Donna Lou Askew Scholarship Essay

1. Anouk (singer) – Anouk Teeuwe, professionally known by the mononym Anouk, is a Dutch singer-songwriter and record producer. Anouk has released studio albums to date, the most recent one being Fake It Till We Die. She represented the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden and her song made it to the final – the first since 2004 for the Netherlands, and finished 9th with 114 points. Anouk Teeuwe was born on 8 April 1975, in The Hague, as a teenager, she experimented with drugs and ended up living in several care homes after she ran away from her family at the age of fourteen. Anouks interest in music was triggered through her mother, who was a blues singer, Anouk gave her first performance at fifteen and sang at weddings and parties with the band Shotgun Wedding. She started attending the Rotterdam Conservatory in 1994 but dropped out two years later, in the same period, her then-husband and manager Edwin Jansen introduced Anouk to Golden Earring frontman Barry Hay. Hay believed her to have talent and offered to some songs for her. One of those songs was Mood Indigo, written in collaboration with fellow Golden Earring member George Kooymans, after she met Bart van Veen, her co-writer, the pair wrote a few songs. On 5 September 1997, she released her single, Nobodys Wife. Her debut album Together Alone turned out to be a huge success, in 1998, Anouk won two awards from Dutch music channel TMF in addition to an Edison Award. During the summer, she played at various festivals and her second album Urban Solitude was released in November 1999, and included the single R U Kiddin Me. This song reached the Dutch Top 100, shortly afterwards, Anouk went to the United States to pursue a record deal. Negotiations with her American label ended badly, causing her to return to the Netherlands without a deal and she released a new song, Dont, and began touring the Netherlands in February 2001. In March 2001, she released album, Lost Tracks, which contained acoustic versions and B-sides from older songs. She was awarded the Popprijs award in 2001, in November 2002, the album Graduated Fool was released. This is the heaviest rock album in Anouks career so far, Anouk received a Golden Harp in 2003. The following full-length release is called Hotel New York and yielded a total of four singles, Girl, Lost, Jerusalem, in 2006 she won the 3FM award for best Dutch female singer. In 2007, Anouk released Whos Your Momma, recorded with producer Glen Ballard, the first single, Good God was a success, and became a playable song in the video game Guitar Hero World Tour in 2008

2. Joan Armatrading – Joan Anita Barbara Armatrading, MBE is a British singer-songwriter and guitarist. A three-time Grammy Award-nominee, Armatrading has also nominated twice for BRIT Awards as Best Female Artist. She also received an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contemporary Song Collection in 1996, in a recording career spanning 40 years, Armatrading has released 18 studio albums, as well as several live albums and compilations. Joan Armatrading was born in 1950 in Basseterre on the Caribbean island of Saint Kitts and her father was a carpenter and her mother was a housewife. When she was three years old, her parents moved with their two eldest boys to Birmingham, England, while Joan was sent to live with her grandmother on the Caribbean island of Antigua. In early 1958 at the age of seven, she joined her parents in Brookfields, the area is now mostly demolished and has been absorbed into the district of Hockley. Her father had played in a band in his youth, later forbidding his children from touching his guitar, at about the age of 14, Armatrading began writing songs by setting her own limericks to music on a piano that her mother had purchased as a piece of furniture. Shortly thereafter, her mother bought her a £3 guitar from a shop in exchange for two prams, and the younger Armatrading began teaching herself the instrument. She left school at the age of 15 to support her family, and her first job was at Rabone Chesterman and she lost the job after taking her guitar to work and playing it during tea-breaks. Armatrading first performed in a concert at Birmingham University for her brother at the age of about 16 and she only knew her own songs, but her brother asked her to perform something that would be familiar to the audience, she chose The Sound of Silence. She then performed her own songs around the area with a friend from school. In 1968, Armatrading joined a production of the stage musical Hair. There she met the lyricist Pam Nestor in 1970, and they worked together on Armatradings debut album Whatevers for Us, although Nestor was credited as co-lyricist, Cube considered Armatrading to be the more likely star material. These events produced a tension that broke up the partnership, on 28 November 1972, Armatrading appeared on the BBC Radio 1 John Peel Show performing Head Of The Table, Spend A Little Time, Child Star and Whatevers For Us. She sang and played guitar and piano. The single was withdrawn by Cube and re-released as a promotional single in the US by Armatradings new label A&M Records. In January 1974 she appeared again on the John Peel Show, in 1975, Armatrading was free to sign with A&M Records, and issued the album Back to the Night, which was promoted on tour with six-piece jazz-pop group The Movies. A major publicity relaunch in 1976 and the involvement of producer Glyn Johns propelled her next album, Joan Armatrading, into the Top 20 and spawned the Top 10 hit single Love and Affection

3. Emilie Autumn – Emilie Autumn Liddell, better known by her stage name Emilie Autumn, is an American singer-songwriter, poet, violinist, and actress. Autumns musical style has been described by her as Fairy Pop and it is influenced by glam rock—from plays, novels, and history, particularly the Victorian era. Performing with her backup dancers The Bloody Crumpets, Autumn incorporates elements of classical music, cabaret, electronica, and glam rock with theatrics. Through her own independent label Traitor Records, Autumn debuted with her classical album On a Day, Music for Violin & Continuo and she appeared in singer Courtney Loves backing band on her 2004 Americas Sweetheart tour and returned to Europe. She released the 2006 album Opheliac with the German label Trisol Music Group, in 2007, she released Laced/Unlaced, the re-release of On a Day. Appeared as Laced with songs on the violin as Unlaced. She later left Trisol to join New-York-based The End Records in 2009 and release Opheliac in the United States, in 2012, she released the album Fight Like a Girl. She played the role of Painted Doll in Darren Lynn Bousmans 2012 film The Devils Carnival, as well as its 2015 sequel, Emilie Autumn was born in Los Angeles, California, on September 22,1979. Autumn grew up in Malibu, California, and according to her, being surrounded by nature and her mother worked as a seamstress, and she has said that her father was a German immigrant with whom she did not share a close relationship. While not musicians, her family enjoyed various genres of music, when she was four years old, she started learning the violin, and later commented, I remember asking for a violin, but I dont remember knowing what one was. I might have thought it was a kind of pony for all I know, four years later, Autumn made her musical debut as a solo violinist performing with an orchestra, and won a competition. At the age of nine or ten, she left school with the goal of becoming a world-class violinist. On her time at the school, she remarked, I hated it anyway, what with the status as weird, antisocial, and the physical threats, there seemed to be no reason to go anymore, so I just didnt. She practiced eight or nine hours a day, had lessons, read a range of literature, participated in orchestra practice. Growing up, she owned a large CD collection of concertos, symphonies, chamber music, opera. She began writing her own music and poetry at age thirteen or fourteen and she believed that neither the audience nor the original composer would be insulted by the clothing and appearance of the performer. She became unhappy with the changes done to her songs, and decided to break away from the label and create her own independent record label, Traitor Records. It consists of her works for the baroque violin accompanied by Roger Lebow on the baroque cello, Edward Murray on harpsichord

