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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Chrissie Hynde Christine Ellen “Chrissie” Hynde is best known as the leader of the rock/new wave band the Pretenders. She is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, and has been the only constant member of the band throughout its history. In 1978, Hynde made a demo tape and gave it to Dave Hill, owner of the…

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Sharon Isbin Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, multiple GRAMMY Award winner Sharon Isbin has been hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time”. She is also the winner of Guitar Player magazine’s “Best Classical Guitarist” award, the Madrid Queen Sofia and Toronto Competitions, and was the first guitarist ever to win the…

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Jaye Foucher Jaye grew up in a musical household and has been playing one instrument or another for as long as she can remember. After years of studying jazz, pop and classical piano, Jaye picked up the guitar at the age of 17 and was instantly hooked. Within two years Jaye was performing and recording…

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Kathryn Grimm The old adage, big things come in small packages definitely rings true for the diminutive musical dynamo, Kathryn Grimm. Small in stature but not talent or drive, Kathryn’s perseverance has earned her admiration worldwide. Kathryn was born and bred in Seattle, the most boring place on earth before Grunge. Inspired by her two…

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Katie Melua When Georgian-born Katie Melua signed with Mike Batt’s independent record label Dramatico in September 2002, no-one could have imagined that by the release of her third album, ‘Pictures’, in 2007, she would be the biggest-selling UK-based, female artist in the world. Her first two albums, ‘Call Off The Search’ and ‘Piece By Piece’…

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