A six-time GRAMMY Award-winner and Lifetime GRAMMY recipient, music legend Dionne Warwick continues to regale audiences internationally. From the early 1960’s on, her iconic sound set the bar in American pop music by earning more than 60 charted hit songs and selling over 100 million records. She has done more than entertain the world; as a humanitarian, she has advocated for global well-being through such efforts as AIDS awareness, The Starlight Foundation, children’s hospitals, and music education. Ms. Warwick notably served as U.S. Ambassador of Health, appointed in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan, and in 2002 acted as a United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization. She has authored her autobiography, My Life, As I See It (Simon & Schuster) as well as children’s books, Say A Little Prayer and Little Man. Not only is Ms. Warwick the owner of an interior design company, WG Design Lab, her classic fashion style has its own signature acclaim, and a testament to its staying power is on display alongside Whitney Houston’s at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, preserving their iconic gowns for all-time. Ms. Warwick kicked off 2022 with a Gospel/Hip Hop single, “Power In the Name”, featuring Krayzie Bone (of Bone, Thugs & Harmony fame) and Damon Elliott, performing as NomaD. Find out more at www.officialdionnewarwick.com
For 25 years, Meredith Brooks’ Grammy-nominated song “Bitch” from her multi-platinum album, Blurring the Edges, has served as an empowering anthem for women around the world. She was among the first to reclaim the once derogatory term, and in doing so, pushed back against the stereotype of what a female Rock and Roll artist should look like, sound like or act like. That same year, Brooks played an integral part in another first – a movement looking to place women at the center of the music industry (and out of the margins) as a featured artist in the all-women music festival, Lilith Fair, while also going on tour with Rock legends, The Rolling Stones. Recognized for her guitar playing prowess and blond Custom Shop Fender ’57 Telecaster Relic, Brooks is among a select few women to grace the cover of “Guitar Player” magazine. An early adopter of ProTools and multi-effect units, she leveraged technology alongside classic guitars and amps, doing all the guitar work on her album. In the years since topping the Billboard Top 40 chart, Brooks has set about her work in the industry with intention: Working with artists like Hillary Duff, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Katy Perry; serving as a first call record producer through her production company, Kissing Booth Music; and as a mentor, helping to bring creativity out in others. “We have to honor all sides of ourselves. I want to help others build a foundation of confidence and feel good about their art.” Follow Meredith at https://twitter.com/MeredithBrooks
Yvette Young is the guitarist and writer for the band Covet. In addition to her band, she has a solo project where she plays piano, acoustic guitar, and violin. Yvette grew up classically trained in piano and violin and taught herself guitar while in the hospital. After completing a Fine Art and Visual Performing Arts education degree at UCLA, she worked as an art teacher awhile before transitioning to a full time musician. Because of her own personal experiences with using art and music as her own personal outlets, she is a huge advocate for music as a source of therapy and songwriting as a way to build self esteem and find a voice.
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MILCK is a singer, songwriter, producer, and advocate who has been an impactful voice in the advancement of human rights since the well-known 2017 viral performance of her song “Quiet” during the Women’s March led the song to become the unofficial anthem of the movement. In 2020, MILCK’s single “Somebody’s Beloved” came out during the Black Lives Matter protests and chronicles the life-shattering effects of systemic racism in America. MILCK was then invited to participate in The Kellogg Foundation’s National Day of Racial Healing and performed a powerful duet of “Somebody’s Beloved” with acclaimed poet Amanda Gorman.
Following the song’s release, MILCK established The Somebody’s Beloved Fund, to use her music to generate resources for ten grassroots beneficiaries that build power around racial justice, feminism, LGBTQIA+ rights, criminal justice reform and mental health. Her 2021 song “I Belong” was written to honor the AAPI community in the wake of the Atlanta shootings that took six Asian women’s lives. The song is featured in the GRAMMY Museum’s exhibit Songs of Conscience, Sounds of Freedom alongside H.E.R., Mickey Guyton, Ziggy Marley, Chuck D and more.
Her latest single “Power,” an anthem about self-love and inner strength, was featured in ABC Network’s programming for Women’s History Month. “Power” follows her recent single “Steady as We Go” launched as part of OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network’s primetime special highlighting women around the globe who are impacting change in their communities.