4. Edyta Bartosiewicz – Edyta Bartosiewicz is a Polish rock singer, composer, and songwriter. Her career has been awarded by five Fryderyks, in Poland, shes known for her highly reflective and unusual lyrics. Bartosiewicz learned to play guitar a ten, after her return to Warsaw, having dropped out of college, she joined the Staff group. In 1989 she won Mokotowska Jesień Muzyczna, in the following year, she appeared on The Big Beat, an album by the band Halloee Poloy. She received a number of awards and sang guest and backing vocals on various records, Edyta quit Halloee Poloy due to, as she said herself, resistance to her composing and song writing style. At the end of 1991 she started recording the album Love in studio S-4 in Warsaw, Rafał Paczkowski was responsible for the production of that album. This time her album was successful, by 2001, sixty seven thousand copies had been sold and finally the album achieved Gold status. The most popular singles from album were, “If”, “Goodbye to the Roman Candles, ” “Blues for you”. The album was released in Western Europe by Chrysalis Records but was not noticed in this market at all. On May 18,1994, the album “Dream” was released by Izabelin Studio and it was recorded with a completely new band i. e. Michał Grymuza, Radosław Zagajewski, Krzysztof Palczewski. Leszek Kamiński was responsible for the production and this time her new album was sung mostly in Polish unlike the previous one “Love”, sung mostly in English. The music can be described as variable, including acoustic songs as well as rock songs such as cover of the song “Move Over” by Janis Joplin. Her songs, “Dream”, “Capricorn”, “Tattoo”, or “Joke at a Zoo” were a success on the music charts. In 1994, at the end of September, nine concerts were given in the nine biggest Polish cities, the tour ended with a huge success, as well as the album, which achieved Platinum status after selling over 300 thousand copies. Bartosiewicz herself was announced the best singer by the readers of the Polish magazine “Only Rock”, the singer also received two 1995 Fryderyk Awards in the category, the Best Artist and the Best Pop/Rock Album. By the beginning of 1995 a new single “Wonderful tonight” was realized and it was a cover of Eric Clapton song and it reached second place on Hit Parade of Program 3. At the beginning of July a new single “Madness” was released, in October people could see Edyta perform live in 13 cities. This tour ended in May 1996, the biggest hits are, the promotion single “Madness”, Time of high tide”, “The Clock” which was realised on a single in November, and the greatest, immortal ballade “The Last One”

5. Becca (musician) – Rebecca Emily Hollcraft is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, known professionally as BECCA, Becca-chan, and Bec Hollcraft. From 2012 to 2015 she was the singer in the rock band Stars in Stereo. Hollcraft was born in Portland, Oregon and she began singing and writing songs at a young age and started playing guitar when she was 10 years old. When she was 13, a friend recorded her at a choir event in school. The tape found its way to Meredith Brooks, who had been looking for a new artist to develop, Bec has a powerhouse voice, and when I realized she could write songs, too… I was sold, ” said Meredith. With the support of her parents, Hollcraft spent her summer vacation that year in Los Angeles with Meredith working on demos, in early 2008, Hollcraft signed a deal with Sony Music Entertainment Japan and released her first single Perfect Me on April 9,2008 in Japan. The song was a theme song for the TV show, Damages. BECCAs debut five-song EP, Perfect Me, was released in Japan on June 4,2008 with a second five-song EP, Turn to Stone, BECCA also contributed a cover of I Drove All Night to a Cyndi Lauper tribute-album that was released July 23,2008. Hollcrafts debut full-length album, Alive. was released on November 5,2008, Im Alive was the first single released, along with a video. The album features the Roy Orbison cover song, I Drove All Night, on October 22 the single from the album—Im Alive. —was released with a bonus B-side track cover of Alone by Heart. She performed in Baltimore at Otakon that year, the song was also used as the first ending theme of the anime Black Butler. On September 29,2009, BECCA released her U. S. debut EP, Kickin & Screamin, Stars in Stereo was formed in 2011. It consists of vocalist Hollcraft, guitarist Jordan McGraw, bassist Ryan “Frogs” McCormack, the band came together after McGraw, McCormack, Langan, and Justin Siegel’s band, City State, broke up. The band spent most of 2012 on the road, touring in support of such as The Used, Foxy Shazam, Hoobastank. The band released the single and music video for “The Broken, later that year, they began recording their first full-length album. To hold fans over until the release, the band recorded two reinterpreted cover songs available as downloads, Nine Inch Nails, “Closer” and Aerosmith’s “Dream On”. Their self-titled debut, Stars in Stereo, was released on April 9,2013 through their own indie label. In 2013, Stars in Stereo co-headlined on tour with Flyleaf and Drowning Pool, in June 2013, Siegel left the group to pursue other interests

