Orianthi http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/1300/all en Gig Review: Richie Sambora Pays Tribute to Les Paul at the Iridium http://www.guitarworld.com/gig-review-richie-sambora-pays-tribute-les-paul-iridium <!--paging_filter--><p>Back in the late Eighties, Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora was considered to be one of the true guitar heroes of the day. While less flashy than, say, Jake E. Lee or George Lynch, Sambo was generally acknowledged to be one of rock’s most tasteful and melodic players.</p> <p>However, as time went on and Bon Jovi became more of a pop band, his role changed. He became less of a spotlighted soloist and more of a talented colorist, adding just the right notes and textures to the band’s radio-ready songs. While his skill was still undeniable, there was clearly less opportunity for him to solo and strut his stuff. </p> <p>A series of impressive solo albums, including the underrated 2012 <em>Aftermath of the Lowdown</em>, attempted to remedy the situation. But last night’s (July 22) warmup performance at New York City's Iridium—which was filmed for a PBS <em>Front and Center</em> special that will air this fall—was guitarist’s real bid to show he still has the chops to be considered one of the greats. </p> <p>The show started on a dramatic note, with Sambora crooning Leon Russell’s intimate “Song For You,” but soon heated up with a huge riff rocker titled “Burn the Candle Down.” With his hat cocked over one eye and wearing a shirt proclaiming that he was just a “Working Class Hero,” the New Jersey rocker traded lightning-fast licks with talented co-guitarist Orianthi for an ending that brought the audience to its feet. </p> <p>While the show was meant to be mark the late Les Paul’s birthday, who was something of a mentor to Sambora, the 90-minute concert was equally a tribute his other classic rock influences: Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Johnny Winter, to name a few. Playing several beautiful Les Pauls, including a white one Paul personally present to the guitarist, through a custom-made Freidman combo amp, Richie summoned the gigantic tones of the Seventies as he performed songs primarily from his solo albums, with a few Bon Jovi classics sprinkled in for good measure. </p> <p>Highlights included an arena-sized version of “Stranger in This Town” and a thundering “Seven Years Gone,” featuring exciting fretwork from Sambora and Orianthi. While Ori gave Richie most of spotlight, she wasn’t shy when it was her turn to solo. Her incredible technique and more trebly, biting tone lit a fire under the ass of the frontman, who clearly enjoyed being challenged. </p> <p>It is rumored that the two guitarists are working on an album together. If it comes to pass, it should be a corker. At one point in the show, Sambora said, “Les Paul is the reason we all have jobs.” I’m sure somewhere Les is smiling and saying in that gruff voice of his, “Hey, Sambora—job well done.”</p> <p><em>Brad Tolinski is the editor-in-chief at </em>Guitar World.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/orianthi">Orianthi</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/gig-review-richie-sambora-pays-tribute-les-paul-iridium#comments Brad Tolinski Iridium Orianthi Review Richie Sambora Blogs News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:41:07 +0000 Brad Tolinski http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21916 Orianthi Discusses Santana's 'Sacred Fire: Live in South America' — The Record That Changed My Life http://www.guitarworld.com/orianthi-discusses-santanas-sacred-fire-live-south-america-record-changed-my-life <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Orianthi chooses (and discusses) the record that changed her life.</em></p> <p><strong>Santana</strong><br /> <em>Sacred Fire: Live In South America</em> (1993)</p> <p>“There’s just so much wonderful soloing throughout that entire concert—really inspired soloing—and that inspired me to want to play electric guitar. I had been playing since I was six, but I was studying classical guitar and just strumming at that point. </p> <p>"When I was around 11, my dad took me to see Santana live, and then I got <em>Sacred Fire</em>, and everything changed for me. My dad is actually an amazing guitarist, and he always had an incredible record collection, which is how I discovered things like Jimi Hendrix and Santana. I’ll always be grateful for that.</p> <p>“Everything about that album and the concert, which I had on video tape, changed my life. The band was amazing; the energy of the crowd was incredible. It’s just a really special performance. I actually wore out the video from pausing it so many times because I was trying to learn all of his solos.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/lPekBJ47BnM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/orianthi">Orianthi</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/carlos-santana">Carlos Santana</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/orianthi-discusses-santanas-sacred-fire-live-south-america-record-changed-my-life#comments July 2014 Orianthi Santana The Record that Changed My Life Interviews News Features Magazine Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:35:47 +0000 Orianthi http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21890 Orianthi Shows You How to Play "Heaven In This Hell" — Exclusive Lesson http://www.guitarworld.com/orianthi-shows-you-how-play-heaven-hell-exclusive-lesson <!--paging_filter--><p>In the exclusive lesson video below, Orianthi shows you how to play the solo from "Heaven in This Hell," the title track from her latest studio album.</p> <p>The video, which features close-up shots of the guitarist in action, also features the tabs for everything she plays — not to mention a bit of commentary by Orianthi.</p> <p>“I’d been listening to a lot of Robert Johnson and Howlin’ Wolf,” Orianthi told <em><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/girl-fire-orianthi-turns-heat-her-new-album-heaven-hell">Guitar World</a></em> about the inspiration behind the album, which she recorded in Nashville with former Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart at the helm. </p> <p>“I think you can hear the Delta blues thing in something like the intro to ‘Heaven in This Hell,’ which has that down-home acoustic riff.” </p> <p>Still, these aren’t songs meant for front-porch picking. Rather, Orianthi says, “With every track it was like, How is this gonna go down live? That was the main thing I had in mind when writing and recording these songs. We wanted it to be a blast to play onstage.”