The She Rocks Podcast presents conversations with extraordinary women from all walks of the music industry, from top-tier performers to behind-the-scenes heroes. Sharing insights, tips, gear rundowns and so much more, the She Rocks Podcast gets in-depth and personal about all the issues that matter.
The show is hosted by Laura B. Whitmore, founder of the Women’s International Music Network and the She Rocks Awards, journalist for Parade.com and music industry marketer. A champion for women in music, Whitmore has interviewed hundreds of musicians from every spectrum of the industry.
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Episode 68: Singer, Songwriter, Composer & Music Supervisor
We caught up with singer/songwriter, music supervisor and composer Briana Cash a little while back to check on new projects, insights and so much more. Her music has been licensed for TV and film including the recent “Murder of God’s Banker” for Paramount+. She’s in a legal battle to use her own given name as an artist and the story is a doozy!! Check out this insightful interview. Learn more at: https://www.instagram.com/brianacashmusic/ and https://www.facebook.com/BrianaCashMusic
Episode 67: Monika Smetona, President of Renkus-Heinz
Monika Smetona is the very first female president of audio powerhouse Renkus-Heinz. A leader for women in audio, Monika grew with the company, spending years honing her skills prior to stepping into this position. Here she talks about her history, advice for women in the industry and her push for more diversity at Renkus-Heinz and throughout audio.
Learn more at: www.renkus-heinz.com.
Episode 66: Ana Popovic – Guitarist, Vocalist, Songwriter
Ana Popovic is a fighter. Killer guitarist, riveting performer and breast-cancer survivor. Here we caught up with this powerhouse as she is about to release her new album, ‘Power’. This collection of high energy blues & soul will give you the motivation to MOVE. Check out our touching conversation with this blues guitar giant.
Find out more at anapopovic.com
Episode 65: Samantha Fish – Singer/Songwriter and Guitarist
Samantha Fish is on fire. This singer/songwriter and killer guitarist is about to release her new album, ‘Death Wish Blues,’ coming out in May. The project, a collab with Jesse Dayton, sees Samantha at her gritty best. Fun, sassy, and sonically grabbing in every way, it’s a genre-bending joy-ride, and a follow up to her collection of previous albums and one recent EP, ‘The Stardust Sessions’, that she also recorded with Jesse. Produced by Jon Spencer, the project is a celebration of sound. Here we chat with Samantha about this and so much more.
Episode 64: Lindy Day – Guitarist and Instructor
You may know Lindy Day as the former lead guitarist for The Killer Queens, the world’s only all-girl Queen cover band. Day writes songs for her own solo projects and has shared the stage with Santana, ZZ Top, Steve Miller and more. She’s started to dig into producing and now focuses much of her time on short guitar instructional content, especially on Tik Tok and Instagram. She also does more long-form guitar instruction, and in fact, she wishes more of her one-on-one students were female! Here we sit down with Lindy to talk about guitar and learning and so much more!
Episode 63: Danielia Cotton, R&B and Gospel Singer, Songwriter
Danielia Cotton latest release, ‘Good Day’, masterfully melds gritty rock n’ roll, blues, motown and gospel into a gorgeous sonic tapestry. Danielia uses her gritty rock ‘n’ roll music to confront the social, political and racial turmoils of the past and looks to grander, grounded possibilities in the future. This NYC-based singer, songwriter and all around survivor has faced many challenges. She embraces a variety of religions as “JewBu” (a Jewish Buddhist), and is a cancer survivor and a woman who today channels her struggles within her gritty, Motown-steeped music. Now a mother of a four-year old daughter, we caught up with Danielia as she was getting ready to run the NYC marathon and supporting her spouse as he battles Mantle cell lymphoma, an aggressive and currently incurable form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Check out this inspiring conversation!
Episode 62: Nikki Yanofsky, Jazz Singer
Montreal based jazz singer Nikki Yanofsky recently released her new album Nikki By Starlight – a 15-track voyage through vintage jazz standards from storied musicians Frank Sinatra, Chet Baker, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, and more. Nikki has already had an incredible career, stepping on stage with many of the greats and singing in front of 3.2 billion people at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. Here we catch up about this fantastic album, taking a leap of faith and making the magic happen!
Episode 61: Lindsey Stirling
For over a decade, Lindsey Stirling has enchanted audiences across the globe by performing a certain spellbinding magic with her electronic violin, dreaming up an exquisitely composed yet boldly inventive sound entirely her own. She recently released her beautiful and dynamic new holiday album, Snow Waltz. Here we caught up with Lindsey to talk music, taking risks, helping others and so much more.
Episode 60: Japanese Breakfast
Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast is proud of her Korean/American heritage and excited about life in 2022. Her most recent album, Jubilee, has been nominated for two GRAMMY’s and her best-selling book, Crying in H Mart, is being made into a feature film. But this success hasn’t erased her vulnerable charm and earnest vibe, which also come through in her music. We had the opportunity to sit down with Zauner at an event hosted by Fender as they were launching their new Meteora guitar.