6. Miki Berenyi – Miki Eleonora Berenyi is an English singer, songwriter and guitarist. She was a member of the rock band Lush. At the age of 14, Berenyi met her friend and future bandmate and they became interested in music and together published a music fanzine, Alphabet Soup. Berenyi first played bass with the band the Bugs, in 1987, Berenyi studied English literature at the North London Polytechnic, where she met drummer Chris Acland and singer Meriel Barham. Along with Anderson, they decided to form their own band, bassist Steve Rippon joined, and they changed their name to Lush. When Barham left, the members of Lush placed ads in local papers looking for Barhams replacement, but they couldnt find the singer they wanted. From 1987 until 1996, she played with Lush, releasing albums, singles and music videos. She and Acland also collaborated with members of Cocteau Twins and Moose, Lush officially announced their breakup in February 1998, following Aclands suicide in October 1996. After Lush split, Berenyi appeared on the Rentals album Seven More Minutes and she also contributed vocals to a remix of a Flat 7 track by Robin Guthrie, and appeared on the debut album of Eric Matthewss Seinking Ships, Museum Quality Capture, released in 2010. She also said, I enjoyed being in the band immensely, Berenyi later worked for a magazine as a sub-editor and did not perform for many years. She explained, I was never a proper guitarist—only in the context of Lush, I played the guitar to write songs on and to play live. Lush, including Berenyi, announced a reunion on 28 September 2015 and they toured and recorded an EP of new material before ending again in late 2016. As of 2013, Berenyi was living in northwest London with her partner K. J, mcKillop was a member of the band Moose, which took its name from his nickname

7. Sarah Bettens – Sarah Bettens is the lead singer of the Belgian band Ks Choice. Sarah and her brother Gert Bettens are the two faces of the band. She is known for her enigmatic, husky voice, the band is popular in Belgium, the Netherlands and France, and has toured in the U. S. with The Verve Pipe, Tonic, Alanis Morissette and the Indigo Girls, as well as on their own. Bettens has maintained a solo career as well by providing vocals for movie soundtracks, including Underworld, Wild Things, Zus and Zo. Bettens was born in Kapellen, Belgium and she has had a large lesbian fanbase since the beginning of her career with Ks Choice, but it was not until May 2002 that she officially came out to the public. In 2003 Ks Choice split, with siblings Gert and Sarah exploring solo projects, Bettens made a mini-album of her own, called Go. Her first full-length solo album, Scream, was released in Europe on 14 March 2005, Ks Choice reformed in 2009 as The new Ks Choice. In March 2007 she released an EP through online music label Fuzz and her second full-length album, Shine, including new mixes of the tracks from the Fuzz EP, was released in 2007. It was produced by Brad Wood, the full CD was distributed for free with 13 October edition of the Flemish newspaper De Morgen in Belgium, which sold 180,000 copies. Normally this newspaper sells 95,000 copies, in 2007 Sarah Bettens won an EBBA Award. The album is available at concerts and from her online shop. There were plans to license the single Come Over Here from her LP Scream for episode 409 of the American series The L Word, however, the plans fell through due to problems involving the songs co-writer and record label. The song also appears on the premier Music With a Twist compilation, after having played Michigan Womyns Music Festival in 2006 solo, she organized an all female band for a performance in 2007. Bettens currently lives in Johnson City, Tennessee, USA with her partner, in June 2012, she became a firefighter in the Johnson City Fire Department

8. Betty (band) – BETTY is an alternative rock group from New York City. The band was formed in Washington D. C. around the scene of the 9,30 club, in 1989, the band relocated to NYC. The name of their first album, Hello, BETTY. comes from the opening for all their appearances. In 1995, the band expanded by adding Tony Salvatore on lead guitar and drums to the initial line-up of vocals with electronic accompaniment, bass and cello. BETTY appeared in episode of the 1989 HBO Series Encyclopedia, singing educational songs each centered on a particular word. The members involved were Alyson Palmer/Amy Ziff/Elizabeth Ziff, although they were credited in the opening titles as simply BETTY. In 2002 the group starred in its own off-Broadway show BETTY RULES directed by Rents Michael Greif, the musical ran for 9 months at the Zipper Theatre. The show has since performed in Chicago at the Lakeside Theatre. Theme songs, film appearances and commercial jingles, although the band on televisions Phineas and Ferb bears an uncanny resemblance, Disney proclaims that is not the same BETTY. Elizabeth Ziff Alyson Palmer Amy Ziff Tony Salvatore Mino Gori 1994, Hello, BETTY. hellobetty. com http, //www. bettyrules. com/ http, //www. sho. com/site/lword/home. do

9. Bif Naked – Bif Naked is a Canadian singer-songwriter, actress, and motivational speaker. Bif Naked was born in New Delhi to teenaged parents attending private school and she was subsequently adopted by American missionaries. She spent part of her childhood in Lexington, Kentucky, where her father was a professor at the University of Kentucky and she went to Kelsey Elementary School in The Pas, Manitoba for a couple of years. After living for a time in Dauphin, Manitoba, her family settled in Winnipeg. She graduated from John Taylor Collegiate and studied theatre at the University of Winnipeg, the name Bif started as a nickname based on the mispronunciation of her real name, Beth. Solo albums include the album, Bif Naked, released in 1996, I Bificus in 1998 and Purge. A noted poet, she has released a spoken word album called Okenspay Ordway. In 2005, after narrowing it down from over 50 songs, she released Superbeautifulmonster, the Promise, which was recorded while Bif was undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer, was released in 2009 and was dedicated to her fans. The album featured tracks mixed by Juno Award winner Mike Fraser, the album is entitled BIF NAKED FOREVER, Acoustic Hits and Other Delights. Also due out, Bifs previously promised side project, Jakkarta, prior to her solo career, Torbert played with punk bands Gorilla Gorilla and Chrome Dog. Bifs music has featured in and on soundtracks for shows including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, Moonlight, The Crow, Stairway to Heaven, Ready To Rumble. The song Dawn, taken from Purge, was featured in the movie American Psycho 2, starring Mila Kunis and she made a guest appearance in the song Fucker, on Strapping Young Lads album The New Black in 2006. Bif Naked has also made guest appearances with such as SNFU on the songs One Last Loveshove. She also appeared on the Dead Celebrity Status album Blood Music on the track titled In This Day And Age, in 2011, she recorded a duet with Vancouver yogi and Nettwerk recording artist Will Blunderfield for the international version of his album Hallelujah. Bif Naked has also appeared in videos for other artists including The Offsprings The Kids Arent Alright, Believe Me and Silver by Moist. In 2009, she appeared in the video for Simple Plans Save You near the end along with people who have survived or have been treated for cancer. Aside from her career, Bif has also pursued acting. In 1990, she appeared in the film Archangel, where she was credited as Bif Torbert, in 1997, she played a liquor store manager in The Boys Club

