Rising Maine Country Artist Kalie Shorr Hates Sexism, Not Men
Kalie Shorr has been vocal on the importance of female equality in country music, but she doesn't hate men — she hates sexism.
"All our songs are about boys. I love boys — I'm a huge fan, do not get me wrong," Shorr tells Taste of Country. Each week she leads Songs Suffragettes, a female showcase held at Nashville's the Listening Room Cafe.
"It's the same misconception with feminism that it's saying women are better than men," she continues, "And no, it's saying that we should be equal to men and I think that's such a fair statement."
In 2016 Shorr released her single "Fight Like a Girl," which was written in response to the "tomatogate" scandal in which one radio executive stressed that for stations to have success, they should stop playing music by females. Shorr said the song took a turn to touch more women than she ever imagined, but specifically those battling cancer.
"I played it for my mom and the first thing she said was that it reminded her of when she was going for treatment for chemo for her breast cancer. That's so much more important than my qualms with the music industry," she admits. "I remember a woman saying she had just been diagnosed with cervical cancer and she heard 'Fight Like a Girl' on the radio on the way home from treatment. The honor of being able to be involved in that moment of her finding hope was so awesome."
Being an advocate for females, Shorr gets her fair share of hateful comments, but she's okay with that.
"I'm proud to be outspoken about it. I've gotten some nasty comments from people who think I'm just a bra-burning feminist, but it's something I'm overwhelmingly proud to be even when there's negative stuff involved too," she concedes.
Watch Kalie Shorr Sing "Nothin' New"