She Rocks Awards – 2018 Honorees & Performers

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Kat Corbett  – Co-Host

Kat Corbett is a DJ on KROQ in Los Angeles, where she hosts the midday show and local music show, Locals Only, which has helped launched the careers of Silversun Pickups, Fitz And The Tantrums, Grouplove, AWOLNATION, Young the Giant, Local Natives, Family Of The Year and more. She also currently has a show on SiriusXM. Kat began her radio career in Boston at WFNX while simultaneously working for legendary concert promoter Don Law. She went on to host Import Export on XFM in the UK from 2010-2015, then began her L.A. radio career with a short stint at Y107’s morning show. Kat’s professional writing career outside of KROQ began in 2004 with her observation pieces for Napster and Web In Front. In 2013, she released her first short story on Amazon titled It’s Personal. At KROQ, she also copy writes for clients such as Mercedes Benz, iTunes and more Her voice-over work includes events such as the MTV VMAs and the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She’s also worked on independent films in various positions from producer, sound mixer to music supervisor.

Joining Kat as co-host is Laura B.Whitmore, founder of the Women’s International Music Network and co-producer of the She Rocks Awards.

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Pat Benatar

Four-time GRAMMY® Award winner Pat Benatar first landed on the charts and in homes across America during the early days of MTV in the 1980s. Together with producer, guitarist and songwriting partner, Neil Giraldo and a jaw-dropping, classically-trained voice and fierce determination, they ruled the radio with hits such as “Love Is A Battlefield,” “Heartbreaker,” “We Live for Love,” “We Belong,” and the signature “Promises in The Dark.” After three decades, the duo has sold over 30 million albums worldwide, cementing their place in rock history. Married for 36 years and musical partners for 38 years, they continue to wow audiences during sold-out concerts. For more info, visit www.benatargiraldo.com.

Melissa Etheridge

Best known for her hit songs “I’m the Only One,” “Come to My Window,” and the song that first propelled her career, “Bring Me Some Water,” Grammy® Award- and Academy® Award-winning artist Melissa Etheridge has been tearing up the charts and tearing off the roof since 1988 with her signature sound. Her current album, Memphis Rock and Soul, was released in 2016 to critical acclaim, and features original songs as well as her interpretation of classics. For more info, visit www.melissaetheridge.com.
Photo by Debbie del Grande

Kate Pierson & Cindy Wilson of The B-52s

Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson are original members of one of the most beloved party rock bands, The B-52s. Known for their unique musical and performance style, the band has made a permanent mark on the musical world with hits such as “Rock Lobster,” “Roam,” “Love Shack,” and many more. Celebrating The B-52s’ 40th anniversary, Kate and Cindy continue to perform with the band, in addition to working on solo projects. For more info, visit www.theb52s.com.
Photo by Peter M. Van Hattem

Amberly Crouse-Knox
Senior Director of Creative and Business Development, BMG Production Music

Amberly Crouse-Knox is the Senior Director of Creative and Business Development, BMG Music Production, but she started her career as a professional dancer! Through dance, she developed a love for music and hung up her dancing shoes to move on to a career in the music business. Working in advertising for GMR Marketing and PGW as an account manager, Amberly’s main client was Pepsi, and she traveled the U.S. with the show The X Factor. She later moved on to X-Ray Dog Music and then to her current position at BMG. Today, she spends her days pitching music, working with songwriters and composers. She regularly engages with clients such as Sony, Universal, Hill Holiday, Disney, Fox Broadcasting and HBO, to name only a few, focusing on their current campaigns and projects for theatrical/ TV/video game and advertising marketing.

Candace Stewart
Studio Manager, EastWest Studio

Candace Stewart is the Studio Manager at EastWest Studios and an industry veteran with over 20 years of experience in recording studio management. She has managed such facilities as Take One Recording, Red Zone, Soundcastle Studios, and Firehouse Studios. Prior to coming on board at EastWest Studios in Hollywood, Candace managed Cello Studios, which was located in the same building and was converted into EastWest Studios by design superstar Philippe Starck. She has worked with artists in all genres of music including The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Foo Fighters, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell and Snoop Dogg, as well as film composers Jerry Goldsmith and Paul Williams. In her tenure as a manager she has seen many technological changes in the industry, but her commitment remains the same: to facilitate artists and all those who create music in any way possible.