10. Kat Bjelland – Katherine Lynne Bjelland is an American singer, songwriter, musician and guitarist. Bjelland rose to prominence as the singer, guitarist, and songwriter of the grunge band Babes in Toyland. Bjelland had also involved in musical projects prior, including a band called The Venarays, as well as the Pagan Babies. Babes in Toyland officially disbanded in 2001 after releasing three albums, and Bjelland worked on several projects before forming Katastrophy Wife, releasing two studio albums. In 2015, Bjelland reunited with Babes in Toyland and began performing live shows, Bjelland was born in Salem, Oregon and grew up in nearby Woodburn. Her mother was Lynne Irene Higginbotham, her father was Lyle Bjelland, bjellands parents divorced when she was young, and she referred to her stepmother in later years as abusive and having a great effect on her life. In the documentary, Not Bad for a Girl, Bjelland revealed this, You know, I really hate to talk about it because shes great now, like I said, though, it probably did help my creativity a lot. I hate to talk about it because I feel like she doesnt think that she did it, but she was and it influenced my life quite a great deal. Bjelland also claimed to have been beaten by her step-mother, and said she was told to shut up a lot and wasnt allowed to speak and she attended Woodburn High School, where she was a popular student and cheerleader. As a teenager, Bjelland became interested in music and her uncle, David Higginbotham, taught her to play guitar. Her first performance was at a bar in Woodburn called Flight 99. In Portland, she formed a series of bands, first The Neurotics and then a band called The Venarays. The Neurotics were composed of Bjelland, her uncle David Higginbotham, Marty Wyman, Brian McMillan, after The Neurotics I got this band together with my best friends, so it was an all-girl band. The name came from the word venary which means actively hunting out sex and we began as a way of having fun with each other. In reality, the Venarays was not a band as drummer Dave Hummel. The name Venarays was taken from a character called Vena Ray in an early 1950s program called Rocky Jones Space Ranger. After the band was named, some members of the band discovered the word venary in the dictionary, after quitting The Venarays, Bjelland met Courtney Love in Portland, and the two started a band with bassist Jennifer Finch, called Sugar Babydoll. Love went on to form the band Hole, while Finch would be part of L7, around 1985, in San Francisco, Bjelland and Love formed a new band called Pagan Babies with Deidre Schletter on drums and Janis Tanaka

11. Tracy Bonham – Tracy Bonham is an American alternative rock musician, best known for her 1996 single Mother Mother. Raised in Eugene, Oregon, Bonham is a trained violinist and pianist. She received two Grammy nominations in 1997 for Best Alternative Album and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance and she also appeared with The Blue Man Group on the Complex Rock Tour Live DVD and tour. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in Eugene, Oregon, Bonham began singing at age five and playing the violin at nine. While there she started writing songs and in early 1995 she released her first EP, The Liverpool Sessions, after recording at Fort Apache Studio in Cambridge for several months, in 1996 Bonham released her debut full-length album The Burdens of Being Upright. Magazines such as Rolling Stone and People noted her bold approach to rock music, the album went gold within six months and later that year she was nominated for the Grammy Awards for Best Alternative Music Performance and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. She then went on a tour in support of the album. The first single, Mother Mother, went number one on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart for a month in late 1996, the third and final single, Sharks Cant Sleep failed to chart in the US. After the mild success of her first album, problems emerged during the recording of her album from her own label. Although Bonham had recorded an album for release titled Trails of a Dust Devil. The newly titled album - and the single released from it. In late 2001 she divorced Steve Slingeneyer after three years of marriage, at the same time, as Bonham began to record new music for her third album, Island Records cited they were going in a different direction and she was released from her recording contract. She then left studio recording behind and began to tour in support of groups such as the performance group Blue Man Group. In 2003 she recorded and released an independent EP titled Bee and she had only pressed 1,000 hoping to sell 500, but she eventually sold over 12,000 of the EPs while on the various tours. With the money made from the EP she returned to the studio to work on her third full-length LP in Los Angeles. In 2004, she signed with Rounder Records, whose CEO, John Virant, was a longtime fan, in 2005 she released her third album Blink the Brightest through the more pop-oriented Zoe label of Rounder. It was recorded in L. A. where she has lived part-time since 2003 and she co-produced the bulk of the album with Greg Collins, Joey Waronker, who has drummed for R. E. M. and Beck, co-produced four tracks. Along with Bonham, the players included drummers Waronker and Butch, bassists Sebastian Steinberg and Davey Faragher, guitarists Joe Gore and Dave Levita and keyboard player Mitchell Froom