Episode 59: Britt Lightning – Guitarist, Musical Director
Britt Lightning is the lead guitarists for the all-female platinum-selling ’80’s rock band Vixen and a key member of the team that runs the Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy camp. Along with amazing guitar chops Britt is a talented host and musical director and an experienced music industry pro. Britt performed for 22-time Grammy Award winning artist Alejandro Sanz in his stadium-level world tour from 2012-2015. Britt is featured in Sanz’s “La Musica No Se Toca – En Vivo” CD/DVD. Britt joined Sanz at the 2013 Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas performing the single “No Me Compares”, and performed with the band at prestigious festivals, venues and international TV specials. Labeled the “Closer” by Lady Gaga, Britt has played guitar for top 40 artists like Rachel Platten and Jason Derulo, performing live at festivals and on national TV shows such as Good Morning America, the Today Show, and more. Find out more at Britt Lightning.
Episode 58: LP – Singer, Songwriter
Singer and songwriter LP first rose to international fame with 2017’s Lost On You. Now with the newest release, Churches, LP steps into masterful territory with a collection of high intensity, beautifully written and produced songs. Sure LP’s songwriting credits include hits for Rihanna (“Cheers (Drink To That)”), Rita Ora (“Shine Ya Light”), Cher (“Pride,” “Red”), Backstreet Boys (“Love Will Keep You Up All Night”), Leona Lewis (“Fingerprint”), Céline Dion (“Change My Mind”) and Christina Aguilera (“Beautiful People”). But the music that LP has written for Churches is truly the work of a thoughtfully creative and unique musical mind. Here we catch up with LP about Churches and so much more. Find out more at www.iamlp.com and preorder here: https://Churches.
Episode 57: Kat Cunning – Singer, Songwriter, Actress
With a traffic-stopping voice and powerful presence, Kat Cunning adds soulful grace to anthemic alternative pop. An accomplished screen and stage talent, they appeared on Broadway as Emile in Les Liaison Dangereuses and in Cirque du Soleil in addition to acting alongside James Franco in HBO’s hit The Deuce. 2019 saw Kat make their musical debut with fan favorite singles such as “King of Shadow,” “Birds”, and “For The Love.” Not to mention, they supported LP on a sold out U.S. Tour and received praise from Nylon, Teen Vogue, New York Times, Earmilk, and more. Kat currently stars in Netflix’s Emmy award winning show “Trinkets,” as Sabine, a musician and also love interest to lead actress, Brianna Hildebrand. Kat, who identifies as non-binary (they, their, them), recently signed to Lava Records and released their first single under the new deal, “Supernova (tigers blud).” The single arrived in tandem with the season two premiere of the show where Kat’s character, Sabine, performs it in the opening scene. Next up, Kat will also be a principal in the upcoming Jennifer Lopez film, Marry Me. Kat released some new music this summer and it is FANTASTIC. Listen to what this uber talented musician has to say and then check it out. This episode is sponsored by MTS Management.
Episode 56: Kara DioGuardi – GRAMMY-Nominated Songwriter, Producer
We may have first met her as a judge on American Idol, but Kara DioGuardi is so much more than an arbiter of good performance. She’s a GRAMMY-nominated songwriter, producer, and co-founder of Arthouse, a music publishing company based on talent and development. Her quick wit, sharp business acumen and creative intuition have led her to sign creatives like 3x Grammy nominee Ingrid Andress; Jon Bellion, who co-produced Justin Bieber’s latest album Justice; Mark Holman, who co-wrote several tracks on Morgan Wallen’s latest album Dangerous: The Double Album; and Feli Ferraro (Chloe x Halle, Chris Brown). She also works very closely with NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Her non-profit, Inspired Nation’s mission is to amplify the voices of our youth by giving them a platform to tell their story through music for the betterment of themselves and those in their generation. Here we sat down to talk to Kara about all of this, plus, of course, songwriting tips! Check out this lively conversation.
Episode 55: Nancy Wilson of Heart
Co-founder, guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Nancy Wilson of Heart releases her first EVER solo album, ‘You and Me’, out on May 7, 2021. With Heart, Wilson has recorded 16 albums, sold over 35 million albums worldwide, has four Grammy nominations, been honored with the ASCAP Founders Award and was celebrated with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She had previously released one other album with just her name on it, Live at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, which captured her playing a set of covers and new songs in 1999. But Wilson considers this her first true solo album, a positive creative move amid a surreal year of loss; life during lock down. Here we caught up with Nancy to talk about the album, talking to her mom in a dream, and so much more!
Episode 54: Holly Knight – Iconic Songwriter, Producer and Musician
A vital force behind the sound of some of rock’s most powerful female artists, Holly Knight’s iconic musical imprint is woven into the very fabric of the MTV generation. Her songs have withstood the test of time, remaining firmly entrenched even in today’s pop culture. She is one of only a handful of women inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Songs she has written and co-written have appeared on records totaling more than 300 million in record sales. “Love is a Battlefield,” “Simply the Best,” “Invincible.” Yeah she wrote that. Here we sit down to talk about what’s going on with Holly today, songwriting inspiration, and so much more. Find out more at http://www.hollyknight.com.
