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Guitar Goddess

Female Guitar Goddesses Worldwide

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.”