12. Carla Bozulich – Her 2006 album, Evangelista, was released by Constellation Records, that labels first release by a non-Canadian artist. In 2007, she named her ever-evolving touring group Evangelista eventually recruiting bassist Tara Barnes. However, the rest of the lineup of Evangelista as a recording, performing and touring band changes each time they play or record, in keeping with this change, the albums Hello, Voyager, Prince of Truth and In Animal Tongue were released under the band name Evangelista. In 2014, Constellation released Boy, with Carla Bozulich credited as solo artist and this album consists of more conventionally structured songs than those appearing on the Evangelista albums. Bozulich has also involved in other projects, including collaborations with Francesco Guerri. In addition to singing and composing music, she is known to play guitar and work with samples and she was born in New York City. Bozulich produced the Evangelista album In Animal Tongue and she has also produced the 2013 self-titled album by the band Blue Willa. In March 2014, she released a solo album Boy, with Evangelista member John Eichenseer and this album was also produced by Bozulich. It was announced in April 2017 that Lost Somewhere Between the Eart and this includes a new song Thank You For Giving Me Life performed by Bozulich on vocals, William Tutton on bass, Kevin Fitzgerald on drums, Nels Cline on guitar and Jessica Moss on violin. Bozulich has also formed a project called Bloody Claws with Francesco Guerri, with whom she toured Europe in the spring. She has also contributed to recordings by Mike Watt, Hadda Brooks and she has performed live with Watt, as well as with Thurston Moore, Christian Marclay Carla Kihlstedt, Wayne Kramer, Wilco, Agathe Max, Italian guitarist Simone Massaron and many others. On August 16–17,2009 she performed live with Marianne Faithfull, willie Nelson performed on her 2003 album The Red Headed Stranger, a song-by-song cover of his album of the same name. Bozulich scored a 2001 production of Jean Genets play The Maids, as well as the 2003 film By Hook or by Crook, directed by Harry Dodge and Silas Howard and produced by Steak House. The Geraldine Fibbers songs Lilybelle and Seven or in 10, both cowritten by Bozulich, have been covered by Kiki and Herb, Bozulich has been asked to perform as a solo artist at two All Tomorrows Parties festivals, and at two Bad Bonn Kilbi festivals. In 2005, she performed Brecht/Weill composition The Ballad of the Lily of Hell at the Meltdown Festival in London, between 2000 and 2010, Bozulich created site-specific performance art pieces under the umbrella name Eyes for Ears. Fake Party took place at the Schindler House in August 2000, during the piece, the audience was treated upon arrival as guests at a party at the Schindler House. Guests were pulled from the party into a room, where they were serenaded by Bozulich lyp-synching to old pop songs. The intricate details of the event are described on Bozulichs website, a second piece, Performance for Fever Dreams, was performed at the Getty Museum of Art in February 2004

13. Laura Branigan – Laura Ann Branigan was an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Her signature song Gloria by Umberto Tozzi stayed on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 for 36 weeks, then a record for a female artist, Branigan died at her home from a previously-undiagnosed cerebral aneurysm. Branigan was born in the village of Brewster, New York, fourth of five children of Kathleen OHare Branigan and James Branigan, Sr. an account executive and mutual funds broker, they later separated. Branigans maternal grandparents were William OHare, Jr. and Mary Conway, Branigan attended Byram Hills High School in 1966 to 1970, starring in the high school musical The Pajama Game in her senior year. Between 1970 and 1972 she attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, in 1972 she met acoustic guitarist Walker Daniels and his future wife Sharon Storm, and acoustic guitarist Chris Van Cleave, forming the folk-rock band Meadow. The record was not properly promoted and never re-released, the band broke up, after which Walker Daniels committed suicide. Branigan preferred not to discuss her involvement with Meadow publicly, during the years after Meadow broke up, Branigan had various jobs, including a stint as one of Leonard Cohens backup singers for his European tour in April–August 1976. In 1979, after a meeting with manager Sid Bernstein on her return from Europe. Two other early Atlantic singles, Tell Him and Fools Affair, followed. None of these three singles were included on her first album, but all four songs were released on CD over 30 years later in 2014 as bonus cuts on a U. S. CD reissue of Branigans first album. But by then the fans were tiring of disco and wanted a new sound. Branigans 9-track debut album, Branigan, was released in March 1982, the first single from the album was All Night With Me, which reached No.69 on the Billboard charts in early 1982. The album alternated four energetic up-tempo songs with five ballads, including one of the few songs written solely by Branigan, Gloria, an Italian love song recorded in 1979 by Umberto Tozzi and successful in several European countries, was released as the albums second single. The album went gold, and the single was certified platinum. The following year, she received a nomination as one of the various artists on the Flashdance original soundtrack album when it was nominated for album of the year. The album also won the Best Soundtrack Grammy, but as this award is only to the composers. In the spring of 1983 Branigan released her second album Branigan 2, by now, the dramatic European synthpop sound was on the rise, and Branigans vocals propelled her English-language version of the French song Solitaire toward the top of the U. S. charts. The original Solitaire was written and recorded in 1981 by French singer-songwriter Martine Clemenceau, Branigans version reached No.12 on the hot 100 and spent three weeks at No.1 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart

14. Eva Briegel – Eva Briegel is a German singer and member of the rock band Juli. Briegels family lived in Böblingen in 1978, when Eva was born, in 1982 they moved to Langgöns, Hessen, where Eva attended primary school, before moving to Linden where Eva attended the Anne-Frank-Schule. After spending one year at the de, Liebigschule in Giessen at the river Lahn, in her last year of school Eva sang in a number of bands and for different projects and showed a strong interest in a career in music. However, she started to study Art History in Heidelberg and dropped out after the first semester and she then spent a number of years studying various subjects at the Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen but never graduated. During this time she had various jobs selling musical instruments. Later she worked as waitress and barkeeper, in 2000, Eva was asked by Goodwell Music to serve as a replacement singer for Miriam Adameit in the band Sunnyglade. She immediately agreed and became the new face of the band, in 2000, the bands name was changed to Juli. Although they originally sang songs with English lyrics, Juli returned to singing in their native language. Eva Briegel later said, We didnt go back to German to find our identities, the band has since released two successful albums, Es ist Juli and Ein neuer Tag, both of which reached multiple-platinum status. Eva Briegel is a vegetarian and is committed to the animal rights group