Episode 53: Juliana Hatfield – Musician and Singer/Songwriter
When COVID hit musician and singer/songwriter Juliana Hatfield took it upon herself to learn the recording process. She wrote and recorded most of her upcoming album, ‘Blood,’ as she learned. Her sing-songy melodic style hides stinger lyrics that delve deep into touchpoint issues. ‘Blood’ is Hatfield’s 19th solo album and is due out May 14, 2021. Based in the Boston area, Hatfield is formerly of the indie rock bands Blake Babies, Some Girls, and The Lemonheads. She also fronted her own band, The Juliana Hatfield Three, along with bassist Dean Fisher and drummer Todd Philips, which was active in the mid-1990s and again in the mid-2010s. Here we sit down to hear much more about the creative process and her outlook today. Find out more and pre-order at https://www.julianahatfield.com/.
Episode 52: Jewel – Multi-platinum Singer/Songwriter
Multi-platinum singer/songwriter Jewel recently contributed to ‘Johnny Cash – Forever Words (Expanded Edition)’, a project that pairs artists with the words of Cash, encouraging them to create an original work. With a classic Western feel and whispery intimate vocals, Jewel’s interpretation of Johnny Cash’s lyrics for “Does Anybody Out There Love Me” is an intense emotional plea. For Jewel, this project really hit home. In her early years, she left an abusive household and found herself homeless and in dire straits. Her view of her traumatic past helped steer her to a road of introspection and self-examination. Here we caught up with this iconic artist to talk about the project, and so much more!Find out more at https://jeweljk.com/.
Episode 50: Suzanne Vega – Iconic Singer/Songwriter
Widely regarded as one of the foremost songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega released her latest album, ‘An Evening of New York Songs and Stories’, on September 11, 2020 (Amanuensis/Cooking Vinyl). “I recorded these songs at the Café Carlyle in New York City,” Vega says of the album. “It’s a small, exclusive club that has hosted legends from Eartha Kitt to Judy Collins, and is also known to be the place where Jackie Kennedy met Audrey Hepburn. I love it for its bohemian old-world glamour! I included songs that were inspired by New York City or for which New York provided the backdrop, including “Walk on the Wild Side” by my late, great friend, Lou Reed—a song I rarely heard him sing himself.” Here we chat with Suzanne about the project and so much more! Find out more at https://www.suzannevega.com/.
Episode 49: Shannon LaBrie – Singer/Songwriter and Guitarist
With over 12 million streams on Spotify and Apple Music, Shannon LaBrie is a fearless performer and guitar player whose music possesses a unique blend of Americana and Soul. Her new album, ‘Building,’ delivers in spades with lush vocals, very strong songwriting and impressive guitar chops that set the stage for memorable songs that empower and inspire. Here we caught up with her to chat about songwriting, her inspiration and so much more. Find out more at https://www.shannonlabrie.com/.
Episode 48: Joss Stone – Platinum-selling and Grammy-winning Singer/Songwriter
Platinum-selling and Grammy-winning UK soul singer and songwriter Joss Stone’s iconic voice and soulful style are unforgettable. Back with a new single, “Walk With Me,” and much more to come, she hails from Devon, UK, and has been captivated by soul music since she was a little girl. At just 33 years old Stone has already enjoyed a long career. She has kept the company of musical royalty from the outset. Performing alongside many legendary artists such as James Brown, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Sting, Van Morrison and Melissa Etheridge amongst many others. She has collaborated with and contributed to albums for many of the world’s finest musicians, including Jeff Beck, Mick Jagger and Damien Marley. Here we caught up with Stone to talk about her new music and her latest and perhaps most impressive creation, the birth of her upcoming first child! Check out this fun conversation. You can learn more at jossstone.com.
Episode 47: The Lennon Sisters – Iconic Sister Singers
The Lennon Sisters started their 65-year career with a debut performance on the ‘Lawrence Welk Show’. A staple every Saturday night, their tight harmonies, wholesome image and sisterly charm propelled them into the nation’s hearts, spawning a successful, decades-long career. Now these iconic sisters have just shared a 65-anniversary version of their documentary story, ‘The Lennon Sisters: Same Song, Separate Voices,’ available to view on PBS. Plus they’ve released 3 new CDs with a retrospective of songs and performances categorized for the Holidays, Broadway and the Classic Songbook. Here we caught up with Kathy and Janet Lennon to learn more about their story and their influence. Find out more at https://www.lennonsisters.com/.
Episode 46: Juliana – Pop Singer/Songwriter
Pop artist JULIANA has taken life’s ups and downs and synthesized them into some inspired songwriting and performance. After years of honing her skills, JULIANA. is making her musical introduction to the world through her empowering pop songs. Nothing is off limits when it comes to her songwriting; she writes about any topic or feeling that comes to her, including love, heartbreak, depression, manipulation and independence. As a young woman who’s dealt with various obstacles and life experiences, JULIANA. wants to bring positivity, empowerment, acceptance and control through her lyrics and sound to help and heal others. With new releases and an album project on the way, she’s intent on sharing her passion with the world. Here we talk about musical inspiration, songwriting, and so much more. Find out more at https://www.thisisjuliana.com.
