Albums By Female Artists That Changed My Life (And Why)

Dave Tieff
5 min readFeb 6, 2024
  1. The Indigo Girls — The Indigo Girls
  2. Tracy Chapman — Tracy Chapman
  3. Eva Cassidy — The Best Of Eva Cassidy
  4. Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac) — Rumors
  5. Edie Brickell (and The New Bohemians) — Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars
  6. Fiona Apple — Tidal
  7. Roberta Flack — Killing Me Softly
  8. Carole King — Tapestry
  9. Janis Joplin — Pearl
  10. Missy Elliott — Supa Dupa Fly
Eva Cassidy…my favorite voice

When you play music for a living, no matter what level, inevitably people ask you who your influences are. I’ve realized that you don’t have to play music to have artists influence you — or even change your life.

A few weeks ago I posted “What band/artist changed your life?” on Facebook and I got a tsunami of answers — the majority coming from non-musicians.

I have plenty of friends who don’t play music, and yet, music is a central part of who they are as people. Music and their persona go hand in hand — and sometimes I’m jealous of them.

Many of those friends are rabid concertgoers, but very few of them play music.

I miss the days before I knew how the musical sausage was made. There’s a purity that comes from just listening and not knowing what’s behind the curtain.

Long before I picked up a guitar or attempted to sing in front of people, AC/DC quite literally changed my life. I may have only been 9 years old at the time, but I’ve never been the same since. That’s when music was pure magic to me. Angus Young was better than Santa Claus.

Listening to female artists gives me some of that magic back because it’s a…



Dave Tieff

Alcohol Free (AF) singer-songwriter & cyber journalist. Here to discuss everything sex, drugs, rock, and culture🤘🍄🎙💋