15. Sarah Brightman – Sarah Brightman is an English classical crossover soprano, actress, musician, songwriter, and dancer. She has sung in languages, including English, Spanish, French, Latin, German, Turkish, Italian, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese. Brightman began her career as a member of the dance troupe Hot Gossip, in 1981, she made her West End musical theatre debut in Cats and met composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, whom she later married. She went on to star in several West End and Broadway musicals, including The Phantom of the Opera, the Original London Cast Album of the musical was released in CD format in 1987 and sold 40 million copies worldwide, making it the biggest-selling cast album of all time. After retiring from the stage and divorcing Lloyd Webber, Brightman resumed her career with former Enigma producer Frank Peterson. It subsequently became a success selling 12 million copies worldwide. She has now collected over 180 gold and platinum awards in 38 different countries. Also, since 2010, Brightman is Panasonics global brand ambassador, apart from music, Brightman has begun a film career, making her debut in Repo. The Genetic Opera, a rock opera-musical film directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, Brightman is the worlds richest female classical performer with a fortune of £36m. In 2014, she began training for a journey to the International Space Station set for 2015, in May 2015, she postponed the flight until further notice, citing personal reasons. Brightman was awarded the decoration Cavaliere in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic on 2 June 2016, Brightman is the oldest of six children of businessman Grenville Geoffrey Brightman and Paula Brightman. Her younger siblings are Nicola, Claudia, Jay, Joel and she was raised in Little Gaddesden near Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England. At the age of three she began taking dance and piano classes and went on to perform in local festivals, at age 11, she successfully auditioned for the Arts Education School in Tring Park, a school specialising in performing arts. She received her education at Elmhurst Ballet School, Arts Educational School, in 1973, at the age of 13, Brightman made her theatrical debut in the musical I and Albert at the Piccadilly Theatre, London, playing one of Queen Victorias daughters. In 1976 she was recruited into Arlene Phillips troupe Hot Gossip in 1977, the group had a disco hit in 1978 with I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper, which sold half a million and reached number six on the UK charts. Brightman, now solo, released more singles under her own label, Whisper Records, such as Not Having That. In 1979, Brightman appeared on the soundtrack of the movie The World Is Full of Married Men, in 1981, Brightman auditioned for the new musical Cats, by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, and was cast as Jemima. In that year she left to play the role in Charles Strouses childrens opera

16. Kate Bush – Catherine Kate Bush, CBE is an English singer-songwriter, musician and record producer. She has since released twenty-five UK Top 40 singles, including the top ten hits The Man with the Child in His Eyes, Babooshka, Running Up That Hill, Dont Give Up and King of the Mountain. She has released ten albums, all of which reached the UK Top 10, including the UK number-one albums Never for Ever. She is the first British solo female artist to top the UK album charts, Bush has received widespread critical acclaim for her eclectic and idiosyncratic music as well as her theatrical performances. She has been nominated 13 times for British Phonographic Industry accolades, during the course of her career, she has also been nominated for three Grammy Awards. In 2002, she was recognised with an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music, Bush was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to music. A diverse range of artists have claimed Bush as an influence on their work, Bush was born in Bexleyheath, Kent, to English medical doctor Robert Bush and Hannah Daly. She was raised as a Roman Catholic in their farmhouse in East Wickham, both brothers were involved in the local folk music scene. One of the instructors, Dave Hazard, later noted in his autobiography that her dance moves seemed to owe something to karate and her familys musical influence inspired Bush to teach herself the piano at the age of 11. She also played the organ in a barn behind her parents house and she soon began writing her own tunes and eventually added lyrics to them. Bush attended St Josephs Convent Grammar School, a Catholic girls school, in Woolwich Road, Abbey Wood, south east London, during this time her family produced a demo tape with over 50 of her compositions, which was turned down by record labels. David Gilmour of Pink Floyd received the demo from Ricky Hopper, a friend of Gilmour. Impressed with what he heard, Gilmour helped the sixteen-year-old Bush get a more professional-sounding demo tape recorded that would be more saleable to the record companies, three tracks in total were recorded and paid for by Gilmour. The tape was produced by Gilmours friend Andrew Powell, who would go on to produce Bushs first two albums, and sound engineer Geoff Emerick, the tape was sent to EMI executive Terry Slater. Slater was impressed by the tape and signed her, the British record industry was reaching a point of stagnation. Progressive rock was popular and visually oriented rock performers were growing in popularity. Bush was put on retainer for two years by Bob Mercer, managing director of EMI group-repertoire division. According to Mercer he felt Bushs material was good enough to be released but felt if the album failed it would be demoralising

