Nancy Wilson And Liv Warfield Talk With Laura B. Whitmore About Their New Project, Roadcase Royale And Debut Album, ‘First Things First’

Nancy Wilson, one of the founding members of the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group Heart,and former Prince’s New Power Generation band member and R&B singer Liv Warfield have joined forces to form the soulful, rock super group, Roadcase Royale.

Their debut album, First Things First will debut Friday September 22.

BackStory Events recently live streamed a Q&A with Wilson & Warfield via Guitar World and WiMN founder Laura B. Whitmore – watch it below.

The band members include Ryan Waters (lead guitarist) along with Heart members Chris Joyner (keys), Dan Rothchild (bass), and Ben Smith (drums).

“Roadcase Royale is a band I’ve always wanted to be in,” says Nancy Wilson. “We all write and create songs as a unit. It’s an inspired democracy. Liv and Ryan both bring a whole new level of magic to our new sound. I’m amazed after devoting my life to rock music how it now feels so brand new. That’s why our first album is called First Things First.”

Roadcase Royale will play several headline dates, and Wilson is also the special guest on the Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Silver Bullet Tour. She’ll be playing with Roadcase Royale and performing songs off the new album as well as classic Heart favorites.

For tour dates and to order the album, visit their website: roadcaseroyale.com

Emily Curtis Releases Her Single ‘Battleshade’, An Empowering Song Of Self-Acceptance

By Myki Angeline

Setbacks and lies won’t phase me.

I’m just a shade away from crazy.

It was those particular lyrics that hooked me into this song. Maybe because it reflects my current life situation at the moment.  But, make no mistake – the entire song is empowering and relatable to any woman who has been told she cannot make her dreams come true. Those lyrics belong to “Battleshade”, the first single from the soon to be released EP Hindsight by Soul Pop artist, Emily Curtis. It is a battle cry song accompanied by pulsating beats, haunting piano keys, and metaphorical meaning.

Emily Curtis is a singer-songwriter from Charleston, SC. She was a finalist in The Great American Song contest. Her passion for music began at a young age and has continued through her life. She was a member of the female a Capella group, The Cocktails during her college years at The University of South Carolina.  It was after this experience that she was inspired to pursue a solo career.

Listen to “Battleshade” here: soundcloud.com/emily-curtis-music/battleshade/

The inspiration behind “Battleshade” was a response to Curtis’ own insecurities, and lack of support she experienced from some of the people in her life. She explains that difficult inspiration, “Remember me. Say you will. I’ll leave a mark. It won’t fade. It’s such a bold statement to make about yourself, but singing those phrases does something in me that makes me feel brave.”

Hindsight is set for release November 10 and includes 5 Pop songs with musical elements of jazz, soul, and country showcasing Curtis’ diverse talent. With every song created to inspire and empower women everywhere.

To order Hindsight visit her website: emcurtismusic.com

Below is another single from Hindsight,”Tough Love” which was recorded in 2016 at the Charleston Music Hall.

Girls Rock Sacramento Is Building Self Esteem And Empowerment Through Music

By Myki Angeline

Music is life.  It is present in our day to day routine. Some of our fondest childhood memories are attached to our favorite songs. Music gets us through menial chores, that dreaded homework assignment, and our long commute home from work. Many of us dream of playing in a band, be it as the singer or the guitarist. Fortunately for young girls and women, we have music camps like Girls Rock Sacramento.

Summer Snow. Photo Credit: Elle Jaye Photography

The Sacramento Girls Rock music camp is affiliated with the Girls Rock Camp Alliance, a non-profit program created in 2007 in Portland, Oregon at the initiative of the Rock n Roll Camp For Girls (2001). GRS launched into their 2nd year, completing two mini camps and one week long teen camp in the Summer of 2017. This Fall they are holding another Ladies Rock Camp specifically for adult women. Their mission is to help girls and those who identify as girls build self esteem through music education, collaboration, empowerment, a supportive community of peers and mentors, and the development of leadership skills. Many of the young women who join have no prior musical experience. The only requirement is your desire to learn, and with GRS you get that and so much more.

Allie Bogetich is one of the music coaches who shared her story with The Octagon. Currently a college freshmen, her experience comes from playing drums in concert band and jazz band. Allie and many others are volunteers, donating their time and experience to Girls Rock Sacramento.

You can read the full interview here: Freshmen Plays Drums In Girls Rock Camp.

Some of their 2017 mini campers! Photo credit: Elle Jaye Photography

What makes this music camp unique is that most of these young women have never met before they start the camp. All participants are assigned to an instrument of their choice, or as the singer on day one, and by day five will have written, composed, and practiced one original song. Plus, they may have learned to play an instrument for the first time.  At the end of the week, a showcase is presented so that each band can perform their original tune to an audience of their peers, family, and music supporters.