</p> <p>For more about Orianthi, visit <a href="http://orianthimusic.com/">orianthimusic.com</a>.</p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience3504162269001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3504162269001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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Traditional methodology forces you to look back and forth from charts and books. You have to try to memorize the fingering patterns on the paper in front of you and then translate those patterns to a blank fretboard. No wonder 80 percent of first-time players quit! </p> <p>Fretlight eliminates this frustration by letting you see that same finger placement information for chords, scales, songs, riffs and tablature light up on the fretboard where you need to see it most–right under your fingers! No more guesswork, no more frustration of spending hours to play a simple riff. With the Fretlight built-in LED learning system, you can get started in minutes. </p> <p>Think about like this: Look down at the keyboard of your computer. Where did they put the letters and numbers? On a piece of paper to the side of a keyboard with blank keys? No. They put those letters and numbers exactly where you need them: on the keys. </p> <p>Whether you want to play easy songs, complex scales or anything in-between, the Fretlight guitar is the key for you to unlock that desire of playing guitar or getting better. It’s so simple, it works.</p> <p>For more information on Fretlight, visit <a href="http://fretlight.com/">fretlight.com</a>. For more about Orianthi, visit <a href="http://orianthi.com/">orianthi.com</a>.</p> <p> <iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Z-8CJINCfS4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/orianthi">Orianthi</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-orianthi-plays-and-discusses-fretlight-guitars#comments Fretlight Orianthi Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:28:49 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20611 Interview: Orianthi and Dave Stewart Discuss BeMyBand, Where Winners Share the Stage for the Gig of a Lifetime http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-orianthi-and-dave-stewart-discuss-bemyband-where-winners-share-stage-gig-lifetime <!--paging_filter--><p>Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart recently launched a unique performance-based contest called BeMyBand.</p> <p>The purpose of BeMyBand — <a href="http://www.talenthouse.com/perform-be-my-band-orianthi">which you can check out here</a> — is to ask aspiring musicians to compete for a chance to be part of Orianthi's band.</p> <p>The resulting band — which will consist of a guitarist, bassist, keyboardist and drummer — will perform with Orianthi, a former <em>Guitar World</em> cover star, for one night at a Valentine’s Day (2014) show at a major venue in Los Angeles.</p> <p>Interested musicians should submit videos of themselves playing at their very best. Up to 10 finalists for each instrument will be chosen; of those finalists, four will be selected to perform with Orianthi. </p> <p>The winners' performances also will be shared via Orianthi‘s social-media channels. Winners will receive six nights’ accommodation (and travel). Musicians should submit their work no later than January 24; the voting period runs January 25 to 31, and the winners to be announced February 5. This opportunity is open — globally — to musicians age 21 and older.</p> <p><em>Guitar World</em> recently spoke to Orianthi and Stewart about BeMyBand and other upcoming projects.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: Where did the idea for BeMyBand come from?</strong></p> <p><strong>Stewart</strong>: I created this concept because there are so many people who upload YouTube videos of themselves just playing drums in their bedroom or guitars in their living rooms. BeMyBand allows them to put some context on what they do and a reason for them to do it. Of course, it's different to get up there with an artist, but realize that you're going to rehearse and play a whole set on stage with Orianthi. The cool thing is, at the end there's not some sort of empty promise. You really do get to stand on stage with Orianthi and play to a packed house.</p> <p><strong>Orianthi</strong>: Once Dave told me about the idea, I told him that it was something I'd love to do. I'm all about inspiring young musicians to get out there and express themselves through music. For me, just getting to see these audition tapes and the enthusiasm is really cool, and I'm so looking forward to it.</p> <p><strong>What will the judging process be like?</strong></p> <p><strong>Stewart</strong>: Orianthi will ultimately be the one to choose her band. She knows what she wants in a player as far as look, feel and how they play.</p> <p><strong>Orianthi, can you give us a hint of some of the things you're looking for in the performances?</strong></p> <p><strong>Orianthi</strong>: So far, the players that have really stood out are the ones who show a different style in their playing. You can see they're really enthusiastic and excited about playing. It's all about the energy.</p> <p><strong>Any chance that this could be more than just a one-off performance for the winners?</strong></p> <p><strong>Orianthi</strong>: Absolutely! This might not be the only show. I'm looking at having a really good time. If they play their butts off and there's great energy, I'll probably be calling them again for more shows. </p> <p><strong>Can you give us an update on what else you're up to?</strong></p> <p><strong>Orianthi</strong>: I've been writing a ton of songs and doing some collaboration for the next album. I'll also be heading out with Alice [Cooper] shortly to do a tour of Germany.</p> <p><strong>What's your writing process like?</strong></p> <p><strong>Orianthi</strong>: Sometimes it starts with just a guitar riff that I have or a beat. Beats are really inspiring. They always make me want to write something over them. Other times I could just be walking down the street when lyrics will suddenly come into my head. Every way is different and that's what so cool about it.</p> <p><strong>How did you connect with Michael Jackson and what was that experience like?</strong></p> <p><strong>Orianthi</strong>: Michael's music director saw some of my YouTube videos and showed them to him. Afterwards, Michael invited me to come in and play for him. It was an intense, crazy and surreal experience. I'm so grateful that I got the chance to work with him. </p> <p><strong>Dave, what can you tell us about your reunion with Annie Lennox for the upcoming Grammy Beatles celebration?