Episode 45: Suzanne Santo – Singer/Songwriter and Multi-instrumentalist
Multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Suzanne Santo is an energetic and supremely talented spirit. Her latest release “Fall For That” includes Gary Clark Jr laying’ down some tasty guitar goodness. A gifted fiddle/guitar/banjo player and singer, she launched HoneyHoney with songwriting partner Ben Jaffe. Over the course of three critically acclaimed albums, the duo earned dates with Sheryl Crow, Jake Bugg, JD McPherson, Ryan Bingham, and Trampled By Turtles among others, racked up millions of streams on Spotify, and landed soundtrack slots on Showtime, ABC, TBS, and more. Now getting ready to release a solo effort, Santo’s evolving talents are truly astonishing. Here we have a fun conversation about creating new music, ageism in the industry, and even dish a bit about home improvement for good measure! Find out more at http://www.suzannesanto.com/.
Episode 44: S.G. Goodman – Singer/Songwriter
Kentucky singer/songwriter S.G. Goodman’s new release, ‘Old Time Feeling’ connects traditional southern roots with a modern take on issues that challenge the status quo. Goodman deftly spins her unique approach with an Americana flair. Here we talk about songwriting, creating a space for new conversations about norms and expectations, and of course, music! Check out this insightful chat and find out more at http://www.sggoodman.net/.
Episode 43: Jonatha Brooke – Singer/Songwriter
Singer/songwriter Jonatha Brooke always brings a unique creative focus to everything she does. Formerly of the New England-based folk-rock duo The Story, Jonatha Brooke has been writing songs, making records, and touring since the early 90’s. After four major label releases, she started her own independent label in 1999 and has since released eight more albums including her most recent: 2019’s EP Imposter, Jonatha has co-written songs with Katy Perry and The Courtyard Hounds among others. She’s also written for four Disney films and numerous television shows. In 2014, Brooke debuted her one woman musical and companion album ‘My Mother Has Four Noses’ at the Duke Theater in New York City. Here we talk about her new release ‘The Sweetwater Sessions,’ get a sneak peek on a new musical project in the works, songwriting tips and ideas, creativity during lockdown and her weekly ‘Kitchen Covid’ live online performance series. She’s fun, energetic and a beautiful spirit!
This Episode of the She Rocks Podcast is sponsored by Shure. Check out the new MV7 Hybrid Microphone at www.shure.com/mv7.
Episode 42: Melody Federer – Singer/Songwriter
Melody Federer is a songwriter, musician and world traveler who has worked with a vast range of musicians, from major pop artists P!nk and Hilary Duff, to electroclash producers Plastik Funk and Gazzo. She’s written R&B tracks for Kelly Rowland, traditional folk-rock tunes for Jacob Whitesides, and crafted alongside titans of the jazz world like Michael Buble and the legendary Burt Bacharach. Her original music is eclectic, beautiful and cross genre. Here we talk about her music, songwriting inspiration, and share a fun and energetic conversation about life as a creative! You can learn more about Melody at https://linktr.ee/MelodyFederer.
This Episode of the She Rocks Podcast is sponsored by Shure. Check out the new MV7 Hybrid Microphone at www.shure.com/mv7.
Episode 41: Este Haim – Bass Player with HAIM
Este Haim plays bass with her sisters in the group HAIM. An energetic role model, Este is representing Fender’s P Bass in their new campaign. She and HAIM recently released a celebrated album, ‘Women In Music Pt. III,’ the follow up to their sophomore album, ‘Something To Tell You,’ which was released in July 2017. They have also continued to use their platform to fight against systemic injustices the Black community faces in America, donating 100% of the profits from two shirts in their new merch collection to the Black Trans Femme in the Arts Collective. Here we caught up with Este to talk about bass, inspiration, new music and pushing forward! Find out more at http://haimtheband.com.
This Episode of the She Rocks Podcast is sponsored by Shure. Check out the new MV7 Hybrid Microphone at www.shure.com/mv7.
Episode 40: Larkin Poe
Rebecca and Megan Lovell of Larkin Poe deliver cool, swampy blues rock magic. These multi-instrumentalists caught our attention way back and they continue to deliver their own signature sound. They’re about to release a new album of covers, ‘Kindred Spirits,’ that includes brilliant riveting interpretations of a variety of songs – both new and classic. The GRAMMY-nominated duo also released another album of originals earlier this year, ‘Self Made Man,’ an adventurous and wide reaching collection of songs rooted in the American South. Here we caught up with these talented sisters to talk about their new music, where inspiration strikes and so much more. Find out more at https://www.larkinpoe.com/.
Episode 39: Monique DeBose – Vocalist & Activist
Los Angeles-based artist and activist Monique DeBose is a musician with a mission. A trained jazz vocalist, her latest music strikes at the heart of social consciousness with new releases that inspire women to choose “MORE” and spread a “RALLY CALL” for the disenfranchised. Monique received rave reviews for her one-woman show “Mulatto Math: Summing up the Race Equation in America,” a striking look at her experience being raised by an African American father from the segregated South and Irish American mother from upstate New York. Here we have a candid conversation about music, sharing your truth and bold leaps of faith that propel us creatively forward. Learn more at https://www.moniquedebosemusic.com/.
Episode 38: Susan Cattaneo – Singer/Songwriter
An award-winning Americana, blues and folk singer/songwriter and guitarist, Susan Cattaneo also teaches songwriting at the famed Berklee College of Music. She’s nominated (again!) for Best Americana Artist for this year’s Boston Music Awards. Her album, ‘The Hammer and The Heart,’ charted #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and yielded a #1 song on folk radio and a top 10 album of 2017. Here we chat about songwriting tips, creating in lockdown and so much more. Learn more at https://susancattaneo.com/.
