Orianthi Debuted Her Customized PRS Guitar At Skyville Live In Nashville

By Myki Angeline

Orianthi debuted her custom PRS guitar on March 20th at an intimate show with Melissa Etheridge at Skyville Live in Nashville.

Australian solo artist and guitarist, Orianthi has much to celebrate lately.  Not only was she named one of 50 Sensational Female Guitarists by Guitar Player Magazine, she recently received a customized 24-fret guitar courtesy of PRS Guitars, to which Orianthi is proudly endorsed.

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Visit Orianthi’s Official Website HERE.

Orianthi, who is known for touring with Carrie Underwood, Alice Cooper, and was recruited as Michael Jackson’s lead guitarist on his This Is It tour before his untimely passing, gained popularity as a solo artist with her first hit “According To You” back in 2009. In 2013 she received the “Inspire” Award at The WiMN’s first ever She Rocks Awards, and would later co-host with founder Laura B. Whitmore at our 2015 She Rocks Awards.

Orianthi’s gorgeous, new guitar was inspired by a favorite writing pen, her logo design, and her favorite shade of purple nail polish.  The Private Stock team at PRS took her ideas and crafted a one of a kind design! The lotus flower from her favorite pen was inlaid on the fretboard, and her name logo was inlaid on the body.

Orianthi debuted her custom PRS guitar on March 20 at an intimate show with Melissa Etheridge at the Skyfall Live in Nashville, TN.  See her performing with it in her video below.

Orianthi performs her cover of “Pride and Joy”!

 

 

 

‘She Rocks, Vol. 1’ to Release on Steve Vai’s Favored Nations Label

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Guitar Compilation Featuring Some of the Best Female Guitarists Today to Release January 20, 2017 via Steve Vai’s Favored Nations Label

Lita Ford, Orianthi, Nita Strauss, Jennifer Batten and Many More Contribute Tracks

Who says the ladies can’t rock? Today Favored Nations Entertainment announces the upcoming release of the all-female compilation, She Rocks, Vol.1. This collection of kick-ass guitar goddesses is produced by author and former Guitar World editor, Brad Tolinski with iconic guitarist Steve Vai as executive producer, and showcases eleven female guitarists, each a virtuoso in her own right. From the legendary Lita Ford to Sarah Longfield’s jazzy riffin’, to Orianthi’s melodic stylings and the all-out shredding of Nita Strauss, these players each contribute their own voice to this carefully curated collection.

She Rocks, Vol.1 compilation will be released on January 20, 2017 via Vai’s own Favored Nations Label, and in cooperation with the Women’s International Music Network (theWiMN.com), hosts of the famed “She Rocks Awards.”  The compilation will be celebrated at the 2017 “She Rocks Awards,” taking place that evening in Anaheim, CA during the annual NAMM Convention.

These shredding songstresses cover the stage when it comes to style and personality; Ford is the quintessential guitar rock goddess with decades of top shelf performances, Jennifer Batten made her name playing for Michael Jackson, Strauss has toured with Alice Cooper for the past year, and the list goes on!

“Through the years women have become more and more interested in ripping it up on the guitar. It’s amazing to watch. Favored Nations is very excited to be working with producer Brad Tolinski in creating a compilation of many of the women who are evolving the instrument in powerful ways. They are wildly raising the bar.”  – Steve Vai

“People always ask me about the future of the guitar, and in many ways, the artists on this album are the answer. They represent a new vision and a fresh sensibility.”  – album producer, former Guitar World editor and author of Play It Loud: A History of the Electric Guitar (Doubleday),  Brad Tolinski

The She Rocks, Vol.1 compilation showcases the amazing talents of Orianthi, Yasi Hofer, Kat Dyson, Sarah Longfield, Lita Ford, Jennifer Batten, Nita Strauss, Steph PaynesNili Brosh, Gretchen Menn, and Yvette Young and will be released on January 20, 2017.  Find out more at http://www.favorednations.com/artists/sherocksvol1/ 

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She Rocks, Vol. 1 Track List:

  1.            Orianthi – “Transmogrify”
  2.            Yasi Hofer – “Cosmic Stars”
  3.            Kat Dyson – “U Know What I Like”
  4.            Sarah Longfield – “The Taxi Time Travel Task Force”
  5.            Lita Ford w/Lez Zeppelin – “The Lemon Song”
  6.            Jennifer Batten – “In the Aftermath”
  7.            Nita Strauss – “Pandemonium”
  8.            Steph Paynes – “The Sun at Her Eastern Gate”
  9.            Nili Brosh – “A Matter of Perception”
  10.          Gretchen Menn – “Scrap Metal”
  11.          Yvette Young – “Hydra”

Joan Jett Appears on May 2015 Issue of Guitar World Magazine

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The May 2015 issue of Guitar World magazine features none other than female guitar bad-ass Joan Jett on the cover. According to our records, this makes for the fourth time the magazine features a woman on its cover in its almost 35-year history.

In 2013, Guitar World celebrated female guitarists and featured Orianthi on its cover.

Pick up the May 2015 issue of Guitar World here. Total collector’s item!

Watch Orianthi and Richie Sambora Perform “Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)” on Home & Family

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Orianthi and Richie Sambora recently paid a visit to Hallmark Channels’ Home & Family to perform John Lennon’s “Happy X-Mas (War Is Over).”

During the intro, the host gives a shout-out to the upcoming She Rocks Awards, which Orianthi will be co-hosting.

Watch the performance below:

Check Out New Footage from the 2014 She Rocks Awards

madskillsjanieIn case witnessing The Bangles, Orianthi, Mindi Abair and other amazing women in music isn’t enough of an incentive to attend the 2015 She Rocks Awards, we’re giving you one more reason: this really cool footage of the 2014 She Rocks Awards, produced by Matt Norton and Al Heurung.

Watch below, and get your tickets for the awards here.

Watch Orianthi and Richie Sambora’s Backstage Interview with AU Review During Soundwave Festival

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Guitar phenoms Orianthi and Richie Sambora sat backstage for an interview with AU Review before hitting the stage at the Soundwave Festival in Australia last week.

The two talk about the instant chemistry they had on stage when they first played together, what it’s like to be back in Australia, what new material people can expect from them, and much more.

Check out the interview below:

Orianthi Discusses 10 Records That Changed Her Life

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Music Radar had the chance to interview guitar phenom and 2013 She Rocks award winner Orianthi, who talked about 10 records that changed her life.

Among her favorite albums are Santana’s 1970 record Abraxas, which Orianthi said she would listen to for hours once her dad introduced it to her at age 11.

She also mentioned Eric Clapton’s 1992 Unplugged, Michael Jackson’s 1982 Thriller, and Elvis Presley’s 1957 Jailhouse Rock.

Visit musicradar.com for the complete interview.

Orianthi Premieres Music Video for ‘Heaven In This Hell’

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Platinum-selling solo artist and Australian guitarist Orianthi (Michael Jackson, Alice Cooper, Carrie Underwood) premiered the music video for “Heaven In This Hell,” the title track off her new solo album released via Robo Records.

“The video is about the spell that love puts you under, ” said Orianthi. “It’s an addiction; it’s heaven in this hell.”

The track is a blues-rooted rock song featuring swampy guitar riffs with a Zeppelin-esque vibe. Check it out below, and visit Orianthi’s website here for more info.