The Highway Women is an all-woman musical group that was created to support women in country music and beyond.
The Highway Women is an all-woman country blend of country, rock and pop music band like no other that brings a musical movement to support other women in country music and beyond. The group is comprised of singers Kristen Kae, Drew Haley, Bailey James and Heather Harper.
The group started in 2016 and has had various members since then, but the current group has been together for about a year. They don’t have a lead singer as they try to equally share the singing responsibilities.
I interviewed Kristen, Bailey and Heather to find out more about their group. The girls are each accomplished solo artists and were invited by CEO of Heart Songs Records Jill Pavel to form the supergroup. Even though they did not know each other prior, they were “thrown together and we meshed well,” according to Kirsten.
The girls are from all across the country and have unique vocal qualities but somehow their harmonies blend remarkably well, which creates a sound that is all their own.
Earlier this year, the girls recorded the uplifting anthem, “God Made Me Right.” The lyrics, “Ooh, I’m proud of what I see. / Ooh, the reflection staring back at me / I’m big, I’m small/ I’m black, I’m white/ I’m representing every single girl tonight. / Ooh, I’m beautiful. / God made me right,” have become a girl-power theme and empowerment message.
The Highway Women admit they were treated differently by industry execs because they are women. Bailey James moved to Nashville when she was 14. She is currently 17.
“That’s when it really started,” James said. “You would go into situations and performances and be treated differently. You have to really fight to get airplay.”
Heather agreed, “It is the same everywhere you go. Texas’ music scene is completely different than Nashville’s but we have that problem here as well. For the local venues, it seems like the same group of men gets asked to play over and over. We are fighting for that equality on stage and the radio and we are slowly starting to see a change.”
During COVID, Texan Heather Harper admits to face-timing a lot especially since she is now expecting a baby in November. For now, they are doing everything over the phone and computer.
In the meantime, they have been writing songs for themselves and the group. Bailey said, “Writing for yourself is easy. But when you have to open your mind to three other ladies, it is completely different.”
The latest release, “Shake the Dust” is a contemplative number that encourages the listener go after what is wanted in life regardless of what anyone else says. While reflecting on the song, Heather said, “If it’s what you really want to do, [such as pursue a music career] don’t let anyone stop you from doing it. Do it.”
The Highway Women will release another single in October and an EP soon after. They plan to go back on tour after the new year.
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Bethany Bowman is a freelance entertainment writer. Follow her blog and on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.