At this point in the list of country music's most powerful women, each artist's name is essentially the explanation. "Because she's Faith Hill" is enough. She's an all-time great female country singer.
Real tears fell during at least one of these seven country music cover song performances. Newcomers including Brett Young, Farewell Angelina and Kalie Shorr prove their versatility beyond their own catalog by covering Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and more.
Martina McBride exemplifies power in country music. The multi-time Female Vocalist of the Year winner is one of the genre's best singers, but that alone is not why she ranks high on this list of country music's most powerful women.
Grammy's, ACM and CMA Awards and a rarely interrupted, five-year stretch of No. 1 hits guarantee the Judds a spot on this list of country music's most powerful women. Their personal story of perseverance is what's most impressive.