Dawn Birr
Channel Manager for the Americas, Sennheiser Business Solutions

Dawn Birr began her career in the audio industry in 2000, joining Sennheiser fresh out of college. She started as a temporary receptionist and began to learn her way around and through the company. Shortly afterwards, she moved into Customer Service and began learning how the customers and the company worked. Thanks to a nurturing company culture and strong role models who encouraged her to learn as much as possible whenever possible, Dawn was promoted over the years to Neumann Product Manager, Professional RF Product Manager, VP of Sales for U.S. Installed Sound, Global Commercial Manager for Audio Recording, and most recently as Channel Manager for the Americas for Sennheiser Business Solutions. Dawn completed her MBA in 2006 and is a proud advisory board member for the Women’s International Music Network and a member of Soundgirls.org.

Fabi Reyna
Founder and Editor-in-Chief, She Shreds Media

Fabi Reyna is a Mexican born, Texan raised guitarist as well as the Founder and Editor-in-chief of She Shreds Magazine—the world’s first and only print publication dedicated to women guitarists and bassists. At 25 years old, Reyna has built what was a small Portland-based zine into a world-renowned media company with a print circulation of over 40,000 distributed in 28 countries, a dedicated digital presence with over one million annual visitors, as well as an events and creative agency. Outlets such as Mic.com, Bitch media, Fender, New York Magazine, Stereogum, and many more have praised the editor for her passionate work to create and develop an inclusive community within the guitar industry that transcends the boundaries of gender and genre—supporting radicalism, respect and revolution.

Karla Redding-Andrews
Executive Director, Otis Redding Foundation

As the Executive Director for The Otis Redding Foundation, Karla Redding-Andrews always pauses to remember the contributions her famous father made not only to soul music, but to her own success as well. These days, she’s focused on her father’s philanthropic efforts to motivate young people to stay in school and prove the importance of music and the arts in the classroom. Karla is actively involved in the foundation’s efforts in the community to provide music education opportunities for young people age 12-17. In addition to the foundation, the Otis Redding Center for Creative Arts provides after-school and weekend music lessons, and the annual Otis Music Camp has produced a number of successful graduates. Karla also sits on a number of music and arts-related boards, including the Georgia Music Foundation, the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Advisory Commission, the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Board of Visitors, the Community Foundation of Central Georgia and the Governing Board of the DREAM Academy, a future arts-integrated charter school.

Kristy Porter
Director, General Accessories, Guitar Center

Kristy Porter has been working in the music industry for 16 years. As a young guitar player, she visited the Guitar Center Oxnard store to buy some strings and never left, so to speak. Inspired by her love of music, Kristy started her career at Guitar Center a few years later as a customer service associate at Guitar Center, Oxnard, CA. Fueled by her desire to learn and succeed, she took advantage of training courses to increase her knowledge, and also continued to be led by her passion for music. In 2005, after four successful years as a top salesperson, Department Manager and Assistant Store Manager, she moved to Guitar Center’s headquarters in Westlake Village as an Assistant Category Manager. She was quickly promoted to Category Manager, General Accessories, then to Director, overseeing the department. Over the years, she has helped her department grow into one of the largest in the company.

Vanessa Mering
Marketing Manager, HARMAN Professional

Vanessa Mering is a marketing strategist with 15 years of experience for leading audio technology companies. Over the course of her career, she has played a key role in bringing a variety of industry-shaping innovations to market—from democratizing music creation at M-Audio/Avid, to defining the future of live sound with HARMAN. In her current position as Marketing Manager at HARMAN Professional, Vanessa spends her days launching new products and planning campaigns for 10 world-class brands including JBL, AKG, and Soundcraft. Passionate about seeing other women succeed in the industry, Vanessa is also the leader of the HARMAN Women’s Network chapter in Northridge, California, supporting the professional and personal growth of women at HARMAN, as well as attracting new talent to the company. In her free time, she’s active in other groups dedicated to building community and expanding professional opportunities for women.

