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Backstage Chats with Women In Music
34 minutes | Oct 19, 2022
Katie Daryl: AXS TV's Music Host Revealed
This podcast is a production of Herizon Music Foundation, a nonprofit uplifting women in music through education, experience, and role-coding programs. It’s made possible thanks to fans like yourself. Please donate today! In this episode, Katie covers: — What does the TV show producer do behind the scenes? — The most memorable thing a celebrity showed her on AXS TV series “Rock & Tell." — How she snagged a job from another host. — A valuable lesson her billionaire boss Mark Cuban taught her (and why you may not want to be his landlord). Visit https://herizonmusic.org/katie-daryl for full Show Notes, videos, social links, and videos! Disclaimer: Opinions of show guests are not necessarily those of Herizon Music Foundation, Inc. or its employees, volunteers, officers/directors, or contractors.
32 minutes | Sep 22, 2022
Donna Jean Godchaux MacKay, Part 2
This is Part II of Thea Wood’s chat with Donna Jean Godchaux McKay. In this episode, the Alabama native leaves a promising musical career in Muscle Shoals for uncharted waters in California. She got more than she bargained for! This podcast is a production of Herizon Music Foundation, a nonprofit uplifting women in music through education, experience, and role-coding programs. It’s made possible thanks to fans like yourself. Please donate today! In this episode, Donna Jean Godchaux Mackay covers: — Why she left a lucrative music career in Muscle Shoals — Her life-changing decision to join the Grateful Dead — Forming female friendships while on the road — Regrouping after tragedy strikes — Why she re-recorded “Shelter” and its importance in today’s world Disclaimer: Opinions of show guests are not necessarily those of Herizon Music Foundation, Inc. or its employees, volunteers, officers/directors, or contractors.
28 minutes | Jul 28, 2022
Donna Jean Godchaux MacKay Part 1
In this chat, Donna Jean Godchaux Mackay covers: Meeting and working with a young Cher in the studio The homemade “instrument" her mother came up with so she could make music as a child How Muscle Shoals became a safe haven for musicians amidst societal turmoil How Elvis treated her in the studio and his last words to her before his death What surprising outfit teen Donna Jean wore to the recording studio -- they still talk about today! Cultivating lifelong friendships through music Credits: Song "Shelter" courtesy of Donna Jean & The Tricksters Donate to our nonprofit Herizon Music Foundation TODAY and help us uplift the next generation of women in music! Full show notes along with links to guest sites, social, and more are at BackstageChats.com. Disclaimer: Opinions of show guests are not necessarily those of Herizon Music Foundation, Inc. or its employees, volunteers, officers/directors, or contractors.
31 minutes | Jan 6, 2022
Lisa Roth: The Fairy Godmother of Rockin' Lullabies
When you hear our next guest’s last name, you most likely think of her larger-than-life big brother David Lee Roth — lead singer of Van Halen. But did you know that musical prowess ran in the family? Driven to turn her love of music into a gift that mothers and babies could enjoy together, Lisa Roth conceived an album series called Rockabye Baby, which transforms pop and rock hits into instrumental lullabies. Acts like Metallica, Lady Gaga, Fleetwood Mac, Madonna, No Doubt, Snoop Dogg, and (of course) Van Halen have never sounded so sweet. With over 100 albums released and billions of streams under her belt, she’s proven to be an exceptional entrepreneur, record label executive and creative director. In this episode, Lisa covers: Life as a kid in the Roth household How the ‘60s and ‘70s school integration and women’s lib movements shaped her journey Transforming a rock anthem into a soothing lullaby (it ain’t easy!) Which skillset gives her an advantage as an entrepreneur Plus, Lisa’s answers to The Shakedown! See full show notes, links, and videos at backstagechats.com/lisa-roth
41 minutes | Nov 10, 2021
Terri Nunn: From Sex to Transcendence w/ Strings Attached Overview
Terri Nunn is the lead singer of Berlin, which many remember from the height of MTV music video days as the sexy trio who brought us “The Metro,” “Sex,” and their runaway Top Gun soundtrack anthem “Take My Breath Away.” The track earned them an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. Here we are 40 years and 8 albums later, and the band introduced their newest album titled “Strings Attached” featuring the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra re-visiting the band’s most iconic tunes. In early 2021, host Thea Wood conducted this remote interview with Terri Nunn. In This Episode Terri shares — The change in mindset that set her free to be happier and take more risks — Getting the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra to sex it up a bit (tell us if you think it worked) — Recording a video in an active dungeon with a “big reveal” at the end — Discussing the sexual nature of her art with her kids — The most memorable words her mother shared before passing on from cancer — Her life-long fear of people and fear of “losing it all” Credits Guest: Terri Nunn of Berlin Host: Thea Wood Engineering/Production: Shea Carothers Photo credit: Marc Green Song: “Now It’s My Turn” from album “Strings Attached” featuring the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Written by John Buckner Crawford This is a Herizon Music Foundation production. 2021 ©. Special thanks to RAS Associates and Gibson Brands for supporting Herizon Music’s education, experience, and role-modeling programs. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to join our cause.
