A celebration of women in music hit the stage in Anaheim on Friday, January 22, for the 2016 She Rocks Awards during The NAMM Show. A who’s-who of music industry execs, celebrities, luminaries and supporters of women in music gathered at the Anaheim Hilton Pacific Ballroom for the annual event to pay tribute to women who stand out within the music industry.
The She Rocks Awards were held by parent organization the Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN), and were co-hosted by WiMN Founder Laura B. Whitmore and guitarist Nita Strauss.
Becky Gebhardt and Mona Tavakoli (Rock Camp for Girls L.A. and Raining Jane)
Chalise Zolezzi (Taylor Guitars)
Mary Luehrsen (NAMM)
Crystal Morris (Gator Cases)
Mindy Abovitz (Tom Tom Magazine)
Cathy Carter Duncan (Seymour Duncan)
Leigh Maples and Pamela Cole (Fanny’s House of Music)
Leslie Ann Jones (Skywalker Sound)
Sujata Murthy (Universal Music)
Surprise honoree Tom Gilbert, Creative and Marketing Manager for Mad Sun Marketing and co-producer of the She Rocks Awards.
“Wow… What an evening of special moments,” said Laura B. Whitmore, founder of WiMN and co-host for the evening. “I am blown away by the amazing support from the industry and from NAMM. I know this evening was inspirational for many people in the industry, and am so proud of my team for helping create this very special event,”
The event featured electrifying performances by singer/songwriter Jenna Paone; guitarists Nita Strauss, Malina Moye, and Jennifer Batten; Jason Mraz touring band, Raining Jane; pop sensations, Karmin; The Command Sisters; and the incredible house band Rock Sugah featuring Divinity Roxx (bass), Kudison Kai (vocals), Kat Dyson (guitar), Benita Lewis (drums) and Lynette Williams (keys).
Highlights of the event featured a stellar performance by Karmin, who performed songs from their upcoming release, Leo Rising. Also included were killer guitar performances by Jennifer Batten, Nita Strauss and Malina Moye (a 2014 She Rocks Award winner) and a rousing speech by percussionist Mona Tavakoli of Raining Jane and the Rock N’ Roll Camp for Girls of L.A.
The evening was capped off by a grand finale closing performance by The Command Sisters, Jennifer Batten, Nita Strauss and Rock Sugah as they joined together in a tribute to Chaka Khan. The high-energy performance ended with power anthem “I’m Every Woman,” bringing the crowd of 700 attendees on their feet and dancing.
The 2016 She Rocks Awards were sponsored by Martin Guitar, Seymour Duncan, Roland, Boss, Gretsch, Avid, Taylor Guitars, Zildjian, Guitar Center, D’Addario, Fishman, Berklee College of Music, Tech 21, PRS Guitars, 108 Rock Star Guitars, Korg USA, Volume & Tone, Casio, Ear Trumpet Labs, Merch Cat, John Page Classic Guitars, West Coast Pedalboards, and Recording King, with additional support from these media partners: Tom Tom Magazine, Guitar Girl Magazine, Music-News.com, Guitar World, Guitar Player, Keyboard, Bass Player, Electronic Musician, Music Inc., Making Music, International Musician, Premier Guitar, LAWIM, Rock N Roll Industries, and more.
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