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liona-boydInternationally 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 mid-seventies gathering raves for her virtuoso playing.

She made her debut at Carnegie recital hall, played 100 concerts opening for Gordon Lightfoot, toured internationally as a soloist and guest of symphony orchestras, commissioned composers to write new repertoire for her, appeared on dozens of TV shows, hosted several TV specials,won five Juno Awards and became one of the world’s leading classical guitarists.

She has composed many original pieces in a wide range of styles from Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, to Contemporary Pop and Nuevo Latino.

miki-berenyiAt 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 literature at the North London Polytechnic, where she met drummer Christopher Acland, bassist Steve Rippon, and singer Meriel Barham. Along with Anderson, they decided to form their own band.

When Meriel Barham left, the remaining members of Lush placed ads in local papers looking for Barham’s replacement, but they couldn’t find the singer they wanted, and Berenyi took over the vocals.
From 1988 until 1996, she played with Lush, releasing several albums, singles and videos, and toured extensively through the UK, North America, Japan, Australia and other countries.

JenniferbattenThe 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 came when she was selected from over one hundred guitarists to play in Michael Jackson’s highly skilled band which toured the world for one and a half years playing for over four and a half million people.

Jennifer wasted no time after the” Bad” Tour’s grand finale, diving into work on her own album with renown producer (and Stevie Wonder guitarist) Michael Sembello. The stunning results can be heard on “Above, Below, and Beyond”, the title appropriately describing the interesting diversity within. With this debut release, the world at large learned what all the excitement was about.

Shortly after the record’s release in the spring of ’92, she was asked again to join Michael Jackson for his upcoming “Dangerous Tour”.  In January ’93, she joined Jackson to partake in Superbowl XXVII’s half time entertainment which aired to one and half billion people in 80 nations. It was the largest audience in television history.

sheryl-baileySheryl 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 her guitar teacher introduced her to the guitar tradition and schooled her on Wes, Jimmy Raney, George Van Eps, Joe Pass and others.

She attended Berklee College of Music where her years of dedication and focus won her third place in the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Guitar competition in 1995 and she was chosen as Jazz Ambassador for the U.S. State Department in 2000 for a South American tour.

Sheryl musical wings are always in motion as she maintains a schedule of performing, teaching, writing, touring and recording.

joan-baez2008 was a landmark year for Joan Baez, marking 50 years since she began her legendary residency at Boston’s famed Club 47.

She remains a musical force of nature whose influence is incalculable – marching on the front line of the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King Jr., inspiring Vaclav Havel in his fight for a Czech Republic, singing on the first Amnesty International tour and just this year, standing alongside Nelson Mandela when the world celebrated his 90th birthday in London’s Hyde Park.

She brought the Free Speech Movement into the spotlight, took to the fields with Cesar Chavez, organized resistance to the war in Southeast Asia, then forty years later saluted the Dixie Chicks for their courage to protest war.

Her earliest recordings fed a host of traditional ballads into the rock vernacular, before she unselfconsciously introduced Bob Dylan to the world in 1963 and focused awareness on songwriters ranging from Woody Guthrie, Dylan, Phil Ochs, Richard Farina, and Tim Hardin, to Kris Kristofferson and Mickey Newbury, to Dar Williams, Richard Shindell, Steve Earle and many more.

If ever a new collection of songs reflects the momentous times in which Joan finds herself these days, and in her own words, “speaks to the essence of who I am in the same way as the songs that have been the enduring backbone of my repertoire for the past 50 years,” Day After Tomorrow is that record, her first new studio album in five years.

indiaarieIndia Arie is known and cherished by fans and fellow musicians as a poet, a songwriter, a daughter, a producer, a musician, a sister, a singer, an advocate, a friend and a philanthropist –– but she is possibly best known for the love in her music that has inspired and motivated people worldwide. From the moment that her very first single “Video,” and her multi–platinum debut album Acoustic Soul were released in 2001, India’s music established an extraordinary bond of trust, affection and communication with her followers.

joan-armatrading3 times Grammy nominated British singer songwriter Joan Armatrading is the first female UK artist to have debuted at number 1 in the Billboards Blues charts. She is also the first female UK artist to be nominated for a Grammy in the blues category.

One of Britain’s female artists who has stood the test of time with songs like Love And Affection, Willow, Drop The Pilot and Lovers Speak.

Joan’s strong rhythmic acoustic guitar playing and her melodic electric solos help to make her the consummate musician. Female guitarist, female songwriter, female singer. Explore Joan’s website to find out What’s Inside.

emma-andersonIn 1988 she formed Lush with friend and fellow song writer, Miki Berenyi. On 6 March 1988, Lush played their very first performance at Camden Falcon in London.They went on to reasonable success, having a number of Top 40 hits over an eight year career. Anderson told Everett True in Melody Maker, “I remember when I couldn’t play, I wasn’t in a band, didn’t know anyone else who could play, and now we’ve got a record out on 4AD. I sometimes find it impossible to come to terms with what’s happening.”