Celebrating Women in Music

In honor of National Women’s Month, the Music Scene Media team recognizes the influential women who make the music industry stand. Here are several featured artists our team honors to be monumental: 

Fiona Apple

“Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, the female musicians I was exposed to for the most part were all very commercialized and ‘safe’ (Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, etc). The first time I heard Fiona Apple’s debut album Tidal was the first time that I heard a female artist with songs this raw and not radio friendly. It was weird and moody and so different that it’s stuck with me ever since.” – Rich Funk, Photographer

Nessa Barrett

“Nessa has always been open about her mental health issues and I like how open she is with her fans. Her songs are very relatable and you can tell that her lyrics come from the heart.” – Bri Skriloff, Photographer

Chaney Crabb of Entheos 

“She has powerful harsh vocals, works hard to perfect her style of vocals. She branches out to styles that other female vocalists usually don’t/can’t easily do. Always works on getting better with styles knows she has less experience with. Phenomenal stage presence!” – Christy Peterson, Photographer

Beth Gibbons of Portishead

“Portishead pioneered 90’s electronica and trip-hop music. They recorded a lot of their own samples, and even sampled from a short film some of the band members made (Beth Gibbons included). Their music has a cinematic quality to it that couples well with Beth Gibbons unique and sometimes haunting voice. Their “Roseland NYC Live” album recorded with the New York Philharmonic backing is truly a work of art and is not to be missed.” – Daniel Turner, Senior Photographer 

Lzzy Hale of Halestorm

“Incredible vocal range and does a lot of collaborations with other artists!” – Sean Maciejewski, Senior Photographer 


“I’ll never forget the first time I heard this track. I was driving, and it came on over the radio. I actually had to pull over since her voice affected me so deeply. Truthfully, there are a lot of female artists that are important to me, but this is one of my most profound music moments of all time.” – Emily Mills, Senior Journalist 

Lacey Mosley of Flyleaf

“I have always felt connected to Lacey, and I feel that singing along with her over the years helped me find my own voice as a vocalist. She sings with so much raw emotion and her voice is very powerful.” – Melanie Bryan, Editor-In-Chief

Alexia & Anissa Rodriguez of Eyes Set to Kill

“In my opinion, the band has been setting the groundwork for metalcore/deathcore since the early 2000s. Original sound. Despite a huge amount of line up changes, they are still swinging and have been evolving every release.” – Matt Benton, Assistant Editor

Hayley Williams of Paramore

“She writes songs that I could relate to most growing up as a young woman, and even when I was younger. Most importantly her vocals are impressive and beautiful.” – Rayna DiMuro, Photographer

“She’s an example of a strong independent woman in the music industry.” – Lilith Jaime, Journalist

“Hayley and Paramore are foundations of the music scene that a lot of my favorite artists exist in today. The band and her have paved the way for a ton of others over the years.” – Drew Sincock, Editorial Assistant 

Remi Wolf

“Remi is an electric performer, astounding singer, and an awesome person herself. From bringing the artists around her up with her as she’s recently become more and more popular, to always using her platform to speak out on social topics, she’s such a great person outside of her extremely catchy music.” – Dylan Wallace, Photographer

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