The WiMN Presents: Girls Night Out NYC with Lisa Loeb, Command Sisters & More

The Women’s International Music Network (theWiMN.com) presents “Girls Night Out NYC” – an evening of live music, fashion, education, networking and fun at The Cutting Room in New York City on Thursday, October 19, 2017. Featured performers include platinum-selling artist Lisa Loeb, sister duo Command Sisters, and Los Angeles singer/songwriter Jenna Paone

This all-ages evening will also feature an educational industry panel, on-site interactive sponsor displays, giveaways, raffles, a silent auction and much more. The event will support the Women’s International Music Network’s efforts to create a voice for women in the music industry.
 
The WiMN is holding a contest for the opening performance slot for this event. One lucky winner will have the chance to take the stage during this energizing event! Enter at thewimn.com/girls-night-out.
 
Girls Night Out NYC takes place on October 19, 2017 from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. Tickets are $38 and can be purchased at TheCuttingRoomNYC.com. The Cutting Room is located at 44 E. 32nd St. in New York City. This event is appropriate for all ages.
 
Sponsors include Martin Guitar, Casio, 108 Rock Star Guitars, M.A.C. Cosmetics, PRS Guitars, Sennheiser, Paul Mitchell, Luna Bars and more. The event will be live streamed on Parade magazine.
 
 

Tips for Playing Outside

By Laura B. Whitmore

The weather’s getting nice and if you’re like me, you have a bunch of outdoor gigs that you’re getting ready for. Playing outside presents a unique challenge. Here are a few things I’ve learned over the years about sharing music in the great outdoors!

Tuner Uh-Oh
If you have a LED readout on your tuner and it’s a sunny day, you probably won’t be able to see anything. The bright sun makes the readout, well, unreadable! You’ll need a tuner with a needle meter to tune in the sunshine.

Cheat Sheets
If you use any cheat sheets or lyric books, you’ll want to make sure you have a way to keep your pages in place, Even a light breeze can send those papers flying. Some kind of clip or even some tape might help. I often use an iPad as my cheat sheet and usually putting it in reverse mode (white type on a black background) makes it more easily readable outside.

You Might Sweat
If it’s hot out, your palms could become sweaty and impede your playing. You’ll want to have a small towel around, like the ones you’d use at the gym. I little bit of baby powder can help too, and a little clip on mini fan that puts you in control of the breeze.

Sun Protection
Aside from the usual things like sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat, you’ll want lots of water. If you are playing on a black stage, it can turn into a frying pan, so make sure you have thick soled shoes!

Hear Comes the Rain
A couple of years ago I was doing an outdoor gig and a sudden squall blew in so fast that no one had time to get any gear out of the rain. The PA, amps, pedals, etc. got soaked. They dried out ok, but the gig was over. Luckily we had a small pop up that we could run under and our guitars were spared. Look around and have a plan. If the weather goes south you’ll need to make a fast decision about how to get you and your gear out of harms way.

Sound Scenarios
Outdoor sound can bounce of buildings or get swallowed up by large open spaces. Make sure you have an adequate PA to carry your sound into the crowd and close monitoring so you can hear yourself and your band mates. The PA system you usually use indoors may not cut it.

You’ve Got the Power
If you are playing in parks or public spaces, you may not have access to any power. That means you have to bring a generator. I’ve rented small generators that worked just great for this purpose. Just make sure you have extra gas. It’s a bummer when you run out and that’s the end of the fun.

Laura B. Whitmore is the founder of the Women’s International Music Network and a singer/songwriter based in the Boston metro area. She’s pictured above with her writing partner, Jenna Paone.

The Women’s International Music Network Announces New Advisory Board Members

The WiMN Advisory Board, from top left to right: Mindi Abair, Brian Berman, Janet Billig Rich, Dawn Birr, Monique Boyer, Rob Christie, Tish Ciravolo, Lisa Foxx, Dinah Gretsch, Leslie Ann Jones, Karrie Keyes, Beth Marlis, Dani Markman, Heather Dembert Rafter, Paula Salvatore, Brad Tolinski, Karen Webb plus the WiMN founder Laura B. Whitmore and director Bonnie Gallanter

Leaders from all walks of the music industry join to advance advocacy for women in music

The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) is proud to announce the members of its newly-formed Advisory Board. Comprised of a dynamic group of leaders, its members represent a broad range of roles in the music industry. The group will serve to advise and guide the WiMN, contributing time, ideas, and resources to aid its growth and outreach.  

