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Debbie Gibson made history at 16 with her Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper “Foolish Beat,” becoming the youngest artist to write, produce, and perform a number one hit—she is still the youngest female to hold that record for over 30 years. She’s sold over 16 million albums and showcased her talent in 17 musicals, from Broadway’s Les Misérables to the West End’s Grease. In 2019, Gibson joined NKOTB on The Mixtape Arena Tour and judged Nickelodeon’s “America’s Most Musical Family.” Her 2020 single “Girls Night Out” reached No. 4 on both the U.S. Billboard and U.K. MusicWeek charts. In 2021 she guest-starred on “Lucifer,” and released her first pop album in 20 years, The Body Remembers, which quickly rose to No. 2 on the Apple Pop Sales Charts. In 2022 she embarked on a U.S. solo tour, celebrating the 35th anniversary of her debut album Out of the Blue, and released her first full-length holiday album, Winterlicious. She recently announced a book deal with Gallery for her upcoming memoir. And in 2024 Gibson will celebrate 35 years of her #1 album Electric Youth.
Lindsey Stirling is an electronic violinist, dancer, and artist who has humbly become one of the 21st century’s most innovative stars. Her groundbreaking vision has gained her millions of adoring fans worldwide, four Billboard chart-topping albums, and two Billboard Music Awards including Top Dance/Electronic Album for her third studio release, Brave Enough. Her holiday album, Warmer In The Winter, catapulted to the #1 spot on Billboard, Amazon and iTunes Holiday Album charts upon release and lead single “Carol of the Bells” made history as the only instrumental song ever to reach the Top 10 at AC Radio. Lindsey has amassed over 13.7 million subscribers and nearly three billion views on YouTube, over four million followers on Tik Tok, and 1.5M generated creations across TikTok and Instagram reels. In addition to this, Forbes placed her at #4 on its 2015 World’s Top-Earning YouTube Stars list and her fifth-studio album, Artemis, debuted at #1 on the Dance/Electronic Album Chart.
Bonnie McIntosh is a classically trained pianist, turned touring keyboardist who’s worked with some of the biggest names in pop music. Known for her dynamic stage presence, Bonnie is currently the keyboardist for 10x Grammy-nominated artist Post Malone and has spent the past decade on the road with artists including Selena Gomez, Halsey, Kehlani, and Melanie Martinez. In addition to her touring resume, Bonnie has also performed with Miley Cyrus, Billy Porter, Jojo, Raye, Lauren Jauregui and Bad Bunny. Aside from working on various pop tours, Bonnie’s keys have been featured on albums including 2022’s True Power by Grammy-nominated hard rock band I Prevail and as appeared on various televised performances including Saturday Night Live and the American Music Awards. She has been a show director and keyboard instructor at School of Rock Woodland Hills, and is currently endorsed by Roland Global, SKB and Gibraltar.
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Britt Lightning is the lead guitarist for the all-female Platinum selling 80’s rock band Vixen. She is also the Musical Director at Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp, which helps change lives through music and allows people to live their rockstar fantasies and jam with their musical heroes. During COVID Britt hosted and helped to produce over 200 online Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp masterclasses with legendary artists including Roger Daltrey (The Who), Alice Cooper, Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) and more. Britt has toured with 25-time Grammy Award winning artist Alejandro Sanz, pop artists Rachel Platten and Jason Derulo, and continues to tour with Vixen while working on their upcoming studio album.
Kelsy Karter is an Australian singer, songwriter, musician and the frontwoman of Kelsy Karter & The Heroines, a four-piece Australian/British rock & roll band. She is famously known for pranking the world in 2019 with a fake tattoo of Harry Styles on her face for the promotion of her breakout hit “Harry.” In 2020, after the release of their debut album Missing Person, Rolling Stone Magazine called Kelsy “a beacon for female rock stars.” Kelsy and her band have spent the past several years touring the world as headliners, support and festivals, most recently in 2023 supporting Billy Idol across the US. They are currently working on their second album.
Holly G is a country music industry disruptor. In April 2021, she founded the Black Opry, which began as a website and Twitter account celebrating the Black performers working in country, Americana, folk, and other adjacent musical styles and quickly grew into a “vital voice” (Billboard) within those genres, devoted to advocating for Black entertainers and helping the marginalized group reclaim its place in the American musical canon. The Black Opry Revue, the organization’s national touring showcase, began in October 2022, and Holly G launched Black Opry Records, in partnership with Thirty Tigers, in September 2023. Holly’s writing has appeared on Grammy.com, Holler, Taste of Country, and The Boot, as well as in the quarterly roots music journal No Depression.
Producer Sylvia Massy is best known for her work with Tool, System of a Down, Skunk Anansie, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Taylor Hawkins, Johnny Cash, Prince, Jason Isbell and more. She’s received over 25 gold and platinum record awards throughout her career. Sylvia is a vintage audio equipment expert and owns the world’s largest vintage microphone collection. Sylvia’s book “Recording Unhinged” is an Amazon best-seller. She’s an accomplished Fine Artist and Illustrator, Author, Educator and relentless Entrepreneur. But to her many friends, she’s just Sylvia, the Radiant Being.
Lindsay Love- Bivens
Lindsay Love-Bivens works on the Taylor Guitars Artist Relations team as Artist and Community Relations Manager. Her role has an emphasis on developing, growing and strengthening Taylor’s relationships with artists in the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) community. Lindsay brings a dynamic mix of credentials to her position—she’s been a performing artist and guitar player across multiple genres; she has years of experience at Taylor in guitar production and repair; she has held senior leadership roles at large churches and worked with different organizations advising their executives on diversity and culture. Lindsay has a passion for promoting diversity and inclusiveness throughout Taylor’s extended global community.
