Townes. As far as her as an artist and her as a human, she's just goals. Haylee Whitters... oh my god she's just an angel! That's a very short list... my list is long."