Members of the new Women’s International Music Network Advisory board include:

  • Mindi Abair – GRAMMY-nominated saxophone player and singer/songwriter
  • Brian Berman – Vice President of Marketing, Guitar Center
  • Janet Billig Rich – Founder, Manage This Media
  • Dawn Birr – Commercial Manager, Audio Recording, Sennheiser Electronics Corporation
  • Monique Boyer – Director, Artist Relations | PRO Membership, M.A.C Cosmetics
  • Rob Christie – President of A&R, Robo Records
  • Tish Ciravolo – President, Daisy Rock Girl Guitars
  • Lisa Foxx – On Air Personality, MYfm Los Angeles, iHeartRadio
  • Dinah Gretsch – Executive Vice President and CFO, The Gretsch Company
  • Leslie Ann Jones – Director of Music Recording and Scoring, Skywalker Sound, and 4 time GRAMMY® Award-winner
  • Karrie Keyes – Monitor Engineer for Pearl Jam/Eddie Vedder and co-founder Soundgirls.org
  • Beth Marlis – Vice President, Musicians Institute
  • Dani Markman – Director, A&R, Disney Music Group
  • Heather Dembert Rafter – Principal, RafterMarsh US
  • Paula Salvatore – VP/Studio Manager, Capitol Studios
  • Brad Tolinski – Editorial Director of Special Projects, AMG Parade
  • Karen Webb – Founder, PR Squared Public Relations

“I am thrilled to have so many women and men from varied backgrounds aiding in expanding our ability to advocate for, educate, and provide opportunities for women and girls in the music and audio industries,” notes WiMN founder Laura B. Whitmore. WiMN director Bonnie Gallanter adds, “We couldn’t ask for a more dedicated and enthusiastic group of advisors. I look forward to working closely with all of them.”

To find out more about the members of the WiMN advisory board, visit www.thewimn.com/advisoryboard

2017 ASCAP She Rocks Showcase Performers Announced

The Women’s International Music Network (WiMN) announces the artists selected to perform at the official 2017 She Rocks Showcase during the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO. Taking place on Fri., April 14, 2017, at the Tinhorn Flats Saloon & Grill in Hollywood, Calif., from 9 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. 

Performers include artists CROWN, Canadian band High Love, vocalist Candace Wakefield, duo Trackless, and New York singer/songwriter Kate Mills.

“This year’s submissions were exceptional, and it was great fun to choose from such a large talent pool. We have a diverse lineup that will create a truly special evening. I’m honored to be hosting a show that celebrates women in the music industry,” says WiMN Founder, Laura B. Whitmore.

Called “ethereal, enticing, engaging and beautiful,” by Flavour Mag, CROWN is the artistic vision of Steph Thom, as she explores questions and anecdotes sung to ambient soundscapes. CROWN centralizes her lyrics to instill a message of resistance, openness and honesty: deconstructing taboos, challenging identity constructs and facing the psycho-emotional head on. “CROWN’s ambient, sultry sound marries soul-folk and RnB,” says Hunger TV. Thom is also is creative partner to three-time GRAMMY Award winner Lalah Hathaway. Find out more at sheiscrown.com

High Love is a four piece, Canadian alternative rock band. Their single “No Longer Yours,” produced by Howard Redekopp (Tegan and Sara), will be released on April 21, 2017. Picture a dash of Muse, a layer of Phantogram, topped off with The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Fronted by singer/songwriter Carol-Lynne Quinn, the band peroformed at the Alianait Arts Festival in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Edmonton Rock Festival, and JUNO FEST 2016. Their full-length debut is due in Fall 2017. Find out more at www.wearehighlove.com

Singer/songwriter Candace Wakefield was born and raised in Inglewood, CA. She is featured on the five times GRAMMY Award-winning hit single “Alright’” and “i” by Kendrick Lamar. She has toured the globe with Nicki Minaj on the “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” European tour and “The Pinkprint Tour.” Candace is currently working with TLC, Faith Evans, Chante Moore, Nickelodeon and a host of others on upcoming projects for 2017. She made the decision in 2016 to step from the background to the forefront and is set to release her debut LP, The Journey 2017, a project full of inspiring, uplifting songs that tell the story of her life. Find her at www.instagram.com/supastarc/

