With a more pop-oriented sound and an influx of female stars, country music went mainstream in the early '90s, leading to a 2-hour CBS special in 1993 called The Women of Country
. This song, with its message of female empowerment, was a showcase song, with Carpenter performing it with Emmylou Harris, Trisha Yearwood, Suzy Bogguss, Pam Tillis
, Patty Loveless, and Kathy Mattea.
Carpenter, who was raised in the Northeast and graduated from Brown University, was hailed as a new kind of Country singer - one that could appeal to an audience far outside the typical fan base of the genre.