In Honor of International Women's Day...

Most often, we are inclusive of every type of instrumentation and each & every genre, no matter how nuanced or extreme it may appear to be. Today, we'll drift a bit from our usual musings and put a special focus on a portion of the population, those who identify as women & their immeasurable contribution to the world of music as we know it. 

Females are often known for their sweetness, softness and nurturing natures, despite the fact that they can also transform into ruthless forces of nature when the situation calls for it. Like any human at all, when one reaches into the depths of their soul, a truth is often uncovered. This truth is typically dripping in grit, covered in an undeniable passion. Women too can call upon this raw element, if they feel comfortable to be themselves and climb outside the boxes that they are put into, or they put themselves into. In honor of International women's day today, the holiday which is meant to "commemorate the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women", which dates all the way back to an origin of 1914, we put our focus on these courageous, life carrying creatures. 

The female voice alone is truly touched by magic and that of something special. The ranges that are reached can send chills up any of our spines and the delicacy in tone can vary greatly from some of its intense, powerful counterparts. Women as musicians have much depth and range to offer, both in their instrumentation's techniques and their interpretation of the environment around them. 

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So how do females compare in competing against so many talented male musicians in the world around them? Is there even a competition going on?Despite that this and so much more is incredibly and endlessly debatable, one thing that is not up for debate is the sheer numbers of exposure of female artists, whether it be on the radio, on the screen or at the award ceremonies. Statista put a serious spotlight on the current situation with women within the music industry, with "according to a study on representation and equality in the music industry, only two percent of producers were female while approximately 98 percent were male. While the share of female music producers had doubled between 2018 and 2019, this trend reversed in 2020, leaving a significant gap in terms of proportionate representation." When it comes to the GRAMMY Awards and just who has collected, "between 2013 and 2021 shows that less than 10 percent of nominees for awards like Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Producer of the Year were female. And even though the playing field was much more balanced in the Best New Artist category, many artists still fail to get the spotlight they deserve." Within the business, did you know that Forbes informed us that "the three creative roles highlighted in the study, women make up 21.7 percent of artists, 12.3 percent of songwriters and 2.1 percent of producers"?

Now, we could get into who is who within the world of females mixing with music, such as who is legendary and who is seriously underrated, but we'd be here all night. What it mostly comes down to is the varying perspective that women are able to bring to the table, much like a differing perspective of one who has grown up in the woods of rural Maine, or the producer who has spent many years chipping away at their art in the quiet stillness of their silent home. We all have our own life perspectives to offer up to the listening world around us. So let us tune in.