Front and Center: Guitarist and Vocalist, Samantha Fish

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Front and Center: Guitarist and Vocalist, Samantha Fish


By Gabriella Steffenberg 

Born in Kansas City, Mo., blues and rock musician Samantha Fish immersed herself into the music since picking up a guitar at 13. With a fear of performing in front of audiences, Fish pushed through her doubts and realized years later that this was a career she wanted to pursue.

With three albums released to date, Fish has overcome the obstacle that once blocked her creative outlet, and has been working on new music for an upcoming album.

Read on below to learn more about this week’s Front and Center, and check out Fish’s official website here.

WiMN: When did you know that you wanted to be a musician?

SF: I started playing music when I was 13, but I didn’t know that it was going to be my life until I was 17/18. I remember it was a pretty definitive moment. I was a really shy kid and I was thrown onto a stage for my first public performance – it was the scariest thing, but it changed me. I kind of knew after that moment that I wanted to keep chasing down that feeling; I wanted to be a performer.

WiMN: What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned since entering the music industry?

SF: You learn things everyday if you are looking for them. Really the biggest thing I’ve had to learn to do is to trust my instincts. Being young and female in a male-driven industry – there’s a lot of second-guessing yourself. Any decisions that are made, I have to wear them. So I’ve had to start trusting my gut and also be humble enough to keep seeking out education.

WiMN: Have there been any women in your life that have inspired you and your music? If so, in what ways?

SF: My mom and my sister were always singing when I was a kid. When I started hearing females playing instruments that really changed a lot for me. I saw Sheryl Crow early on, just seeing her run all over the stage playing various instruments was really inspiring. It opened the door for me to get into Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, etc.

WiMN: Are you currently working on new music?

SF: Yes, always. I just finished an acoustic album in December. Not sure about an official release date yet. I am writing again, and I’ve been doing demos; I’m always working on new music.

WiMN: What piece of advice would you give to women looking to be in the music industry?

SF: Hone your craft. Be a bad-ass. Don’t ever stop learning. It’s hard being a female in this industry, so you have to work really hard to prove yourself as a contender. Work hard, find your voice.

WiMN: What are your musical goals that you want to accomplish over the next year?

SF: I want to get out to as many people as humanly possible. I also want to find more time to be creative and write music, and I want to continue growing my business.

Gallery: 2016 She Rocks ASCAP Expo Showcase

Check out the gallery for the WiMN’s 2016 She Rocks ASCAP Expo Showcase that took place Friday, April 29 at the Tinhorn Flats in Hollywood, Calif.

Photos by Lina Bhambhani.

Front and Center: Vocalist, Bassist and Songwriter of Dash|Ten, Sergeant Corrin Campbell

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Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 3.19.07 PMFront and Center: Vocalist, Bassist and Songwriter of Dash|Ten, Sergeant Corrin Campbell

By Gabriella Steffenberg

Corrin Campbell is truly a model citizen and leads by example in the world of amazing female musicians. An active duty Sergeant in the United States Army, Campbell serves our country all while pursuing her dreams in music.

Along with her new band, Dash|Ten, Campbell will be embarking on her fourth personal year performing at the well-known summer festival, Vans Warped Tour. With Dash Ten’s album coming out May 21, we know this is only the beginning of Campbell’s new chapter.

Find out more about Dash|Ten by visiting their official website and Facebook page, and continue reading below to get to know this week’s Front and Center, Sergeant Campbell.

WiMN: In what ways were you/are you involved with the United States military and music program?

CC: I’m currently active duty. I came into the Army as a bass guitar player and was a part of Army bands for about 5 years and deployed to Iraq with the 1st Cavalry Division before I came into the job I am now.

Where I am currently is called Army Musical Outreach. The biggest difference here is that my group is one-of-a-kind in that we play our own original music, and we don’t typically play for Soldiers. Our job is to tour the United States, play our music, and show how our individual pursuits are being utilized to further the whole organization. It’s pretty cool!

WiMN: How has your military background inspired your musical growth?

CC: Firstly, I have way more focus and drive to succeed. I came in right out of high school, and I didn’t really know what I wanted to do when I “grew up.”

I loved music, and the Army gave me a place to pursue it where I wasn’t going to be starving to having to make ends meet. Then I started writing and recording my own music, and it just kind of developed into where I am now. I have less than a year left in the Army before I move on to do other things, but my time in has been an eye-opening one.

Deploying to Iraq for a year, having to learn many different styles of music on bass and vocals, traveling to places I’d never been with people from many different backgrounds… All of these things helped me develop as a musician and a person while giving me the freedom to take it all in. I think varying your personal exposure to many cultures and many genres of music can really impact how creative of a person you develop into.

WiMN: You’ll be back for your fourth year at Van’s Warped Tour. How have your experiences playing at such a well-known tour influenced you?