MILCK has performed for Time Magazine’s Voices of the Future summit, was featured in iHeartRadio’s SeeHer Special, was named one of BlogHer’s Social Impact Honorees at the VOTY100, is a Planned Parenthood Champion of Choice Award recipient and was a mentor for The Wrap’s BE Conference talking about the intersection of music and social justice. MILCK’s new full-length album arrives later this year. Find out more at https://www.milckmusic.com/
Carmen Vandenberg is the lead guitarist and one half of the Grammy-nominated rock duo, BONES UK. Having toured alongside Jeff Beck, Tom Morello, Highly Suspect, Stone Temple Pilots, and Buddy Guy, to name a few, Carmen has made quite the name for herself since arriving stateside less than five years ago. She served as a collaborative writer and performer in the making of Jeff Beck’s 2016 album, “Loud Hailer,”. Together with bandmate, Rosie Bones, their self-titled debut album confronted everything from the beauty industrial-complex to toxic masculinity and music-scene sexism; embedding each track with choruses primed for passionate shouting-along. Carmen recently released her signature amp, the CV30 with partner Blackstar Amplification, and is the first female to do so. From all this, Carmen and Rosie might seem like a band who are already quite far along with their mission but spend any time in their presence and it’s easy to see that they are only just getting started. Find out more at bones-uk.com
Lyndsey Parker is the music editor at Yahoo Entertainment and host of the daily SiriusXM Volume show Volume West. She also hosts the Rhino Records podcast series Totally ’80s and regular panels at the GRAMMY Museum and is a recurring cast member on AXS TV’s The Top Ten Revealed. Considered an expert in music and pop culture, Parker is a National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Award and Online Journalism Award nominee and has written for Elle, MOJO, Rolling Stone, NME, and Guitar. She has also appeared in the documentaries The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story and I Want My MTV; in multiple episodes of Behind the Music; and on CNN, MTV, CBS’s The Insider, and Fox’s Good Day L.A. Parker has written two books: Permanent Damage: Memoirs of an Outrageous Girl (with former GTOs member Miss Mercy) and Careless Memories of Strange Behavior: My Notorious Life as a Duran Duran Fan. Follow her at https://www.instagram.com/lyndseyparker/
Julie Robbins is the chief executive officer of effects pedal manufacturer EarthQuaker Devices, counted in the top-six of pedal manufacturers in the U.S. and one of the top-10 in the world, which she owns with her husband EarthQuaker Devices President Jamie Stillman. Robbins is responsible for stewardship of the production, management, marketing and international sales for the company. She is also a champion of female and LGBTQ musicians and entrepreneurs.
Robbins also created and managed an artist management and booking company called Musical Adventures from 2000 until 2003 providing booking services for 50 bands, including Liars, Xiu Xiu, Flying Luttenbachers, and Stillman’s The Party of Helicopters. After a serious health scare in 2003, she took a job at a local bank as a branch banker, eventually working her way up to a position in investment services (2006), and later as a financial planner (2008). In 2012, and as EarthQuaker Devices occupied every inch of space in her family’s basement, she left her day job to join EarthQuaker Devices as it’s full-time business manager. The company now occupies three buildings in Akron, OH, and distributes their unique products globally. Robbins has noted that Eleanor Roosevelt is her personal hero. She and Stillman married in November 2004, and they have three children together.
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Award-winning composer Sherri Chung has been recognized internationally as a trailblazing composer for film and television. Her music transcends genre, and fuses inspirations—both traditional and emerging—in support of filmmakers’ visions worldwide. Sherri currently composes the scores for Kung Fu (CW), HBO Max/Amblin’s upcoming animated series Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, and most recently, Episode 4 of Amazon’s The Boys Presents: Diabolical. Frequently recognized for her other television credits, including the CW network series Batwoman and Riverdale, NBC’s Blindspot, and Ava DuVernay’s limited series The Red Line, she has also scored numerous feature films, documentaries, and commercials. Recent film credits include Warner Bros Studio’s Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, and The Lost Husband, the latter which garnered her a Society of Composers and Lyricists nomination for Best Score for an Independent Studio Film. Not only a composer, Sherri is also a pianist, vocalist, performer and songwriter. As a vocalist, she has recorded for films, commercials, trailer music, and television (CW’s Arrow, NBC’s Blindspot and Netflix’s The Keepers). An active member of the film music community, Sherri has also recently been elected Governor of the Music Branch of the Television Academy.
Leslie Gaston-Bird (CAS, AMPS, MPSE) is author of the book Women in Audio, part of the AES Presents series published by Focal Press (Routledge). As owner of Mix Messiah Productions, Leslie specializes in re-recording mixing (dubbing) and sound editing, and is an Avid Certified Dolby Atmos® Professional and Dante Level-3 Certified audio engineer. She is a voting member of the Recording Academy (The Grammys®) and its Producers and Engineers (P&E) Wing. From 2016-2018, she was Vice President for the Audio Engineering Society’s Western Region, followed by a term as Governor-at-Large, and was the inaugural chair of the AES Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Prior to that, she was a tenured Associate Professor of Recording Arts at the University of Colorado Denver (2005-2018) where she also served as Chair of the Department of Music and Entertainment Industry Studies. Other places on her resume include National Public Radio, Colorado Public Radio, Post Modern Company and the Colorado Symphony. Leslie has done research on audio for planetariums, multichannel audio on Blu-Ray, and a comparison of multichannel codecs that was published in the AES Journal (Gaston, L. and Sanders, R. (2008), “Evaluation of HE-AAC, AC-3, and E-AC-3 Codecs”, Journal of the Audio Engineering Society of America, 56(3)). Her newest initiative, “Immersive and Inclusive Audio”, aims to provide immersive audio training for women and minorities.
