Three Chords and the Truth: A Conversation About Representation in Country Music

Posted on Thursday, March 4, 2021

 A Conversation About Representation in Country Music


To mark International Womxn’s Week, join Dr. Jada Watson, and singer-songwriters D’orjay the Singing Shaman and Tami Neilson for a panel conversation on representation in country music culture.

Recent polls show that country music ranks as one of the most popular music genres in the USA. But since 2000, there has been a drastic decline in the presence of songs by female artists on the format – down to a 10% average of airplay in 2019. Most disconcertingly, this percentage represents airplay almost entirely for white women, as songs by Black women are essentially excluded from the format. Recent studies show that current practices for programming and signing artists continue to enforce racial segregation and gender discrimination that were institutionalized in the industry in the 1920s.

How do BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and white female artists operate within these structures? In “Three Chords and the Truth”, Dr. Jada Watson will lead a panel conversation with Canadian singer-songwriters Tami Neilson and D’orjay the Singing Shaman. They will discuss their journeys to country music, their songwriting practice, and reflect on the current (and historic) cultures of racial and gender inequity that plague the industry.


Date: Monday, March 8, 2021

Time: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Where: Virtual event via ZOOM



Free admission. Registration requires.

The event will be in English only.


uOttawa International Womxn's Week 2021 full lineup

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