GRAMMY® Award winner Macy Gray is a singer, songwriter, producer and actress who started her career in 1999 with the hit song “I Try,” and has since gone on to sell more than 25 million albums globally. In September 2018, she brought her unmistakable rasp and soulful style to fans around the world with her critically well-received, tenth full-length album, RUBY. Macy’s talents resound beyond music as well. She’s starred in Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls and graced the screen in Brotherly Love, Paper Boy, Lackawanna Blues, Cardboard Boxer and NETFLIX’s hit Fuller House. Her legendary appearance in Training Day alongside Academy® Award-winner Denzel Washington has become an iconic hallmark. Most recently, she has had leading roles in PHOBIAS and Change is in the Air.
Platinum-selling, GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Lisa Loeb is a singer-songwriter, producer, author and philanthropist whose career started with the Number 1 hit song “Stay (I Missed You)” from the film Reality Bites, and was the first pop musician to have a Number 1 single while not signed to a recording contract. As an entrepreneur, Lisa oversees the business and eyewear design of Lisa Loeb Eyewear, writes children’s books, and supports non-profits. In addition to her recent Amazon-exclusive children’s albums and voiceover work, Lisa also recently covered “All the Young Dudes” for a Sirius XM/Howard Stern David Bowie tribute.
Los Angeles-born guitarist Nita Strauss has become a force to be reckoned with in the music world, dazzling audiences across the US, UK, Europe, South America, Asia, Australia and Africa. Most fans will recognize Nita as Alice Cooper’s touring guitarist of the past four years, but she’s also played with R&B star Jermaine Jackson, early-MTV darlings Femme Fatale, video game supergroup Critical Hit and popular tribute band The Iron Maidens. Her skill, exuberant stage presence and love for all things about her instrument have earned her a stellar reputation in the music industry and endorsements including Ibanez Guitars (she is the first female Ibanez signature artist with her own model), Marshall Amplification, DiMarzio pickups, Monster Energy and more. Nita’s debut solo album Controlled Chaos will be available worldwide November 16, 2018 through Sumerian Records.
As VP Global Content and development AEG Facilities, Dana DuFine serves as the head content booker and programmer for AEG’s network of global facilities. She’s been recognized multiple times by Billboard Magazine for a successful career that also includes executive posts at MSG Entertainment and at Irving Azoff’s Frontline management company, where she oversaw the careers of Stone Temple Pilots and alternative rock band Everclear.
Singer and prolific composer Erika Ender has the distinction of being the co-writer of the international hit “Despacito.” She is the youngest person ever inducted into the Latin Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and has received multiple awards from the Latin GRAMMYs, Billboard, ASCAP and more. Ender’s talent also landed her a spot as the only Spanish #1 song on Billboards’ Top 100.
Dale Krevens is the VP of preamp, effects and amplifier manufacturer, Tech 21, and was a driving force behind its inception. She coined the name of the company’s flagship product line, SansAmp. Her varied experience in advertising, marketing, sales, graphic design and product design has propelled Tech 21 for over three decades, with 2019 marking Tech 21’s official 30th anniversary. Dale is also involved with artist relations efforts, working with a diverse roster, ranging from Les Paul to Geddy Lee.
In her role as the director of business operations at JAM Industries USA, Samantha Pink loves helping teams find solutions to problems, improving customer satisfaction, and finding ways to increase profitability. She has spent the majority of her career in the MI/Audio industry, gaining experience in areas such as operations, purchasing, and inventory management.
Lynette Sage is Art Director at Reverb, the popular online marketplace dedicated to music gear. The company’s 31st hire, there’s perhaps no employee who’s had a bigger impact on Reverb’s iconic brand. On any given day, she’ll be designing an email campaign for millions of music lovers; hunting down the perfect log cabin for an inspirational holiday photo shoot; or bringing the Reverb brand to life at a trade show. Most notably, she’s used Reverb to promote inclusivity in the music instrument industry. Former Director of Marketing Dan Abel called those efforts one of Reverb’s “proudest accomplishments.”
Terri Winston is the executive director and founder of Women’s Audio Mission (WAM), a nonprofit that trains under-served women and girls to become the next generation of music producers and recording engineers. Winston’s award-winning career in music and the recording arts spans over 30 years as a major-label recording artist, songwriter, producer and recording engineer, having shared the stage with P.J. Harvey, Pixies, Flaming Lips, and more.
This year we’re thrilled to add a new category to the program, the Lifetime Achievement Award. We’ll be honoring the iconic Janis Joplin, with a retrospective on her contributions and a musical tribute featuring guitarist Orianthi, singer Vanessa Amorosi and Emily Armstrong of Dead Sara, among others. Member’s of Joplin’s family will be on hand to participate and share in this exciting tribute.
This year’s opening performers will be London/Belfast-based alternative rock-pop duo REWS, consisting of Shauna Tohill (Vocals/Guitar) and Collette Williams (Vocals/Drums). The duo has generated a buzz on the UK and Irish music scene and BBC Radio. They’ve had an exciting 2018, releasing their latest single “Can You Feel It?” in September 2018 and supporting Halestorm on a UK tour before launching their own UK headline tour.
LYNDSEY PARKER & CHRISTINE DEVINE
Lyndsey Parker is the music editor at Yahoo Entertainment and co-host of the weekly SiriusXM show Volume West. Considered an expert in music and pop culture, Parker is an Online Journalism Award nominee and has written for Elle, MOJO, Rolling Stone, NME, and Guitar and has appeared as a commentator for Good Day L.A., AXS TV’s The Top Ten Revealed, CNN, MTV, USA Today, and Reuters. She is the author of Careless Memories of Strange Behavior: My Notorious Life as a Duran Duran Fan, one of the first e-books published as part of Rhino Records’ all-digital music book series, which went to #1 on the iTunes Music Books chart, and she is currently co-authoring the memoir of legendary groupie Mercy Fontenot, a former member of the GTOs.
Christine Devine was named as one of the top 50 women changing Los Angeles by Los Angeles Magazine. The 16-time Emmy-winning FOX 11 news anchor can be seen at 5 and 10PM on KTTV, where’s she’s covered the biggest stories in LA, from earthquakes, to riots, to elections. Devine also hosts the FOX 11 “Wednesdays Child” adoption segment, which has helped more than 500 foster children find permanent families since its inception in 1995.
Devine is also heavily plugged into the music scene. She’s married to musician, bassist/vocalist Sean McNabb (who first gained fame in metal bands like Quiet Riot), and in her free time, she mentors several young singers and artists. Devine has also directed music videos, written songs, and executive produced R&B and pop music.
Additional performers coming soon!