Jessie James Decker wants to see "more women on the radio" in country music.
She told Insider that she's always seen country music as "accepting" of all music.
She added that she misses "the days of Shania, the days of Martina and Faith."
Jessie James Decker wants to see "more women on the radio" in country music. While promoting her partnership with DSW, the singer, songwriter, and designer told Insider that she's always seen country music as "accepting," despite some critics believing there's a diversity issue within the genre.
"I think what I would like to see is more, again, more women on the radio," Decker said. "That's what I miss. I miss women. I miss the days of Shania, the days of Martina and Faith."
Decker was referring to Shania Twain, Martina McBride, and Faith Hill — three powerhouse artists who dominated country music charts in the '90s and '00s.
Country music has been called out for its lack of diversity in the past
While discussing her upcoming music, Insider asked Decker about criticism that's been leveled against country music for not embracing diversity and what she thinks can change or should be done to change that from an artist's point of view.
"Well, I just think for me, country music has always felt completely different — where I've always felt like they were extremely accepting of all kinds of music," she said. "So I don't know that I've ever totally understood that, but I think what I would like to see is more women on the radio," going on to invoke the names of music icons like Shania Twain.
"I'm really hoping to see a shift there because that's why I fell in love with country music — those incredible women inspiring me to make a record," Decker said. "And so I think we're slowly seeing a shift there, but I just hope it continues because I miss it."
Decker is gearing up to not only bring her own music to the radio, but she has teamed up with another musician, Alyssa Bonagura
James Decker's EP "The Woman I've Become" was released in October, but she says a new project will be out soon. She has also teamed up with Alyssa Bonagura, who she calls her songbird soul mate, for an upcoming project. "We are going to actually head to the studio in March and we are so excited," she said.
As far as how Decker chooses any partnership, whether collaborations or partnerships, she says she's very "selective."
"I think for me as we're getting older and we're growing into our business, I've just become so much more selective about what I want do and who I wanna work with and what brands," she told Insider. "So this was one [with DSW] is one those that was a no brainer just because, you know, I love DSW always have, but also I just love that the sneakers collab, because I live in sneakers these days from working out or from chasing around our kids."
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