There are so few female producers in the music industry that no one has found the exact percentage. It’s that low. Despite the popularity of so many female artists, when it comes to the work done behind the mic, women are a nearly invisible force.
The current estimate is that somewhere around 5% of today's music producers are women. Often referred to as a "generous assumption," it is safe to say that the music industry has some work to do.
A Few of Our Favorites
With so few women making noise, those that make names for themselves as music producers have discographies to kill for ... and lots to say.
Singer and producer Linda Perry dedicated her life to the music industry, as lead singer in the 90’s band 4 Non Blondes through the founding of two recording studios. She has written and produced songs with a number of hit artists, including Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, Pink, Adele, and Alicia Keys, and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015.
Trina Shoemaker has worked in the music production industry since the age of 19 after moving to Los Angeles for a gig with Capitol Records. She has since worked with the likes of Sheryl Crow, The Dixie Chicks, Queens of the Stone Age, and many more. Her work has earned her three Grammy Awards and various other award nominations.
Just over 20 years old, Canadian record producer Ebony Naomi Oshunrinde is known by the professional name of WondaGurl. A well-known producer in the hip-hop and trap music genres, this rising star has worked with the likes of Drake, Travis Scott, Lil Uzi Vert, Jay Z, and many more.
Music producer Sylvia Massy has made a name for herself working alongside artists such as Prince, Johnny Cash, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Tom Petty, and many more. With a 15-year stint running RadioStar Studios, her long-standing reputation runs over three decades, and she’s not done yet.