The Teen Camp Showcase took place at the Ace of Spades venue in downtown Sacramento, California. These first time musicians performed on the same stage as some of the most recognized names in the music industry like Snoop Dog, Suicidal Tendencies, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Lita Ford, Third Eye Blind, Quiet Riot, and Yelawolf.

For more information and to sign up for a camp, visit their website:  girlsrocksacramento.com

Teen band Riddiance performs “Not Your Babe” at Ace of Spades!

Rock’s Not Dead, It’s Ruled by Women: The Round-Table Conversation, The NY Times

Top, in back row from left: Shawna Potter of War on Women; Victoria Ruiz of Downtown Boys; and Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz. Front row from left: Alex Luciano of Diet Cig; Laetitia Tamko of Vagabon; Christina Halladay of Sheer Mag; Lindsey Jordan of Snail Mail; and Sophie Allison of Soccer Mommy. Credit Natalia Mantini for The New York Times

By Myki Angeline

 

Q:  How do you first start making music?

Christina Halladay, Sheer Mag: “You have to suck for a while.”

Alex Luciano, Diet Cig: “You have to suck for so long! No one tells you it’s ok to suck.”

Shawna Porter, War on Women: “Just because of your gender, though. There’s millions and millions of completely mediocre, terrible bands with dudes in them.”

 

As digitally-enhanced pop music steadily dominates mainstream radio waves, many of us are left asking where did the musicians and bands go? We long for songs with artists playing guitars and drums, heavy bass chords, and organic lyrics.

 

Q: How are listeners handling this shift in power when it comes to gender:

Christina Halladay, Sheer Mag: “Teenage boys are very upset.”

 

The New York Times released this article that highlights women in rock – particularly in the indie scene. They interviewed some of their favorite female bands like War On Women, Downtown Boys, Diet Cig, and Snail Mail – who are a driving force in music today. Included in the article are quotes and song samples proving why rock is not dead because women are dominating the industry.

Complete article can be accessed here: www.nytimes.com/rock-bands-women

Sadie Dupuis, left, of Sad13 and Speedy Ortiz; Shawn Potter, right, sings in War on Women, a “super overtly feminist” punk band. Credit Natalia Mantini for The New York Times.

Front And Center: Creator of Raghouse Records and Rag House Mag, April Duran

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: Creator of Raghouse Records and Rag House Mag, April Duran

By Myki Angeline

April Duran is living proof that it is never too late to chase your dreams. She is the founder and creator of Raghouse Records, Raghouse Mag, and an on air personality Saturday nights on Hot 103.9. All of this accomplished over the past three years, and she is just getting warmed up.

But before her newfound success in the music industry, Duran worked as a single mom while going to night school. Upon graduation, she applied to music corporations for entry level positions, working her way through the ranks. All while in her 40s.

Duran took time out of her insanely busy schedule to share with us her never ending passion for music, and she has in store for 2018.

WiMN: Give us a little background on your career in music, and what inspired you to follow this path.

AD: I always thought I was the typical teenager into music, although after high school it was obvious that it was something I was completely interested in—more than my friends. I was hitting festivals, researching and looking for bands before they made it big, and heading to the small dive bars to look for new music.

My path to work in music didn’t move forward until I was middle aged. I realized I was working jobs I was not passionate about, so I finally went for it and enrolled in Musicians Institute’s music business program. Located in Hollywood, MI is about 40 miles away from me and a 1 1/2 hour commute in good traffic. I completed with a certificate after one year of night school, working during the day and as a single mom.

I then applied at the Irvine Amp/Live Nation for an ushering position knowing it was minimum wage, but that I had to start somewhere since I was entering a new career. The interview went so well that they created a position for me as a VIP Supervisor. From there I have worked as an assistant for the general manager of a large venue, production manager, booker, and product manager.

I created my own brand in 2014—Rag House Records/Radio/RagMag to empower women in music, sports and entertainment. I created my own online radio segment, created an online magazine and caught the attention of a program director at an FM station! I am now an on air radio host of FM HOT103.9 on Saturdays. I am also the creator, producer, programmer and host of Sunday night’s Local Artist Spotlight, promoting unsigned artists/bands from Southern California.

WiMN: Can you share your story that led up to the creation of Raghouse Records/Rag Mag? What is the mission of the company and magazine?

