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Keith Urban brought down the house on the Nov. 8 CMA Awards with his brand-new song, “Female.” The women’s empowerment anthem quickly shot to No. 1 at iTunes and inspired a ton of social media posts thanking Keith and the song’s writers for delivering such a strong message.


The message of “Female” resonated with country star Kelsea Ballerina. She quickly memorized the song and delivered her own cover of it on Instagram. She gives high praise to the song’s writers — Ross Copperman, Shane McAnally and Nicolle Galyon — for penning the tune.

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Kelsea writes, ” The reason I love country music is because we have songwriters like @nicatnitemusic @shanemcanally and @rosscopperman who write lyrical and brilliant truth, and artists like @keithurban who are bold enough to put it out into the world. Bowing down to this one. #female.”

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We caught up with songwriter Shane McAnally on the red carpet at the CMA Awards, and he tells Rare Country the song was partly inspired by the women speaking out about sexual assault in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. On a larger note, Shane says this conversation has been going on for more than a year now.

He explains, “There has been so much in the news about the things that have been going on with the scandals, but along with that, it just feels like in the past year, even with the election, with just things that continue to sort of — it surprised me — to make us question whether or not women are getting fair treatment.”

The three writers found inspiration for the song in their personal lives as well.

Shane continues, “All of us — Nicolle, Ross and [me] — we all have daughters. We started talking about the opportunities for them, and what we wanted for them and how we wanted them to feel. This song said that.”

Having Keith Urban deliver the song has been a real gift, too. Shane adds, “What a dream.”

Kelsea is now nominated for “Female Artist of the Year” in the Rare Country Awards, and it’s up to you to decide the winner. Vote now at RareCountryAwards.com until Dec. 13. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert event on Dec. 14 in Nashville.

A country hit-maker puts a new take on Keith Urban’s female empowerment song Instagram/@kelseaballerini
Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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