Trackless is a soul/indie duo based in Los Angeles. Their sound is rooted in the voices of Jordan West and Jeremy Jones, who sing every song as a duet. They are made unique by the fact that West is also the group’s drummer, and Jones is regularly featured on the viola. Their music is influenced heavily by pop, soul, jazz, and rock.In 2015, they moved from Fort Wayne, IN to Los Angeles and have been playing industry events, showcases and local venues while writing their upcoming EP. They are currently recording a single with Bob Clearmountain (Rolling Stones), scheduled for release spring 2017. Find out more at http://www.tracklessmusic.com/

Kate Mills is making her presence felt in the NYC music scene with the release of her debut EP, Little Bird. The record showcases the versatility of her soulful, yet buttery-smooth vocals, and well-crafted songs. Following her EP release, this social worker-turned-songwriter has gained a solid fan-base by performing at some of New York’s most famous music venues including The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall and Pianos. Two of Kate’s songs can be heard in the indie feature film “Hits,” written and directed by David Cross of Arrested Development. Kate’s new single, “What Did You Think,” is now available as a free download exclusively at www.katemillsmusic.com 

 The 2017 She Rocks Showcase is a unique opportunity for female artists of all styles and ages to perform in front of industry experts, media representatives, artists, publishers and more during the premier conference for songwriters, composers and producers. It is part of the WiMN’s ongoing efforts to provide women in music with a platform to showcase their music.

The She Rocks Showcase will take place on Fri., April 14, 2017, from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. in Hollywood at the Tinhorn Flats Saloon & Grill, located at 1724 N. Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028, across the street from the ASCAP Expo headquarters at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. Drink specials will be provided courtesy of Tinhorn Flats. Giveaways and prizes will be provided by She Rocks Showcase sponsors Casio, 108 Rock Star Guitars, and M•A•C Cosmetics. 

 There is no cover charge to attend the She Rocks Showcase, and an EXPO badge is not required to attend or participate in the Showcase. To learn more, visit www.thewimn.com/ascapshowcase.

Front and Center: Dani Markman, Director of A&R for Disney Music Group

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Front and Center: Dani Markman, Director of A&R for Disney Music Group

By Laura B. Whitmore

Think of your favorite Disney artist or song from the last 20 years. Chances are Dani Markman had something to do with that. As the Director of A&R for the Disney Music Group, she has her hand in guiding the music and artists of this fabulously creative company.

Before coming to Disney, Dani was a professional opera singer, performing with opera companies around the country, especially Boston Opera and Pittsburgh Opera. Over the years, she has A&R’d almost every genre of music possible, and has been involved with every soundtrack that comes out of the Disney studio.

A lover of all music, Ms. Markman has worked in almost every genre of music: Country (Best of Country Sing the Best of Disney), Adult Contemporary (Michael Crawford Sings Disney), Tween Pop (Disneymania Series), Alternative (Muppets: The Green Album), Rock (Nightmare Revisited, Avengers Assemble), EDM (DConstructed), Jazz (Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat), and more.

In her long career, Ms. Markman has truly enjoyed working with and mentoring artists, writers, producers, and musicians of every age. Helping them define who they are as artists and working with them to craft their careers is perhaps one of her greatest joys. Her current projects include Sabrina Carpenter’s album EVOLution and Jordan Fisher’s self titled EP as well as his upcoming debut album, releasing in 2017.

Dani is also a recipient of a 2017 She Rocks Award, and here we share her story and insight.

The WiMN: What sparked your love for music?

DM: I was lucky enough to have grown up at a time when there was still music education as part of the public school curriculum. I grew up in a home where there was always music and as the youngest of three children, I listened to everything from the standards that my father loved, to the ‘60s and ‘70s music my older siblings loved. I privately studied piano, but frankly, was a fairly lazy kid. I would practice 30 minutes before my teacher would come over and fooled no one. Finally, my teacher told my parents that although he thought I had talent, it was waste of his time and their money to continue if I was unwilling to put in the work. He was right, of course, and it is one of my biggest regrets. I can read music and accompany myself, but just barely.

The WiMN: I understand you were a professional opera singer. How did you get into opera?

