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Kelsea Ballerini and Brandy Clark: Q&A with 2 women succeeding in male-dominated country music

Unless you're Carrie Underwood or Miranda Lambert, it's not easy being a female singer in country music right now. Bro-country and male voices rule the radio airwaves and the concert scene. But two women making are headway as opening acts for Keith Urban and Alan Jackson on the state fair circuit. Kelsea Ballerini, 21, just became the first female singer in 10 years (since Underwood) to have her debut single reach No. 1 on country chart. Singer-songwriter Brandy Clark, 39, has written two recent No. 1 tunes and won a CMA Award for song of the year but has struggled as an artist. We talked with both women about their climbs up the country charts and how each fits into the current...

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