The Women’s International Music Network (WiMN) is pleased to announce the finalists selected to perform at the 2016 She Rocks Summer NAMM Showcase, taking place Thursday, June 23, 2016, from 8:30-11:00 p.m., at The Listening Room Cafe in Nashville, Tenn., during the 2016 Summer NAMM trade show. Tickets are available here.
Performers include singer-songwriter Ashley Riley, 13-year-old singer Juliana Wilson, jazz vocalist and guitarist Leni Stern, and singer-songwriter Savannah Lynne. The performers were chosen based on their submissions to thewimn.com.
“The WiMN’s She Rocks Showcases are a part of our ongoing efforts to create opportunities and a platform for women in music,” said WiMN Founder, Laura B. Whitmore. “We aim to give a chance to as many female artists as possible across the country to display their talent in front of music industry experts, influencers, media representatives, artists, and more. Attendees are in for a real treat!”
Ashley Riley’s latest offering, Through the Thin, showcases her signature delicate-then-soaring vocals and clever storytelling. Riley is able to build an intimacy with the listener, inviting them into the songs and on a journey through the thin with her. The 13-song collection, released in April 2016, finds Riley a bit stronger and wiser than before, her down-to-the-bone vulnerability wrapped up in a cozy, warm blanket. The gritty, rootsy moments that garnered favorable comparisons to Patty Griffin and Stevie Nicks remain, backed by lush instrumentation that incorporates genres such as indie rock and pop into her folk niche. For more information, visit www.ashleyriley.com.
Aiding topics from ageless experiences to lyrical content riddled in sarcasm, Juliana Wilson’s warm and intimate tone surfaces forcibly through wide echos of ambient backdrops as well as dynamic indie-driven pop. With content unique as it is relatable, Wilson’s visual storytelling sets the scene for any listener by combining universal narratives with conceptual standpoints through every song. Visit www.julianawilson.com for more information.
Leni Stern is in the 28th year of her career as a recording artist. With her latest release Dakar Suite (LSR 2016), she continues to define herself as a genre-bending master guitarist and timely songwriter. Over the course of her career, Stern has established her vocal and guitar abilities in jazz, rock, and folk, while more recently drawing upon studies and collaborations from her international travels to places such as Kenya, India, Mali, Madagascar and Senegal. Having been awarded the Gibson Guitar’s Female Jazz Guitarist of the Year for five consecutive years, Stern has also been acknowledged for her songwriting talents by the International Songwriting Competition with an Honorable Mention in the world music category in 2009 and 2012. Visit www.lenistern.com for more information.
At 14 years old, Savannah Lynne released her first EP Aloha Nashville, marking her leap from Hawaii to the heart of the country music scene. Lynne’s dedication to music pushed her into studying college-level music theory and engineering while finishing up middle school. Her pursuit of excellence is not isolated by music alone. Lynne graduated high school at the young age of 16, and is currently attending college for music business while recording her sophomore album. Learn more at www.savannahlynne.com.
The She Rocks Summer NAMM Showcase will take place in Nashville, Tenn., on Thursday, June 23, 2016, from 8:30-11:00 p.m. at The Listening Room Cafe, located at 217 2nd Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37201, a short walk from the Summer NAMM convention at the Music City Center. There is $5 online pre-sale, or a suggested $7 donation on-site. Buy tickets here.
Thank you to our sponsors 108 Rock Star Guitars and Fishman. To learn more, visit http://www.thewimn.com/summer-namm-showcase/.