DM: Really by accident. I was a pretty shy kid with a small group of close friends. They were all in choir, but I was not. We all decided we would audition for our Senior Class play, which was “Oliver,” to enjoy one final activity together before we all went off to college. We all auditioned, hoping to be in the chorus together. When the call sheet went up, I was devastated to learn that I was the only one to not get into the ensemble. I was horrified to learn that instead, I had the major role of Nancy. I had only sung in the shower and in my room. My family hadn’t even heard me sing.

On opening night, as I sang “As Long As He Needs Me” alone on stage with just a spotlight, I looked out at the audience and saw my mother with her hands over her eyes. Of course, none of them had ever heard me sing, so she was praying I wouldn’t embarrass myself. As I sang, I remember seeing the look of awe on all of my family’s faces as well as the standing ovation.

After the show, a very successful voice teacher came over to me and told me how special she thought I was. I started training with her and before I knew it, I was singing with Boston Opera and later Pittsburgh Opera, Florida Grand Opera, etc… All of a sudden, I was singing for Pavarotti and working with Leonard Bernstein. I had no intention of being an opera singer. I planned to be a veterinarian and had a rock band in college. If anything, I wanted to be a rock singer, but if I’m being honest, I was a far better classical performer and became a reluctant, rebel opera singer who listened to the Beatles, David Bowie, Heart, etc…far more than I ever listened to opera. I really only sing now for fun around the house.

The WiMN: I’m not sure our readers fully understand what the role is of A&R. Can you give it to us in a nutshell?

DM: A&R stands for Artists and Repertoire. In a nutshell, it is about working with artists and working with repertoire to create new recordings, singles and albums as well as creating music for other divisions within Disney to use in their projects. Because Disney has such a robust catalog of music, A&R in the Disney Music Group could be finding appropriate artists to cover our classic catalog (as in our Disneymania series or the Muppets Green Album) or it could be about creating new Disney repertoire for our Disney characters (Princess and the Frog Inspired by album, Toy Story Inspired by album “Woody’s Roundup,” etc.) It could be finding outside repertoire for some of our Disney characters (as in many of our Mickey and Gang Christmas albums or the Phineas and Ferb Christmas albums).

Finally, it involves signing and developing our artists. This requires working with the artist to determine their musical style and looking for repertoire for them to record. Sometimes, it involves finding outside songs for them that could be hits. Sometimes, if they are writers themselves, it involves putting them in appropriate writing sessions so they can write their own potential hits and express themselves as artists. Of course, this is all dependent on their skills as writers. Luckily, all of my artists are pretty great writers as well as singers.

The WiMN: Tell us what a typical day is like for you (if there is such a thing as typical!).

DM: Ha! Well working for the Disney Music Group is anything but typical. A&R for the Disney Music Group is unlike A&R at any other label. It is not genre or age demo specific. On any given day, I could be working on a lullaby album, an EDM record, a soundtrack, a pop record, a toddler record, a rock record, etc…

I love it because as a music lover, I am able to work on a huge variety of music genres. In fact, that IS a typical day. In the morning I may start with a children’s album, followed by some work on my artists’ records, then a Feature Film soundtrack – sometimes animated and sometimes Live Action. That is often followed by work on a TV soundtrack. There is never a dull moment.

The WiMN:: Do you have some career highlights you can share? Projects that were really meaningful to you?

DM: Two of my all time favorite records to make were Nightmare Revisited and Muppets: The Green Album. Nightmare was challenging because I needed to reinvent EVERY track from the original soundtrack, including the score tracks. This is particularly daunting because Danny Elfman is such a genius that at first, every artist tried to replicate his score. I needed to find artists who were unafraid to make it their own and was beyond thrilled with the brilliant contributions from all of the artists including Marilyn Manson, Korn, Amy Lee, Devotchka, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Yoshida Brothers, Rise Against, the list goes on and on. The genres are all over the place, but somehow, I think it worked!

With the Muppets Green Album, I was able to marry some of my favorite artists at the time with some of my all time favorite Muppets songs and who doesn’t love the Muppets?? I’m very proud of this record and getting a note from genius songwriter, Paul Williams, responsible for some of the most iconic Muppets songs ever, telling me how much he loved the album was something I’ll never forget.

Finally, I love working with and developing my current artists, Sabrina Carpenter and Jordan Fisher. It is so meaningful to help them pursue their dreams and to watch them grow into really special and talented individuals.

The WiMN: The music industry has changed a lot during your career… and I’m guessing the role of A&R has as well. What have been the most significant developments?