Episode 37: Beatie Wolfe – Singer Songwriter and Innovative Creator
Beatie Wolfe calls herself a ”musical weirdo and visionary,” but in truth she’s an artist with a penchant for pushing boundaries – or eliminating them all together! Wolfe has beamed her music into space, been appointed a UN Women role model for innovation, and held an acclaimed solo exhibition of her ‘world first’ album designs at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Here we talk about her fantastic new TedMed talk, her ‘Postcards for Democracy’ project with Mark Mothersbaugh, and so much more. You can learn more at https://beatiewolfe.com/.
Episode 36: Cindy Blackman Santana – Drummer
This September, renowned virtuoso drummer, songwriter and singer Cindy Blackman Santana released her astonishing new solo album, ‘Give the Drummer Some.’ Three years in the making, the record is a rapturous testament to Blackman Santana’s unparalleled musicianship and compositional mastery. Here we talk about her songwriting and recording process, her thoughts on singing on the new album and so much more. Find out more at https://cindyblackmansantana.com/.
Episode 35: Amanda Lindsey Cook/ Falcon – Pop Songwriter & Musician
As Falcon, Amanda Lindsey Cook is crafting a poetic pop sound, influenced by her classical roots, informed by her life experiences, and enlightened by imaginative melodies. In the past she’s won a Juno (Canadian Grammy) for Best Contemporary Christian/Gospel album. In Spring of 2020, Amanda joined the Sony family and released her first single as Falcon. The result is a gorgeously put together new direction. Here we chat with Amanda about her new music, her songwriting direction and so much more. Oh, and we may have discovered the ultimate source for positivity! Check it out… You can learn more at https://amandalindseycook.com/.
Episode 34: Helen Ibe – Nigerian Guitarist
Nigerian guitarist Helen Ibe has made her mark on Youtube as a guitarist who brings joy to her instrument. Equally at home playing her own version of covers or digging into original music, Helen has grown her following and shared her love of the instrument worldwide. Here we sit down to talk about what it’s like to be a guitarist in Nigeria, her new music, and so much more. Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/helenguitargirl/ and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9efVr0EESp_Ja5LHXaNzjA.
Episode 33: Judith Hill – GRAMMY Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter and Performer
Judith Hill is a talented singer/songwriter from Los Angeles. A guitarist, pianist and note-slaying vocalist, she wrote her first song at four years old and released her debut album, ‘Back In Time,’ in 2015, which she produced alongside legendary icon, Prince. Hill has backed artists such as Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. Hill’s story was featured in the film ’20 Feet From Stardom,’ which touched on the stories of backup singers. She has opened for artists such as Josh Groban, John Legend and Prince. Here we chat about new music, upcoming projects and the strength it takes to keep creating through hardship. Find out more at http://www.judithhill.com/.
Episode 32: Ajeet – Chart-Topping World Music Artist
Ajeet is a chart-topping world music artist weaving inspiration from traditional Irish folk to mystical and meditative soundscapes. Her recent ‘Lunar EP’ is a gorgeous, mesmerizing aural journey. A producer and multi-instrumentalist, Ajeet here talks about music creation, challenges for women in audio, spirituality and the ebb and flow of inspiration as we expand and contract our musical consciousness. Find out more at https://ajeetmusic.com/.
Check out her gorgeous Lunar EP video here: https://youtu.be/VhtzyY2Hlr8
Episode 31: Courtney Cox – Guitarist (The Iron Maidens & more)
Guitarist Courtney Cox is a driving force in the popular all-female tribute band, The Iron Maidens. She picked up the guitar at age 13 and never looked back, touring the world and breaking barriers. Here we check in with Courtney as she is finding new sources of inspiration, getting together her first solo project, figuring out what it means to rock in the age of lock down and so much more. Find out more at https://www.cc-shred.com/.
Episode 30: Lindsey Ward – Drummer
Drummer Lindsey Raye Ward has taken advantage of today’s new platforms to build a following and share her love of drumming with viewers worldwide. An avid performer and recording/touring musician, Ward has created her own strategy for performing and sharing her drumming along with favorite tunes. Here she shares insights and tips into how she’s developed her skills and what it takes to make the most of new distribution tools. You can learn more about Ward on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/user/comearoundphoenix, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lindsrayeward, and Instagram at @linrayeward.
Episode 29: Gina Sicilia – Soul and Blues Singer
Gritty soul and blues singer Gina Sicilia always stays one step ahead in her songwriting and music. The Newton, Pennsylvania-native, who now calls Nashville home, has never been one to sit still musically. On her new album, ‘Love Me Madly,’ Sicilia slides fervently and warmly into a wide range of soul music, from pop-inflected, hooky tunes to horn-drenched heart-stoppers. Here we talk about the story behind the music, her penchant for cooking, the secret behind the perfect sauce and so much more. Find out more at https://www.ginasicilia.com/.