Exene Cervenka
Co-lead singer/songwriter in the legendary band, X

Exene Cervenka is best known as the co-lead singer/songwriter in the legendary band, X. Known as one of L.A.’s early punk bands that featured a strong woman or women in the band, X went on to receive much critical acclaim from the L.A. Times, the New York Times, and many more. Today, X continues to tour, and in 2017, the Grammy museum in L.A. opened an extensive exhibit of the band’s history. The Los Angeles Dodgers also honored the band with “X Day” at Dodger Stadium, and the city presented them with a Proclamation. Exene’s other musical endeavors include alt-country pioneers, The Knitters, and many solo projects. In addition to numerous spoken word shows and speaking engagements, she has written books (she released two books through Henry Rollins’ 2.13.61 imprint), and exhibited her art collages in galleries and museums in the U.S. and Europe. Exene has also volunteered and supported Girls Rock Camps in Southern California and Brooklyn, NY.

Jean Millington Adamian, June Millington & Brie Darling
Fanny and Fanny Walked The Earth band members

Fanny Walked The Earth is the recent incarnation of the mid-1960s band Fanny, which was the first ever all-girl band to sign and record a full length LP with a major record label.

Sisters June and Jean Millington, Philippines-born daughters of an American naval officer and a Filipina socialite, moved to California in 1961. Feeling like strangers, the girls leaned on music and started performing with June on guitar and Jean on bass. Their first drummer was friend Brie, also half Filipina, who left the band early on but then re-joined.

Discovered while performing at Doug Weston’s Troubadour Club in LA, Fanny went on to release several albums. Their third album, FANNY HILL, was recorded at the Beatles’ Apple Studios in London with the Beatles’ engineer, Geoff Emerick. The leading rock press hailed it as their best yet, and the band performed their songs on TV shows such as The Sonny & Cher Show and The Dick Cavett Show.

Today, they’re writing and recording a new 13-song album as “Fanny Walked The Earth,” to be released early 2018. The songs speak to their musical history pioneering uncharted territory, and the bond created as part of a small female tribe playing music they loved.

Alice de Buhr
Fanny band member

Alice de Buhr hails from Iowa, where she first started playing drums. She eventually landed in L.A. as the drummer for the ground breaking, all-woman rock band Fanny. Alice’s drumming influences come from diverse sources, including Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts and Bernard Purdie, and her style can be best described as simple and loud. After leaving Fanny in 1973, Alice remained in the music industry, starting at Record Merchandising before moving to A&M Records. She has also handled sales in the video entertainment business. Today, she helps keep the Fanny brand alive to the new generation of rock and roll fans by maintaining the FannyRocks.com website, and most recently, she was asked to play on a track for the upcoming new Fanny Walks the Earth album. Alice is also currently Director of National Accounts for the indie MTI Home Video, as well as president of her consulting company, Inner Visions Video and DVD, Inc. based in Tucson, AZ.

Patti Quatro
Fanny band member

A self-taught lead guitarist, Patti was born into Detroit’s historic Quatro musical family. She started her first ground-breaking female band (the Pleasure Seekers, then Cradle), in 1964, and released her first single at age 16. After other producing and recording projects, Patti pursued her dream to break an all-female band and joined forces with Fanny. The band received critical acclaim for their album Rock and Roll Survivors and charted hits “Butter Boy” and “I’ve Had It.” Patti then worked in producing, recording, studio work, and on TV appearances and tours with notable artists. She’s been included in three rock films, including She Rocks, which documented women who kicked down doors through history, and in 2012, was inducted into the Michigan-Detroit Music Awards Hall of Fame for her early groundbreaking work. In 2017, in support of her continual desire to level the playing field for women in music, she brought together groundbreaking musicians Kathy Valentine, Genya Ravan, and Cherie Currie to participate in Blue Elan’s FWTE upcoming CD.

