As I have been thinking about which artists and songs to highlight on Sing-A-Long Saturday, I have become more aware of the majority of the music that I listen to is performed by white males. Why is this? I believe in supporting female artists and artists of color, especially female artists and artists of color that are outside of the mainstream. But when it comes down to it, I choose white male singers/bands.
When looking at my "favorite music" section on my Facebook page, I have come to realize that 73% of those listed are all male bands or male singers, only 1 is a person of color, and only 18% were female singers...I did not have any all female bands listed.
Maybe I'm just attracted to the male voice -- I do like when guys have a good singing voice -- and that's why a majority of my favorite music is performed by white men. Or maybe it's that there are more white male singers/bands out there in most genres. Or maybe it's that society has told us that white male performers are more worthy of our time.
Some of the female singers/bands that I do like (for bands, I am including bands that are at least half female) are:
- Regina Spektor
- She & Him
- Ingrid Michaelson
- Dar Williams
- KT Tunstall
Does anyone have any recommendations of female singers/bands? I am interested in expanding my horizons and supporting female artists.
Why is most of the music I listen to written/performed by straight white males? [Pieces of String]