DM: When I started at Disney, it was for Walt Disney Records. I started right after The Lion King, and we were pretty flush with money and able to grow the division. At the time, we were NOT part of the studio or the Disney Music Group but a part of Consumer Products. In those days, we were cranking out an insane number of only children’s records and a few soundtracks a year. There was no Radio Disney and Disney Channel really had just launched but had very little original programming. Retail stores were the only way to get our music out and it was about quantity.

Now, with all the digital and streaming services available and retail stores going away in terms of physical product, it still is about quantity but it is also gives us the ability to get music out as soon as it is ready. We don’t necessarily have to wait for an album to be done before we launch an artist. If we have a great single or several singles, we can start working them. It gives us the time to see if they are connecting or if we need to rethink a direction before investing the time and money in a full album. It also allows us to take more chances with artists. We can get into a singles deal without making an enormous financial commitment of a multi or even single record deal.

Obviously, the internet has been a huge development as well. Seeing huge numbers of video views or enormous social numbers are one way labels are finding today’s talent. It really is amazing to see the number of stars who have been launched or created from YouTube or Facebook.

The WiMN: You’ve been with Disney for a long time…Have you seen the role of women in Disney’s offerings evolve?

DM: In many roles, yes, but it still remains a challenge in the world of A&R, both at Disney and at other labels. That said, I certainly see a growth in diversity at the Disney company and have seen continued growth in the 20 years that I have been working here.

The WiMN: Have you ever faced challenges in your role because you are a woman? How did you address them?

Absolutely. Especially in the early days of working for the company. As a woman in a male dominated field, I always felt excluded from the “boys club.” I still do sometimes. Instead of feeling beaten down, it made me work even harder. As a woman, you have to be careful because if you complain about inequities, no matter how valid the complaint, there is often the perception of being “emotional” or “hard to get along with.”

Early in my career, I worked for quite a few bullies who would scream at me and berate me – something I never saw done with my male counterparts. I wouldn’t let them see me cry but my husband sure did. On many occasions he told me to quit and that life was too short. I loved my job and was good at it. I resolved that I wouldn’t let ANYONE force me out of a job I loved and so, worked harder. This, of course, made it impossible for them to get rid of me, because no one can justify getting rid of someone who consistently delivers.

I also believed in karma and knew eventually, I’d outlast every one of the men, and yes they were men, who bullied me. I’m happy to say that I did! I’m here, they are gone, and I now am fortunate to work with a tremendous team of people who value and support me.

The WiMN: Can you offer some advice for artists or songwriters who think their work is the perfect fit for Disney?

DM: I can’t tell you how many submissions I receive every day stating just that. Firstly, one should know that we have corporate rules regarding accepting unsolicited material, so unless it comes from an established manager, lawyer or publisher, I am unable to even listen to it.

Secondly, the first question I would ask is, “What makes you think it is perfect for Disney?” “What do you think Disney is in terms of their musical vision?” Disney has become many things. The Disney Music Group is Pop, Rock, Alt, Children’s Music, Score, Tween Music, etc. So what I’d rather hear is that, “I have a great song, project idea, or a great artist” I’d love for you to consider.

I cringe a little when I hear “perfect for Disney” because I sometimes think there is an antiquated view about what Disney is: the high pitched falsetto voice of Snow White or a repetitive children’s ditty. Yes, that is a PART of Disney and our history but today, the truth is, Disney is about one thing: quality. Even our current children’s releases/shows are about making great music. Listen to the songs from Disney Junior’s The Lion Guard. They are simply GREAT songs! We are just one division that makes music. We have extremely talented music execs that work for the studio in Animation, Live Action, Disney Channel, TV Animation, ABC, the list goes on and on.

So, my advice at the end of the day is to work on your craft and find a reputable, trustworthy manager, lawyer or publisher to represent you. Although there are so many positives about the technical advancements in getting your talent out there via YouTube, Facebook, etc., this also means the competition has become even fiercer. It is even harder to rise above the fray. That said, the good news is that if you DO, if you are that unsigned, unknown talent who somehow has amassed millions of views and social media subscribers, believe me, we’ll find YOU!

The WiMN:What does it mean to you to be honored at the She Rocks Awards?

