This is a very interesting topic as it brings into focus a lot of personal opinions from people about their favorite star and about who they see as the biggest flop in the music industry. This obviously includes the flawless beauty associated with the music industry. Times are changing and more recently many blacks are participating in the country-western music and have been an important and integral part of which the world seems to forget. The top 10 Black Female Country Music Singers, is, therefore, a piece worth creating your time for
Writers and singer with different racial backgrounds are coming together and teaming up to create the best music yet in many genres and country is one of them. Recently, many black singers have been participating in this kind of music and some of them are the finest vocalist the music industry has ever seen. Not only are they dominating the vocal sector but also the music writing sector too. This article seeks to look at the best black female country singers the world has heard of and probably might never see their “rebirth” for centuries to come. We call it The Top 10 Best Black Female Country Singers list.
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10) Mickey Guyton
Mickey Guyton was born in Arlington, TX, in 1983. She traveled a lot when she was young due to her father’s engineering job which was very demanding. She liked the sights and sounds of the historic state and she was also inspired by vocalists like LeAnn Rimes, Dolly Parton, and Whitney Houston.
Moreover, she began singing in local churches when was at the tender age of 5 and according to her, she knew from that moment that all she ever wanted to do was sing for the rest of her life. After high school, she went to Los Angeles and enrolled at the Santa Monica College. However, it was hard for Guyton to see any hope of her dream becoming a reality.
Mickey Guyton became lucky later when she met a man named Julian Raymond who helped put her in contact with the producers of Faith Hill and Lady Antebellum. She impressed these producers and it was not long before she was headed to Nashville in 2011 to make her dream a reality
She is best known for her hit song “Better Than You Left Me” which she co-wrote and also performed it in 2015 at the Grand Ole Opry. This became number 56 on Billboard Country Airplay chart. Currently, she is in contract with Capitol Nashville and she was also nominated for nominated for the Best New Female Vocalist at the 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards
9) Rissi Palmer
She was born in Pittsburgh, PN, in 1981 and surprisingly she is known for her great country music vocals. Years later she moved to a suburb of St. Louis, MO. At the tender of 16 Palmer was already singing country music professionally at the Arkansas State Fair.
Her rise to stardom began in 2006 when the recording label Starbucks Entertainment produced her first EP. From then she went to produce her first album in 2007 which was called Rissi Palmer. However, what can be seen as an expected event in her career is that her songs and singles landed spots in the 50s and 40s on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
What is special about her which is also proof of how much talent she has, is the fact she is fusing country with other genres like soul, gospel, and even R&B in her latest studio recordings but still at the same time keeping her country identity.
She made history when she became the first black female vocalist to appear on the country chart since Mason when her hit song Country Girl peaked at No 54.
8) Miko Marks
She is a Mississippi-born and bust into the scene of world music in the country music genre in 2005 after she released her hit single “Freeway Bound”. Later on, she released an album also called Freeway Bound and this was followed by her other hit singles like “Mama” and “Kickin’ Back.”
Unlike other artists on this list, her works were not so popular but surprisingly she won the award for Best Country Artist of 2006 from the New Music Weekly Awards and also got great critical acclaim.
7) Tina Turner
She is probably the most famous country singer in this list known for her famous hits like Proud Mary,” “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” and “The Best.” Country music might not be the favorite genre for many youths of today but many young adults know her especially her hit song “What’s Love Got to Do with It”. She is regarded as one of the most entertaining performers of the 20th century.
Tina Turner was born in 1939 in Nutbush, TN, and did what most artists of today probably find it hard to do. She managed to stay relevant in the music industry for so long that her career lasted for 50 years. This is one the qualities that define a real talented musician-staying relevant for the longest time possible enduring the changing trends in the music sector.
Many people, however, know her for her singing talents in the R&B, soul, and rock hits which came later in her career forgetting she sang a great deal in the country music with the aforementioned hits being some of the best. She also had an album which she called Tina Turner Sings Country.
Tina Tuner traveled a great deal around the world performing in many concerts and she was also famous for dancing, singing, and songwriting which just adds to the great talent she has. She currently lives in Switzerland where she practices Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism.
6) Vicki Vann
Vicki Vann was born in Los Angeles in 1980. Her father was the founder of the award-winning gospel group Mighty Clouds of Joy. She was exposed to a variety of music such as gospel, jazz when she was a young girl. However, contrary to what everyone was expecting since it was the normal behavior Vicki Vann developed an interest in country music early on in her life and the love for this genre grew stronger.
She was shy when she was young and went to school to study both psychology and education, and for a while, she worked as a kindergarten teacher. After this, she made a decision to become a full-time singer in the country genre and this made her release her first studio album which she called Miracle.
She had many musical influences in her life including Nancy Wilson, Amy Grant, Aretha Franklin and surprisingly her own father who despite being a Baptist who was perhaps her greatest influence. After releasing her first studio album she went to release the self-entitled Vicki Vann. All this was followed by concerts in Europe where she performed at the prominent show in Switzerland called The Only 39 Day Country Festival In The World. Her hit This Is Where I Get Off moved up the charts after she released it in 30 countries. In 2013 she released her full studio album which has 13 tracks.