Episode 28: Rene Merideth – COO and Co-Founder of Exploration
Rene Merideth is the COO and Co-Founder of Exploration, a digital media rights management company, and an all around badass in the music industry. Here we sit down to discuss her career journey, advice for musicians on how to get PAID, her own Red Dragon Sessions podcast and so much more. Check out the valuable and thoughtful insights from this industry powerhouse! Find out more at https://exploration.io/.
Episode 27: Jenny March – Singer/Songwriter
Pop singer/songwriter Jenny March, has recently released her choice track, “November Nights,” a fabulous precursor of her forthcoming 2020 EP. The Ohio-born, Los Angeles-based songstress is a self-proclaimed “open book,” and her music lets girls know that they can have fun, too, encouraging listeners not to worry about what anyone else thinks. Here we sat down to talk about her songwriting approach, her live streaming series, and so much more. Find out more at http://jennymarch.com.
Episode 26: Lindsey Stirling – Platinum-selling electronic artist, violinist, and multi-talented entertainer
Platinum-selling electronic artist, violinist, and multi-talented entertainer Lindsey Stirling is a force to be reckoned with. She recently launched her own podcast, “String Sessions,” where she chats and makes music with musical heavyweights like Jewel, Andy Grammer, Amy Lee from Evanescence, and many others. Lindsey also just announced the dates of her 2021 tour and has created a COVID-19 fund to help families with dire economic needs, The Upside Fund, named after her single “The Upside,” which is now open to accepting tax-deductible donations. Here we chat about finding the strength to take a leap of faith and so much more!. Find out more abut Lindsey at https://www.lindseystirling.com/.
Episode 25: Debra Devi – Guitarist, Singer/Songwriter
Debra Devi is a powerhouse guitarist and singer/songwriter with two feet firmly planted in blues/rock. Her new project, ‘A Zillion Stars Overhead EP,’ ventures into melodic rock territory and features Jorgen Carlsson of Gov’t Mule on bass and drums by Amfibian drummer John Hummel. It was mixed by Sylvia Massy. Here we chatted with Devi about the creation of the project and musical life in this new world… Find out more at https://www.debradevi.com/.
Episode 24: Tanya Donnelly – Singer/ Songwriter
Singer/songwriter Tanya Donelly (of Belly, Throwing Muses, The Breeders) is an ever evolving seeker of musical light. Here we chat with her about her new release, ‘Tanya Donelly and the Parkington Sisters,’ a collection of reimagined covers that releases 8/14/20 on American Laundromat Records. This inspirational and talented artist shares some of the stories behind the song choices and why each selection resonates for her and the listener. Find out more at https://www.alr-music.com/collections/out-now/products/tanya-donelly-and-the-parkington-sisters.
Episode 23: Isolde Fair & Starr Parodi – Singer/ Songwriter/ Composer
Young Isolde Fair first made waves when she took words from Hillary Clinton’s concession speech and created a moving song and video for her single, “To All The Little Girls.” Now the young Ms. Fair is back with a new, inspiring piece of work called “Rise.” Here we sat down with Isolde and her mother/co-writer, renowned film composer and musician Starr Parodi, to talk about the piece, the video and what’s next. Find out more at https://isoldefair.com/.
Watch the video for Rise at https://youtu.be/BAEM2YlFMfA.
Episode 22: Sydney Macfarlane and Megan Parks – The National Parks
Folk-influenced indie pop male/female quartet The National Parks features Sydney Macfarlane on keys/vocals and Megan Parks on violin. Their brand new 15-song collection, the band’s fourth full-length album, features latest singles “Wildflower,” “Time” and “Waiting For Lightning” as well as the band’s 2019 pop-infused single “I Can Feel It,” which is currently featured in Netflix’s new hit movie The Wrong Missy and landed the band at #6 on Shazam’s top discovered list in the U.S. Here we chat with Sydney and Megan about their new music, the upcoming campfire tour and much more. Find out more at https://thenationalparksband.com/.
Episode 21: Jamie O’Neal – Hit Songwriter and Performer
Platinum-selling entertainer and hit songwriter Jamie O’Neal became a household name with her back-to-back No. 1 singles, “There Is No Arizona” and “When I Think About Angels.” With multiple hits that followed, including “Shiver,” “Trying To Find Atlantis” and “Somebody’s Hero,” Jamie caught fire and earned numerous career accolades, including 3 GRAMMY® nominations, an Academy of Country Music™ Award for Top New Female Vocalist and a Billboard® Award for New Country Artist. While she has penned most of her own songs, Jamie has also written hits for Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes, Cece Winans, Idina Menzel and others. Her voice can be heard internationally in major studio films, including “All by Myself” for Bridget Jones’s Diary. Here we sit down to talk to Jamie about her first single “The World Goes On” from her upcoming album, ‘Now and Then’, slated for release later this year. Plus her songwriting insights and so much more. Find out more at https://www.jamieoneal.com/.
Episode 20: Kathy Valentine – Member of The Go-Go’s, Songwriter, Guitarist
Kathy Valentine is a member of the legendary all-female band, the Go-Go’s. We dropped in to chat with her about her new memoir, ‘All I Ever Wanted,’ and its accompanying musical soundtrack. Here we dig in with Kathy about the band’s place in musical history, the process of creating her memoir, the songwriting inspiration for her new music, and much more. Find out more about her at kathyvalentine.com.
