In honor of PAPER's Spring Transformation cover featuring Katy Perry — a prolific songwriter as well as performer, who has written for peers including Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, and Iggy Azalea — we asked veteran songwriter Sarah Hudson to curate a portfolio of the womxn hitmakers you should know.
"I'm tough, ambitious and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, Okay." – Madonna
"Women have been oppressed, ignored, underrated, and denied opportunity in the music industry since it began. But I feel the shift. I hear the voices of women getting louder, the energy of the goddess growing stronger and the demand for women's creativity becoming more and more evident. Women are so intuitive, resourceful and complex, that it's no wonder men have feared us stepping into our power for so long. But we are here and we have a voice.
Being in the music industry, it is imperative that women's voices are heard, because some of the most talented, poetic and prolific artists, writers and producers that I know are women. I wish I could highlight every single talented woman working in the music industry today in this article, but this portfolio would be closer to a novel. I chose these 15 women, not only because they are my friends and favorite co-writers, but because they are also beautiful souls with incredible perspectives and stories to tell.
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Each and every one of these women has fierce talent, undying tenacity and a vigorous ability to shine bright through the shades of a male dominated music industry. You know their songs, and I would love for you to get to know them a little better, as they change the world with their lyrics and melodies.
I hope we can stand together as a sisterhood, fight for equality, stand our ground on what we believe in, never compromise our artistic integrity for anyone... and as the queen says, if that makes us bitches, then okay... let's take the fuck over, bitches! — Sarah Hudson
Edited by Jael Goldfine, Michael Love Michael and Justin Moran