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She Rocks Vol. 1 – A Collection of Kick-Ass Guitar Goddesses. Available January 20th, 2017!
Who says the ladies can’t rock? Favored Nations Entertainment announces the release of the all-female compilation, She Rocks, Vol.1. This collection of kick-ass guitar goddesses is produced by author and former Guitar World editor, Brad Tolinski with iconic guitarist Steve Vai as executive producer, and showcases eleven female guitarists, each a virtuoso in her own right. From the legendary Lita Ford to Sarah Longfield’s jazzy riffin’,to Orianthi’s melodic stylings and the all-out shredding of Nita Strauss, these players each contribute their own voice to this carefully curated collection.
She Rocks, Vol.1 compilation released on January 20, 2017 via Vai’s own Favored Nations Label, and in cooperation with the Women’s International Music Network (theWiMN.com), hosts of the famed “She Rocks Awards.” The compilation was celebrated at the 2017 “She Rocks Awards,” taking place that evening in Anaheim, CA during the annual NAMM Convention.
These shredding songstresses cover the stage when it comes to style and personality; Ford is the quintessential guitar rock goddess with decades of top shelf performances, Jennifer Batten made her name playing for Michael Jackson, Strauss has toured with Alice Cooper for the past year, and the list goes on!
Album producer and former Guitar World editor, Brad Tolinski
Executive Producer: Steve Vai
Mastered by: Alan Douches at West West Side Studios, New Windsor, NY
Cover art & insert: Laura B. Whitmore
Label & Production Management: Steve Vai, Pam Dancy, Lindsey Hess, Frank Hessing, & Sean Carpenter
“Through the years women have become more and more interested in ripping it up on the guitar. It’s amazing to watch. Favored Nations is very excited to be working with producer Brad Tolinski in creating a compilation of many of the women who are evolving the instrument in powerful ways. They are wildly raising the bar.” – Steve Vai
“People always ask me about the future of the guitar, and in many ways, the artists on this album are the answer. They represent a new vision and a fresh sensibility.” – former Guitar World editor and album producer, Brad Tolinski
About the She Rocks Awards & the WiMN
The Women’s International Music Network (WIMN) advocates for women in the music industry and produces the annual She Rocks Awards, an event honoring inspiring women taking place every January in Anaheim, CA. Find out more at SheRocksAwards.com and TheWiMN.com
Orianthi – Transmogrify
Orianthi is a platinum-selling Australian musician, singer and songwriter. Known for performing with Michael Jackson as part of his ill-fated This Is It concert series, and with Alice Cooper’s touring band, she is an accomplished solo artist who has toured the world.
Orianthi Panagaris – guitar and all other instruments
Veronica Bellino – drums
Brooklyn Allman – piano
Composed by: Orianthi
Yasi Hofer – Cosmic Stars
Discovered by Steve Vai, guitarist, singer and composer Yasi Hofer had her first stage appearance at the age of 14. She has mastered many genres as a result of her time as a scholarship recipient to Berklee College of Music. With over 5 M views on YouTube and the release of her debut album, she is now successfully touring throughout Europe.
Yasi Hofer – Guitars • Marco Minnemann – Drums
Steffen Knauss – Bass • Simon Bamberger – Keyboards
Recorded at GreenSpirits Studio
Mixed and Mastered by Jürgen Schlachter
Composed and produced by Yasi Hofer ©2016
Kat Dyson – U Know What I Like
Southern-born guitarist /composer and vocalist Kat Dyson has performed with such diverse world class artists as Cyndi Lauper, Prince, Sheila E, and many more. She is currently touring internationally with ZUCCHERO and The B52’s. In June 2016, she participated in the BET Prince Tribute performance with Sheila E.
Kat Dyson – voice, guitar • Rhonda Smith – bass
Dave Edmead – piano • Jim Hillman – drums
Kenny Pearson – Hammond B3 organ
Composed & Produced by Kat Dyson • Published: Harpstring Music Group (SOCAN) • Recorded & Mixed: Studio Victor, Montreal, Quebec, Canada by Gaetan Pilo
Sarah Longfield – The Taxi Time Travel Task Force
Sarah Longfield is a multi-instrumentalist dedicated to pushing boundaries and experimenting with new techniques in her music. She has released 6 self-produced full-length albums since age 19, toured the country and enjoys creating content for Youtube when not on the road!
She shares, “This song was so fun for me because I’ve been experimenting with the Axe Fx II, creating unique synth patches for my guitar and bass! This is the result of my attempt to blend various styles, genres, and sounds.”
