Song Suffragettes is weekly writer’s round held in Nashville, Tennessee featuring rotating female country artists. Each round features five female songwriters who perform three songs each; the show ends with a cover performed by all five women. Founded by Todd Cassetty, the first show took place at 3rd & Lindsley Backstage on March 10, 2014. The round has since moved to The Listening Room Café, and shows are currently held every Monday night. Since its founding, 30 performers have received publishing deals and 7 performers have received record deals.
On occasion Song Suffragettes invites special guest artists to perform. Past special guests include Matraca Berg, Lauren Alaina, Kelleigh Bannen, Kristen Kelly, RaeLynn, Ruthie Collins, Deana Carter, Jessie James Decker, Lindsay Ell, Lauren Duski, Cassadee Pope, Cyndi Thomson, and Maddie Poppe. Kelsea Ballerini played the second Song Suffragettes show on March 17, 2014, one year before her song "Love Me Like You Mean It" went #1.
Song Suffragettes have been invited to play CMA Music Festival in both 2015 and 2016. In 2015, they performed on the CMA Close Up Stage on Saturday, June 13 and on Sunday, June 14. In 2016, the Suffragettes performed two shows on Sunday, June 12 on the CMA Close Up Stage.
"Fight Like a Girl"
Three Song Suffragettes, Kalie Shorr, Lena Stone, and Hailey Steele, met through the community of the show and co-wrote "Fight Like a Girl", a song discovered by SiriusXM when their intern attended a Song Suffragettes' show. The song became a "Highway Find" on The Highway (Sirius XM) and is now in regular rotation.
On May 17, 2016 Song Suffragettes was part of an exclusive YouTube Pop-Up Space in Nashville, Tennessee. 15 Song Suffragettes were chosen, split into groups of three and given three hours to write a song; they then performed the songs that evening.
Song Suffragettes has penned the hashtag #LetTheGirlsPlay. They have been featured in Billboard, Music Row, The Tennessean, and are part of an ongoing video series with Taste of Country.
On September 22, 2016 Song Suffragettes launched a lifestyle blog titled "Let The Girls Blog." All of the content is original and written by the female singer-songwriters who have played the show.
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- Phyllis Stark (2014-12-04). "Song Suffragettes Provides Boost for Young Female Country Artists in Nashville". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
- "Song Suffragettes Celebrates First Anniversary with Natalie Stovall". One Country. 2015-06-22. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
- "Song Suffragettes Showcase Celebrates First Anniversary : MusicRow – Nashville's Music Industry Publication – News, Songs From Music City". Musicrow.com. 2015-06-19. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
- "Exclusive: YouTube Pop-Up Space Nurtures Nashville Songwriters : MusicRow – Nashville's Music Industry Publication – News, Songs From Music City". Musicrow.com. 2016-05-27. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
- "#LetTheGirlsPlay: It's Time for a Movement". Tasteofcountry.com. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
- "Song Suffragettes take Tin Pan by storm". Tennessean.com. 2016-04-07. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
- "Let The Girls Play News". Tasteofcountry.com. Retrieved 2016-07-27.