Pt 2: Meet the Honorees from the 2024 She Rocks Awards!
The 2024 She Rocks Awards are taking place TOMORROW at the NAMM Show in Anaheim. In celebration, we’re introducing the Honorees we’ll be uplifting during the show. Pt I went out earlier this week, so read on for Part II.
Lindsay Love-Bivens works on the Taylor Guitars Artist Relations team as Artist and Community Relations Manager. Her role has an emphasis on developing, growing and strengthening Taylor’s relationships with artists in the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) community. Lindsay brings a dynamic mix of credentials to her position—she’s been a performing artist and guitar player across multiple genres; she has years of experience at Taylor in guitar production and repair; she has held senior leadership roles at large churches and worked with different organizations advising their executives on diversity and culture. Lindsay has a passion for promoting diversity and inclusiveness throughout Taylor’s extended global community.
Melinda Newman is Billboard’s Executive Editor, West Coast and Nashville. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a reporter, starting with interviewing Lily Tomlin when she was in sixth grade growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, she began her professional career in Nashville and has covered culture and entertainment for more than 25 years. Between stints at Billboard, as a freelance journalist she wrote for The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Forbes, Variety, Christian Science Monitor, Parade and Entrepreneur, among others. She is the 2020 recipient of the CMA Media Achievement Award and, in 2022, her profile on Dolly Parton won second place for Celebrity Features over 1,000 words by the Los Angeles Press Club’s National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards. She splits her time between Los Angeles and Nashville and has reported from Mali, Peru, Lebanon, Poland and other corners of the world, but her favorite location is in the front of the pit at a Bruce Springsteen concert.
A bold, incandescent talent, composer Laura Karpman creates powerful, imaginative scores that push the boundaries of storytelling. Her award-winning music, spanning film, television, theater, interactive media and live performance, reflects an audaciously creative, prodigious fresh spirit. Her accolades are many, and include five Emmy’s, a GRAMMY and a Critic’s Choice Award. Laura was elected the first female Governor in the Music Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This year is perhaps her most prolific to date, with six film and TV projects alone — Rock Hudson: All That Heaven Allowed (Max), 61st Street (The CW), and American Fiction (MGM/Amazon), while being a leading composer across the Marvel Cinematic Universe with her projects What If? (Disney+), Ms. Marvel (Disney+), and the latest feature from the studio, The Marvels (Disney).
Jamie Deering is the CEO of Deering Banjo Company. The daughter of Deering founders Greg & Janet Deering, Jamie was born in 1978, three years after the company was established, and grew up working in all aspects of their family business. Today she incorporates all those years of experience, leading her team at Deering into the future, and many more years of providing for the worldwide banjo community. Deering Banjos has been a family-run American made company for over 48 years, with all Deering, Vega, Tenbrooks and Goodtime Banjos, and ProPiks, being manufactured under the same roof in Spring Valley, California. Deering has exciting expansion plans for the future and looks forward to continuing to grow and take care of the worldwide banjo community!