Country artist Brad Paisley premiered his new song on "Ellen" on Wednesday, and I couldn’t be more proud to be a country fan. It’s a message I have yet to hear from a male country artist. The video for "Shattered Glass" features young girls holding signs with lyrics from his song, including "bust that ceiling out… make it rain down shattered glass” because we have "a whole lot of history to make up for."
We don’t hear a lot about female empowerment in country music, especially from male artists. It’s not that 'bro-country' doesn’t value women; it's just that their lyrics and music videos tend to focus on appreciating girls in "cut-off jeans" and "bikini tops" over celebrating women's achievements.
This is something up-and-coming country duo, Maddie and Tae touched on in their first hit single "Girl in a Country Song."
The duo told Fusion’s Alicia Menendez that "some of these songs make us women seem one-dimensional" so they wanted to "give these girls, that these guys love singing about, a voice."
I'm so glad to see the way both established and up-and-coming country artists are using their voices to encourage women to be more than just a pretty face. Oh, and by the way, Paisley has two sons with his wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley, which proves you don’t need to have a daughter to care about female empowerment. Way to go, Brad, way to go.