</strong></p> <p><strong>Stewart</strong>: Ken Ehrlich told me that he'd really love to have the Eurythmics on the show. I told him we hadn't played together in a few years and that he should ask Annie. That's when he told me he already had, and she wanted to do it. It's going to be a great show because it's been 50 years since the Ed Sullivan show, which really rocked people's worlds. </p> <p><strong>Do you think Sullivan was aware of the Beatles phenomenon?</strong></p> <p><strong>Stewart</strong>: I had interviewed Ringo on my Internet show, <em>The Ringmaster</em>, where he told me the story. He told me Ed Sullivan didn't even know who the Beatles were at the time. He just saw all of these kids screaming at the airport in New York and asked who they were screaming at. Then he booked them there on the spot!</p> <p><strong>Do you think your performance with Annie may lead to a Eurythmics reunion?</strong></p> <p><strong>Stewart</strong>: Annie will be here for 10 days so we'll have some discussion. We've got a huge legacy of work and haven't done much about it for years. So there are a lot of things to talk about.</p> <p><strong>Orianthi, what do you think makes for a great guitar solo?</strong></p> <p><strong>Orianthi</strong>: A great guitar solo is really a song within a song. You can always go off and do your pageantry, but it has to be structured. My favorite solos are all very melodic. Those are the ones that are the most memorable.</p> <p><em>For more information on Orianthi's BeMyBand contest, visit <a href="http://www.talenthouse.com/perform-be-my-band-orianthi">talenthouse.com.</a></em></p> <p><em>James Wood is a writer, musician and self-proclaimed metalhead who maintains his own website, <a href="http://gojimmygo.net/">GoJimmyGo.net</a>. His articles and interviews are written on a variety of topics with passion and humor. You can follow him on <a href="https://twitter.com/JimEWood">Twitter @JimEWood.</a></em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/orianthi">Orianthi</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-orianthi-and-dave-stewart-discuss-bemyband-where-winners-share-stage-gig-lifetime#comments Dave Stewart Eurythmics James Wood Orianthi Interviews News Features Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:25:27 +0000 James Wood http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20218 Girl on Fire: Orianthi Turns Up the Heat on Her New Album, 'Heaven In This Hell' http://www.guitarworld.com/girl-fire-orianthi-turns-heat-her-new-album-heaven-hell <!--paging_filter--><p>It’s hard to keep up with Orianthi these days. The guitarist, who hails from the South Australia city of Adelaide, has been touring the world as a member of Alice Cooper’s band for the past year and a half. </p> <p>When <em>Guitar World</em> finally catches up with her in Los Angeles, she’s just returning to the mainland from a show in Hawaii. Beyond the pleasures of globe trotting, she is clearly enjoying her long-running stint with the celebrated shock-rocker. “We get to celebrate Halloween all year long,” she says. “And I have the best seat in the house every night.”</p> <p>It’s a pretty good arrangement for Cooper as well, as Orianthi is one of popular music’s most in-demand players. She is the rare modern guitarist who is equally adept at playing rock, pop, country and blues, not to mention capable of standing toe-to-toe with some of today’s best shredders. </p> <p>Though only 27 years old, she has played alongside everyone from Cooper, Carlos Santana (her first idol) and Steve Vai to Carrie Underwood, Prince and Michael Jackson, whose band she was a member of for his ill-fated This Is It comeback shows in 2009.</p> <p>In addition to her always-busy schedule with other musicians, Orianthi records and performs her own music. Her self-released solo debut, <em>Violet Journey</em>, came out in 2007, though it was the 2009 follow-up, <em>Believe</em>, which featured the slick pop-rock hit “According to You,” that proved to be her breakthrough.</p> <p>Now’s she’s back with Heaven in This Hell, perhaps the most accurate representation to date of her varied style as an artist and a player. The record incorporates everything from heavy modern rock (“You Don’t Wanna Know”) to country-inflected balladry (“Another You” and “Rock”) to widescreen, soaring pop (“If You Think You Know Me”). But mostly there is gritty, bluesy hard rock laced with plenty of incendiary six-string work, as evidenced on the slide-guitar-powered “Fire,” the SRV-influenced “Frozen” and the swampy, wah-drenched title track. </p> <p>“I’d been listening to a lot of Robert Johnson and Howlin’ Wolf,” Orianthi says about the inspiration behind the album, which she recorded in Nashville with former Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart at the helm. “I think you can hear the Delta blues thing in something like the intro to ‘Heaven in This Hell,’ which has that down-home acoustic riff.” Still, these aren’t songs meant for front-porch picking. Rather, Orianthi says, “With every track it was like, How is this gonna go down live? That was the main thing I had in mind when writing and recording these songs. We wanted it to be a blast to play onstage.”</p> <p>The stage is clearly where Orianthi shines, and she has plans to take this material out on the road as a solo act—if she ever finds the time. She has dates booked with Cooper for much of 2013, and there’s no telling who might come knocking on her door after that. When asked which artists she would most welcome an opportunity to play alongside, Orianthi doesn’t hesitate with her answer: “B.B. King or Eric Clapton. I played at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2007, but I’d love to actually do something with Eric. And B.B…he hits one note, and that’s all you need. He’s amazing.”</p> <p>Given Orianthi’s track record, smart money would bet that these collaborations might happen sooner than she thinks. “I don’t know about that,” she says with a laugh. “But it’d be very cool…”</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: <em>Heaven in This Hell</em> has much more of a blues-rock vibe than your past work. Is that where your influences lie?