DM: I am incredibly humbled by this honor and to be honored along with this incredible group of women. Honestly, I am such an uber fan of Lita, Shirley and Esperanza, not to mention all of the other insanely talented and successful women. Truthfully, when I received the email, I thought there had to be some kind of mistake! I came to California from Boston over 20 years ago. I had no idea what I wanted to do. Like many people, I grew up loving Disney but working for this fantastic company was never on my radar. Being able to do what I love and to be honored at the She Rocks Awards means the world to me and I feel so grateful to have even been considered. Thank YOU, She Rocks!

‘She Rocks, Vol. 1’ to Release on Steve Vai’s Favored Nations Label

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Guitar Compilation Featuring Some of the Best Female Guitarists Today to Release January 20, 2017 via Steve Vai’s Favored Nations Label

Lita Ford, Orianthi, Nita Strauss, Jennifer Batten and Many More Contribute Tracks

Who says the ladies can’t rock? Today Favored Nations Entertainment announces the upcoming release of the all-female compilation, She Rocks, Vol.1. This collection of kick-ass guitar goddesses is produced by author and former Guitar World editor, Brad Tolinski with iconic guitarist Steve Vai as executive producer, and showcases eleven female guitarists, each a virtuoso in her own right. From the legendary Lita Ford to Sarah Longfield’s jazzy riffin’, to Orianthi’s melodic stylings and the all-out shredding of Nita Strauss, these players each contribute their own voice to this carefully curated collection.

She Rocks, Vol.1 compilation will be released on January 20, 2017 via Vai’s own Favored Nations Label, and in cooperation with the Women’s International Music Network (theWiMN.com), hosts of the famed “She Rocks Awards.”  The compilation will be celebrated at the 2017 “She Rocks Awards,” taking place that evening in Anaheim, CA during the annual NAMM Convention.

These shredding songstresses cover the stage when it comes to style and personality; Ford is the quintessential guitar rock goddess with decades of top shelf performances, Jennifer Batten made her name playing for Michael Jackson, Strauss has toured with Alice Cooper for the past year, and the list goes on!

“Through the years women have become more and more interested in ripping it up on the guitar. It’s amazing to watch. Favored Nations is very excited to be working with producer Brad Tolinski in creating a compilation of many of the women who are evolving the instrument in powerful ways. They are wildly raising the bar.”  – Steve Vai

“People always ask me about the future of the guitar, and in many ways, the artists on this album are the answer. They represent a new vision and a fresh sensibility.”  – album producer, former Guitar World editor and author of Play It Loud: A History of the Electric Guitar (Doubleday),  Brad Tolinski

The She Rocks, Vol.1 compilation showcases the amazing talents of Orianthi, Yasi Hofer, Kat Dyson, Sarah Longfield, Lita Ford, Jennifer Batten, Nita Strauss, Steph PaynesNili Brosh, Gretchen Menn, and Yvette Young and will be released on January 20, 2017.  Find out more at http://www.favorednations.com/artists/sherocksvol1/ 

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She Rocks, Vol. 1 Track List:

  1.            Orianthi – “Transmogrify”
  2.            Yasi Hofer – “Cosmic Stars”
  3.            Kat Dyson – “U Know What I Like”
  4.            Sarah Longfield – “The Taxi Time Travel Task Force”
  5.            Lita Ford w/Lez Zeppelin – “The Lemon Song”
  6.            Jennifer Batten – “In the Aftermath”
  7.            Nita Strauss – “Pandemonium”
  8.            Steph Paynes – “The Sun at Her Eastern Gate”
  9.            Nili Brosh – “A Matter of Perception”
  10.          Gretchen Menn – “Scrap Metal”
  11.          Yvette Young – “Hydra”

Lita Ford Selected as 2017 She Rocks Award Honoree

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The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) is extremely pleased to announce acclaimed singer/songwriter/guitarist Lita Ford as a 2017 She Rocks Awards recipient. Recognizing women who stand out as role models in the music industry, the live awards event takes place on January 20, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the Anaheim Hilton Hotel during the NAMM Show.

Best known as a founding member of The Runaways in the late 1970s, and as a GRAMMY® nominated solo artist in the 1980s with hits such as “Kiss Me Deadly” and “Close My Eyes Forever,” Ford has also appeared in movies, on TV, and in video games, all attesting to the power of hard work and her ability to break into a traditionally male-dominated world. Ford continues to tour the globe performing, and is currently writing and recording a new album.