17. Bilinda Butcher – Bilinda Jayne Butcher is an English musician and singer-songwriter, best known as a vocalist and guitarist of the shoegaze band My Bloody Valentine. Butcher was born and raised in London and later relocated with her family to Golden Valley and her forename is an alternate spelling of Belinda and was chosen by her grandfather. According to Butcher, if Id been a guy I would have been named Bill, during one of his radio shows, BBC Radio 1 disc jockey John Peel once said Butcher was being pretentious and tried to be special by spelling name differently. Butcher has said that growing up in Golden Valley was difficult as it was very conservative and she has said that she was considered a weirdo as she wore clothes based on 1920s fashion and listened to records on a portable gramophone. Butcher stated, My mother thought I was up in the clouds, I never watched the news or read the papers, it was like I lived in another era. Everybody was into punk and I was living in the 20s and 30s and she developed a serious liver disease as a result of mistreatment by doctors. After dropping out of Trinity Laban, Butcher worked as a nanny for a French family in London for six months and later moved to Paris, the pair moved back to London, squatting in Brixton, and had a child, Toby. Describing the experience, Butcher said, it didnt feel that great to stay in the squat, there was a lot of heroin, tobys dad was flipping out because of all the acid he took and I just wanted to get away from all the madness. We tried to live together but he was in too bad a state so it didnt work, Butcher was recruited as a vocalist for My Bloody Valentine in April 1987. She replaced original vocalist David Conway and shared vocal duties briefly with Joe Byfield, at her audition for the band, she sang The Bargain Store, a song from Dolly Partons 1975 album of the same name. She was chosen as a vocalist ahead of this girl, Julie and she contributed a third of the lyrics to Isnt Anything and Loveless, as well as other releases including You Made Me Realise, Glider and Tremolo. My Bloody Valentine attempted to record a studio album after signing with Island Records in October 1992 for a reported £250,000 contract. The bands advance went towards the construction of a studio in Streatham, South London. Several technical problems with the studio sent the band into semi-meltdown, according to Shields and my Bloody Valentine reunited in 2007, and released their third album, m b v, in 2013. During My Bloody Valentines hiatus, Butcher collaborated with two major bands, at Primavera Sound 2013, Butcher performed with The Jesus and Mary Chain, providing vocals on Just Like Honey. Butchers vocals have been referred to as a trademark of My Bloody Valentines sound, on a number of occasions during the recording of Isnt Anything, Butcher was awoken and recorded vocals, which she said influenced sound by making them more dreamy and sleepy. A similar process was used during the recording of Loveless, on which her vocals have been described as dreamy sensual and her singing was originally influenced by Françoise Hardy and later by Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth. Butcher wrote a third of the lyrics on both Isnt Anything and Loveless but has referred to a lot of the lyrics as plain nonsense, according to Butcher, she didnt have a plan and never thought about lyrics until it was time to write them

18. Julia Cafritz – Julia Cafritz is an American musician and guitarist who was a member of Pussy Galore and Free Kitten. She is regarded as a figure from the New York City noise music scene of the 1990s. Cafritz was born in Washington, DC, the daughter of Jennifer Cafritz and real estate developer and she has a younger sister named Daisy von Furth, and two brothers, Eric and Matthew Cafritz. Cafritz has a B. A. and M. A. from New York University, in 1985, guitarist Julia Cafritz and fellow Brown University classmate, Jon Spencer on vocals and guitar, and John Hammill on drums, formed the punk noise band Pussy Galore. In May 1986 they moved to New York City, in 1989, Cafritz left Pussy Galore and formed the short-lived all-girl group STP. STP released one single and toured with Nirvana and Sonic Youth, Cafritz joined fellow CBGBs Record Canteen clerk Ned Haydens group, the Action Swingers. In 1992, she formed Free Kitten, a collaboration with Sonic Youths Kim Gordon, drummer Yoshimi from the Boredoms and Pavement bassist. They released records and toured on and off through 1997, in 2008, Cafritz, Gordon and Yoshimi recorded and released Inherit on Ecstatic Peace Records after a ten-year hiatus. Albums,1994, Unboxed 1995, Nice Ass 1997, Sentimental Education 2008, Inherit EPs 1992, Call Now 1996, Punks Suing Punks Singles 1992, Yoshimi Vs. Mascis split 1993, Oh Bondage Up Yours. 1993, Special Groupie 1994, Sex Boy 1994, Harvest Spoon 1997, Chinatown Express 2008, Seasick In 2012, in 2000, Cafritz and Lawton relocated to Florence, Massachusetts, where they ran a furniture store called Artifacts 20th Century. They have two children, daughter Alice and son Ollie, while still playing music, Cafritz has taught English at Holyoke Community College. Pussy Galore Free Kitten Julia Cafritz at Allmusic

19. Sera Cahoone – Sera Cahoone is an American singer-songwriter from Seattle, Washington. Cahoones music combines elements of classic country-western and modern indie rock and she is also well known for her work as a drummer, especially with the bands Carissas Wierd and Band of Horses. Cahoone is the daughter of Bill Cahoone, a Rocky Mountain dynamite salesman, and Judy Cahoone, Cahoone said that she was raised by a single mother. She has a sister named Kal Cahoone and brother named Nathan Cahoone, Cahoone grew up in Littleton, Colorado. She attended and graduated from Columbine High School, Cahoone got her musical start on the drums at twelve years old. She had taken up drumming to combat anxiety, and found she had a talent and she also played her brothers guitar and sang, but not in public at that time. Her first stage came in a North Denver bar called Ziggies Saloon. She played drums behind a group of bluesmen at an open mic night, in 1998, at the age of twenty-one, Cahoone moved to Seattle, Washington, when the snowboarding shop where she worked in Colorado opened a retail store in Washington state. She worked there for two years before quitting and she subsequently worked in a coffee shop and focused on playing music. Cahoone was the drummer in the band Carissas Wierd until they broke up in 2003, after that, Cahoone played drums with various bands including Los Angeles singer-songwriter Patrick Park and most notably, Band of Horses. Cahoone has also played drums with Panda and Angel, and Betsy Olson and she recorded selected tracks of the critically acclaimed Band of Horses debut record, Everything All The Time, as a session player. In 2006, Cahoone began to release solo work and her first album was a self-released, self-titled record called Sera Cahoone, which was praised by indie-rock radio station KEXP along with NPR. Seattle indie newspaper The Stranger called Sera’s debut a breathtaking collection of sad, in 2007, Cahoone was signed to the Seattle label Sub Pop Records which was home to former Carissa’s Weird band mates Ben Bridwell and later Mat Brooke. Cahoones second album, Only As The Day Is Long, was released in 2008, additional vocals and tracking were done in Los Angeles over several weeks in early March. The record was released September 25,2012, in 2017 it was announced that Seras fourth album titled From Where I Started will be self-released on March 24,2017. Recorded at Flora Recording and Playback in Portland Oregon, From Where I Started was co-produced by Sera Cahoone, Askew brought together key Portland musicians like Rob Burger, Dave Depper and Annalisa Tornfelt with Cahoone’s Seattle bandmates - Jeff Fielder and Jason Kardong. She has opened for Lucinda Williams, Okkervil River, Mary Gauthier and their performance was broadcast live on radio station KEXP and streamed around the world. In January 2017, Rapinoe stated their plans were on hold

