One year ago today, the all-female, singer-songwriter collective Song Suffragettes released the original song and music video for “Time’s Up”, a musical nod to the female empowerment movement that began in January of 2018. The song went on to receive major media coverage, critical accolades and ultimately raised $10,000 for the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund through single sales and streaming. In celebration of this anniversary, Song Suffragettes just released “’Time’s Up’ – The Story Behind The Song” via their YouTube page which has amassed over 2.6 million views to date.
Written by Kalie Shorr and Lacy Green, the song features the voices of 23 Song Suffragettes and pointedly addresses gender inequality and sexual misconduct against women with sharp lyrics like “we aren’t waiting anymore for the moon to turn the tides”. The accompanying music video features the following Song Suffragettes (women listed in order of appearance in the song): Kalie Shorr, Tasji Bachman, Chloe Gilligan, Savannah Keyes, Mignon, Gracie Schram, Tiera, Jenna Paulette, Emma White, Jordyn Mallory, Emma Lynn White, Regan Stewart, Kim Paige, Jenna McDaniel, Madison Kozak, Jenny Ray, Tenille Arts, Tristan McIntosh, Tia Scola, Alexis Gomez, Candi Carpenter and Trannie Stevens.
After the song and video were released, the intense media coverage included the Associated Press, USA Today, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Voice of America, U.S. News & World Report, Billboard, Rolling Stone, CMT.com, TasteOfCountry.com, SoundsLikeNashville.com and Grammy.com. Most recently, the song was one of sixteen songs featured on TuneIn’s Country Roads “Fab Females of 2018” radio special. TheShotgunSeat.com named the song one of the Top 20 Singles of 2018 calling it “arguably the most important song released in 2018.”
Song Suffragettes remains at the forefront of the disparity and discrimination debate surrounding females in the country music genre. ELLE Magazine prominently featured Song Suffragettes in their November 2018 issue with a story titled “The Women of Nashville’s Music Scene Are Calling Time’s Up.” In December, National Public Radio (NPR) touted Song Suffragettes nationally in a Morning Edition piece called “Female Country Music Singers In Nashville Navigate Gender Bias To Be Heard.”