</strong></p> <p>I was inspired to play electric guitar from listening to a lot of Carlos Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan and B.B. King, and that’s always been the kind of music that I gravitate toward. My last record, <em>Believe</em>, was certainly a more commercial record. There was some rock and also a bit of blues, but overall it was more pop. But this time I went back to what I first loved and didn’t overthink it. </p> <p>Also, Dave [Stewart] is a huge blues fan. We jam a lot of blues on his porch all the time. We started working together because he was making a record at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, and he said, “Come down, check it out.” So I ended up hanging out there for two days and just watching his incredible band, these amazing studio musicians. And I thought, I want to do a record like this. I wanted everyone in a room together, just playing the songs. And we had so much fun. It was really inspiring. </p> <p><strong>A lot has been made of your relationship with Carlos Santana. How does it feel to have someone who was a childhood idol become a peer and a friend?</strong></p> <p>It’s pretty crazy. I was actually just out in Seattle with Carlos. He was being honored at the EMP [Experience Music Project] Museum, and I was invited to play. I was doing things like “Jungle Strut” and “Everybody’s Everything” [both from 1971’s <em>Santana</em>] And he was sitting on the couch watching me. I don’t get nervous very often, but I was like, “You’re listening to me play all of your solos. I’m pretty nervous right now.” [laughs] It was surreal. But truthfully, every time I’m around him, I’ll always be in awe. He’s the reason I play electric guitar. His playing is like church. It’s so powerful.</p> <p><strong>Is it true that you wrote and recorded a song for him when you were 14 years old?</strong></p> <p>Yes. I did a demo with my dad called Under the Influence. We had this band come over to the house and set up in the kitchen and the living room, and we recorded five songs for a CD. One of them was called “Song for Carlos.” And I sent that CD everywhere, including to Santana’s management. </p> <p>His brother, Jorge, who works with them, sent me an email that said, “We’ve been playing your CD in our office. We really love it.” That was pretty crazy. Then when I was 18, Carlos came to play in Adelaide and I sent a press kit and CD to his hotel. I just wanted to meet him. I think he probably thought, My gosh, this girl’s insane! But I got to meet him and he said, “Hey, do you want to jam onstage tonight?” And this was in front of, like, 15,000 people. He didn’t even tell me what song we were going to play. We just jammed out for 40 minutes. It was one of those moments I’ll never forget.</p> <p><strong>It seems you’ve had more than your fair share of unforgettable moments, especially for someone so young. You opened for Steve Vai when you were just 15.</strong></p> <p>Steve was really the first musician who gave me support. I played with him at a nightclub in Adelaide called Heaven. It was just me. There was no band—I was playing to a track. And all these guys in the audience were just standing there with their arms folded. But Steve was actually watching me from offstage, which felt good. And when he went on that night, he came out with the miner’s light on his head and lasers on his fingers, and I was just like, “Oh, my God.” </p> <p>It was like Jeff Beck meets Jimi Hendrix. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay for the whole show, because I was underage. [laughs] But after that, we stayed in contact. I would send him demos, and he would actually listen to them and write back and say things like, “I think this part’s really good,” or, “Maybe if you change this part…” Having his guidance has been super-inspiring. He’s been like an uncle to me.</p> <p><strong>The two of you recorded a guitar instrumental called “Highly Strung” for your last record. There’s some great playing on it. </strong></p> <p>That was a lot of fun. The guitar parts you hear on that were actually recorded at his house. We did a demo there and it just had the energy, so we kept it. So those are all demo guitars. Really, the whole thing was improvised. It was like, “I have this idea. Let’s play the riff together. And then you do something and I’ll do something. Then we’ll play the riff again.” Just figuring it out. It was a real honor to do that. He’s such an innovator.</p> <p><strong>Another innovator that you’ve had the opportunity to work with is Michael Jackson. You were the last guitarist to play with him before his death. How did you come to be in his band?</strong></p> <p>I was recording with Dianne Warren when I got an email from his people. They had watched some of my YouTube videos and wanted me to come in and audition. And I thought, Is this a joke? But my manager reached out to them, and he said, “It’s for real.” Truthfully, I didn’t even think I was going to get it. </p> <p>Because, I mean, I’ve listened to Van Halen and all that, but I’m not really that style of player; I’m more of a blues person. But I went in there and I played “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” “Dirty Diana”… I played the “Beat It” solo but I did my own take on it. Because I’m not going to fill Eddie Van Halen’s shoes. I’m not going to fill Jennifer Batten’s shoes. They’re amazing at what they do, but I just said, “I’m going to do my own thing.” And I did. </p> <p><strong>What do you recall of Michael from the audition?</strong></p> <p>I remember that he wanted to hear it really loud. [laughs] He had them turn everything up. But basically, he just sat on a black couch and watched me play. That was probably the most nervous I’ve been in my life. But really, working with Michael was amazing. I remember the first time he danced. I remember him singing “Billie Jean” in front of me. And it’s funny, because then I would go home to my apartment and I’d be cleaning up dog crap, doing normal things. And I’d be thinking, What just happened? And I couldn’t tell anybody for quite a while. It was a secretive thing. Like, “Hey, what are you doing today?” “Ah, nothing…”</p> <p><strong>While we’re on the subject of enigmatic characters, you’ve also jammed with Prince. What was that experience like?