Episode 19: Divinity Roxx – Bass Player, Producer, Songwriter, Performer
Bassist and Producer Divinity Roxx has toured as Assistant Musical Director for Beyoncé, showcasing her killer bass skills for sold out shows all over the world. She’s also toured Victor Wooten and recorded with Will.I.Am, Polow da Don and renowned producer Jerry Wonda. She is a member of the Black Girls Rock Orchestra (BET), The OG’s (Beyonce’s original touring band), and is the touring bassist and Musical Director for Fantasia. Plus her fruitful solo projects and live performance chops are top notch. Here we sat down to find out what happening with Divinity and to talk about the Black Lives Matter movement and the changes going on during these unprecedented times. Find out more about this talented and forward-thinking musician at DivnityRoxx.com.
Episode 18: Leigh Nash – Singer/Songwriter
Perhaps best known for her role as the lead vocalist in Sixpence None the Richer, whose hit “Kiss Me” pushed them into the global spotlight, singer/songwriter Leigh Nash is a versatile, talented artist. Her new EP, called ‘Get Happy,’ showcases her take on some of her own material, plus the classic title song, inspired by the recent film on Judy Garland. Here we sat down to chat about her new music and what she’s up to now. Find out more at https://www.leighnash.net/.
Episode 17: Nikki O’Neill – Soul, Blues & Americana Guitarist and Vocalist
Guitarist and singer/songwriter Nikki O’Neill is firmly at home in the soul, rhythm & blues, gospel and Americana world. Her new album, ‘World is Waiting’ is a showcase for her tasty guitar playing and raw and rootsy performance style. Here we chatted with Nikki about her recording experience in Memphis and much more. Find out more about her at https://nikkioneill.com/.
Episode 16: Imogen Clark – Australian Singer/Songwriter
Australian artist Imogen Clark has a new EP coming out later this year, ‘The Making of Me.’ Marrying vulnerability with a bold vision, this talented musician was lucky enough to have a chance to finish the project in L.A., and it’s a beauty. Here we connected with her from down under to chat about her musical influences, this new music journey and so much more. Find out more at https://www.imogenclark.com.au/.
Episode 15: Cherie Currie – Vocalist and Rock Icon
Cherie Currie is perhaps best known as the lead vocalist of the iconic pioneering band, The Runaways. But today we’re talking to her about her brand new album, ‘Blvds of Splendor.’ Featuring guest collaborations with Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, Slash and Duff from Guns N’ Roses, as well as Juliette Lewis, Brody Dalle, The Veronicas and drummer Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver), who also produced the set, the album brings Currie back to her roots and has her on top of her game with a collection of true rock ‘n’ roll gems. Find out more at https://www.cheriecurrie.com.
Episode 14: Mixi – Frontwoman for Stitched Up Heart
Alt-rock band Stitched Up Heart is headed by its intriguing front woman, Mixi. They’ve recently released their sophomore album, ‘Darkness’, and it’s a keeper! With over 20 million worldwide streams Mixi and the band have struck a chord with killer heavy hitting tracks and passionate, masterful vocals. We checked in with Mixi about music, her love of fostering cats, tattoos (of which she has many) and much more! Find out more at www.stitchedupheart.org.
Episode 13: Sara Evans – Hit Country Artist
2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Sara Evans’ impactful, autobiographical and empowering album, ‘Born To Fly’. While she had scored several hits prior to this project, the title track catapulted her to the top of the country music scene. Now releasing May 8, her new album — ‘Copy That’ — highlights 13 songs spanning six decades and the tracks she’s selected chronicle her influences and pivotal songs that shaped her life and career. Here we sat down with Sara to chat about her new music and to reflect on a her stellar accomplishments. Find out more at https://www.saraevans.com/.
Episode 12: Tiffany – Pop/Rock Sensation and Cooking Club Host
’80s pop star Tiffany is probably best known for her breakout hit “I Think We’re Alone Now,” but this dynamic musician has been making music non-stop for decades. Now she’s poised to release two new projects, an acoustic EP plus a new rockin’ album. She’s also about to launch her new food club, ‘Let’s Food With Tiffany.’ We caught up with this energetic performer and it was a blast! Find out more at tiffanytunes.com.
Episode 11: Lari Basilio – Guitarist
Brazilian guitarist Lari Basilio has made a name for herself as a brilliant and lyrical player. Lari won the instrumental category of the Samsung E-Festival in 2014. She has opened for guitar clinics by Paul Gilbert and Andy Timmons and appeared at the Malibu Guitar Festival in 2017. She was invited by Joe Satriani to be part of the G4 Experience 2019, being the first female guitar player to join the event. Here we caught up with Lari at the 2020 NAMM Show to find out what’s next for her! Find out more about Lari at laribasilio.com.
Episode 10: Command Sisters – Pop/Rock Singer/Songwriters
We caught up with the Command Sisters in Toronto to chat about their new music, getting signed to a major label, and so much more. Sarah and Charlotte Command are a talented pop/rock duo whose songwriting and performance chops are inspiring. The pair is getting ready for their first major release in 2020. You can catch them at instagram.com/commandsisters and on their site: commandsisters.com.