EveAnna Manley is one of the rare women who own and operate an audio manufacturing company. But that’s not all she does! Upon graduating from Columbia University with her degree in music, EveAnna took the reins upgrading operations and fine-tuning product design from within Vacuum Tube Logic of America, Inc. before she and David Manley split off to create Manley Laboratories, Inc. in 1993. Based in Southern California, Manley Labs holds a unique position in the music business producing both audiophile and pro audio analog products, primarily based upon vacuum tube electronic circuitry. Having started on the production line assembling power amplifiers and working her way up through quality control testing, production engineering, and customer service, when EveAnna Manley took over operations solo in 1996, she redefined the Manley brand embracing creativity, technology, and people first above soulless profitability. EveAnna leads her design team to produce legendary designs such as the Manley VOXBOX® and Manley FORCE® 4-channel microphone preamplifier. She also drives the sales and marketing efforts which have led to impressive growth for the company in the past several years. Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/manleylabs/
In 2013, Kerry Fiero created her signature event: Girl Power! Women Working In The Music Industry Conference. Her conference is recognized nationally as one of the premiere entertainment industry educational and networking events of its kind to spotlight female power players while also empowering women who work or desire to work in the music industry. Kerry worked in the Music Industry from 1996-2009 as an Artist Manager, running her company, Strive Management. She toured with many acts while tirelessly promoting their careers. In 2009, Kerry pivoted her focus to Event Planning, booking talent for festival stages, producing events, and stage managing. For ten years Kerry was an adjunct professor at San Francisco State University in the Music/ Recording Industry Program and the Event Planning program.
Born and raised in the small Canadian prairie town of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Tenille Arts’ dream of performing took root at the tender age of eight. After years of honing her craft and touring across Canada, Tenille made the long trip to Nashville to advance her songwriting skills. Her 2016 self-titled debut EP peaked at #1 on the iTunes Canada Top Country Album Chart and cracked the Top 100 on the U.S. iTunes Country Album Chart. In September 2019, she stepped into the famous circle and made her Grand Ole Opry debut. 2020 saw her receive her first Canadian Country Music Association Award – the “Rising Star Award.” In January 2021, she was inducted into the prestigious CMT Next Women of Country Class of 2021 and named one of the five 2021 CRS New Faces of Country Music. A month later, she received her first U.S. award nomination for the 2021 ACM New Female Artist of the Year. Her new full-length album Girl To Girl features 13 songs were all written or cowritten by Tenille as letters to her current and younger self. The new album follows her ground-breaking Love, Heartbreak, & Everything in Between collection, which yielded the #1 hit “Somebody Like That.” Find out more at www.TenilleArts.com
Not only does Lzzy Hale front record-breaking GRAMMY® Award-winning platinum rock band Halestorm, but her voice also echoes throughout popular culture at large. Since co-founding the band in her teens, she has quietly cemented herself as a powerhouse vocalist, deft and dynamic guitarist, and influential force at the forefront of a faithful fanbase. Halestorm logged two back-to-back Top 10 debuts on the Billboard Top 200, namely Into The Wild Life  and Vicious . The musicians notably scored the 2013 GRAMMY® Award for “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” in recognition of “Love Bites (So Do I)”. In 2019, “Uncomfortable” earned a GRAMMY® Award nomination in the category of “Best Rock Performance” and became their fourth #1 at Rock Radio. Loudwire named the band “Rock Artist of the Decade.” In the last few years, Lzzy’s reach has expanded to television personality and advocate for women and mental health. She hosted the GRAMMY® Premiere Ceremony in 2019 and last year joined the GRAMMY® Mental Health Panel in addition to hosting the annual She Rocks Awards. 2022 sees Halestorm unleash their fifth full-length album, Back From The Dead. The title track from the album has already become the band’s sixth number one at rock radio. Find out more at www.halestormrocks.com
Katie Daryl is a host and executive producer with 15+ years of industry experience. She has lent her humorous and witty hosting style to MTV, VH1, TMZ, HDNet, CBS, REELZ, AXS TV and Anheuser Busch. Currently, Katie Daryl is the host & executive producer for The Top Ten Revealed, a humorous countdown music show on AXS TV. Katie Daryl also hosts & produces a variety of AXS TV’s digital programs including Music High 5, At Home and Social, Rock & Tell, and Stranded. Weekly Katie Daryl finds herself interviewing the best of the best from the rock star world such as Nancy Wilson, Mick Fleetwood, Alice Cooper, Finneas, Jason Mraz, Lady A, Carnie Wilson, Fleet Foxes, Black Pumas, Yola and more!
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Lyndsey Parker is the music editor at Yahoo Entertainment and host of the daily SiriusXM Volume show Volume West. She also hosts the Rhino Records podcast series Totally ’80s and regular panels at the Grammy Museum and is a recurring cast member on AXS TV’s The Top Ten Revealed. Considered an expert in music and pop culture, Parker is a National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Award and Online Journalism Award nominee and has written for Elle, MOJO, Rolling Stone, NME, and Guitar. She has also appeared in the documentaries The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story and I Want My MTV; in multiple episodes of Behind the Music; and on CNN, MTV, CBS’s The Insider, and Fox’s Good Day L.A. Parker has written two books: Permanent Damage: Memoirs of an Outrageous Girl (with former GTOs member Miss Mercy) and Careless Memories of Strange Behavior: My Notorious Life as a Duran Duran Fan.