Due to her stunning beauty and flawless vocals she was nicknamed, the “Cinderella” of the country music world and was chosen to appear as a featured artist in a documentary called Waiting in the Wings.
5. Anita Pointer
She is an American R&B/Soul singer-songwriter. Many people probably know her from the group which she was in called The Pointer Sisters. She was born in Oakland, CA, in January 1948. She is one of the founding members of The Pointer Sisters along with her two younger sisters June and Bonnie. They became known to the world after they released their hit song “Yes We Can” in 1973 which became No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Their careers went on to become big later on when they became the first African American female group to perform at the Grand Ole Opry with their hit song “Fairytale.” God was not done with blessing them in their careers and this song also became the one to which won the group its first Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group, and a Grammy Nomination for the Best Country Song of the year back in 1975.
Their later hits made them rise to higher levels including “He’s So Shy” and “Slow Hand”. The album Break Out reached multi-platinum which further won them two more Grammy Awards. Anita has ever since kept herself busy in the music industry and went on to team up with Earl Thomas Conley to record the hit country song “Too Many Times.” It reached number 2 two on the country chart in 1986. She released her first solo album in 1987 Love For What It Is which was a success and later went to write her own songs and perform across the country.
4) Jordin Sparks
Most people if not all including me are actually surprised to see her name on this list as we all she is a pop singer and also an R&B singer. As someone who considers himself a Wikipedia when to matters music this was a shock for me.
Jordin Sparks was born in 1989 in Phoenix, AZ and is known all around the world for being the youngest contestant ever to win the popular TV singing competition American Idol in 2007 at just the age of 17. She immediately went on to produce her self-entitled album the following which as expected after what she had achieved the previous year the album went platinum and sold over 2 million copies worldwide.
While most of her music is considered to be pop, during the American Idol, she actually did sing a couple of country hits. Most notably she did the cover for the song “A Broken Wing” by Martina McBride. Hit songs from her self-entitled album like “Tattoo” and “No Air” the latter in collaboration with Chris Brown is the third highest-selling single by an American Idol contestant.
3) Jaki Graham
It’s not every day that you see a British citizen of African descent making it big in the overseas and most precisely not in the past years. This girl, however, managed to this and make it big in the music industry in the world of country music of all genres.
She was born on 15th September 1956 in Birmingham, England, in 1956 but she is of Nigerian ethnicity. Her style is, however, a mixture of R&B and pop.
Her road to the top began when she was first introduced to the British public in the early 1980s. This is where she sang “Heaven Knows” and “Once More With the Feeling” on the BBC. This was the start of her stardom and she later she released many hit songs which topped the charts not only in the UK but also in the USA. Jaki recorded three full albums with EMI and later signed with AVEX International in 1993 where she toured Asia and Australia
She is a three-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and her cover of Chaka Khan’s hit “Ain’t Nobody” reached number one on the US Billboard Dance Chart. She currently works on the BBC Radio show “Soul on Sunday,” and she sings on various cruise ships around the world.
2) Yolanda Diamond
She calls herself the “First Black Country Western Singer.” She has covered many songs including Bonnie Raitt’s “Something to Talk About” in her career. She performed in many bars and casinos around the 1980s in the country. At the start of her career, she won many country karaoke contests all around Texas. In interviews, Yolanda Diamond always told interviewers how much she loved the story-telling aspects of county music She still sings at various casinos all across the USA.
1) Esther Phillips
Esther Philips was born in Galveston, TX, in 1935. She sang in many different musical genres and is a very talented African American singer. For someone of her talent, she started winning at the tender age of 14 in local vocal contests.
Her first major hit was “Double Crossing Blues” which was released in 1950 which managed to reach number 1 on Billboard R&B chart. She also made songs with Johnny Otis Orchestra including “Mistrusting Blues” and also “Cupid’s Boogie” which also topped the charts and became number one in the same year. However, she just had not yet had enough of greatness when in the same year four more of her records made it to the top 10.
She released her first major album The Country Side of Esther in 1966 for country music fans. Apart from country songs she also sang jazz, soul, and pop songs. Rumors are that she was even contacted by the Beatles after she re-worked their song “And I Love Her.” All this talent was however wasted when she died at UCLA Medical Centre, 1984, at the age of 48, from kidney and liver failure due to prolonged usage of drugs and alcohol abuse.
This compilation shows how black female singers have graced this music genre and went on to become the best of the best since the genre’s inception. However, only a small number of these artists have managed to get their work to the mainstream media. The ones who have made an impact are to be congratulated for attaining success in a field not known for its racial diversity. Now that that I have officially welcomed you to world of country songs with this article, perhaps it’s time for me to rest my talents while listening to some Tina Turner and you know what they say “once you go black…”