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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Touring artist, author and philanthropist
Lisa Loeb is a touring artist, author and philanthropist who started her career with the platinum-selling Number 1 hit song “Stay (I Missed You)” from the film Reality Bites. A trailblazing independent artist, Lisa was the first pop musician to have a Number 1 single while not signed to a recording contract, and her albums Tails and Firecracker were both certified Gold. Lisa continues to craft irresistible pop songs for the 21st century, while designing Lisa Loeb Eyewear, writing children’s books, and supporting non-profit causes. She is well known to parents and kids for her albums Catch the Moon (with Elizabeth Mitchell) and Camp Lisa (benefiting the Camp Lisa Foundation). Lisa’s song “Disappointing Pancake” became a hit in concert and on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and her most recent, award-winning family album with Amazon, Feel What U Feel, launched in October 2016. She also collaborated to co-write the children’s musical “Camp Kappawanna,” which debuted at New York City’s Atlantic Theater Company.
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.
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.