Hear Her Voice: An Analysis of Selected Songs by American Female Songwriters of the 1960s and 1970s

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Renzi, Miranda
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University Honors College Middle Tennessee State University
This creative project analyzes selected songs written and recorded by prominent American female songwriters from the 1960s and 1970s. The purpose of this analysis is to underscore the cultural and musical significance of both the individual songs and the pioneering female artists who wrote and recorded them. This analysis was accomplished by re-recording selected songs from four different genres and studying the lyrics, the musical composition, the historical context in which the songs were released, and the individual artists who wrote and recorded each song. The conclusions drawn from the analysis reveal that American female songwriters of the 1960s and 1970s have had a lasting impact on popular culture, the music industry, and popular music overall.
College of Media and Entertainment, Music, Feminism, Songwriter, Songwriting, Music Industry, Recording Industry, Music Business, Entertainment Industry, American Music, 1960s, 1970s, Carole King, Dolly Parton, Aretha Franklin, Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Heart, 9 to 5, You've Got a Friend, Barracuda, Respect, Popular Music, Country Music, Rock Music, Rock and Roll, Rhythm and Blues, Soul, Singer Songwriter, Folk