M·A·C Cosmetics Director of Artist Relations and M·A·C Pro Membership
Being an avid music fan, Monique Boyer moved to Hollywood in 1991 with a dream of working in the music business. After an education in record engineering and working in radio promotion, she discovered another passion: makeup artistry. Luckily, her work these days for M·A·C Cosmetics allows her to experience the best of both industries. As the trendsetting brand’s Director of Artist Relations and M·A·C Pro Membership, she provides product support and education in the areas of music, editorial, theatre, performing arts, and television.
For the past ten years, Monique has directed makeup support for many of the biggest names in music including Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Marilyn Manson, Sia, Missy Elliot, Steven Tyler, Janet Jackson, The Cure, Gwen Stefani, Tori Amos, Motley Crue, Heart, Kelly Clarkson, and Wynonna Judd. She’s seen the music industry from every angle through her work to support music television (including shows like American Idol, The Voice and Nashville), music festivals, and an extensive array of awards shows and ceremonies, including the Grammy Awards, the MTV Video Music Awards, MusiCares Person of the Year, ASCAP’s Women Behind the Music, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Monique is thrilled not only to be immersed in the world of music, but to work with and honor the extraordinary women who have helped build it.
Marketing Communications Manager for Roland Corporation U.S.
Music and marketing make the world go round for Rebecca Eaddy, Marketing Communications Manager for Roland Corporation U.S., a world-renowned manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments. It’s been nearly 20 years since Rebecca’s career as a marketing strategist began at CBS Radio and nearly 30 since she first fell in love with music, thanks to one of her childhood idols, Martha Quinn, and ‘80s-era MTV. Little did she know then that she’d be meeting and working on campaigns featuring some of those very same musical icons later in life, or working for Roland, whose instruments helped define multiple musical genres born in that same era.
The musical instruments industry has been Rebecca's career home for more than a decade. As a member of the Paul Reed Smith Guitars marketing team from 2006 to 2011 and as a member of the Roland and BOSS marketing team for nearly six years now, Rebecca has contributed to campaigns reaching millions of musicians in the U.S. and around the world.
Singer. Songwriter. Guitarist. Trailblazer. Icon. Guitar Player Certified Guitar Legend 2014 award winner. Lita Ford is all of those and so much more. From teenager playing lead guitar in the groundbreaking band, The Runaways, to Top 10, GRAMMY nominated solo artist, her career trajectory has been one of never settling, never compromising, and always staying true to herself.
2016 has been particularly busy and productive for Ford. In February, she published her long-awaited autobiography, Living Like A Runaway. In April, she released Time Capsule, a compilation of previously unreleased songs from the 1980s that she discovered in a collection of analog tapes in her home. She also spent that month on the road with Halestorm, and saw the release of her longtime friend Ace Frehley’s new album, Origins Vol. 1, which features Ford singing and playing guitar on their cover of The Troggs’ “Wild Thing.”
As always, Ford and her band — guitarist Patrick Kennison, bassist Marty O’Brien, and drummer Bobby Rock — are touring relentlessly. Ford is also writing and recording a new album with Gary Hoey, who produced 2012’s Living Like A Runaway.
Director of artist relations at PRS Guitars
Beverly Fowler is the Director of Artist Relations for Paul Reed Smith Guitars, Limited Partnership, a manufacturer of high-end musical instruments and equipment in Stevensville, Maryland. Bev has worked in a variety of positions with increasing responsibilities within the business since 2002 including Executive Assistant to the President, Event Manager and Artist Relations. In her current position as Director of Artist Relations, Bev’s main focus is on expanding and maintaining brand equity within the community of accomplished and emerging artists and musicians. PRS Guitars employs about 250 people who skillfully produce around 950 electric guitars each month. Bev lives in Stevensville, Maryland with her husband and two children.
On-air radio personality for 104.3 MYfm in Los Angeles
Lisa Foxx is an on-air radio personality who can be heard on 104.3 MYfm in Los Angeles and their sister station, Star 101.3 in San Francisco, on the iHeartRadio network. For the past 25 years, she’s been the voice of many top stations up and down the California coast, starting in college, and rising to fame in the '90s in LA where she and Ryan Seacrest tore up the afternoon airwaves on Star 98.7. When not in the studio or freelancing in talent/booking and music supervising, Lisa can be found at one of the restaurants on Sunset Blvd. in which she's a partner, at a Dodgers or Kings game, exercising, doing charity work, and listening to a very eclectic mix of her favorite music, including Maroon 5, U2, Journey, ‘80s hair bands, Hall & Oates, Katy Perry and many others.
CHARYN HARRIS, MBA
Conductor of Music Programs for A Place Called Home
An alumna of Berklee College of Music, Charyn has been recognized for designing vibrant programming and resources to support youth through the arts. Charyn is founder of Project MuszEd and serves as Conductor of Music Programs for A Place Called Home in South Los Angeles. As the very first partner of the Berklee City Music Network, Charyn has sent over 35 students to Berklee’s summer program and has had over a dozen attend the college on scholarship. Charyn’s students are known for their ground-shaking performances, having opened or performed with The Black Eyed Peas, Diana Ross and Macy Gray among others. Some of her students are now performing with top acts such as Smokey Robinson and Aloe Blacc…the list goes on.