Episode 9: Yasi Hofer – Guitarist
German guitarist Yasi Hofer started out sharing her performances of Steve Vai’s music on Youtube. Her passion and skill developed to the point where even Vai himself sat up and took notice, inviting her to perform with him on stage. Today Yasi writes, records and performs her own music with the skill and finesse of a true artist. Here we caught up with Yasi at the NAMM show to talk about her third album, ‘Freedom’ and much more. Find out more about her at yasihofer.com.
Episode 8: SHELLY PEIKEN – Hit Songwriter and Musician
Hit songwriter Shelly Peiken has penned top tracks that include Christina Aguilera’s “What a Girl Wants” and “Come on Over Baby,” Meredith Brooks’ “Bitch,” Brandy‘s “Almost Doesn’t Count,” The Pretenders’ “Human,” and so many more. The audio version of her book, Confessions of a Serial Songwriter was nominated for a GRAMMY. Now she has created her own version of many of her top songs, plus recordings of other original favorites and compiled them into her own album, 2.0…. Here we sit down with Peiken to discuss her new project, what it’s like to figure out ‘what a girl wants’ in her 50’s, and so much more. Check out new music and find out more at www.shellypeiken.com.
Episode 7: ALI HANDAL – Guitarist, Singer/Songwriter
Best known as one of the few women in rock who can solo with the electric fury and fluid grace of a Hendrix, Slash or Page, Ali Handal is also a multi-award winning songwriter and a uniquely gifted singer. Her songs have been heard in countless movies and TV shows, and her performances have taken her from L.A. to Australia, Japan and beyond; she’s sung on a Neil Young album, performed at Neverland Ranch, danced with Janet Jackson, written with Paul Williams, had her hands filmed playing guitar in a Playboy video, and even demonstrated guitars several times on “The Price Is Right.” She’s a savvy Indie marketer too. Here we talk about her music, tips for selling more music, and so much more.
Episode 6: BAHARI – Alternative Pop Duo
Alternative pop duo Bahari is comprised of singer/bassist Natalia Panzarella and singer/keyboardist Ruby Carr. Known for their rich harmonies, they have previously toured with Selena Gomez and Birdy. They have also collaborated with artists such as ILLENIUM, ZEDD & Grey. Their recent hit single “Savage” has enjoyed over 100 million streams/views and is certified Gold status by RIAA. Here we caught up with them in New York City to chat about their music and find out the story behind Bahari.
Episode 5: ANA EGGE – Singer/Songwriter and Guitarist
Singer/Songwriter and guitarist Ana Egge released a gorgeous new album, Is It The Kiss, in 2019, and we came across her beautiful song “We Are One,” which she recorded with a choir in Brooklyn to produce this inspiring video. We met up with Egge at StorySound Records’ studios in New York City to talk about music, spirituality and so much more. Check out her inspiring story here and visit her at www.anaegge.com.
Episode 4: LISA LOEB – GRAMMY Award-winning Singer/Songwriter
Lisa Loeb may be most famous for her hit, “Stay (I Missed You)”, but her music has made an impact on generations. Loeb’s body of work includes extraordinarily thoughtful storytelling, cinematic musical landscapes, as well as rock songs done with her band, plus stripped-down acoustic numbers. A trailblazing independent artist, Loeb was the first pop musician to have a Number 1 single in “Stay” while not signed to a recording contract.
The beloved Dallas, Texas-raised singer/songwriter has transfixed fans and audiences with more than a dozen diverse yet cohesive studio albums for kids and adults alike, including 1997’s Grammy-nominated Firecracker and 2017’s Lullaby Girl, plus her Grammy-winning 2016 album, Feel What You Feel. Her records have charted in numerous countries worldwide, and Loeb has enjoyed several hit singles in the United States, including “Do You Sleep” and “I Do.” To date, two of her albums are certified Gold, and her many accolades include a Brit Award, a Grammy, and nominations for the MTV and Billboard Music Awards.
Here we chat with Lisa about her new album, A Simple Trick to Happiness, releasing on February 28.
Episode 3: GRETCHEN MENN – Guitarist
Equally at home with rock, jazz, folk, classical and more, guitarist Gretchen Menn represents a new breed of versatile guitarists willing to explore every aspect of their craft. A key member of the all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band Zepparella, Gretchen also plays in a trio, and as a solo artist. Here we caught up on what’s happening in Gretchen’s world! Find out more about her at GretchenMenn.com.
Episode 2: ANNA NALICK – Singer/Songwriter
Anna Nalick hit it big with her song “Breathe” when she was only 19. What started out as a fairy tale path to stardom turned into a roller coaster ride of creative ups, and personal and financial disappointments. Here we dig deep with Anna to talk about her story, insights from the road and her continued creativity and growth. Find out more about her at AnnaNalick.com.
Episode 1: MINDI ABAIR – Saxophone, vocals, singer/songwriter
GRAMMY-nominated saxophone player and singer/songwriter Mindi Abair has played with a slew of greats and commands audiences around the world as she tours with her band, The Boneshakers. She’s transitioned from straight on jazz to blues, and has impressive vocal and songwriting chops, too. Here we talk about what’s next for Mindi and much more. Find out more about her at mindiabair.com and visit reservetastings.com to find out about her wine and music club.
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