Some of you may know her as @WindmillsMusic on twitter. Deb G. has been covering women in country music for a few years here on the blog, and has contributed several well-researched pieces on the the disparity in representation of female artists vs male artists on country radio. Now, her work is the subject of the latest Stark Report column in this week’s Billboard Magazine.
Deb’s solid, in-depth, well articulated research caught the attention of Music Row leaders. As a result, the country music guru was asked to present her findings at the latest Change the Conversation meeting in Nashville. The coalition was formed by three music row leaders, Leslie Fram (Senior VP Music Strategy at CMT), Tracy Gershon (artist manager & VP A&R at Rounder Records), and Beverly Keel (chair of Middle Tennessee State University’s music department and Tennessean columnist). The group seeks to bring gender parity to country music.
Phyllis Stark, who writes the weekly Stark Report for Billboard, attended the monthly meeting, along with a slew of artists, songwriters, radio personnel, publishers, artist managers, label representatives and more. Those of you who follow Deb’s research know that it’s full of insight, and often contradicts the prevailing country music industry wisdom. It’s not surprising that an influential voice in the world of country music journalism, is bringing Deb’s remarkable findings to a much much, wider audience.
For a lengthy writeup up of the meeting, by Deb, click HERE. If you aren’t familiar with her work, by ALL MEANS, browse Deb’s author tag. She’s covered all the reality show favorites, including Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery, Cassadee Pope and much more.
Deb is in a position to affect change for female country artists who struggle to be heard. And that’s very exciting.