</strong></p> <p>I was at home and he called me. Like, “Hey, Orianthi. This is Prince.” And what was weird was I had just watched his performance at the Super Bowl, where he did that Foo Fighters song, “Best of You.” And it was amazing. So I’m thinking, Are you serious? And again, he tells me that he had seen some of my YouTube videos and he wants to jam. He said, “I’m going to be at the Record Plant tomorrow and I’m flying down Shelia E. We’ll jam at one o’clock.” And I was like, “Okay!” </p> <p>So I showed up with my guitar, and he said, “You play one of your ideas, and I’ll play one of mine.” He played bass, I played guitar, and Shelia played drums. We jammed for, like, two hours. And I remember he put his ear right up to my amp, because he wanted to hear everything I was playing. [laughs] That was pretty crazy. </p> <p>We wound up hanging out for three or four days. We went to a jazz club one night. Another night he played an unannounced show in a hotel lobby. And it was just full of all these people; I think Terrence Howard was in the front, Penelope Cruz... Crazy. He said to me, “Where’s your guitar?” But I didn’t bring it. I didn’t want to be presumptuous. I thought it’d be weird, like, Yeah, it’s right here on my back. </p> <p><strong>When you play with musicians in various genres, do you tailor your gear to fit the project?</strong></p> <p>It depends. I always use PRS guitars, but I might change up which ones. With Alice [Cooper], I’m using Custom 24s with Floyd Rose tremolos and thin necks. And I play heavier-gauge strings, because we detune. I also have a Whammy Pedal. Those are all things I need for Alice’s music. But if I’m doing a small, bluesy gig, I’ll take maybe a Custom 22 and a wah pedal. Then with Michael [Jackson], I had a lot of different guitars because I needed to get that funky tone. For amps, I’ll try different things, but lately I’ve been playing mostly the Fender EVH 5150 III.</p> <p><strong>What was your main gear setup for <em>Heaven in This Hell</em>?</strong></p> <p>I brought my PRS 22, and I used my own model [the PRS SE Orianthi] for leads. I actually also used an old Strat for some rhythm parts as well, just for a different texture. For amps, it was mostly an old Fender Twin. Then I had a Cry Baby wah, and also a Boss Octave pedal, which you can hear at the beginning of “Heaven in This Hell,” where it comes in super-heavy. </p> <p><strong>Do you prefer recording and performing your own music or being a part of someone else’s project?</strong></p> <p>I love both, and I hope I can continue to do both. Being the frontperson is great, because you’re running the show. And I love the guys who play in my band. But then it’s also so much fun to be part of someone else’s band. And I actually see myself more as a guitar player. So it’s really a cool thing to be able to do all of this. But it’s also a lot of work. Getting ready for a tour is a big process, and I enjoy every part of it. Because you learn so much. With Alice’s tour, we had to learn something like 25 songs in a week. </p> <p><strong>What would you say is the key to being a good side person?</strong></p> <p>Just play it like you mean it. You have to be present in the moment and be able to harness that energy and also project that energy out at the listener. With Alice, for instance, he takes his audience on a journey every night. And I want to be a part of that journey, not just somebody onstage watching it happen. So you have to go out there and give it everything you’ve got. No matter what you’re doing, make sure you’re not doing it half-assed.</p> <p><em>Photo: Jeremy Danger</em></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/GW201304coverCMYK.jpg" width="620" height="810" alt="GW201304coverCMYK.jpg" /></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/orianthi">Orianthi</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/girl-fire-orianthi-turns-heat-her-new-album-heaven-hell#comments April 2013 GW Archive Jeremy Danger Orianthi Interviews News Features Magazine Fri, 07 Jun 2013 14:30:53 +0000 Richard Bienstock http://www.guitarworld.com/article/17886 Proceeds from Orianthi/Paul Reed Smith Guitar Auction to Benefit 2013 Women's Music Summit http://www.guitarworld.com/proceeds-orianthipaul-reed-smith-guitar-auction-benefit-2013-womens-music-summit <!--paging_filter--><p>Attention, Orianthi fans! The Women's International Music Network is giving you the opportunity to bid on a rare piece of rock and roll memorabilia: a Paul Reed Smith Orianthi Signature guitar autographed by the queen of shred herself. </p> <p>This beautiful scarlet red guitar was graciously donated by Paul Reed Smith and comes with a padded case. </p> <p>Orianthi's autograph reads: "Peace, Love &amp; Rock, Orianthi." She signed this guitar at the 2013 She Rocks Awards, where she was honored with the Inspire Award. </p> <p>Bidding has started and will take place through June 30. Proceeds from the auction will be used for a scholarship for the Women's Music Summit, July 26 to 28, at Musicians Institute in Hollywood.</p> <p>Bid now at <a href="http://www.thewimn.com/orianthiguitarauction/">thewimn.com/orianthiguitarauction/</a>.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/orianthi">Orianthi</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/proceeds-orianthipaul-reed-smith-guitar-auction-benefit-2013-womens-music-summit#comments Orianthi News Wed, 05 Jun 2013 18:59:05 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/18511 Guitar World Cover Star Orianthi Honored by Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-cover-star-orianthi-honored-hard-rock-hotel-casino-las-vegas <!--paging_filter--><p>On April 25, just prior to her show in the hotel's rock venue, Vinyl, the Hard Rock Hotel &amp; Casino in Las Vegas unveiled a display honoring the work of Australian guitarist — and <em>Guitar World</em> cover start — Orianthi. </p> <p>Hours later, Orianthi along with Glen Sobel (drummer for Alice Cooper) and Vivi Rama (bassist for Macy Gray, Jordin Sparks) performed to a packed house at Vinyl.</p> <p>Prior to her show a crowd filled with fans, Hard Rock Hotel executives and media gathered for the unveiling ceremony of a glass display case, designed by Warwick Stone, honoring the young guitarist's work. </p> <p>Paul Davis, VP of Entertainment for the Hard Rock Hotel, kicked off the ceremony by discussing Orianthi's accomplishments as a guitarist and solo artist. Max McAndrew, Booking and Operations Manager of Vinyl, followed with a brief interview with Orianthi about working with Michael Jackson, touring with Alice Cooper and her latest album, <em>Heaven In This Hell</em>, produced by Dave Stewart (of Eurythmics). </p> <p>Orianthi said it was "a very surreal moment" before she and Paul pulled the black cover to unveil the display which includes her signature Scarlet Red PRS model guitar, the April 2013 <em>Guitar World</em> issue with Orianthi on the cover, the Jimi Hendrix T-shirt she wore for the cover shoot, along with a video (on continuous loop) of her performing. </p> <p>For an indefinite period, the display will live in a high-traffic area of the main casino near the entrance to The Joint and Club Vinyl. Following LA-based rockers Future Villains, Orianthi took the stage for a 80-minute show. Fans were treated to a set list that included tracks off her latest album, <em>Heaven In This Hell</em>, as well as a few of her previous hits. </p> <p>Her Vinyl set list included "Heaven In This Hell," "Frozen," "Filthy Blues," "You Don't Wanna Know," "How Do You Sleep" and more.