Words of Wisdom From Legendary Female Musicians

– By The Violet Wave Staff –

It’s International Women’s Day, and if you haven’t gotten enough messages of female empowerment yet, we’re about to give you some more. Many influential women in the music industry paved the path for future generations of female badassery, and the cycle keeps on going as more female voices stand out from all genres.

Here are some of our favorite quotes and advice from legendary women in the music industry who have inspired so many music-loving women around the world. Talking about their originality, mindsets, artistry and determination on chasing dreams, these quotes provide powerful insight on what goes on in the heads of these exceptional women. If you’re a budding musician, then you’ll find some of these advice useful (Chrissie Hynde’s is our favorite).

 

10 Quotes From Legendary Female Musicians - The Violet Wave

“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got. There is no yesterday, no tomorrow, it’s all the same day.” –Janis Joplin

 

10 Quotes From Legendary Female Musicians - The Violet Wave

“Where does it all lead? What will become of us? These were our young questions, and young answers were revealed. It leads to each other. We become ourselves.” – Patti Smith

 

10 Quotes From Legendary Female Musicians - The Violet Wave

“The most powerful thing you can do as a woman in music is be authentic.” – Shirley Manson, Garbage

 

10 Quotes From Legendary Female Musicians

“If you act like there is no difference between you and your male counterparts, there most likely won’t be.” – Jenny Conlee, The Decemberists

 

10 Quotes From Legendary Female Musicians

“My idea of feminism is self-determination, and it’s very open-ended: every woman has the right to become herself, and do whatever she needs to do.” – Ani DiFranco

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I’m free. I just do what I want, say what I want, say how I feel, and I don’t try to hurt nobody. I just try to make sure that I don’t compromise my art in any kind of way, and I think people respect that.” – Erykah Badu

 

10 Quotes From Legendary Female Musicians - The Violet Wave

“When I sing, trouble can sit right on my shoulder and I don’t even notice.” – Sarah Vaughan

 

Quotes From Legendary Female Musicians - The Violet Wave

“Don’t think that sticking your boobs out and trying to look f*ckable will help. Remember you’re in a rock and roll band. It’s not ‘F*ck me,’ it’s ‘F*ck you!’” – Chrissie Hynde, Pretenders

 

Quotes From Legendary Female Musicians

“Whatever I’m doing, I’m in that moment and I’m doing it. The rest of the world’s lost. If I’m cooking some food or making soup, I want it to be lovely. If not, what’s the point of doing it?” – Sade

Quotes From Legendary Female Musicians

” You can’t copy anybody and end with anything. If you copy, it means you’re working without any real feeling. No two people on earth are alike, and it’s got to be that way in music or it isn’t music.” – Billie Holiday

 

Quotes From Legendary Female Musicians

“I don’t try to sound like anyone but me anymore. If something is out of my element, I try to avoid it.” – Norah Jones

 

Quotes From Legendary Female Musicians

“You could write a song about some kind of emotional problem you are having, but it would not be a good song, in my eyes, until it went through a period of sensitivity to a moment of clarity. Without that moment of clarity to contribute to the song, it’s just complaining.” – Joni Mitchell

 

Quotes From Legendary Female Musicians

“Find something you really love doing and mix it with something you really care about. That’s why I’ve had such longevity as an artist. I really, really care about ending violence against women, and I really, really love playing music. It’s super enjoyable!” – Kathleen Hanna, Bikini Kill

 

Quotes From Legendary Female Musicians

“You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream. You’ve got to get out there and make it happen for yourself.” – Diana Ross

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