This week in Nashville, Tennessee, CMT announced its Next Women of Country. Only nine artists are in that class, including the XL Country's friend and Bozeman's own Stephanie Quayle.  Joining Stephanie are Anna Vaus, Emily Hackett, Ingrid Andress, Lainey Wilson, Lauren Duski, Leah Turner, Rachel Wammack, Stephanie Quayle and Tenille Townes. The announcement was made by Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild.

Inaugural CMT Next Women of Country member and event co-host Cassadee Pope is set to headline her first-ever tour, joined by Clare Dunnand Hannah Ellis, when the CMT Next Women of Country Tour hits the road in early 2019.Tour routing and additional information will be announced soon.


A staunch advocate for country music’s female artists, CMT first launched its “Next Women of Country” campaign in 2013 in an effort to support and expose developing female talent, both signed and unsigned, in a male-dominated format. The campaign showcases emerging female artists across all CMT screens throughout the year, and in five years since its launch, CMT has expanded the initiative to include five CMT NEXT WOMEN OF COUNTRY Tours, anchored by superstar acts including Jennifer Nettles, Martina McBride and Sara Evans, a digital series, NEXT WOMEN OF COUNTRY LIVE, and more. Notable alumnae of the franchise who have achieved both commercial and critical acclaim include Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Lauren Alaina, RaeLynn and Lindsay Ell.

2018 CMT Next Women Of Country Event
(Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT)Getty Images for CMT

Way to go, Stephanie!

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