</p> <p><em>Photo: Robert M. Knight / <a href="http://www.robertmknight.com/">robertmknight.com</a></em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/orianthi">Orianthi</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-cover-star-orianthi-honored-hard-rock-hotel-casino-las-vegas#comments Orianthi News Wed, 01 May 2013 20:47:35 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/18293 Subscribe Now and Get a Copy of Guitar World Signed by Orianthi! http://www.guitarworld.com/subscribe-now-and-get-copy-guitar-world-signed-orianthi <!--paging_filter--><p>Here's your chance to get a copy of <em>Guitar World</em> magazine that's signed by its cover star!</p> <p><a href="https://subscribe.pcspublink.com/sub/subscribeform2.aspx?t=JE3CP1&amp;p=GTWD">With this special limited offer</a>*, be one of the first 200 GW subscribers and get a copy of the April 2013 issue of <em>Guitar World</em> signed by cover girl Orianthi, GW's Queen of Shred!</p> <p><strong><a href="https://subscribe.pcspublink.com/sub/subscribeform2.aspx?t=JE3CP1&amp;p=GTWD">Subscribe now for $14.95!</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/KBSlJmbByB4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>*Offer valid for subscriptions shipped to the United States only.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/orianthi">Orianthi</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/subscribe-now-and-get-copy-guitar-world-signed-orianthi#comments April 2013 Orianthi News Features Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:09:03 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/18070 April 2013 Guitar World: Orianthi Talks New Album, Plus Jimi Hendrix, Alex Lifeson, Black Sabbath and More http://www.guitarworld.com/april-2013-guitar-world-orianthi-talks-new-album-plus-jimi-hendrix-alex-lifeson-black-sabbath-and-more <!--paging_filter--><p>The April 2013 issue of <em>Guitar World</em> is <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-apr-13-orianthi/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWAPR13">available now at the Guitar World Online Store</a>!</p> <p>From Santana protégé to ax handler for Michael Jackson and Alice Cooper, Orianthi has become the hot new go-to guitarist to the stars. Now she turns up the heat with her latest solo album, <em>Heaven in This Hell</em>. For an excerpt of our cover story, <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/girl-fire-orianthi-turns-heat-her-new-album-heaven-hell">head here!</a> </p> <p>Was Jimi Hendrix spinning out of control during his final days in the studio, or on the verge of a new breakthrough? New evidence emerges on <em>People, Hell and Angels</em>, a new album of previously unreleased studio recordings. </p> <p>On <em>Robert Randolph Presents: The Slide Brothers</em>, steel-guitar phenom Randolph introduces us to four undiscovered forefathers of sacred steel to bring a hidden genre out into the open.</p> <p>Plus, a roundup from Winter NAMM 2013, and Alex Lifeson of Rush talks about the band's upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.</p> <p><strong>Four Songs with Tabs for Guitar and Bass!</strong></p> <p> • Jimi Hendrix - "Dolly Dagger"<br /> • Black Veil Brides - "In The End"<br /> • UFO - "Lights Out"<br /> • Grateful Dead - "Uncle John's Band"</p> <p>And much more! </p> <p><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-apr-13-orianthi/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWAPR13">Head to the Guitar World Online Store now!</a></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/orianthi">Orianthi</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/april-2013-guitar-world-orianthi-talks-new-album-plus-jimi-hendrix-alex-lifeson-black-sabbath-and-more#comments Orianthi Features Wed, 20 Mar 2013 17:03:23 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/17958 Exclusive Free Download: Orianthi — "Filthy Blues" http://www.guitarworld.com/exclusive-free-download-orianthi-filthy-blues <!--paging_filter--><p>Today through Friday, you can download a free song by Orianthi, who happens to grace the cover of the April 2013 issue of <em><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-apr-13-orianthi/?&amp;utm_source=homepage&amp;utm_medium=website&amp;utm_campaign=OriDownload">Guitar World</a></em>. </p> <p>The song, "Filthy Blues," is from Orianthi's new album, <em>Heaven In This Hell,</em> which was released March 12 by Robo Records.</p> <p><strong>For your free Orianthi download, <a href="http://www.orianthi.artistintersect.com/prs">head here</a>. Just be sure to use the password PRSORIANTHI. NOTE: This offer will expire 11:59 p.m. March 22.</strong></p> <p>Also, you've still got two weeks to enter our PRS/Orianthi guitar contest! Head over to our contest page <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/win-prs-se-orianthi-guitar">right here</a> and fill out the entry form for your chance to win a new PRS SE Orianthi guitar! The contest ends March 31. Check out the video below for more info!</p> <p>Read an excerpt from our new interview with Orianthi <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/girl-fire-orianthi-turns-heat-her-new-album-heaven-hell">here</a>, and check out the full magazine cover below. The issue also includes a feature on Orianthi's "MJ" PRS Custom 24 guitar and much more! <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-apr-13-orianthi/?&amp;utm_source=homepage&amp;utm_medium=website&amp;utm_campaign=OriDownload">For more about the new issue of GW, head to the Guitar World Online Store!</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/SWVWPl6kMXM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/GW201304coverCMYK.jpg" width="620" height="810" alt="GW201304coverCMYK.jpg" /></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/orianthi">Orianthi</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/exclusive-free-download-orianthi-filthy-blues#comments Orianthi Paul Reed Smith PRS PRS Guitars News Features Mon, 18 Mar 2013 17:35:33 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/18015 Orianthi Celebrates Release of 'Heaven In This Hell' at Grammy Museum http://www.guitarworld.com/orianthi-celebrates-release-heaven-hell-grammy-museum <!