Melinda Newman is Billboard’s Executive Editor, West Coast and Nashville. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a reporter, starting with interviewing Lily Tomlin when she was in sixth grade growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, she began her professional career in Nashville and has covered culture and entertainment for more than 25 years. Between stints at Billboard, as a freelance journalist she wrote for The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Forbes, Variety, Christian Science Monitor, Parade and Entrepreneur, among others. She is the 2020 recipient of the CMA Media Achievement Award and, in 2022, her profile on Dolly Parton won second place for Celebrity Features over 1,000 words by the Los Angeles Press Club’s National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards. She splits her time between Los Angeles and Nashville and has reported from Mali, Peru, Lebanon, Poland and other corners of the world, but her favorite location is in the front of the pit at a Bruce Springsteen concert.
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A bold, incandescent talent, composer Laura Karpman creates powerful, imaginative scores that push the boundaries of storytelling. Her award-winning music, spanning film, television, theater, interactive media and live performance, reflects an audaciously creative, prodigious fresh spirit. Her accolades are many, and include five Emmy’s, a GRAMMY and a Critic’s Choice Award. Laura was elected the first female Governor in the Music Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This year is perhaps her most prolific to date, with six film and TV projects alone — Rock Hudson: All That Heaven Allowed (Max), 61st Street (The CW), and American Fiction (MGM/Amazon), while being a leading composer across the Marvel Cinematic Universe with her projects What If? (Disney+), Ms. Marvel (Disney+), and the latest feature from the studio, The Marvels (Disney).
Jamie Deering is the CEO of Deering Banjo Company. The daughter of Deering founders Greg & Janet Deering, Jamie was born in 1978, three years after the company was established, and grew up working in all aspects of their family business. Today she incorporates all those years of experience, leading her team at Deering into the future, and many more years of providing for the worldwide banjo community. Deering Banjos has been a family-run American made company for over 48 years, with all Deering, Vega, Tenbrooks and Goodtime Banjos, and ProPiks, being manufactured under the same roof in Spring Valley, California. Deering has exciting expansion plans for the future and looks forward to continuing to grow and take care of the worldwide banjo community!
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Boasting one of pop’s most beloved voices, Susanna Hoffs was born and raised in Los Angeles with an ever-present soundtrack of ’60s music. Co-founder of the Bangles, a seminal band with three platinum-selling albums, Susanna has recorded four solo albums, including her latest, The Deep End, produced by Peter Asher. After working together in the Austin Powers films, Susanna and Matthew Sweet released three volumes of their acclaimed Under the Covers series. Susanna has collaborated with Rufus Wainwright, Tom Petty, Chris Martin, Mike Campbell, Jack Antonoff, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, Aimee Mann, Andrew Bird, Jon Brion, Maya Rudolph, and many others. In 2023, she released her first novel This Bird Has Flown, hailed by The New York Times called it the “smart, ferocious rock-star redemption romance you didn’t know you needed.” NPR called it “a love story — and a valentine to music.” Susanna was honored at the She Rocks Awards in 2015.
AIJIA is an artist, songwriter, vocal producer and mom. For years she has dominated the music scene performing with some of today’s biggest acts, (Selena Gomez, Anderson .Paak, Mimi Webb, Rachel Platten.) She lent her ear as Talent Producer for NBC’s hit show SONGLAND. She uses her platform to advocate for women’s equality and growth – a theme in her original music. Most days AIJIA is in the studio cranking out pop songs for herself and other major label and indie artists. She is heading into her 11th year as ambassador for Rock Camp For Girls and her 5th year as an advocate for The Tahirih Justice Center, providing services and resources for people fleeing gender based violence. Fresh off her new single ‘Arm Candy,’ AIJIA gets back to her LA roots with her monthly residency at The Hotel Cafe. Follow instagram.com/Aijiaofficial for updates.
Jimena Fosado is a 27-year-old female guitarist born in Mexico City and now based in Los Angeles. She has played international tours in arenas, coliseums, and stadiums for pop and rock artists as well as musical theater. She has performed for Disney +, ABC and TV. Jimena has played on stage with legends such as Steve Vai, Dave Weiner, Philip Bynoe, Paul Reed Smith, Scott Paige(Pink Floyd), Gilby Clark (Guns N Roses), Dave Evans (AC/DC), Mike Beal (Earth Wind and Fire), Tim Pierce, Plain White T’s, HS NATION, Drake Bell, Rockland, judge of The Voice Mexico Maria Leon, among others. In December 2022, Jimena was part of “The biggest shred collab V” by famous YouTuber Jared Dines who showed-case Herman Lee, Jason Richardson, Lari Basilio, Nita Strauss, Kiki Wong, Angel Vivaldi, Hayden Maringer, Max Ostro, Mark Holcomb, Steve Terreberry, Ola Englund, Davie504, Ichika Nito, Gus G among others. As a proud member of the Shreddelicious community, Jimena stands alongside other remarkable female musicians from all over the world, including Lari Basilio, Sarah Longfield, Nita Strauss, Courtney Cox, Nili Brosh, and many more. Jimena is joined on stage by Melanie Joe (drums) and Lex Wolfe (bass).