Charyn toured as keyboardist for the iconic R&B legend Barry White and has performed with MC Hammer, The Cranberries, Jonathan Butler, Al B. Sure!, Doc Powell and Luciano Pavarotti among others. Charyn is active on several boards and supports a variety of arts initiatives.
Founder of Soundgirls and monitor engineer for Pearl Jam
Hailing from Los Angeles, Karrie has spent the last 20 plus years as the monitor engineer for Pearl Jam. In 2013 she co-founded Soundgirls, an organization dedicated to inspire and empower the next generation of women in audio.
Karrie started out doing sound for punk bands in Los Angeles in 1986 under the tutelage of Dave Rat of Rat Sound, where she spent twenty years helping to establish the company. She was able to gain an immense amount of hands-on experience and technical knowledge at Rat, which eventually led to her becoming the monitor engineer for The Red Hot Chili Peppers from 1990-2000. She first met and started working with Pearl Jam when they opened for RHCP on their 1991-1992 Blood Sugar Sex Magic Tour. She has also worked with Sonic Youth, Fugazi, and Neil Young.
She shares, “I entered the world of live audio over 27 years ago. Back then I was a novelty, you did not see a woman behind the mixing board let alone unloading a truck full of sound equipment. At that time I felt like I was breaking down doors for other women and we would eventually see women on sound crews all over the country. Sadly, 27 years later women in live audio are still a rare occurrence. Women have made inroads in lighting, production, road managing, management, why not in audio? SoundGirls.Org seeks to answer this question and proves that women can and do succeed in professional audio.”
Owner and founder of Musical Innovations in Greenville, SC
Tracy Leenman has had over 20 years' experience in the music industry and over 45 years as a music educator. The owner and founder of Musical Innovations in Greenville, SC, she holds her bachelors and masters degrees in music education from Syracuse University (NY) and has done additional coursework towards a Ph.D. at the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY). She has taught in private and public schools at the elementary through college levels; most recently, she developed the Music Business department at Newberry College (SC) and served as Adjunct Instructor there from 2013-2015.
Since its inception in 2009, Musical Innovations has won numerous awards, including being named to NAMM's Top 100 Dealers four times in a row; and to the US Chamber of Commerce 2016 Top 100 Small Businesses in America (Small Business, Dream Big! Award). The company was named NAMM's Dealer of the Year in 2015, and also won Best Customer Service that same year. Tracy has twice won the SC Music Educators Friend of Music Business Award (2009 and 2013), the Phi Mu Alpha (Theta Chapter) Outstanding Contributor Award (2006), the KEYS Program Keeping the Beat Music Advocacy Award (2009), and the print music industry's Sandy Feldstein Service Award (2015). She contributes frequently to music industry and music education magazines, does clinics and teacher in-services around the country on a wide variety of topics, and is a regular presenter in the NAMM Idea Center.
Tracy and her husband, Koas, an architect, have six children, nineteen grandchildren, and are expecting their first great-grandchild any day now. In 1987, Tracy was named SC Mother of the Year by the SC Mothers of Twins Club.
Lead singer of multi-award winning rock band Garbage
Shirley Manson is a singer, songwriter, musician and actress. Best known as the lead singer of the alternative, multi-award winning rock band Garbage, she has gained attention for her forthright style, rebellious attitude, and distinctive voice. The band's debut album, the eponymously titled Garbage, was released in August 1995. The band has since gone on to sell over 17 million records during the course of their 21 years together. They released their sixth studio album, Strange Little Birds, in June 2016 to universal critical acclaim and have garnered similar reviews for their live shows while supporting the record with a mammoth year-long world tour. She continues to be an outspoken advocate for human and animal rights and gender equality.
A&R for Walt Disney Records/Hollywood Records/Disney Music Group
Dani Markman has been A&R for Walt Disney Records/Hollywood Records/Disney Music Group for over 20 years. Prior to that, she was a professional opera singer, performing with opera companies around the country, especially Boston Opera and Pittsburgh Opera. Over the years, she has A&R’d almost every genre of music possible. She has been involved with every soundtrack that comes out of the Disney studio.
A lover of all music, Ms. Markman has worked in almost every genre of music: Country (Best of Country Sing the Best of Disney), Adult Contemporary (Michael Crawford Sings Disney), Tween Pop (Disneymania Series), Alternative (Muppets: The Green Album), Rock (Nightmare Revisited, Avengers Assemble), EDM (DConstructed), Jazz (Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat), etc.
In her long career, Ms. Markman has truly enjoyed working with and mentoring artists, writers, producers, and musicians of every age. Helping them define who they are as artists and working with them to craft their careers is perhaps one of her greatest joys. Her current projects include Sabrina Carpenter’s album EVOLution and Jordan Fisher’s self titled EP as well as his upcoming debut album, releasing in 2017.