--paging_filter--><p>Hours before hopping a plane to Switzerland to perform with Alice Cooper, Orianthi — who graces the cover of the April 2013 issue of Guitar World — celebrated the release of her new album, <em>Heaven In This Hell</em>, by playing to a sold-out crowd at the Grammy Museum LA Live in downtown Los Angeles. </p> <p>Prior to performing five songs off the album (which was released March 12), Orianthi sat down with Scott Goldman, vice president of The Grammy Foundation and MusiCares, for a 45-minute Q&amp;A. Michael Bearden, music director for Michael Jackson, joined Orianthi and Scott on stage to share the story of how she was chosen to be the lead guitarist for the ill-fated "This Is It" tour.</p> <p>Orianthi and her three-piece band (Brian Chiusano, guitar; Vivi Rama, bass; Mike Baker, drums) kicked off the performance portion of the event with the title track, "Heaven In This Hell," a blues-rooted rock song that features swampy guitar riffs with an edgy Zeppelin-esque vibe. For the album's first single, "Frozen," Orianthi was joined by Jimmy "Z" Zavala, a blues harmonica and saxophone player who spent more than a decade touring with Etta James in her Roots Band.</p> <p>Her friend, collaborator and <em>Heaven In This Hell</em> producer, Dave Stewart, surprised guests by playing with her on "How Do You Sleep," a bluesy ballad, and "Filthy Blues," a track laden with crunchy riffs and guitar solos. She closed the show with "Sex E Bizarre," a bonus track that will be released in the US this spring.</p> <p><em>Heaven In This Hell</em>, which Orianthi describes as a "stylistic mix of voodoo rock blues, with a bit of country," was released March 12 on Robo Records (distributed by Universal/Fontana). It's available at Barnes &amp; Noble, Best Buy, Amazon.com and digitally at iTunes and wherever digital music is sold.</p> <p>For more about Orianthi, visit her <a href="http://www.orianthimusic.com/">official website</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Orianthi?ref=ts&amp;fref=ts">Facebook page.</a></p> <p><em>Photo (above): Robert Knight</em></p> <p><strong>For much more Orianthi, check out the April 2013 issue of <em>Guitar World</em> magazine, <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-apr-13-orianthi/?&amp;utm_source=homepage&amp;utm_medium=website&amp;utm_campaign=OriGrammyMu">which is available now at the Guitar World Online Store</a>.</strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/GW201304coverCMYK.jpg" width="620" height="810" alt="GW201304coverCMYK.jpg" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/orianthi-celebrates-release-heaven-hell-grammy-museum#comments Orianthi News Thu, 14 Mar 2013 18:54:46 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/18002 Guitar Girl'd: Women’s International Music Network and NewBay Media Present the She Rocks Awards http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-girld-women-s-international-music-network-and-newbay-media-present-she-rocks-awards <!--paging_filter--><p>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!</p> <p>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. The Women’s International Music Network (or as I like to call it, The WiMN), has been a twinkling in my eye for a while, and Friday’s She Rocks Music Awards marked its official launch!</p> <p>This groundbreaking event was developed as a partnership between The Women’s International Music Network and our very own NewBay Media (publishers of <em>Guitar World</em> and many other music media outlets). Its aim was to bring together women in the industry to celebrate and support each other. </p> <p>The WiMN breakfast hit the ground running 8:30 a.m. Friday, January 25. Yes, I heard a lot of groans about the time of day, and Orianthi even confessed that she has never played that loud that early in the day, BUT it was truly worth getting out of bed.</p> <p>Ali Handal opened the event with her gorgeously performed singer/songwriter versions of recognizable rock songs and some well-crafted originals thrown in for good measure. The author of the new Hal Leonard book <em>Guitar For Girls</em>, Ali is committed to bringing more girls into the guitar-playing fold!</p> <p>After a brief introduction by yours truly, vocal coach Susan Carr, developer of the app The Art of Screaming, got the oxygen flowing with a vocal warm up that had the crowd standing (and breathing!). </p> <p>Then I launched into the awards presentation by honoring producer/songwriter/artist Holly Knight with what I called the She Rocks “Mad Skills” Award. Holly is a Grammy-award winning songwriter with hits like “Love is a Battlefield” for Pat Benetar, “Never” for Heart, “Simply the Best” for Tina Tuner, “Ragdoll” for Aerosmith and so much more. She gave a heartfelt keynote speech that launched the remainder of the awards ceremony.</p> <p>Up next was the amazing Orianthi, guitarist, singer and songwriter. She was honored with the She Rocks “Inspire” award, as she has inspired female players everywhere to kick some guitar behind!</p> <p>Then I was so pleased to present the She Rocks “Vision” award to the president of Daisy Rock Girl Guitars, Tish Ciravolo. The She Rocks “Icon” award was granted to Mary Peavey, president of Peavey Electronics. And the She Rocks “Champion” award was presented to Laura Taylor, Senior VP of Guitar Center.</p> <p>Finally, I did a little something that was my favorite part of the event. I presented two awards to women who did not know they were being honored. Women who work tirelessly because they feel the need to push the cause forward, without expectation of recognition. The She Rocks “Endurance” Award was presented to Carla DeSantis Black, publisher of the fabulous but now defunct ROCKRGRL Magazine and founder of Musicians for Equal Opportunities for Women, or MEOW. </p> <p>And the She Rocks “Next Generation” Award was given to a fabulous young talent who has recently entered our industry and has shown a commitment to excellence, Pauline France of Fender Musical Instruments. Yes, I almost cried. It felt so good to let these women know how much their efforts were appreciated and recognized!!</p> <p>We closed the She Rocks Awards with a decidedly perfect cherry on top of the feel good cake. Guitarist Orianthi performed with a trio consisting of Nik West on bass and Brittany Maccarello on drums. She truly did rock with an amazing song from her new album Heaven in this Hell, which will release on Robo Records on March 12, 2013. And a ripping finale of ACDC’s “Back in Black.” It was loud and proud, and it personified the fact that women can rock, any time, anywhere! Hell yeah!