24 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
Kalie Shorr Pt 2 - Becoming Nashville's Straight-Shooting Feminist
You may be asking: “What more does Kalie Shorr have to say?” As it turns out, a lot! If you missed the first episode titled "Kalie Shorr: How She Became An Open Book," listen here. In the conclusive deep dive chat with Kalie, she covers: — Discovering discrimination in the Nashville music scene — Using age as a power play — Putting sisters before misters — What feminists DON'T do to each other — The smart way to write a song about someone who has wronged you See full show notes and Kalie's new music videos (released after this chat was recorded) at BackstageChats.com. BCWIM is produced by Herizon Music Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit in Austin, TX. We depend on music fans like you to help keep this program and our other education and experience projects going so we can uplift the next gen of womxn in music. Learn more about our work. Thank you for your support! SHOW CREDITS Guest: Kalie Shorr Host: Thea Wood Photo: Catherine Powell Production/Audio engineer: Thea Wood Intern: Alyssa Viernes Song: "Escape" written by Kalie Shorr and Candi Carpenter, from the album Open Book Theme Music provider: Pond 5 Disclaimer: Opinions of show guests are not necessarily those of Herizon Music Foundation, Inc. or its employees, volunteers, officers/directors, or contractors.
27 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
How Kalie Shorr Became An Open Book Pt 1
Recorded in February 2021 via Zoom, Country music sensation Kalie Shorr shares her journey to voicing taboo topics in the first of a two-part podcast series. Her debut album “Open Book” was listed at #7 on the New York Times Best Albums of 2019, named one of CMT’s Next Women of Country, The New Nashville by Teen Vogue, a Top 10 Country Artists to Watch in 2019 by Huffington Post. In this Part 1 episode, Kalie Shorr covers: — Her tumultuous childhood growing up the youngest of 7 half siblings — The tragic loss that opened her up to voicing taboo topics in her songwriting — Teen eating disorders based on her personal struggle with anorexia and the road toward healing — Answers to the Shakedown questions, including the Pearl Jam song that shook her world Credits: Guest: Kalie Shorr Host: Thea Wood Photo: Catherine Powell Production/Audio engineer: John Neff Intern: Claudia Dortman Theme Music provider: Pond 5 Visit https://backstagechats.com/kalie-shorr-part-1 for expanded show notes, including artist music videos and social media links.
33 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
Violinist Blanca Gonzalez from Columbia to Carnegie Hall
Ep 28: Blanca Cecilia Gonzalez is the epitome of realizing the American Dream. Her tale of immigrating from Columbia to the United States and rising to become the concert master multiple times at Carnegie Hall will warm your heart. Never miss an episode! Sign up for the Spotlight Newsletter. In this episode, Blanca covers: — What it was like adapting to her new life in New York at the tender age of four. — The “Suzuki Method” of learning to play an instruments — Playing Carnegie Hall for the first time — Why she was told not to wear shoes to a blind audition — Playing with the all-female, GRAMMY winning mariachi band Flor de Toloache — The advantages of collaborating and touring with her husband and their project “1 in 2.” Plus her answers to The Shakedown questions! Donate to our nonprofit Herizon Music Foundation TODAY and help us uplift the next generation of women in music by supporting this podcast! Disclaimer: Opinions of show guests are not necessarily those of Herizon Music Foundation, Inc. or its employees, volunteers, officers/directors, or contractors.
