In honor of Women’s History Month, let’s take a look at some amazing, modern women of country and their music videos.
1. “half of my hometown” by Kelsea Ballerini (ft. Kenny Chesney)
Tennessee native, Kelsea Ballerini, shows her love for her hometown in her music video, “half of my hometown”. This video beautifully depicts a young, high school Ballerini moving away from her hometown, Knoxville. She leaves behind her best friends and all of her high school memories. Throughout this music video, Ballerini reflects her time within Knoxville. We see shots of her high school moments, including graduation. Then, we see shots of her life if she still stayed Knoxville. We see an older Ballerini who is married with children and works in a hair salon. This music video is cinematographically stunning and has a sweet message of staying true to where you are from.
2. "I Hope" by Gabby Barrett
Gabby Barrett puts her raw talent and passion into the “I Hope” music video. She starts the video by sitting down in an empty building. She sings her storytelling lyrics to the audience, like she is explaining us her side of the story. We see Barrett and her boyfriend sitting in a coffee shop when he spots another woman. He eyes the woman romantically, which leads to an unfortunate relationship. Barrett’s boyfriend cheats on her with this other girl. While this is going on, Barrett passionately sings, “I hope she comes along and wrecks every one of your plans / I hope you spend your last dime to put a rock on her hand / I hope she's wilder than your wildest dreams / She's everything you're ever gonna need / And then I hope she cheats / Like you did on me." Then, in later shots, we see this other woman cheat on Barrett’s now ex-boyfriend. As a result, Barrett gets what she hoped for. This song is full of such strong emotion, and the music video complements it well.
3. "Rainbow" by Kacey Musgraves
“Rainbow” is a video everyone must watch, even those who don’t prefer country music. Within this video, we see several storylines of people who are struggling with different personal issues. These people are seen in the shadows while Musgraves’ appears glowing like an angel. As the video goes on, Musgraves’ reminds these people that “there’s always been a rainbow hanging over your head”. We can see these people being saved with a literal rainbow over their heads. The last shot is Musgraves’ in a stunning, glimmering dress surrounded by flowers and rainbows. The video is cinematically breath- taking. Not only this, but it's emotionally moving. The symbolism of the rainbow and Musgraves’ glowing face is deep.
4. “My Father’s Daughter” by Jewel (ft. Dolly Parton)
This heartwarming music video gives us a glimpse into the life of Jewel. At the beginning of the video, we read “My family didn’t have heirlooms. We had songs"- Jewel. We then see a shot of her and her father singing on stage. She is laughing and trying to continue singing with her dad. Throughout this video, we see home videos of Jewel and her family growing up. They show clips of her family farm throughout the different seasons. It is beautiful how we see Jewel’s roots and her family ties. We also get to see Parton in her younger days as well. This song is incredibly moving with lyrics stating, “And I'm right behind you / There's a light, there's a light / That shines wherever you go / I am my father's daughter." Family will always be an important part of Jewel’s life, especially the memories of her father.
5. “Babe” by Sugarland (ft. Taylor Swift)
“Babe” has an excellent music video for any fan of drama. This music video tells the story of a rich business man cheating on his wife (portrayed by lead singer of Sugarland, Jennifer Nettles) with his secretary (portrayed by Taylor Swift). The video is full of rich ambiance and materialistic items that play a large role in the video. The wife is this perfect, stay-at-home woman who cooks dinner and cleans the house, yet her husband craves more. This is parallel to the way he craves more money and physical items. He springs for his secretary and makes a move on her in his office. Suddenly, his wife walks in to the two kissing and is heartbroken. At the end of the video, the husband leaves his secretary and goes home to his wife only to find out his wife is done with him too. The video perfectly describes the storytelling of the song, similarly to Barrett’s “I Hope” music video. This is one you won’t want to skip, especially for Taylor Swift fans.
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