Guest Performers

Jenna Paone
Songwriter, Vocalist, Pianist

Jenna Paone is a songwriter, pianist, and vocalist based out of L.A. Originally from Boston, MA, Paone built a name for herself as a solo artist whose music blends classic pop, soul, blues, and folk rock into an intoxicating musical cocktail with retro roots and a modern bite. She has shared the stage with international artists such as Lisa Loeb, The Bangles, Colbie Caillat, Orianthi, and more, and her music has received airplay and has been featured in inde-pendent films. She released her recent full length album, Hammers & Strings, to glowing reviews, and just co-wrote an album of girl empowerment songs due out in 2018. www.jennapaone.com

Laura Clapp
Chick Rock

Laura Clapp is an artist that’s not afraid to tell it like it is who thrives on love, excitement and a passion for life. After moving to Nashville as a Berklee College of Music graduate, Laura quickly befriended some of Music City’s best. This led to countless demo sessions, an incredible journey as backing vocalist for 80’s synth legend Howard Jones and the opportunity to share her love of music gear as a product specialist for several music equipment manufacturers. Most recently, Laura joined the legendary Shure Incorporated as their Retail Market Development Specialist, and she is currently working on material for her 4th album. www.lauraclapp.com

Sabrina Lentini
Singer, Songwriter

Southern California native, Sabrina Lentini, is a singer/songwriter who has enchanted and captivated audiences with her unique style. She was the youngest contestant to make it all the way to the Top 48 out of more than 75,000 for Season 13 of FOX’s American Idol. By working hard and playing thousands of shows through the years, she has built a strong foundation in Orange County. With two EPs already independently released as well as her newest single “Dorothy Gale” and music video, she is currently planning on her third project to be recorded in Nashville. www.sabrinalentini.com

Olivia Rox
Pop/Rock Artist

Songbird Records recording artist, Olivia Rox, is a 19 year old pop singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Olivia began singing at the young age of 2, and is known for being a finalist on American Idol, Season 15, after which she embarked on her own tour, performing in over 9 countries. She just released her first single, “It Girl,” which is making made a huge splash in the industry thus far, and is preparing to release her 2nd single, “Say Goodbye.” In 2016 Olivia made it to the coveted spot of top 6 girls on the final season of American Idol, garnering her much attention, and almost a million fans worldwide. www.oliviarox.com

Command Sisters
Alternative Pop Duo

Electric guitars, sister harmonies, award-winning song-writing, and an exhilarating live show; these are only a few reasons why Command Sisters have been turning heads internationally, earning nods from the likes of Guitar World and NME. Hailing from Canada, Charlotte and Sarah have collaborated with platinum produc-ers Disco Fries (Tiesto, Krewella), which resulted in progressive dance banger “Earthquake” (Armada), and have a pop record slated for release in 2018. Picture HAIM’s sister harmonies, Taylor Swift hooks, mixed with Phantogram’s edge and a whole lot of distortion – and you have Command Sisters. www.commandsisters.com

Nili Brosh
Instrumental rock/fusion/metal

Nili Brosh is a world-renowned guitarist who is at the forefront of leading a new generation of passion-ate and gifted musicians. With a resume boasting performances with some of the greatest musicians in the world, Nili sets an incredibly high standard for musicianship and professionalism. Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Nili moved to Boston, MA and later attended Berklee College of Music, where she founded the Nili Brosh Band. Even with a loaded class and gig schedule, she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2009 and subse-quently became one of the youngest faculty members in the Berklee Summer Guitar Programs. She’s released two albums, Through the Looking Glass and A Matter of Perception. www.nilibrosh.com

Alyeska
Indie Rock

Alyeska is the brainchild of Montana singer-songwriter Alaska Reid. Pulling from her influences of Dinosaur Jr., Guided by Voices and Fleetwood Mac, Alyeska expertly blends noisy, guitar driven indie rock with delicate vocals and emotional storytelling. Earlier this year the band released their first EP Crush which was produced by legendary indie rock producer John Agnello (Waxa-hatchee, Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile.) Crush received critical acclaim from Billboard, Noisey, Stereogum and many more. www.alyeskaband.com

 

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