Women in Music: 5 Inspirational Musicians Who Changed the Face of Music

Mar 27, 2020

Interviews & Inspiration | Kristina Cassar Dowling

The world of music has seen some iconic women take to the front of the stage, hold that mic firmly in their hands and belt out some crazy melodies. While the likes of Whitney Huston, Etta James, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Cher and Beyoncé all left their mark on the history of music, there are a number of inspirational combos that make everything fall into place - the music is just phenomenal and their presence is enlightening.

Madonna and Lady Gaga

Major beef aside, Madonna and Lady Gaga have a pretty similar vibe going on. Sorry Gaga, it’s the T. The vibe for me though is not the music itself, it’s the image, the message and the revolutionary (for it’s time) stand against the norms. Yes, there are a few Madonna nuances that Gaga may have been inspired by - but it’s Madonna we’re talking about; everyone’s going to get inspired by her in the pop scene.

These ladies gave the LGBTQI+ community something to wave their flags to. Thank you.

Billie Holiday and Amy Winehouse

This one is hard to explain. Two legends, two superstars, two women who should have been around for longer. Billie Holiday was a jazz singer in the 1930, 40s and 50s, all the way up to 1959; when she passed away due to liver and heart disease brought on by excessive drinking. But boy could this chick sing! Billie Holiday, for me, can only be compared to Amy Winehouse, a 27 Club member who battled drug addiction during her insanely impressive music career. Amy Winehouse, had she been alive today; would be the world’s greatest! It’s so damn hard to top her.

These talents gave the world good music and that’s hard to achieve. Major props - we miss you!

Stevie Nicks

This goddess always found it hard to share a stage… her involvement with Fleetwood Mac is probably what brought the band so much success; her voice resonates so well with her ex-husband’s drumming madness! There’s an electric energy that the band resonates with a crowd, live or recorded. Listening to the music Stevie unleashed onto the world, both with her band and as a solo artists - brings out a women-power feeling that is unfathomable.

This here woman is a legend. A rockstar. A goddess. A superhero. An idol. We salute you.

Agree with these combos? Let us know what you think. The world of women in music needs you. Billie Eilish, you’re so on the next list!