Terri Nunn is the charismatic and enigmatic singer of L.A.’s iconic synth electro-pop pioneers, BERLIN. The Los Angeles-based band made its first national impression with the provocative single “Sex (I’m A…)” from the platinum-selling debut EP Pleasure Victim in 1982. “The Metro” and “No More Words” were also chart toppers, but it was the unforgettable, intimate, and strikingly beautiful love song, “Take My Breath Away” that took the band to another level. The song was a #1 international hit and received both the Golden Globe and Academy Award for “Best Original Song” in 1986. Nunn’s ongoing influence earned her the #11 spot on VH1.com’s “100 Greatest Women in Rock.” Currently, Nunn is recording a brand new BERLIN studio album with her original BERLIN band members and co-writers, John Crawford (bass) and David Diamond (keyboards), scheduled for release in early 2019.
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. She is on the list of the most powerful women according to Billboard, Hollywood Reporter, Forbes & People En Espanol Magazines.
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.
In addition to performances by Honorees Nita Strauss, Lisa Loeb and Erika Ender , these guests artists will be performing at the show:
Hailing from Australia, guitarist and singer/songwriter Orianthi is one of the top female guitarists on the planet. She’s opened for her hero (Steve Vai), backed an Idol (Carrie Underwood), traded solos with a legend (Carlos Santana) and shared the stage with the King of Pop (Michael Jackson). She has toured with Dave Stewart, and joined Richie Sambora for his solo tour in Australia and Europe. In 2016, the two toured under the name RSO. Her debut solo single “According to You” hit the charts in 2009, and she released her second album, Believe, that year. It was followed by the release of Heaven In This Hell in 2013 and Radio Free America with RSO in 2018. Orianthi is currently in the studio recording new music. Iamorianthi.com
Judith Hill has been praised by Rolling Stone for her “stellar powerhouse vocals.” Judith – who wrote her first song at the age of four – has backed such artists as Stevie Wonder and the late Michael Jackson. Hers is one of the stories told in director Morgan Neville’s acclaimed 20 Feet From Stardom. The film has won the Film Critics Award for Best Documentary and an Academy Award for Best Documentary. The film also won the 2015 Grammy for Best Music Film. Hill, who was also featured on the film’s soundtrack, was a contestant on season four of “The Voice.” Judith has opened for Josh Groban, John Legend and Prince both in the US and the UK. Her debut album, Back In Time, produced by herself & Prince is out now on NPG Records. And her sophomore album, Golden Child, was just recently released in 2018. judithhill.com
One of Australia’s most talented and successful artists, Vanessa Amorosi has sold more than 2 million records worldwide. Discovered at the early age of 14, Vanessa has gone on to break multiple Australian achievement records. Her =double Platinum single “Absolutely Everybody” was the longest charting single by a female artist in Australia. Vanessa performed at the Opening and Closing 2000 Sydney Olympic ceremonies. Vanessa has spent 2018 working with Aleena Gibson & Trevor Muzzy, Louis Schoorl, Jordan Palmer, Sarah Solovay, David Gamson & Jon Levine creating new original material set for release in early 2019. vanessaamorosi.com
EMILY ARMSTRONG (DEAD SARA)
When asked by the Wall Street Journal in 2012 which female rock singers she admired, legendary Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick said Emily Armstrong, citing her “strong, urgent sound.” Armstrong and bandmate Siouxsie Medley front Los Angeles’ Dead Sara – an electrifying rock band whose supercharged music is propelled by Medley’s exhilarating, monster guitar riffs and Armstrong’s powerful, wailing vocals. A skilled vocal stylist who can handle blues, soul, and folk-rock with equal aplomb, Armstrong can unleash a guttural howl one minute and trill as pretty as a songbird the next. The band released their EP, Temporary Things Taking Up Space in 2018. deadsara.com
One of the most sought-after saxophonists/vocalists, two-time GRAMMY nominee Mindi Abair has garnered ten #1 radio hits, six Top 5 solo records and two #1 spots on the Billboard album charts. She was a featured guest on American Idol and is currently touring with Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers. Mindi authored the book “How To Play Madison Square Garden – A Guide to Stage Performance” and serves as a National Trustee for The Recording Academy. She has toured with Aerosmith, Gregg Allman, Smokey Robinson, Keb’ Mo’, Joe Perry, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and many more. mindiabair.com
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
