Swagger Without Ego by Ezina This week I have watched some of the American Idol auditions and I have often wondered, where are all of the music students that we see at local band nights? Contestant after contestant stepped up and swung out and in between there were a few surprises.  Mainly in the  15…

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Sheryl Bailey Sheryl Bailey is the quintessential Guitar Goddess. She’s been playing guitar since the age of 13 when her mother finally relented to Sheryl’s begging for a Harmony Strat from J.C. Penney catalogue. Though Sheryl was a 13 year old rock wannabe, the influence of her pianist mother got her to learn harmony and…

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9 Successful Strategies by Ezina on April 11, 2011 I was speaking with a client the other day and she was feeling a bit overwhelmed about her place in life. We chatted a bit and I shared with her, that I too have had moments of doubt and definitely moments of fear around a new…

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Kathleen Hanna KATHLEEN HANNA is a New York City-based artist, best known for her groundbreaking performances as a member of the seminal 90′s punk band, Bikini Kill, and her more recent multimedia group, Le Tigre. She is currently making art, giving lectures and writing a new album with her band ‘The Julie Ruin’. http://www.kathleenhanna.com

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Mechelle N’Degeocello Mechelle Ndegeocello honed her skills on the D.C. go-go circuit in the late 1980s with the bands Prophecy, Little Bennie and the Masters, and Rare Essence. She was one of the first artists to sign with Maverick Records, where she released her debut album, Plantation Lullabies. This recording presented a distinctly androgynous persona.…

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Shelby Lynne Shelby Lynne was destined to be a singer. Born a singer. She was raised in rural Alabama by musical parents who stressed individuality and the importance of standing apart from others. A terrible student, but avid reader, she loved the written lyric and a beautiful melody. Around the house she was surrounded by…

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Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman helped restore singer/songwriters to the spotlight in the ’80s. The multi-platinum success of Chapman’s eponymous 1988 debut was unexpected, and it had lasting impact. Although Chapman was working from the same confessional singer/songwriter foundation that had been popularized in the ’70s, her songs were fresh and powerful, driven by simple melodies…

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Nori Bucci I taught myself how to play by listening to my favorite records and picking out the songs by ear. When I was about 16, I began playing around with fingerstyle and classical stuff, and mastered a lot of pretty advanced techniques before ever taking lessons. I also began trying my hand at composition…

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Liona Boyd Internationally known as “The First Lady of the Guitar”, Liona Boyd has held a unique position in the world of the classical guitar, through her arranging, her composing, and her twenty two albums, many of which attained gold and platinum status. After studying in Paris Liona burst on the music scene in the…

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Miki Berenyi At the age of 14, Berenyi met her friend and future bandmate, Emma Anderson. They became interested in music and together wrote the music fanzine Alphabet Soup (which only lasted for five issues).Berenyi first played bass with the band, The Bugs,and later went on to play with Lillies. In 1988, Berenyi studied English…

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Jennifer Batten The buzz on Jennifer Batten rose from the guitar underground, and the guitar magazines promptly began chronicling her savvy musicianship and highly original approach to the electric guitar in print. At one point Batten was in 6 different bands, playing everything from straight ahead rock, to metal,fusion, and funk. A major turning point…

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Kat Marco Kat Marco has been rocking on vocals and guitar for several decades writing and producing original compositions. She has worked with some of the best musicians, producers, and engineers in the world. Most notably Co-Producing ‘Maiden Voyage’ at Morrisound with Steve Wacholz of Savatage, and Jim Morris, with bassist Jeff Berlin, drummer Mark…

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Ruyter Suys Ruyter has been the Lead Guitar Player of the band Nashville Pussy since 1996, with her husband the singer Blaine Cartwright, and is known for her guitar solos and live performances. She was named in the Elle list of “12 Greatest Female Electric Guitarists” in 2009. She spent her youth in Vancouver, in…

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Teresa Russell Described as “the most awesome Female rock guitarist…ever!” this is simply an understatement – Teresa Russell is one of the best guitarists out there: male or female. She has performed all over the world and has shared the stage with guitar rockers such as Johnny Winter, Walter Trout, Carl Verheyen, Corby Yates and…

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Corin Tucker Corin is a singer and guitarist, best known for her work with rock band Sleater-Kinney.In the early 1990s, Tucker attended Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where she studied film, political economy, and social change. Although Sleater-Kinney was formed in Olympia, and later relocated to Portland, Oregon, Tucker still describes herself as “a…

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Susan Tedeschi Tedeschi has always been musically inclined, and made her debut public performance as a six-year old understudy in a Broadway musical. Also, she sang for family members and listened to her father’s record collection of old vinyl recordings, like Mississippi John Hurt and Lightning Hopkins. Raised as a Catholic, she found little inspiration…

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KT Tunsall KT broke into the public eye with a 2004 live solo performance of her song “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” on Later… with Jools Holland. She has enjoyed commercial and critical success since, picking up three nominations before winning a BRIT Award, and a Grammy Award nomination. She is also the recipient…

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Lynn Carey Saylor Lynn Carey Saylor’s greatest passion in life is that of a songwriter. On her modern Pop/Rock CD, “YOU LIKE IT CLEAN”, Lynn tackles such weighty subjects as racial tolerance (on her award winning song “If We Believe” featuring BRIAN MAY of QUEEN) and drunk driving (on the emotional heavy rock ballad “I…

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What Are You Creating?   I know that you are amazing in so many ways.  Yet you choose subconsciously to hide your gifts from the world.  On some level, you desire to take center stage but the inner fear keeps you locked inside and hiding. Stage fright keeps some of us from propelling and going…

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20 Alternative Ways To Create A Sustainable Career In Music by Jonathan Ostrow Jonathan Ostrow in Jonathan Ostrow, Realizing Your Goals, music career, professional musician, sustainability As it becomes more evident that the new music industry will in no way resemble the construct of the past, many musicians are left trying to figure out how…

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