CC: Ah, Warped Tour. It is the most grueling and most incredible experience. I have made SO MANY friends, bands, crew, and fans alike. It has also been really incredible to see so many parts of the U.S. and experience all the different crowds and scenery. My experiences at Warped Tour are also a lot more similar to my experiences in the Army than most would expect, I think.

There’s a community, lots of people pulling together from different places that feel a sense of ownership and belonging. The camaraderie to SURVIVE, ha, because if you’ve ever been to Warped Tour, or toured on it, you know survival of those hot days is a real thing. ☺️

WiMN: Are you working on an album with your new band, Dash|Ten? If so, when are you looking to release new music?

CC: YES. We actually just got the physical products yesterday. Holding that album in our hands and knowing all the work that went into it feels amazing. The album comes out May 21, but it’ll only be available in hard copy at Warped Tour until August. It’ll also be streamable on our Soundcloud, but we wanted the hard copies to be an exclusive for Warped Tour fans until the tour is over.

The first two singles are streamable online now, for those fans who saw on the Warped Tour kick-off broadcast, or anyone who wants to get an idea of our sound before the album comes out. We’re also planning a “bonus” single. Warped Tour is doing a “90 Days to Warped” thing, where they feature one band a day until the tour kicks off, and ours is June 5, so we’re releasing another new single that day.

It’s atypical from the way most bands do it, but that’s the beauty of being unsigned… We don’t have to follow the standard industry release cycles and can just bring new music to the fans as we write it.

WiMN: What piece of advice would you give to women who are looking to go into the music industry?

CC: Know that you’re special, but don’t be entitled. Know that you’re different, but don’t let people treat you differently. Know that supporting other female artists and musicians is 100 times more valuable than getting competitive or catty.

There’s a power in being a woman in this industry, even with all the struggles that come with it. With great power comes great responsibility, as one superhero’s uncle once said, and I live by that mantra as a woman in the music industry.

WiMN: What has been one of your most memorable touring experiences thus far?

CC: Honestly, just meeting people on the road. And more specifically, keeping in touch. I’ve been doing some solo artist work for a while, and the band is a new venture that I’m SO EXCITED about.

The people who have supported me all this time deserve my attention and loyalty as much as they give me the same. So when I meet a fan for the first time, keep in touch with them on Twitter, and then see and recognize them at another show in the future – that is just the most miraculous feeling. We are in this adventure together, and nothing feels better than that.

WiMN: What are your music goals for the next five years?

CC: After Warped Tour, we plan on touring in the Northeast and Midwest in the Fall. We’ll also be heading back into the studio for ANOTHER full length, because we’ve been writing up a storm, and hopefully a new album will be ready for Dash|Ten fans in Spring/early Summer of 2017.

We already have so much more to say! I would really love to tour or share a stage with some of my all-time favorite bands like Hoobastank, Paramore, or even the Foo Fighters. Lofty goals, but hey. Five years is a long time, and shooting for the stars to hit the moon is our M.O.

Karen Macmillan Appointed VP Of Imagem Music US Creative Services

kaaaarenKaren Macmillan has been appointed as the new Vice President of Imagem USA Creative Services. In her new role, she will oversee and facilitate North American synchronization for all of the copyrights across the company’s extensive catalog.

“I am thrilled to join the Imagem team,” said Macmillan. “Not only is it a company comprising catalogs with rich and storied histories spanning Pop to Classical to Broadway, but it is a fantastic group of professionals on the team. I look forward to further developing the reputation Imagem has and to continuing the company’s ethos of providing creative music solutions to all media clients no matter how big or small”

“I am excited to have Karen join Imagem,” said Bill Gaden, CEO of Imagem USA. “Her contagious energy, experience and industry knowledge is the perfect complement to our team, and I am confident that she will achieve new heights for our writers in this important market. We all look forward to working with her”.

Natasha Baldwin, Group President Creative & Marketing, added “I’m really pleased that we have Karen on board to lead this Creative Services team. In our industry, she is known for her proactive approach to solving synch problems as well as being a true creative, so I’m confident that she will not only fit in well to Imagem but take the team from strength to strength over the coming years”.

Macmillan comes to Imagem USA with over 20 years of music industry experience. Most recently, she held the position of Senior Director of Advertising & Branding at Nettwerk Music Group (Publishing, Label and Management) overseeing ad syncs and brand partnerships in North America. Campaign highlights include Budweiser’s “Puppy Love” SuperBowl Ad, Samsung’s Dial In: Feel The Power ad, Johnnie Walker’s Double Black ad, as well as numerous other campaigns from brands including Apple, Acura, AT&T, McDonalds, eBay, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Bank of America, Pepsi, Toys R Us, Sprint, Honda, Subaru, Blue Moon and many more. Prior to Nettwerk she ran her own consulting company for 10 years, helping artist owned record labels with sales, distribution and marketing. Long term clients included Carole King (Rockingale Records) and Gillian Welch (Acony Records).

