Ever since the ‘Tomato Gate’ scandal on Country Radio in 2015, female artists have been fighting for their voices to be heard not only on the airwaves, but also throughout Music City.
Every Monday at The Listening Room Café in Nashville, country music’s most talented ladies come together for Song Suffragettes to get their original songs heard by music fans all over town.
Song Suffragettes features a select few group of young women and has helped launch the careers of some of the industry’s brightest stars. Kelsea Ballerini, Lauren Alaina, Kelleigh Bannen, Jessie James Decker, Cassadee Pope, Lindsay Ell, and RaeLynn have all made appearances in the last four years!
Hawaiian-born songstress and Song Suffragettes member JoLivi recently made the transition from pop to country and it seems like the Nashville community has been treating her really well.
“I’ve always loved country music and it’s always been something that I’ve loved to listen to,” JoLivi told us in an interview during the 2018 CMA Music Festival last month. “One day my manager and I were in the car and she was like, ‘why don’t you write a country song? You always sing it, you always listen to it.’ And so I wrote one! I came out to Nashville for Song Suffragettes and fell in love with it, I had to be here and be a part of it.”
Since playing on Monday nights with Song Suffragettes, JoLivi says she really honed her craft to eventually make her into a better artist.
“The biggest thing was that I didn’t play the guitar and they told me I had a month to learn. So I went back to Los Angeles, got a Taylor, took a bunch of lessons, and then I came back and sang in front of everyone live by myself with a guitar,” she told us. “It forced me to learn something that I was always struggling with.”
JoLivi has been working hard in the recording studio on her debut album and has a new summer smash out now called “Vinyl.” You can learn more about JoLivi by following her on Instagram at @jolivimusic.