7 Amazing Women From Texas Who Made Their Mark In Music
First things first. I have the deepest respect for women. It started with my mother, one of the finest women I've ever known. Women are taking the world by storm, in every sector. Fierce and empowered, a force to be reckoned with. From the professional world to our military and everything in between, women are taking things to new heights.
Anybody who knows me knows I'm a total music nerd. If I'm not listening to it, I'm playing it on the radio or reading about it. Victoria Advocate spotlights several women from right here in Texas who have helped shape music. With March being National Women's History Month, I wanted to highlight these successful artists grown right here in Texas. From pop to country to R&B, these women have been at the forefront of their fields. Their contributions make the world of music a better place.
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Born in Houston, I've followed this lady since her days in Destiny's Child. Since 2003 she's been on her own and on fire, accumulating over 25 Grammy awards and selling millions of records worldwide. This is what an international superstar looks like.
From Longview, Miranda Lambert hit the scene in 2003 after appearing on a televised singing competition. Since then she's landed multiple honors, including accumulation of the most Academy of Country Music Awards than any other artist in history.
Straight out of Dallas comes Erykah Badu. She's done a little of everything, from singing to producing and even acting. She rose to fame after her 1992 album release Baduizm, which gained her the nickname "Queen of Neo Soul" by music critics.
You can't mention women from Texas who helped shape music without bringing up Janis Joplin. From Port Arthur, she's one of the most widely-known rock stars of her time. Starting out as the lead singer for Big Brother and the Holding Company, Janis shot up in popularity and appeared at the Woodstock festival. After releasing just three albums (two with Big Brother and the Holding Company), she died from a heroin overdose at the age of 27.
Selena Quintanilla Perez
From Lake Jackson, Selena is one of the most celebrated entertainers of all time. She's known as the "Queen of Tejano" not only for her music contributions but also in fashion. Selena was shot and killed by a friend and former manager of her boutique on March 31, 1995. In honor of her influence, April 16th has been declared Selena Day in Texas.
This lady has been on fire since she won the first season of American Idol in 2002. Born in Fort Worth and raised in Burleson, Kelly Clarkson has won numerous awards and accolades for her music. She's sold over 25 million albums and 45 million singles worldwide. Since 2019 she has hosted her own talk show with great success.
This powerful woman from Seminole got her start at an early age. Her first hit was "Delta Dawn" back in 1972. She was 13. Incredible. What's amazing to me is that she's kept her audience all these years, plus gained a new generation of music lovers. She's a household name in country music.
These women are pioneers in their field, much like my friends at Living Chic, a woman-owned business right here in Abilene. Living Chic is Abilene's unique boutique for antiques and fine home furnishings. Their upstairs counterpart, Looking Chic, is a full-service salon specializing in pampering the Abilene woman.
Living Chic takes pride in celebrating National Women's History Month. Visit them today at 201 Walnut in downtown Abilene or call (325) 672-7777.
We all know women who are super at what they do. Throughout history, women have been at the forefront of music, business and more. Join me in honoring the women in your life.