From MI Pro

Laura B. Whitmore Offers Helpful Tips to Get More Girls Playing Guitar

laura b whitmoreBy Gabriella Steffenberg

WiMN founder Laura B. Whitmore recently penned an article for MI Pro titled, “10 Ways to Get More Girls Playing Guitar.”

In the feature, Whitmore suggests ideas that range from thinking more about the style of guitars available on the market, to teaching girls songs they want to actually learn. Another key factor, Whitmore adds, is that the industry must market towards girl’s parents. She writes, “create a safe space not only for girls to learn, but for them to perform as well. Make sure parents know the goals of the program and the opportunities for self-esteem building involved.”

To read Whitmore’s most recent MI Pro article in full, click here.

Janet Feder Sits Down with ‘Premier Guitar’ to Discuss ‘THISCLOSE’


Janet Feder for ‘Premier Guitar,’ April 2016.

By Gabriella Steffenberg

Premier Guitar recently posted an in-depth interview with avant-garde guitarist Janet Feder. Although, Feder would disagree on any genre labeling, calling her kind of music she plays “guitar music.”

The genre-bending guitarist creates with many different genre influences, from jazz, to folk, to classical, and doesn’t plan on changing her ways. Based out of Denver, Colo., Feder plays only baritone guitars and oftentimes uses unique tunings that make her playing stand out that much more.

With her most recent album, THISCLOSE, having been released late last year, Feder spends the interview time talking to PG about the process that went into it, specific tracks, acoustic vs. electric guitars, and her love of the baritone guitar.

For the full interview with Feder, head to Premier Guitar for the original article.


Front and Center: CEO of Deering Banjo Company Inc., Janet Deering

The WiMN’s Front and Center is a weekly column that showcases accomplished women who work in the music and audio industries. We spotlight successful female performers, manufacturers, retailers, educators, managers, publicists, and everyone else in between. Want to be featured? Learn how here.

Front and Center: Deering Banjo Company Inc. CEO, Janet Deering 

by Pauline France

Deering Banjos CEO, Janet Deering.

Deering Banjos CEO, Janet Deering.

Deering Banjo Company calls itself The Great American Banjo Company – and rightfully so.

Founded by visionary couple Greg and Janet Deering in 1975, and based in Spring Valley, Calif., just 10 miles east of Downtown San Diego, Deering Banjo Company has become the leading banjo manufacturer in the United States.

The family-run business offers a full range of American-made banjos, including the Deering, Vega, Tenbrooks, and Goodtime banjos, all hand-built by Mr. and Mrs. Deering and their team of 48 dedicated banjo specialists, who hold a combined 231 years of banjo-building expertise.

The company also boasts an impressive artist roster featuring names like Mumford & Sons, Ashley Campbell, Béla Fleck, “Mean” Mary James, and many others.

Mrs. Deering, who now holds the position of CEO at Deering Banjo Company, earned her way to the top through lots of arduous work – she’s done everything from bookkeeping to sanding, but has always managed to find time to play banjo along the way.

When asked what type of advice she would give to women with aspirations within the music products industry, Mrs. Deering says, “Don’t give up when you are discouraged – just keep on going. Perfect your craft to the highest level of professionalism and you will succeed if you are persistent. Success takes time – it won’t happen overnight.”

The formidable CEO also discusses how she’s seen the banjo industry evolve since her company’s inception more than 40 years ago, what she wishes everybody knew about the banjo, and some exciting news about upcoming leadership for Deering Banjo Company. Hint: it’ll stay within the family.

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WiMN: Are you a musician? If so, what do you play and for how long?

JD: Yes – I have played banjo and guitar for about 30 years.

WiMN: Since founding Deering Banjos in 1975 with your husband Greg, what different roles have you held within the company?

JD: I began as a craftswoman sanding the banjo parts, staining them, and doing the in-between coat sanding and buffing of the final finished parts for the first 15 years; all the while taking the orders, doing the bookkeeping, promotion and financial management.

In 1990 I became focused on administration and delegated my production jobs. I developed our sales and marketing programs and hired and trained a sales and marketing team. I organized our inventory cage and helped to implement lean manufacturing into our company in the last 10 years, and I have been the CEO for the past 15 years.

WiMN: What’s one thing you wish everyone knew about banjos?

JD: How much fun they are to play and how quickly one can learn to play one. They are tuned in a G chord and so one can do a bar cord on every fret and play a song without any complex fingering in the beginning. Songs can be learned in just a few minutes with our two-finger banjo method.

WiMN: What advice do you have for women pursuing a career in the music products industry?

