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10 Female Singer/Songwriters I Love

scribbled by laura on March 23, 2014

In no particular order…

1. Tori Amos 

Tori started it all for me. I remember vividly hearing her music for the first time and thinking, “What IS this?” She is simply one of a kind. I had the fortune of meeting her once and she graciously signed my record. Her style of playing and songwriting is beyond compare. Great article recently published on Buzzfeed. Read it here.

2. Joni Mitchell 

Blue was another core shaking album. Joni epitomizes the folk, female singer/songwriter for me. Her voice is so effortless and clean. We also share a birthday. Clouds and A Case of You are two favorties.

3. Patty Griffin 

I bought Patty Griffin’s first record on a whim, just digging the cover when I was browsing in the record store. Remember those days when we went to the store to buy entire albums? I have every album she has made. She’s twangy, raw genius.

4. Fiona Apple

The smokey siren. Fiona Apple introduced me to the 7th chord. Tidal is an experience. Again, I discovered Fiona during a record store browse. Shadowboxer was playing over the loud speaker and I asked the guy on duty who it was. He directed me to her CD and I immediately had to sit down and learn that song. Tiny lady. Guttural sound.

5. Alanis Morissette 

I love her lyrics. I relate so much to her way of telling stories. She puts so much of the female experience into song. I only wish I could belt like her!

6. Natalie Merchant

Natalie makes me feel comfortable with my voice. She’s such a unique singer. She reminds me that you don’t need to have a huge voice to have a relevant voice. My Skin is still one of my all time favorite songs.

7. Stevie Nicks 

If you want to learn how to captivate an audience with your eyes, watch Stevie Nicks. She personifies PRESENCE. She’s an icon, plain and simple. A mystical singer/songwriter. I wanted to be her!

8. Brandi Carlile

A more contemporary/recent discovery for me. Every note out of Brandi’s mouth is like gold. Strong, controlled, and just awesome. I love every record.

9. Kathleen Edwards 

Kyle Swartzwelder turned me onto Kathleen Edwards. My guy took me to NY to see her live and I wound up losing my wallet in a cab. A Russian woman found it and contacted me via Facebook, and I was able to get it back in one piece. There are still honest people in the world. Anyway, Kathleen Edwards is another Canadian songwriter I love. It must be something in the water up there.

10. Sarah McLachlan 

Sarah is a classic, contemporary singer/songwriter. Her voice is like velvet. I know no other way to describe it. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t heard her sing and thought she was amazing. I’m hoping to catch her tour this summer.

7 Responses to “10 Female Singer/Songwriters I Love”

  • If you’re not already familiar with some of these, here are a few more that I love.
    Lucinda Williams
    Susan Tedeschi
    Bonnie Raitt
    Fisher
    Elizabeth Cook
    those are all over the place musically but they’re all great female voices.
    And, I’m pretty fond of some girl from Philly. Laura something, can’t remember her last name. Hope you are well, and hope you’re writing new stuff. (fingers crossed)

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    Joshua Braskett

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    Thursday, March 27, 2014
  • Lucinda Williams
    http://youtu.be/TuFGCY1U9SA
    Susan Tedeschi
    http://youtu.be/oPhj4utDuJY
    Bonnie Raitt
    http://youtu.be/ycTITDLWXUM
    Fisher
    http://youtu.be/lCg3SDSbWTQ
    Elizabeth Cook
    http://youtu.be/vFArKWnFWIg
    And I forgot one of my favorites
    Norah Jones
    http://youtu.be/ED1B39W9b0E

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    Joshua Braskett

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    Thursday, March 27, 2014
  • Fiona Apple – Somewhat similar story. I believe you were playing that song (shadow boxer) in your high school auditorium, and I too was directed to your music for the first time. …and so, the legend of Ron burgundy….I mean Dominic Cole, began.

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    Dominic Cole

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    Monday, May 5, 2014
  • Alana Davis – a soulful, smokey voice! From New York, now makes her home in Idaho! I’ve seen her perform in Philly and DC (twice) and met her once after a show! I’m on 2nd copies for 2 of her 3 CDs!

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    Ken Smith

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    Thursday, October 16, 2014
  • Funny. I first heard you play at Chris’s movie after party. I thought you sounded like a mix of Patty Griffin, Fiona Apple and Tori Amos. I guess I was pretty close.

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    Mark

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    Tuesday, May 19, 2015
  • This is a pretty comprehensive list of amazing and inspiring women. I’m super-influenced by most of these people too. Tori, Sarah, Fiona, Patty, Natalie, and of course Joni. I was listening to my Mom sing harmonies with Joni Mitchell in the womb. Kathleen Edwards and Brandi Carlile are new to me though and I’ve excited to explore more of their music. One person I would add is Regina Spektor. I think a lot of her work is fantastic.

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    Bekah Barnett

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    Wednesday, February 17, 2016
  • Check out Lisa Lavie, also a Canadian artist.

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    Joe

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    Wednesday, December 21, 2016
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