Upon receiving the news of her forthcoming award, Ford exclaimed, “Wow! Thank you so much for the award. It is such an honor to be recognized and held in high regard alongside other fellow trailblazers and innovators.” For more information about Lita Ford, visit litafordonline.com.

Laura B. Whitmore, founder of the WiMN and producer of the She Rocks Awards, comments, “Whether as a solo artist, band member, or guitar shredder, Lita Ford is a true pioneer who has broken down barriers and inspires today’s female guitarists. I am excited to honor her with an award that really sums up the essence of Lita Ford: She Rocks!”

More 2017 She Rocks Awards honorees will be announced soon.

The She Rocks Awards pays tribute to women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry, and has become a standard at the NAMM Show. Previous award recipients include female industry leaders such as Jennifer Batten, Karmin, Colbie Caillat, Sheila E, The Bangles, Orianthi, Dinah Gretsch, Craigie Zildjian, Janie L. Hendrix, Amani Duncan, Mary Peavey, and more. The event brings together industry professionals, music icons, artists, fans and media to celebrate women in music.

Celebrating its 5th anniversary in 2017, the She Rocks Awards will take place on Friday, January 20, 2017 at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel at 7:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale Saturday, October 1. A NAMM badge is not required to attend the She Rocks Awards. To find out more, visit www.sherocksawards.com.

The 2017 She Rocks Awards is sponsored by Neumann, Roland, #SaveAGuitar, Gretsch, Seymour Duncan, Guitar Center, 108 Rock Star Guitars, Linear Integrated Systems, Schecter Guitars, Berklee College of Music, Music Inc., Music & Sound Retailer, Premier Guitar, Guitar World, Guitar Player, Keyboard, Bass Player, Electronic Musician, and more. For information regarding She Rocks Awards sponsorship opportunities, please contact info@thewimn.com.

Learn more about the She Rocks Awards at sherocksawards.com.

Agnes Obel Shares “Familiar” from Upcoming Album ‘Citizen of Glass’

Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 9.49.48 PMSingled out as one of Bob Boilen’s favorite artists at SXSW, and the receiver of high praise from director and unabashed fan David Lynch (“She has the most beautiful voice, unique and extraordinary”), Agnes Obel returns with shattering beauty on Citizen of Glass, out October 21, 2016 (Play It Again Sam / [PIAS]).

The new music is absolutely enchanting, with a touch of a bleak but beautiful sadness and an anticipation of something wonderful just around the next corner. But make no mistake…as she weaves her ethereal vocals through dense layers of strings and keys, Agnes Obel also shows herself to be fiercely feminine and deeply powerful.

Citizen Of Glass was written, recorded, produced and mixed by Obel at Aventine-Neukolln and BrandNewMusic-Studios in Berlin. The album will be available as a digital download, CD with lyric booklet, and on 180g black vinyl LP + download code in a gatefold sleeve. Check out the enigmatic album trailer here .

“The title comes from the German concept of the gläserner berger, the human or glass citizen,” Obel explained. “It’s actually a legal term about the level of privacy the individual has in a state, and in health it’s become a term about how much we know about a person’s body or biology or history – if they’re completely made of glass we know everything. There’s an increasing sense in this world that you have to make yourself a bit of glass. To be willing to open up, use yourself as material, and not just if you’re an artist or a musician.

“I worked with the title from the very beginning to push myself to do new things,” she continues. “I wanted to push myself conceptually from the starting point, to push the glass theme throughout the songs in different ways – in the lyrics, in the instruments – to do things in a very new way. As an album, it feels bigger to me, a lot bigger.”

Listen to the haunting song “Familiar” here:

Established as a major star across Europe, Obel has sold more than a million copies of her first two albums, Philharmonics (2010) and Aventine (2013), and has had over 250 million track streams worldwide. Here in North America, her songs have been featured on “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Pretty Little Liars” (ABC), and “The Leftovers” and “Parenthood” (NBC). Obel has also received singularly stunning critical praise here in the U.S.:

Agnes Obel will tour North America in 2017. Find out more at agnesobel.com

Pre-order on iTunes here.

Alexa Wilding Releases New EP ‘Wolves’

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Alexa Wilding has officially released her new EP Wolves! Wolves was co-produced by Tom Beaujour, known for his work with Nada Surf, Julianna Hatfield, and The Mountain Goats. This highly anticipated EP releases via Wilding’s own Tiny Prism label, which is now available to stream via Baeble Music and Spotify, and to purchase via Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon.

