"I'm finally getting up there with Eric Johnson… and the amp goes to s**t!" Orianthi on her A-list collaborations and the guitarists who shaped her sound

Orianthi performs in concert with Carlos Santana at Dos Equis Pavilion on May 06, 2023 in Dallas, Texas.
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Since catching the eye of Michael Jackson, Carlos Santana, and Alice Cooper 20 years ago, Orianthi has forged a genre-bending solo career earmarked by diversity. And it's a good thing, as she blissfully refuses to adhere to any one style for too long.

For Orianthi, a musically restless career has seen her grow leaps and bounds with each successive release. And to that end, after success with records such as Believe (II) (2010), Heaven in This Hell (2013), and O (2020), it's Orianthi's latest, Rock Candy (2022) that finds the six-stringer as focused and driven as ever.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.