Amy Lee of Evanescence
Amy Lee, lead singer of two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning Evanescence, has made an impact on people around the world. The group’s 2003 landmark debut album Fallen laid the foundation; spending 43 weeks on the Billboard Top 10 and selling more than 17 million copies worldwide. Alongside her work with the band, Amy has worked as a film composer, solo artist and as the American chairperson for the international epilepsy awareness foundation Out of the Shadows. In 2012, Amy was named Rock Goddess of the Year at the Loudwire Music Awards. Evanescense’s newest album, The Bitter Truth, is their first album of all new material in nearly a decade and is available now.
Cherie Currie’s extraordinary life reads like fiction. From her time as a teenage rock star to becoming an accomplished Chainsaw Carving artist, Cherie has always taken the road less traveled. Cherie was just 15 when she became the lead singer of The Runaways, and within a month the band secured a deal with Mercury Records. After leaving The Runaways, Cherie began a lengthy solo career that includes collaborations with Slash, Brie Darling, Billy Corgan, The Veronicas and more. Her most recent solo album, Blvds of Splendor, touches on her retro appeal while marking the strong foothold Cherie has cultivated in modern mass appeal.
Cindy Blackman Santana
Over the course of her incredible three-decade career, virtuoso drummer Cindy Blackman Santana has proved that there isn’t a single genre of music she can’t master, nor is there a musician she can’t swing with. Even a cursory glance at her resume reveals such names as Lenny Kravitz, Joss Stone, Angela Bofill, and as they say, the list goes on. For the past decade, she’s been a mainstay on the drummer’s throne for the band Santana, led by her guitar icon husband, Carlos Santana. On her astonishing new solo album, Give the Drummer Some, Blackman Santana blurs genre labels and breaks down barriers as she blends pop, rock, funk, jazz, and much more throughout 17 tracks.
The Go Go’s at Chicagofest in Chicago, Illinois, July 30, 1981 . (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)
The Go-Go’s are rooted in music history as not just a pop phenomenon but groundbreakers as well. Born out of the L.A. punk scene, Charlotte Caffey (lead guitar, keyboards and vocals), Belinda Carlisle (lead vocals), Gina Schock (drums), Kathy Valentine (bass and vocals) and Jane Wiedlin (guitar and vocals) didn’t play the part of bad girls – they were genuine punk rockers. Following the release of their debut album in 1981, the landmark multi-platinum Beauty And The Beat, they topped the Billboard 200 chart for six consecutive weeks and received a nomination for Best New Artist at The 24th Annual Grammy® Awards. Overall, they have sold over 7 million records worldwide and continue to tour with the “classic lineup” from 1981.
An accomplished performer in all formats, Margaret Cho could be called the “Queen of all Media” having conquered the worlds of film, television, books, music and theatre. Throughout her career, Cho has received five GRAMMY® Award nominations (including two for her most recent albums,Cho Dependent and American Myth). In 2017, Rolling Stone magazine named Cho one of the 50 Best Stand-Up Comics, calling her “the sort of funny, sex-positive feminist and LGBT activist younger comics continue to look up to.” In every segment of her life, Margaret is honest, forthright, passionate, uproarious and always entertaining.
Starr Parodi first entered the public eye playing keyboards as part of the house band on the hit late-night Arsenio Hall Show. Since then she has become a vibrant part of the Los Angeles composing community, scoring hundreds of episodes of TV & film as well as being a passionate and innovative solo artist, pianist and producer whose work has been featured on NPR, The BBC, KCRW and iHEART Radio. As a multi award-winning composer, Starr is the first woman to have her orchestral works performed in the 85-year history of the Festival of Arts-Pageant of the Masters in Laguna, CA, where she is currently a featured composer.
Sharon Hennessey is the President of On-Stage, The Music People (a division of JAM)and the driving force behind the company’s two brands, On-Stage and TMP-Pro. With her motivational spirit and remarkable business acumen, Sharon has been instrumental in the company’s continued growth. Passionate about supporting women in the music industry, Sharon mentors for NAMM’s Smart Women in Music Fund (SWIM) and is a dedicated champion of the Women’s International Music Network (WiMN) and the She Rocks Awards.
Tavistock – The Sanctuary – Albany, The Bahamas
Ann Mincieli is a renowned Engineer, Mixer, Collaborator and Album Project Manager for Alicia Keys. Since 2018, Mincieli has been involved with She is the Music, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the number of women working in music across all levels. The 2x GRAMMY® winner has worked with some of music’s biggest acts including Mariah Carey and Jay-Z, among others. Mincieli is the owner of Jungle City Studios, which is one of New York’s most elegant and best equipped recording facilities in the world. As a prominent leader in the music industry, Mincieli has been at the forefront of the movement to restore Manhattan to its former prestige as one of the world’s top recording destinations.
Gwen Bethel Riley
Gwen Bethel Riley is the SVP of Music for Peloton Interactive, the largest global interactive fitness platform with over 3.1M members. Riley is known for her artist-centric approach to identifying opportunities for talent in new and emerging technology platforms. For 20 years, she has sourced, produced, licensed and developed key music integrations for some of the entertainment industry’s most influential artists and studios—creating placement, distribution and promotional opportunities for artists in award-winning technology platforms, digital content, games, consumer products and feature films.
Magnolia Boulevard’s music is an intuitive and intense conversation between musicians that extends from the stage out into the audience – and that is now set to be shared with the world at large. There’s plenty of blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll in the mix, but also elements of funk, jam band, folk, country, bluegrass and psychedelia. It’s all fueled by the rhythm section’s elastic grooves, shot through with guitarist Gregg Erwin’s expressive and incisive slide guitar licks, and topped by Maggie Noelle’s soul-stirring, powerhouse vocals.