JD: Don’t give up when you are discouraged – just keep on going. Perfect your craft to the highest level of professionalism and you will succeed if you are persistent. Success takes time – it won’t happen overnight.

WiMN: What type of outreach does Deering Banjos to female musicians?

JD: We work with many female artists the world over and include them in our family of Deering artists equally with male musicians. While banjo may have originally been a male-dominated instrument, this is very much not the case now. You can find women such as Alison Brown and Rhiannon Giddens, among the top most respected banjo players in the world.

In every aspect of our company and in our artist relations women are respected. In addition to this, we make lighter-weight banjos so they are more comfortable for some women to handle, as well as our Parlor banjos for those who need a shorter distance to reach on the neck.

WiMN: How do you think banjo ranks in popularity now compared to four decades ago?

JD: Banjo has grown in popularity at a very fast pace since the introduction of the Internet because now information is freely available all over the world to learn about banjos, and you can see on YouTube how they are played. Banjo popularity has skyrocketed in the last 40 years.

This has been spurred on by artists who have brought the banjo to new audiences, such as the Dixie Chicks, Steve Martin, Mumford & Sons and Taylor Swift. And now continuing the movement there are artists such as Elle King who can be seen regularly rocking a banjo!

WiMN: Who are some amazing female banjo players people should know about?

JD: Alison Brown, Beverly Dillard, Mean Mary, Linda Williams, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Swift, Ashley Campbell, Elle King, Kasey Musgraves, Shook Twins, Randy Abby, Paula Fernandez, and Willow Osborne and Abigail Washburn.

WiMN: Anything else you’d like to add?

JD: Set high goals and high standards for yourself. Continue to be creative in promotion and outreach and just don’t give up – there is always a way to solve every problem in life if you seek the solution and continue to go forward to find it.

Our daughter, Jamie Deering is working as our V.P. Public Service & Outreach and will provide leadership for Deering Banjos into the future.

Divinity Roxx Featured on Cover of April 2016 Issue of ‘Bass Musician Magazine’

Divinity-Roxx-Bass-Musician-MagazineBy Gabriella Steffenberg

2016 She Rocks ASCAP Expo Showcase headliner Divinity Roxx is featured on the cover of the April 2016 issue of Bass Musician Magazine.

On April 12, Roxx released her newest album, ImPossible. Having performed with stars such as Beyoncé, Kanye West, and Patti Labelle, it’s now her time to shine.

In the feature, Roxx is asked where she gets her musical inspiration, about her plans for the future, about her new album, and more. Regarding ImPossible, Roxx says, “I really put my heart, soul, and love into this project and it is deeply personal.”

Read the full feature here and for more information on ImPossible and Roxx, head to her official website. See Roxx live at our showcase in Hollywood, Calif. on Friday, April 29.



Erica Bryan Releases New Single, “Jericho”

ericaBy Gabriella Steffenberg

Country singer Erica Bryan is back with her newest single, “Jericho.” Written by Bryan and Tommy Harden, she says the song is about “relentlessly pursuing your dream no matter how unreachable it seems.”

With traditional country mixed in with folksy soul, Bryan states her intention of never giving up, and listeners are taken on a journey with her. With lyrics of “a million miles before me, and my fighting boots are laced,” Bryan is not ready to go out without a fight.

“Jericho” is available on iTunes, Spotify, and more. Listen below:

María Martínez Iturriaga Appointed Executive Director Of Berklee’s Campus In Valencia, Spain

María Martínez IturriagaMaría Martínez Iturriaga has been appointed executive director of Berklee’s Campus in Valencia, Spain. Iturriaga, a native of Spain, joined Berklee in 2008 and was at the forefront of establishing the college’s first international campus in Valencia. She has played a leading role in the overall campus development and enrollment strategies and establishing the college’s first master’s degree programs.

“María has shown a remarkable ability to work collaboratively across areas and divisions of the college while delivering strong outcomes,” said Berklee President Roger Brown. “This skill is going to be critical in the years to come—we will only fully realize our ambitions when we can foster this kind of cooperation and shared ownership.”

The Valencia campus serves more than 400 students per year through its undergraduate Study Abroad and Summer Programs, as well as four specialized graduate programs – Master of Music in Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration); Master of Music in Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games; Master of Arts in Global Entertainment and Music Business; and Master of Music in Music Production, Technology, and Innovation.

Prior to Berklee, Iturriaga worked with AEA Consulting in New York, a leading arts, culture, and entertainment firm. She also worked at Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City Center in New York, and as a music agent on projects internationally. She holds a Master of Arts in performing arts administration from New York University, a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Autonomous University of Madrid, and a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Madrid Royal Conservatory. Iturriaga is also a member of the Abram Wilson Foundation Advisory Board and of the protective committee of the Spanish project Música del Reciclaje.