</p> <p>See more at <a href="http://www.thewimn.com/">thewimn.com</a>.</p> <p><em>Photos: Jimmy Hubbard</em></p> <p><em>Laura B. Whitmore is a singer/songwriter based in the San Francisco bay area. A veteran music industry marketer, she has spent over two decades doing marketing, PR and artist relations for several guitar-related brands including Marshall and VOX. Her company, Mad Sun Marketing, represents Dean Markley, Agile Partners, Peavey, Jammit, Notion Music, Guitar World and many more. Laura was instrumental in the launch of the Guitar World Lick of the Day app. She is the founder of the <a href="http://www.thewimn.com/">Women in Music Network at thewimn.com</a>, producer of the <a href="http://womensmusicsummit.com/">Women's Music Summit</a> and the lead singer for the rock band Summer Music Project. More at <a href="http://mad-sun.com/MAD_SUN_MARKETING/Home.html">mad-sun.com.</a></em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-girld-women-s-international-music-network-and-newbay-media-present-she-rocks-awards#comments Guitar Girl'd Guitar Girld Laura B. Whitmore NAMM 2013 Orianthi Blogs Thu, 31 Jan 2013 16:46:35 +0000 Laura B. Whitmore http://www.guitarworld.com/article/17700 Orianthi Announces Release Date for New Solo CD, 'Heaven in this Hell' http://www.guitarworld.com/orianthi-announces-release-date-new-solo-cd-heaven-hell <!--paging_filter--><p>Hotshot Australian guitarist Orianthi is getting ready for the release of her new album, <em>Heaven in this Hell</em>. The album, produced by Dave Stewart, is scheduled for release on Robo Records on March 12, 2013. </p> <p>On the new disc, it's reported that Orianthi will be delivering heavy duty rock with elements of modern country and swampy blues. </p> <p><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-girld-interview-orianthi-release-heaven-hell">[[--Click here to read our interview with Orianthi about <em>Heaven in this Hell</em>.--]]</a></p> <p>Track Listing:<br /> 1. Heaven in this Hell 4:32<br /> 2. You Don't Wanna Know 3:40<br /> 3. Fire 2:54<br /> 4. If You Think You Know Me 3:35<br /> 5. How Do You Sleep? 4:15<br /> 6. Frozen 3:41<br /> 7. Rock 4:34<br /> 8. Another You 3:43<br /> 9. How Does That Feel? 3:09<br /> 10. Filthy Blues 3:17<br /> 12. If You Were Here With Me 4:11</p> <p>Take a peek at this behind-the-scenes video of the making of <em>Heaven in this Hell</em>:</p> <p><iframe width="650" height="366" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/b3Btt1isXWU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>More about Orianthi:</p> <p>From writing her first song at the age of 6, to being discovered and playing alongside her idols Carlos Santana and Steve Vai early in her career, Orianthi has made an enduring mark on the music industry. While many were introduced to this timid guitar goddess when she played the Grammy Awards in 2009 as part of Carrie Underwood’s band, it was being selected for Michael Jackson’s ill-fated “This Is It Tour” that exposed her to mainstream audiences. In the Fall of 2009, Orianthi released “According To You,” her first solo single, which went platinum in the U.S. and abroad. More than just a gifted guitarist, this success showed she had serious vocal chops as well.</p> <p>In late 2011, between legs of Alice Cooper's world tour (where she played lead guitar), she began work on her forthcoming project. “I am so proud of this album because it really showcases my style of riff heavy rock and energetic blues,” Orianthi remarks. “The success of Believe [her previous CD] helped give me credibility and afforded me the freedom to create the kind of album I have been wanting to make, with musicians I respect, playing together live in a studio, creatively exchanging ideas...the way I want all my records to be made. My friend, collaborator and producer, Dave Stewart and I just jammed and hashed out a variety of songs and sounds until we found the grooves that inspired us” she continued.</p> <p>While Orianthi recorded a majority of Heaven In This Hell at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, she also recorded several songs and overdubs at Dave Stewart's (of The Eurythmics) Hollywood Studio. “Working with Ori over the last year has been an inspiring experience for me,” said Stewart . “She is such a dedicated guitarist and focused songwriter; her enthusiasm is infectious and all the musicians who worked on the record were motivated to give her their best. When we went to Nashville, we knew we were about to embark on something exciting, something career altering,” he continued.</p> <p>The time spent in Nashville left an indelible impression that can be heard in several of the tracks, which were mixed by Nashville resident John McBride. New tracks like "Rock” and “Another You” are examples of crossover country-AC songs that blend heartfelt harmonies and melodies with lyrics that showcase a more vulnerable, exposed emotional side, often veiled by her signature PRS axe. “Heaven In This Hell” the title track, is a blues-rooted rock song which features swampy guitar riffs with an edgy Zeppelin-esque vibe. Songs like “Frozen”, the first single, and “You Don’t Wanna Know” provide listeners with some insight into a couple of her primary musical influences with raw, crunchy guitar riffs reminiscent of Hendrix and Stevie Ray</p> <p>Vaughn. “If You Think You Know Me” is an arousing anthem with thunderous drums, meant to inspire and empower anyone who has ever felt alone. This track, which begs to be played in a large arena, asks listeners: “Have you ever felt like you didn’t fit in?/Like there's somebody else inside your skin?/ Well you’re not alone/We all came here for something."</p> <p>"To say that we are excited about this record is a complete understatement" said Rob Christie, founder of Robo Records. "Not only is Orianthi one of the most gifted musicians I've heard, but she also has a heart of gold. She is extremely passionate about music, animals, family and her fans. She truly is an inspiration to adults and children, literally around the globe."</p> <p>“I’m so excited to share Heaven In This Hell with the fans! It’s been a long time coming for me,” says Orianthi.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/orianthi">Orianthi</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/orianthi-announces-release-date-new-solo-cd-heaven-hell#comments Orianthi News Mon, 28 Jan 2013 22:42:20 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/17666