Throughout the summer, there’s been a healthy discussion in the country music community about the declining radio airplay of female artists. A recent article by the Associated Press cited a Country Aircheck report which stated that “the percentage of female-voiced singles, which includes bands and solo artists, in the annual top 100 country songs fell from a high of 38 percent in 1998 to just 18 percent in 2014.”
An excellent Billboard piece helps explain the myriad reasons for this, and it could come down to the decline of record sales across the board (a smaller pie means fewer slices for everyone). But even if country radio isn’t playing them as regularly as they should be, there’s no shortage of talented young women who look poised to make a mark on the genre for years to come.
Here’s our list of 10 of the hottest female country stars under the age of 30.