40 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
Ethnomusicology, Whitewashing, & Appropriation of Black Music feat. Kelley Glover
Kelley Glover is an ethnomusicologist, teacher, and entrepreneur who created, composed, and produced the music education game app and cartoon UBetterSing! One of her goals is to educate music lovers about systematic racism, colonization practices, and how they affect music academia. Kelley’s research and stories stem from her personal experiences and research at Howard University and public education music programs as both a student and teacher. This episode contains frank and sometimes difficult topics that we need to understand so we can all create and enjoy music that we believe in, relate to, and love. Never miss an episode! Sign up for the Spotlight Newsletter. In this episode, Kelley covers: - Her relation to famous musical celebrities (Danny Glover isn’t one of them!). - Defining ethnomusicology, music appropriation in the classroom, and the white washing of blackface minstrel songs. - Mandated classical-European musical instruction and its limitations on diverse music genres in academia. - Research projects with Texas State University and HeartMath on the relation between stress, music, and meditation. - Her music education program UBetterSing! and its goal to educate the next generation of music in a modern, diverse, and entertaining way. And, of course, Kelley’s answers to The Shakedown! See guest links and videos here. Donate to our nonprofit Herizon Music Foundation TODAY and help us uplift the next generation of women in music by supporting this podcast! Disclaimer: Opinions of show guests are not necessarily those of Herizon Music Foundation, Inc. or its employees, volunteers, officers/directors, or contractors.
37 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
Maggie Szabo: The Pride of New Pop Music Culture
Maggie Szabo is a Canadian immigrant who's tackling feminine stereotypes, social injustice, and cellulite with lipstick in hand. Her pop music sensibilities poke fun at pop culture while redefining it for the next generation. We think she’s spot on… and 100% “worth the weight!” In this episode, Maggie Szabo covers: Making the music video “I Don’t Need You” during COVID (and who is the hot guy who wants his lipstick back?) Landing a promo song for BET series Tyler Perry’s Sistas and Jennifer Hudson choosing her song “Love Is Free” for The Voice contestant Kennedy Holmes. Her path to championing transgender youth Body shaming and facing the loaded question: “Is pop music ready for STRONG to be the new SEXY?” Don't miss an episode of Backstage Chats with Women in Music. Sign up for our Spotlight Newsletter today! Disclaimer: Opinions of show guests are not necessarily those of Herizon Music Foundation, Inc. or its employees, volunteers, officers/directors, or contractors.
34 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
Nashville’s Ava Paige: When Hope Comes In (#cancersucks)
Ava Paige is country music’s 16-year-old rising star who is wise beyond her years. A cancer diagnosis opened her young eyes to hardship, the importance of family (including those you choose), and the power of hope. In this episode, Ava covers: — How her single “Hope Comes In” took on a surprise meaning — The influence cancer has had on her relationship with music and songwriting — Appearing on “The Talk” with Marie Osmond and what they have in common — Her favorite cosmic obsession — The one life goal she’d like to achieve — and it’s a winner! Help us keep Backstage Chats with Women in Music alive by supporting our nonprofit Herizon Music Foundation. Click here to learn more.
37 minutes | Jan 13, 2021
Lauren LoGrasso: The Future, Fear, and The Age of Creativity
Lauren LoGrasso is a self-proclaimed multi-passionate creative. Her two new songs “Road to Glory” and “RISE” are anthemic and optimistic at a time when society needs it most. Lauren is a musician, singer/songwriter, actor, podcast producer, and creativity coach who shares her views on creativity's role in overcoming fear, suffering, and the future of society. Love what we're doing? Support our nonprofit Herizon Music Foundation. Be an angel and give a girl wings! In this episode, Lauren covers: -- Embracing "angsty optimism" -- Her father's biggest fear for his daughter (sound familiar?) -- The scary side effects of repressed creativity -- The most common trait that highly creative people share And, of course, her answers to The Shakedown! See additional music videos and social media links at https://backstagechats.com/lauren-lograsso Disclaimer: Opinions of show guests are not necessarily those of Herizon Music Foundation, Inc. or its employees, volunteers, officers/directors, or contractors.
31 minutes | Dec 4, 2020
All Female Grateful Dead Tribute Band? It's About Time!