Singers, songwriters, musicians…and sisters! The Command Sisters blend their vibrant original pop music with sibling harmonies and hard-hitting guitar licks. The buzz from their live shows and a powerful social media presence have led them to perform tributes to Chaka Khan, Ronnie Spector of The Ronettes, and The B52’s at the She Rocks Awards in Los Angeles. Now residing in Toronto, Canada, the Command Sisters recently signed with Universal Music Canada / 21 Entertainment and are preparing to release their debut album. commandsisters.com
As a child growing up listening to Alicia Keys and Amy Winehouse, Gigi Rich was inspired to write her first song at age 13. She followed up on her musical ambitions and won Amateur Night at New York’s iconic Apollo Theater. After graduating high school early to pursue her musical studies at Juilliard, she landed a coveted spot on Team Gwen during season seven of NBC’s The Voice. Rich is currently performing dates around the U.S. and working on her second EP, which will be completed soon. gigirich.com
Aiza is a two-time winner at the Montreal English Theatre Awards (METAs), she is also the recipient of the 2017 Gloria Mitchell-Aleong Award, which is given to an emerging artist who demonstrates exceptional talent. In December 2017, Aiza signed with the record label Kartel Musik following the success of her first single “Criminal,” a fun dancehall-pop track released independently. Aiza was selected as the winner of the WiMN’s Neverland Retreats Scholarship, was chosen as the Future star iHeartRadio on Rouge FM stations, and performed at the SOCAN Awards Gala. aizababy.com
ROCK SUGAH – She Rocks Awards House Band
Divinity Roxx returns to the She Rocks Awards for as Musical Director and bass player. Roxx may be most known for having toured as Assistant Musical Director for Beyonce, showcasing her bass skills for sold out shows all over the world. Before touring with Beyonce, Divinity toured with the Grammy Award-winning bassist Victor Wooten and has appeared on the cover of Bass Musician and Bass Player UK magazines. She’s recorded with Will.I.Am, Polow da Don and renowned producer Jerry Wonda. She is a member of the Black Girls Rock Orchestra (BET), and has backed artists such as Sheila E., Erykah Badu, Patti Labelle, Jay-Z, Kanye West, George Michael, and more. Divinity’s last solo album, ImPossible (2016) received critical acclaim and landed her an Independent Music Award for ‘Best Spoken Word Album’. She continues to perform original music and is currently recording her next solo album.
Kat Dyson is excited to return to the She Rocks Awards. She has most notably toured and played with Cyndi Lauper, Prince, Sheila E, Natalie Cole, Ivan Neville, Donny Osmond, Odetta, Mick Jagger, Sarah McLachlan, Buddy Guy, BB King, Chaka Khan, Carlos Santana, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), Bruce Willis, Nona Hendrix, The B-52s and many more in her illustrious career as a guitarist and songwriter. Her studio work highlights are with such artists as Prince, Keb Mo’, Ziggy Marley, Sheila E., Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) and Mick Jagger (Alfie soundtrack). In the May 2017 edition of Guitar Player, she made the 50 Sensational Female Guitarist list and is included in the compilation SHE ROCKS,VOL. 1 on Steve Vai’s label Favorite Nations Records. She continues to tour with Italian rock and blues legend ZUCCHERO and others worldwide. In addition to releasing her EP COLOUR KOMMENTARY, she is composing music for television, documentaries, and film in Los Angeles.
Benita Lewis returns to the She Rocks Awards as drummer extraordinaire. Her groove and timing unmoved, Benita is a revitalizing force; commanding, yet poised. She has played with a host of Gospel, Jazz and R&B artists such as Marvin Winans, Commissioned, Randy Scott, The Dramatics, Richard Street & The Temptations, Lalah Hathaway, and Frank McComb to name a few. As a recording engineer, some of Benita’s most recent mixing and mastering work can be found on the three time Grammy award winning release Lalah Hathaway LIVE by five time Grammy-winning artist Lalah Hathaway. Benita exclusively plays Sakae drums and hardware, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth drum sticks, Remo drum heads, and Latin Percussion (LP). Additionally, she uses Gibraltar drum racks, Roland electronic percussion, Audix microphones, JH Audio IEM, SKB drum cases, Kickport, and Gruv Gear products.
Keyboardist DRiN Elliot is looking forward to returning to the She Rocks Awards for the second year. Praised for her virtuoso technique, rich tone, and soulful performances, Elliott has established a reputation as one of the leading musicians of her generation. She has accompanied and toured with a plethora of incredible artists such as BET’s Amber Bullock & Andrea Helms, Billboard chart-topping rapper Yo Gotti, Snarky Puppy’s Robert ‘Sput’ Seawright and Mark Letteri, Verdine White of Earth, Wind, & Fire, as well as R&B sensations Musiq Soulchild, Goapelé, Eric Benet, Angie Stone & Marsha Ambrosius. She has also played with numerous jazz pioneers such as Benard Wright, Frank McComb, Yarbrough & Peoples, and Lucky Peterson. DRiN currently serves as keyboardist for Andre Cymone (Prince/NPG) & Nikki Glaspie (Beyoncè, Maceo Parker)