Wilding is set to play Rockwood Music Hall on Monday, July 11th in New York City with Annie Hart (Au Revoir Simone) to celebrate the release of her new EP!

While Wilding is best known for her celestial folk (2009’s self-titled debut and 2012’s astral Coral Dust), her third album is eerily earth side. The six songs unfold as Polaroids, revisiting lovers past and life on the road before Wilding became a mother of twins in 2013. What the album does not directly address is the nightmare during which the songs were written, on a borrowed toy piano, in the hospital while her son underwent (successful) treatment for cancer. “It was fight or flight,” Wilding explains, “Instead of running away I retreated into song, to memory, making peace with the past so I could step up, ‘do like the wolves do,’ and fight for my family’s future.”

Reflecting on this difficult time, Wilding explains, “I had yet to come to terms with being a new mother, let alone the crisis I was in the middle of, so I turned to the only thing I knew how to do. I wrote at night, to escape really, revisiting people and places I missed, reliving moments, life on the road, relationships, all pre-motherhood. The songs kept us company, I made peace with the past, and we both made it out alive.”

The bones of Wolves‘ songs were recorded live in one day, with Tim Foljahn (unmistakable on dusty lead guitar), bassist Jeremy Wilms and Brian Kantor on drums. The result is a muscular, surprisingly upbeat pop panorama, over which Wilding’s matured vocals – think Natalie Merchant’s grace meets Hope Sandoval’s psychedelia – are free to explore heartbreak and resurrection.

Tagged as “one of music’s hippest chicks” alongside Florence + The Machine (New York Post), Wilding has been featured as one to watch in Bust Magazine, Dossier Journal, Nylon, Urban Outfitters, Page Six and Harper’s Bazaar amongst others. Her music reached a national audience while on tours with Au Revoir Simone, Ben Lee and Jennifer O’Connor, and overseas via her video collaborations with Ivana Helsinki. A native New Yorker, Wilding cut her teeth as a side woman in Int’l Shades, an art-rock project with former Pussy Galore/Sonic Youth drummer, Bob Bert and Live Skull’s Mark C. She lives and works in her native New York City with her husband and twin boys.

Alexa Wilding has officially released her new EP Wolves today, July 8, 2016. For more information, please visit: http://www.alexawilding.com/

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Upcoming Shows:
July 11 – Rockwood Music Hall – New York, NY (EP Release Show w/ Annie Hart of Au Revoir Simone)
Aug 10 – Ludlow House – New York, NY

 

Girl With a Guitar

Screen Shot 2016-07-08 at 9.35.02 AMSince 2010 musician Lanny Cordola has focused on musical projects aimed at raising awareness, resources and funds for some of the most vulnerable children in Pakistan and Afghanistan. In the wake of his work in these regions, Lanny has formed his own non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization called the Miraculous Love Kids, based on the premise that “it shouldn’t hurt to be a child.”

His Girl With A Guitar program brings guitar instruction to girls living in unimaginable conditions. Currently, The Miraculous Love Kids / Girl with a Guitar is assisting 50 kids (including eight suicide bomb attack survivors) with their welfare, education and guitar lessons. Also, Lanny travels throughout Afghanistan and Pakistan, playing and teaching children in schools, refugee and internally displaced persons (IDP) camps.

As Lanny says, “Recently we began a project called ‘Girl with a Guitar’ – teaching young neglected girls how to play this glorious instrument. Tor when a kid has a melody they have hope and with hope all things are possible.”

Talk about the power of music!

Cordola has been in the biz for quite some time, and has collaborated with such highly regarded musicians as Slash, and Gilby Clarke from Guns N’ Roses, John Stamos and Jodie Sweetin from the TV show Full House, the Beach Boys, Donovan, Robbie Wykoff and Harry Waters from the Roger Waters Band, Nancy Sinatra, Mark McGrath from Sugar Ray, Moby, Sen Dog from Cypress Hill and several others. He has also created music with world music figures, such as singers Atif Aslam and Sanam Marvi of Pakistan, Wahid Qasimi from Afghanistan, and D2 from Bulgaria.

Check out this video about Lanny’s efforts and support his GoFundMe campaign here: https://www.gofundme.com/bt8rjg