What do Jason Aldean’s “The Truth” and Miranda Lambert’s “White Liar” have in common? Of course they’re both number 1 songs this week (“The Truth” sits on top of the Billboard Hot Country Chart and “White Liar” is on top of the USAToday/MediaBase Chart) but they share something else: Female songwriters.
“White Liar” was penned by Miranda Lambert and Natalie Hemby; “The Truth” by Brett James and Ashley Monroe.
Miranda Lambert, who is celebrating her first chart topper, regularly writes or co-writes most of songs and is well-respected for her work as both a singer and a songwriting.
Jason Aldean is celebrating his third number 1 from his “Wide Open” CD, which includes “She’s Country,” co-written by Bridgette Tatum. He’s also had success with songs written by another woman, Vicky Lynn McGehee, who co-wrote “Why,” “Hicktown,” and “Johnny Cash.”
With Carrie Underwood’s “Temporary Home,” which she co-wrote, destined to move up to the top-10, there may be four female songwriters ruling the country charts as soon as next week.
And of course Taylor Swift is another female singer/songwriter burning up the charts, as is Hillary Scott, who co-writes with her Lady Antebellum band mates and had a number 1 smash with "Need You Now." Both women have songs moving up the charts.
This impressive showing may or may not be unprecedented, but at the very least it is noteworthy. Congratulations to the songwriting women of Nashville!