Loretta Lynn is an iconic country music singer who fearlessly lent a voice to the struggles women face, especially in the recording industry. She’s now voicing her opinion on whether today’s country music genre has become easier or harder for female artists to enter.
Lynn’s career has spanned over six decades. During the late 1960s, the female country star found great success in a male-dominated industry.
Loretta Lynn Gives Powerful Voice to Female Artists
The superbly talented Loretta Lynn has been the mastermind behind some of the most touching and female-empowering songs. The beautiful, heartbreaking tunes that Lynn delivers can sometimes be met with controversy.
“We as women sometimes feel we are not enough—smart enough, pretty enough, on and on. I’ve had the same struggles. So I made the sayin’ ‘still woman enough’ as my pep-talk to myself,” says the country legend. “When I wrote the song, I wanted it to be about being strong and liking who I was as a woman.”
Loretta Lynn pays respect to Mother Maybelle Carter and the Carter Family in her writings. She has been part of several collaborations with Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, Margo Price, and Tanya Tucker.
“I love each one of the girls. Tanya has been my friend for almost 50 years. She was just a little girl starting out when we met,” says Lynn. “Reba and Carrie, I think, are the best in the business, but more than that, they are good people. Margo and I got to know each other the last few years. I love her songwriting, and she sings it with heart and guts. I see a little bit of myself in her.”
The Icon’s Newest Album
Lynn’s newest album Still Woman Enough celebrates the special female country performers. Popular collaborations on the album include, “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)”, “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)”, and “Fist City.”
“Recording is what I do, who I am. I guess I just want my fans to always have something new from me to listen to,” says Lynn caringly.
The country star is often asked about how she views the sexist environment within the industry today. Does Loretta Lynn see it as growing or lessening?
“You know, I get asked that a lot,” she says. “I don’t know if it’s easier or harder now for women singers. We had to fight to be heard when I started out and are still fighting to be heard.”
88-year-old Lynn will be releasing her 50th album, Still Woman Enough, which includes 13 new tracks, on March 19.