AD: Founded and created in 2014, Raghouse Records and Rag Mag’s mission is to empower and promote girls/women in music, sports and entertainment. After working in the music industry for a few years, I noticed a lack of female support from every direction and wanted to change that. I have also found it helpful in daily life even before launching Rag House. Smile at the women around you and encourage them, give them hugs when needed because it makes work and life a lot healthier, easier and fun!

WiMN: Since the inception of Raghouse Records/Rag Mag, how has this platform impacted the music community, especially for women?

AD: We have been able to create and gather a sisterhood where girls/women know where they can reach out for basic information on whatever they are looking for in the music industry. I have also created many great friendships and networking is amazing. It was so refreshing to find out that I wasn’t the only woman who felt lost in the music industry and looking for other soul sisters searching for a safe place.

WiMN: You currently work for Hot 103.9 FM in San Bernadino, CA. What does it mean to you working as a woman in radio? Do you see a need for more women in this field?

AD: At FM HOT 103.9 the ratio of men to women working as on air personalities is pretty much even. The program director John DeSantis has been in radio for about 30 years and is a strong advocate for giving opportunities equally to those men and women with talent,  and I am so grateful for that. Although, I was appalled when I looked up men to women ratio working in radio overall. From what I could gather, the percentage of women working in radio is under 20% and I hope my research is wrong! With this I am so grateful beyond belief that he believed in me after seeing what I was doing for two years, called me up and offered me a paid position at FM HOT 103.9. I also was the first on air personality to be hired without any education in radio or had previously interned for the station!

WiMN: Your focus is namely on unsigned, women artists. Do you find it difficult scouting for music and talent?

AD: In the beginning it was hard to find new talent, but now the word is out and I’m receiving email after email. I can’t keep up!

 

WiMN: How do you balance your music career with marriage and family life?

AD: I don’t know, LOL! I have a huge family support system (mom and dad) and my fiance has been helping me with my son for years. It takes a village to raise a child, start a new career and try to create your own company in your 40s. I take it day by day, make sure my fiance and son are healthy, make sure I run and drink wine—work hard play hard!

WiMN: Do you play an instrument? Have you performed musically? 

AD: I’ve tried drums, guitar and singing. I suck at all of them but I can dance. I have worked in drama and theater throughout my youth.

WiMN: What hurdles or struggles have you experienced as a woman working in the music industry?

AD: In the beginning of creating Rag House I was vulnerable and people were able to take advantage of me from all different levels. In the past, I trusted everyone right off the bat because that’s who I am. Now, I have thick skin. I am still learning to trust others, but I’m not afraid to try anything, reach out to anyone, or talk to who ever.

WiMN: What advice can you give women looking to pursue a career in music as a journalist and/or radio personality?

AD: Work hard. Promote what you’re doing. Don’t be scared to try new things! You have to have grit and leap over those days that were bad or you didn’t feel like moving forward. HUSTLE!

WiMN: What do you have in store for 2018?

AD: So excited for the revamping of Rag, going digital, starting a new clothing line, brand ambassadors, and much more… and this time I have a team!

Domino Kirke Premiere’s Her Powerful New Video For “Half Blood”

Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez

By Myki Angeline

Just days away from the release of her debut album, Beyond Waves, Domino Kirke premieres her video for her emotive track “Half-Blood,” that discusses the unique dynamic of half-siblings. The video is “truly poignant” says Paper.

The song reflects on her family tree and relationship with her half brother, who appears in the video, along with her husband Penn Badgley (with his half sister).

You can purchase Beyond Waves on her website: dominokirkemusic.com

Kirke will perform songs from her new album at a special release show Sept 14 at Joe’s Pub in New York, NY.

Caroline Brooks Breaks Away From Writing Hit Songs For Other Artists To Release Her Own Music As BELLSAINT

By Myki Angeline

Some of the best songs ever released were written by someone other than the artist. They receive little recognition and often go unnoticed. And sometimes, those writers go on to record their own music. Like legendary hip hop artist Missy Elliott, who wrote for notable singers Timbaland, Aaliyah, Faith Evans, and Beyonce before embarking on her own career.

Songwriter Caroline Brooks has decided to do the same.

Her writing talents boast an impressive list of hit songs for artists like Natalie Imbruglia and The Script’s Danny O’Donoghue. The list continues on collaborations with renowned producer/songwriters Giorgio Moroder (Daft Punk), Paul Williams (David Bowie, Daft Punk), and David Hodges (Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood). Her writing skills have also been recognized in songs placed in a Volkswagen Super Bowl commercial, and for popular TV shows like The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, and most recently Famous in Love.