Denise Parent is the drummer and vocalist for the first all-female Grateful Dead tribute band. And we say “It’s about time!” Thanks to an introduction through David Ganz of The Grateful Dead Hour, host Thea Wood caught up with Parent for this remote interview. Parent covers a lot of ground, so pop in your earbuds and let’s get started with The Shakedown! (watch videos and more at the extended Show Notes page) Never miss an episode-- sign up for our newsletter. In this episode Parent chats about: - The historic night of her first all-female Dead cover band show - How maturity has changed her approach toward drumming - The joke she played on an unwitting fan (he was a good sport about it!) - The “4 Agreements” - and why they’ve always stuck with her - Different styles of how men and women communicate Thank you to our friends at Strait Music in Austin, TX for supporting Herizon Music Foundation. This is a production of Herizon Music Foundation Disclaimer: Opinions of show guests are not necessarily those of Herizon Music Foundation, Inc. or its employees, volunteers, officers/directors, or contractors.
35 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
The Mrs. Drummer Andra Liemandt: A Mom On A Mission
Today, we’re Zooming to you from Austin, Texas as we are all practicing a social distancing lifestyle during the coronavirus pandemic. If you're feeling the covid blues, this is your episode! Meet Andra Liemandt, the co-founder of The Mrs, a pop band formed by a group of moms who have been on a mission since 2013. That mission and a powerful music video featuring a magic mirror earned national recognition on Good Morning America and the Queen Latifah Show. All in spite of record labels saying "no" to their music based on ageism rather than merit. Andra Liemandt is the drummer, singer, songwriter and philanthropist who will build you up, buttercup! Extended show notes, videos, and more at BackstageChats.com. Special thanks to Kendra Scott, Cobi Collins of Mary Kay Cosmetics, and Lover Girl Cosmetics. In this episode, Andra Liemandt covers: -- Facing vulnerability during the global pandemic -- How Liemandt faced blatant ageism in the music industry, and worked around it -- How her dance background contributed to her musical talents -- Why she founded Kindness Campaign, focusing on youth's mental health
33 minutes | Sep 24, 2020
Female Guitar Techs Who Don’t Fret The Small Stuff
Today, we’re coming at you from Strait Music, Austin’s 3rd generation, family-owned music store that has won the Austin Music Awards Best Instrument Repair award for three out of the last four years. The secret sauce includes not one but *two* female guitar techs (and multi-instrumentalists) who work side by side, which is like finding a 5-leaf clover in the desert. Meet the women who are upstairs, behind the bench, and close to every guitar’s heart: Lauren Ellis and Jessica Baker. Our podcast is a production of the nonprofit Herizon Music Foundation. Please support the next generation of women in music through education, experience, and role modeling programs. Click here to donate today. IN THIS EPISODE Jessica and Lauren cover: -- The difference between a guitar tech, a backline tech, and a luthier. -- Lauren’s experience of touring with The Eagles vs. The Monkees. -- Jessica’s hardest gig EVER, and why she’d do it all over again. -- How to play with the boys and be taken seriously. -- Are United Auto Workers union members natural musicians? Lauren knows best :-) And, of course, The Shakedown! Thanks to Caroline Crawford Consulting for supporting Herizon Music Foundation and the next generation of women in music. More information about her nonprofit consulting services is at CarolineCrawfordConsulting.com.
37 minutes | Aug 30, 2020
Shelley King is Ready To Ramble -- Texas Style
Having moved ~28 times by age 21, nomadic singer/songwriter Shelley King found her heart and her home in Austin, Texas. Shelley is a singer-songwriter, band leader, and the first woman to be appointed Official State Musician of Texas by the state legislature in 2008. She’s the boot scootin’, whisky shootin’, darling of Texas music royalty. Get ready for a high-energy chat with Shelley King recorded at One-2-One Bar in Austin, TX. In this episode, you'll get the inside story on: -- Why Shelley moved so often growing up and its influence on her music -- Collaborating with her "Texas Trifecta" friends Marcia Ball and Caroline Wonderland (how she met Wonderland is music history gold) -- The divine intervention that shaped her song "Levon's Drum," in tribute to the late Levon Helm, for her album Kick Up Your Heels. -- The moment she realized she'd rather play on stage than sit in a law office. And, of course, Shelley answers "The Shakedown" questions with royal flare! See videos, music links, and extended Show Notes on BackstageChats.com/shelley-king If you like what we're doing, please donate to Herizon Music Foundation, which produces our podcast. Thanks to our friends at Green Rush Austin for choosing Herizon Music Foundation as their preferred charity.