Composed by Sarah Longfield
All instruments and production: Sarah Longfield ©2017
Lita Ford w/ Lez Zeppelin – The Lemon Song
Lita Ford is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, author and certified guitar legend. From being a teenager playing lead guitar in the groundbreaking band, The Runaways, to Top 10, GRAMMY® nominated solo artist, she is the queen of rock guitar. Here she joins tribute band Lez Zeppelin for a rollicking rendition of this classic.
Lita Ford – guitar (1st solo) • Steph Paynes – guitar (rhythm & 2nd solo) • Leesa Harrington-Squyres – drums Marlain Angelides – vocals • Megan Thomas – bass
(Bonham, Chester Burnett, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page) Recorded at Virtue and Vice Studio, Brooklyn, NY, Engineer: Rocky Gallo and The Harmony Hut, Engineer: Greg Wurth
Jennifer Batten – In The Aftermath
Jennifer Batten was selected from over one hundred guitarists to play in Michael Jackson’s highly skilled band for all of Michael’s solo tours; Bad, Dangerous, and History. She has also recorded and toured with Jeff Beck, has authored two music books, 3 instructional DVDs with TrueFire.com, and has released three solo CDs venturing from world beat and electronica, to rock n roll.
Jennifer Batten – guitar, programming, and guitar synth • Skip VonKuske – cello • Nelly Kovalev – violin
“In The Aftermath” was written for Jeff Beck
Composer/Producer: Jennifer Batten 10 Callous Tunes BMI
Recorded in the Bat Cave ISRC code: USCGJ0809043
Nita Strauss – Pandemonium
Nita Strauss is a force to be reckoned with as the touring guitarist for Alice Cooper, dazzling audiences across the world. She has shared the stage with a diverse range of artists including legendary R&B star Jermaine Jackson, early MTV darlings Femme Fatale, video game supergroup Critical Hit, and popular tribute band The Iron Maidens.
Nita Strauss- all guitars, bass • Katt Scarlett- keys •
Josh Villalta- drums
Music composed and recorded by Nita Strauss
Mixed and mastered by Travis Huff at Nocturnal Studios LA
Drums recorded at Sable Studios
Photo by Holly West ©2017
Steph Paynes – The Sun At Her Eastern Gate
Steph Paynes is the founder and lead guitarist of Lez Zeppelin, acclaimed worldwide for their gender-bending audacity as “the most powerful all-female band in rock history.” Paynes is also a novelist and former rock journalist (NME, Rolling Stone) and has shared the stage with Ronnie Spector, Keith Richards, Joey Ramone and Chuck Berry.
Steph Paynes – guitars • Megan Thomas – bass •
Leesa Harrington-Squyres – drums
Composed by Steph Paynes, Daughters of Albion Music Recorded at Virtue and Vice Studio, Brooklyn, NY; Produced by Steph Paynes, Arrangement: Paynes, Thomas, Squyres. Engineer: Rocky Gallo. ©2017
Nili Brosh – A Matter Of Perception
With two solo albums released and resume-boasting performances with some of the greatest musicians in the world, Nili Brosh has toured the world. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, the Tel Aviv transplant currently resides in Los Angeles.
Nili Brosh – guitar • Bryan Beller – bass •
Virgil Donati – drums • Alex Argento – keys
Composed by Nili Brosh
Publishing: BMI work #22698583
Producer: Sabi Saltiel and Nili Brosh, recorded at GevRec Productions and Be Musical Productions.
ISRC : QM-8AE-14-00010
Gretchen Menn – Scrap Metal
Gretchen studied classical guitar with Phillip de Fremery, a student of Segovia, while she attended Smith College. She went to flight school immediately thereafter, and briefly flew regional jets before focusing entirely on music. Her first album of originals, Hale Souls, was released in 2011, and her second album is set for release in early 2017.
Gretchen Menn – guitar • Angeline Saris – bass •
John Mader – drums • Composed by Gretchen Menn
Produced by Gretchen Menn and Jude Gold
Recorded and mixed by Robert Preston at Get Reel
Productions, San Francisco, CA • Mastered by Mike Wells
© 2011 Mach Zero Music (ASCAP) • ISRC: US4M31105043
Yvette Young – Hydra
Originally a classical pianist and violinist, Yvette Young taught herself how to play the acoustic guitar and eventually tackled the world of electric guitar. She is currently touring and playing throughout Japan and Europe with her band, Covet.
Yvette Young – guitar • David Adamiak – bass •
Keith Gramshaw • drums
Composed by Yvette Young
Tracked by: Nate Venarucci
Mixed by: Sean Lindeman
Mastered by: Scott Craggs