In August 2017, she released her new single, “Landmines” under the name BELLSAINT.  Her sound is described as reminiscent of a modern-day Nancy Sinatra meets Sia and Adele. BELLSAINT gained ground with their first original song “Bang Bang (Remember My Name).”, which made it’s way into the trailer for ABC Family’s Famous In Love.

When she isn’t writing and recording, BELLSAINT spends her spare time volunteering as a coach at LA’s Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls and teaching songwriting to at-risk youth girls at Awaken Arts.

Learn more about BELLSAINT on her website: www.bellsaintmusic.com/

Below is her lyric video for her new single, “Landmines”!

Music Siblings Kitty, Daisy & Lewis Release Music Video For ‘Down On My Knees’

By Myki Angeline

If your music tastes include R&B, jazz, soul, blues, ska, country, and rock ‘n’ roll then you will love the sibling trio Kitty, Daisy & Lewis. They recently released the music video for their track, “Down On My Knees”. It is a song off of their soon to be released album Superscope due out September 29 through Sunday Best. “Superscope is our array of passionate, soulful and fiery songs injected with fierce guitars and reckless rhythms. Our songs speak of ardent feelings about love, sex, partying and even psychopathy.” say the band.

Pre-order Superscope on iTunes here: itunes.apple.com/us/album/superscope/

Based in London, KD&L are best known for their electric, live performances and ability to play several instruments. Often switching instruments during songs while on stage! You can see them switching instruments in the music video as they partake in sibling rivalry – all in good fun.

Having sold over a quarter million albums worldwide, the band has sold out shows in London’s Koko and The Lexington to promote Superscope. Playing Bestival five times and Glastonbury thrice, they’ve opened shows for some big names – hello Mark Ronson and Coldplay.

Below is the official video for “Down On My Knees”. Shot on location in an old Working Men’s Club and produced by Bold Puppy.

50 Year Old Lost Demo Resurfaces In A Duet By Judy Collins and Stephen Stills On Their New Album, ‘Everybody Knows’

Stephen Stills (Crosby, Stills & Nash) and Judy Collins recently debuted “Judy,” the second track from their forthcoming collaborative record Everybody Knows  which is due out September 22.  Stills wrote it 50 years ago as a tribute to Collins while working on her 1968 album Who Knows Where The Time Goes?, in which he played guitar and bass on.

Listen to “Judy” via Billboard here: www.billboard.com

Just after the session wrapped, Stills paid the engineer to let him record a demo of the track in that same studio, but left the tapes behind. They were considered lost for decades. That following year, he would pen his better-known tribute to Collins, “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”. The song was named one of the 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time by Rolling Stone Magazine.

“Judy” wouldn’t resurface until 2007 on the Stills compilation Just Roll Tape. Presently, Collins and Stills decided to give it a proper duet recording during the Everybody Knows sessions last year in LA.

The new record features many other songs from the duo’s intertwined history, including a cover of Stills’ “Questions” and “So Begins The Task”, as well as Judy’s “Houses” and the aforementioned “Who Knows Where The Time Goes.” The album also features work by both Bob Dylan and Traveling Wilburys.

“As Stills and Collins wind their voices around the song’s incantatory, minor-key melody in a hypnotic, almost spooky, harmony, the depth and gravity of Cohen’s observations gain easier access to the soul.” says NPR Music.

The duo will tour together through the end of the 2017. Find a full list of dates here: www.stephenstillsjudycollins.com

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Alternative Rock/Pop Singer TRISTN Announced Her New Album ‘January’ To Be Released September 8

By Myki Angeline

New York-based singer/songwriter TRISTN has recently released her single “Anywhere But Here” available on Soundcloud. This is the first track off her anticipated album January which is set for release September 8.

Listen to “Anywhere But Here” on Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/tristnmusic

The album notes an impressive list of producers including the late Tom Coyne (Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Adele), on the single, “Now You Know,” Ted Jensen (Norah Jones, Muse, Green Day) for the single, “Nothing to Say (Nothin’),” and Christian Wright (Abbey Road Studios UK) and Steve Kupillas (Oak and Ash, Brand New) for the remaining songs, including “Anywhere But Here”.

TRISTN, who came into her own as both a solo artist/songwriter and producer, co-produced this album which depicts true events in her life through way of music. The single, “Anywhere But Here” is a conversational piece about gossip, exposing those who talk about others but are too afraid to speak face to face. RawRamp Magazine says, “This is pure, slippery and abrasive architectural happiness. With angular blocks of sound pushed against the sweet chirruping voice.”

Follow TRISTN on Facebook to purchase January and upcoming tour dates: facebook.com/tristnmusic/

Below is the video for her single, “Nothing To Say” – from the album January!