36 minutes | Aug 5, 2020
Kendal Conrad: Country Pop’s New Leader of The Pack
Don’t let the sweet smile and upbeat outlook fool you. Throw Kendal Conrad to the wolves, and she’ll come back the leader of the pack. Kendal is country pop’s rising star who isn’t afraid to create her own opportunity in an industry full of closed doors and scary stories. In fact, she’s up for the challenge with her “I dare you” attitude and a killer cowboy boot collection. Love what we're doing? Please click the "donate" button at https://backstagechats.com. In this episode, Kendal Conrad reveals: Why she hesitated to release her single “Leader of the Pack” How she wound up singing on stage with Keith Urban The trick to landing stadium gigs Her obsession with horror movies, including a lullaby for Norman Bates The tough road for women in country music Thanks to Labyrinth, Inc. for supporting Herizon Music Foundation. More information is at labyrinth.com. Thanks to the international Wellness Shoppers Club for partnering with Herizon Music Foundation. More information is at info.greenrushaustin.com Credits: “Leader of The Pack” song by Kendal Conrad, Sharen Conrad, Anthony Gallagher Host: Thea Wood Production: Podcast Engineers Voiceover: Cathryn Wood Feature photo: Jim Trocchio
36 minutes | Jul 3, 2020
Jackie Venson Stands Her Ground
Recorded at the end of 2019, this chat with guitarist/singer/songwriter Jackie Venson foreshadows events that would unfold in Summer 2020. Just a few weeks before launching this episode, Jackie took a stand. She publicly turned down an invitation to play the perennial event “Blues on The Green” which is hosted by Austin City Limits Radio. Listen to the episode to find out why she turned it down and what history-changing result came of it. Thanks to the international Wellness Shoppers Club for partnering with Herizon Music Foundation. More information is at info.greenrushaustin.com In this episode, Jackie Venson covers: -- The “zen” aspects of not hyper-focusing on career goals -- Why cities like Austin struggle with musical and racial diversity -- Standing up for yourself in business and creative decisions -- Technology’s role in her live performances -- Who would be in her “dream band”
29 minutes | Jun 28, 2020
Ace of Cups' Denise Kaufman & Her Unconventional Path To Success
Denise Kaufman (a.k.a. Mary Microgram) is an original Merry Prankster and co-founder of 1960’s psychedelic rock band Ace of Cups. Cups was one of the first all female rock bands who wrote and performed their own music in the United States. They earned great success in the 1960’s San Francisco music scene, playing with The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quick Silver Messenger, and Janis Joplin & The Holding Company to name a few. Jimi Hendrix praised Ace of Cups in the media. Yet, they never signed a record deal, and after five years together, the players went their separate ways on good terms. After almost 50 years, the band reformed to record an astounding 24 music tracks for their first studio album titled Ace of Cups. Denise Kaufman’s bandmates include: Mary Gannon (bass), Marla Hunt (organ, piano), Mary Ellen Simpson (lead guitar), and Diane Vitalich (drums). Denise Kaufman proves that not all who wander are lost— they may just be taking an unconventional path! She’s Ace of Cups harmonica-playing singer-songwriter, guitarist/bassist, true life Merry Prankster, and the yogi whom the stars call. In this episode, Denise Kaufman covers: How her Merry Prankster acid days led to a hospital stay that sparked the formation of Ace of Cups The surprise revival of the band’s psychedelic sound 50 years later Swapping musical ideas with her yoga client named Madonna (yes, THAT Madonna) Handling the death of friends from the Haight-Ashbury music scene If you love what we’re doing, please support our show and the next generation of women by donating just $10 today. Click here to give the gift of music to a teen girl in need. Thank you!
33 minutes | May 22, 2020
Music Therapist Hope Young & The Success of Medical-Grade Music
The healing power of music is real, and leading researcher/music therapist Hope Young is on the cutting edge of breakthroughs in treating chronic disease, autism, ADHD, and mental illness. Young discusses the science behind music therapy and the successes she has witnessed. Hope Young has treated patients with various ailments for over 30 years and shares her stories of hope for those who previously had none. Trigger warning: chronic disease, mental illness, and suicide are all discussed in this episode. If you are experiencing any health issues or suicidal thoughts, please contact your healthcare provider immediately. In this episode, you'll hear: -- How music affects the brain differently than other forms of stimulation -- An example of music that helps Cerebral Palsy and Parkinson's patients walk with ease -- Treating ADHD and Autistic kids with music -- Combining artificial intelligence with music for anytime-anywhere relief Plus Hope's answers to The Shakedown!
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