Four time Grammy Award-winning composer, bassist and vocalist
Four time Grammy Award winner Esperanza Spalding has, in the past decade of her illustrious career (which also involves having performed at the Oscars, the Grammys, the Nobel Prize ceremony, and several times at the White House), continually and brilliantly married genres, pushed boundaries, and created groundbreaking work. By anyone’s measure, Spalding’s accomplishments at 31 years of age have already eclipsed those of artists half a century older, yet it’s blatantly obvious that her artistic journey is a lifelong one that we’ve just begun to collectively comprehend.
Spalding is, as a composer, bassist and vocalist, expansive, iterative, shape-shifting, open, and progressively innovative. A voracious and magnetic performer, she is attentively studious towards what the process of playing live – whether sharing a stage with her own revolving ensembles, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Janelle Monae or Prince – presents to the structure of a song. That channeled energy runs through her recorded catalog of seven collaborative and five solo albums.
She graduated from Berklee College of Music, and at age 20, Spalding became the prestigious school’s youngest-ever instructor. Through her groundbreaking albums, she is still teaching those who listen.
Iconic lead singer of The Ronettes
Only a few artists in history have been capable of defining an entire era in pop
music. Ronnie Spector is one of those artists: the embodiment of the heart, soul, and passion of female rock and roll in the 1960s. Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in March 2007.
Beginning in 1963, Ronnie Spector—as lead singer of the ultimate girl group, The Ronettes—recorded a long string of classic pop hits: powerful, poignant teen anthems like the Grammy Award-winning "Walking in the Rain," "Do I Love You," "Baby I Love You,” "The Best Part of Breaking Up," "I Can Hear Music," and the international Number One smash "Be My Baby." These records are among the best-loved and most-emulated recordings in the history of rock and roll. Ronnie celebrated her 55th year in the recording industry with the release of her British Invasion inspired collection of covers English Heart, and followed it up with a performance at the venerable Glastonbury Festival. The style, look, and sound of Ronnie Spector continue to serve as an inspiration and role model for generations.
President of Los Angeles Women in Music (LAWIM)
Serving the L.A. music community at large since 1988, Leanne has advanced countless careers and professional relationships in the industry, and is a strong advocate for issues concerning women in music. A true leader and visionary, she has been at the forefront of progressive change through the organizations and institutions she has served, most notably as President of Los Angeles Women in Music. LAWIM has been supporting and empowering women for 30 years.
CEO of LEANNE SUMMERS ENTERTAINMENT, LLC and All Things Voice!, Leanne is a professional singer, much sought after vocal coach, producer and clinician with over 40 years on stage and behind the scenes. Over the years, she has worked with Grammy®-nominated vocalists and Emmy®-winning actors. Most recently she completed a season in the studio with another of Showtime Network's critically acclaimed and award-winning series, Ray Donovan. A summa cum laude graduate of Berklee College of Music, Leanne established the first Alumni Chapter in Los Angeles and served as its president for 11 years, garnering her a seat on the Board of Trustees as the first alumni representative.
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 10 p.m. 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, 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. She is also married to musician, bassist/vocalist Sean McNabb (Quiet Riot, Dokken, Lynch Mob).
The past fifteen years have brought Daisy Rock Girl Guitars Founder and President TISH CIRAVOLO museum inductions, awards, motivational speeches to millions of girls, billions of media impressions touting the girl guitar revolution, the world’s first girl guitar/bass instructional books/CDs/DVDs, and appearances in Guitar Hero/Band Hero games. Ciravolo has also propelled the girls’ rock empowerment message far beyond the music industry through licensing partnerships—on top of rocking stages all over the country in her punk rock band, Sassafrass and most importantly, being a mother of two.
Back for their second year, the She Rocks Awards house band ROCK SUGAH is comprised of Divinity Roxx (Beyoncé) on bass, Kat Dyson (Prince, Sting) on guitar, Benita Lewis (Chaka Khan) on drums, and Lynette Williams (Will.i.am, Cee-lo) on keyboard.
BRANDY ROBINSON, winner of the #SaveAGuitar and She Rocks Awards contest, will open the show. Robinson has released two albums on her indie record label, GuitarMama Records, and has a third album underway. She’s been touring the U.S. for the past 10 years as both a solo artist and with a full band, showcasing her poetic lyrics, funky guitar riffs and powerful, soulful voice.
The She Rocks Awards will also celebrate the launch of a new compilation of female guitar players, She Rocks, Vol. 1. Releasing on January 20, 2017 on Steve Vai’s Favored Nations Entertainment label, this collection of kick-ass guitar goddesses is produced by author and former Guitar World editor, Brad Tolinski. Showcasing eleven female guitarists, each a virtuoso in her own right, the compilation features Orianthi, Yasi Hofer, Kat Dyson, Sarah Longfield, Lita Ford, Jennifer Batten, Nita Strauss, Steph Paynes, Nili Brosh, Gretchen Menn, and Yvette Young. Performers from the album will appear at the She Rocks Awards. Find out more at http://www.favorednations.com/artists/sherocksvol1/.