You may not realize it, but if you watch any TV at all, you’ve heard Serena Ryder’s “Stompa.” I know I have! I’ve rocked to her infectious beat during airings of Hawaii Five-0, Grey’s Anatomy and a commercial or two as well. Yes, it’s that ubiquitous!
I came across von Grey as I was bopping around SXSW last month. I immediately had to stop and find out: A. who their manager was, B. who their publicist was, and C., how could I talk to one of these extremely talented young ladies. Because, yes, they blew me away. Consisting of four sisters (say that 10 times fast!) with the last name von Grey, the band is an Americana masterpiece.
Sharon Aguilar wasn’t even going to audition. But what the heck. She was in the right place at the right time, took a chance and landed a gig playing and touring worldwide with CeeLo Green. As a student at Musicians Institute, Aguilar knew going to the Hollywood-based school would give her opportunities. She just didn’t realize they'd come so soon and mean so much.
This weekend, I had the distinct pleasure of attending the first of what will hopefully be a series of events called Ladies Rise Up and Rock. The brainchild of Carl Mancuso, this high-energy concert featured some very talented, female-fronted bands. Its goal is to raise money for Grammy in the Schools, which brings music education to schools all over the country.
After nearly a week at Austin’s SXSW festival, I feel like I’ve seen almost nothing! Yes, I heard some amazing performers, watched several engrossing panels, checked out the gear show, schmoozed, networked, wined and dined. And yet I’ve probably really seen only about 1 percent of what this oversized event has to offer.
It was one of those happy accidents. When I arrived earlier than expected for the San Francisco Noise Pop Festival at the Great American Music Hall on Saturday night, boy, was I glad. The aim was to catch the inaugural tour performance by Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside, but little did I know that the other three bands on the bill would delight me just as much.
To say I’m thrilled to see Orianthi on the cover of the April 2013 issue of Guitar World is an understatement. But what even I didn't realize (until I dug a bit) was that this is only the third time in Guitar World’s history that a female guitarist has graced this place of honor. The first was Chrissie Hynde in March 1981, followed by Courtney Love in January 1999. That’s more than a decade between covers. So now what?!
There’s good luck. There’s hard work. And then there’s Steph Macpherson, a case study in both — and in being in the right place at the right time. This Canadian singer/songwriter has just released her debut album, Bells & Whistles, and has been touring the West Coast in support. Her story goes like this ...
This past Friday, I did something I never dreamed I’d do. I hosted an awards show honoring women in the music industry. It was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life! As part of the production of the awards show, I also launched a new organization aimed at supporting and uniting female musicians, producers, engineers, executives, publicists, managers, teachers, students and everyone in between.
Orianthi is a triple threat. She looks good. She plays even better. And did I mention this girl can really belt it out? She's been touring throughout 2012 with Alice Cooper. She joins in on the onstage antics for his quintessential shock rock theatrics, sporting bloody guitars and more. But Orianthi isn’t new to larger-than-life stage shows.