20. Lydia Canaan – A mezzo-soprano that Billboard notes as having a three-octave range and perfect pitch, Canaans unique style fuses Middle-Eastern quarter notes and microtones with anglophone rock. Canaan began her career performing amid enemy military attacks in protest of the Lebanese Civil War, society writes that In a small country that was ripped by war, there was this young girl making a difference. Canaans unprecedented musical debut defied tradition, challenged convention, and transcended millennia-old gender barriers, according to Arabian Woman, As a girl who grew up in the midst of a bloody civil war, Canaan was breaking down seemingly insurmountable barriers. Born and raised in Brummana, Lebanon during the Lebanese Civil War to a prominent Greek Orthodox Christian family, Canaan studied at Brummana High School, from a young age, singing and dancing were Canaans essential outlet and catharsis. Raised in a family, Canaans parents forbid her artistry. In 1984 the teenaged Canaan under the stage name Angel joined heavy metal band Equation, Canaans talent, personality, and stage presence brought her to prominence among Lebanese youth. She first donned her trademark, trend-setting revealing leather outfits with studs and dramatic capes, off stage, Canaans Alma Mater, Brummana High School, voted her Best Dressed. On stage, her provocative costumes made her a sex symbol, the Daily Star wrote, On stage, with her daring looks and style, Canaan became a role model. At the height of their success the band drew a crowd of over 15,000. Canaans first original composition, Why All The Hurt, a tribute to a friend that she wrote as a teenager, was a No.1 hit on the radio charts in Lebanon. Concerning Canaans first concert with Equation, The Gulf Today writes, society magazine states, Tickets were sold out but more teenagers stormed in to see the young Angel perform. To accommodate the crowd, the organizers had to stamp on each fans hand as they ran out of tickets. Her last concert with Equation was in 1986, as Canaans music evolved, her fame grew. With Lebanon under Syrian occupation, Canaans concerts were held in East Beirut, Mount Lebanon, in Tripoli, the second largest city in Lebanon, Canaan performed a sell-out concert under tight security after receiving numerous death threats. In 1987 Canaan performed to a crowd of 20,000 at the Beirut Rock Festival. In 1988, she held concerts for three consecutive nights at Casino du Liban, the last performer to grace its stage until it resumed activity following the end of the Liberation War in 1990. Canaan received praise from prestigious international Arabic newspapers Asharq Al-Awsat, Al-Hayat, International Lebanese singer whose voice invaded the European market, making its mark. In 1989 Canaan left Lebanon and settled in Zurich, Switzerland, there she took vocal lessons with soprano Anita Monti

21. Brandi Carlile – Brandi M. Carlile is an American alternative country and folk rock singer-songwriter. Born in Ravensdale, Washington, she dropped out of school to pursue a career in music, teaching herself piano. Her first commercial album, Brandi Carlile, was released to critical acclaim, Carlile garnered wider recognition for her 2007 single The Story, from the album of the same name, was a greater commercial success, and was used by General Motors for commercials. Carlile has released six albums including The Story, Give Up the Ghost and Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony and her 2015 album The Firewatchers Daughter garnered her further acclaim and her first Grammy Award nomination. Carliles music through the years has been categorized in genres, including pop, rock, alternative country. She said of her style, Ive gone through all sorts of vocal phases, from pop to blues to R&B, Carlile has been a part of several activism campaigns and advocates for causes ranging from spreading awareness for health issues to women empowerment. Carlile was born on June 1,1981, in Ravensdale, Washington, Growing up in the only house for miles, Carlile played in the woods, built forts and played music with her brother Jay and sister Tiffany. Brandi, whose mother is a singer, taught herself to sing when she was a little girl, at age eight, Carlile performed Johnny Cashs Tennessee Flat Top Box with her mother, Teresa Carlile and began playing the guitar and writing songs at age fifteen. At sixteen, Carlile became a singer for an Elvis impersonator. According to Carlile, she was diagnosed with attention-deficit disorder as a teen, after being introduced to the music of Elton John, Carlile taught herself to play piano, and at 17 learned to play the guitar. Carlile began her performing in Seattle music clubs with the twin brothers Tim. In the beginning, Columbia Records signed Carlile in 2004 on the strength of songs she had been recording periodically at home, released in 2005, Carlile showcased those early songs along with newly recorded tracks in the self-titled album Brandi Carlile. The 2006 re-release by Columbia Records included re-recordings of Throw It All Away, the album earned enthusiastic reviews she was featured on Rolling Stones 10 Artists to Watch in 2005 list, and other artist to watch lists by Interview and Paste. The album peaked at number 80 on Billboard 200 and reached number 1 on U. S. Shortly after the release of the album, she left her home in Seattle and set out with the Hanseroth brothers, as she had worked them on her earliest recordings. The tightly knit trio, which forms the core of her band today, by the end of 2006, Carlile had embarked on several headlining tours and supported a variety of artists including Ray LaMontagne, The Fray, Chris Isaak, Tori Amos, and Shawn Colvin. Her second album The Story was produced by T Bone Burnett and it includes a collaboration with the Indigo Girls on Cannonball. The album was recorded in a session with Carlile, the twins

22. Neko Case – Neko Richelle Case is an American singer-songwriter, best known for her solo career and her contributions as a member of the Canadian indie rock group The New Pornographers. Case, born in Alexandria, Virginia, is the daughter of Diana Mary Dubbs, Cases paternal family surname was originally Shevchenko. Her father, a Vietnam vet serving in the United States Air Force was based in Virginia when she was born, Cases parents, who were teenagers when they had her, were of Ukrainian ancestry. Her parents divorced when Case began school, Cases family traveled around while she was young. She has lived in Western Massachusetts, Vermont, Oregon and Washington, though she considers Tacoma, at 18 years of age, she worked as a drummer for the Del Logs and the Propanes, playing in venues including a punk club called the Community World Theater. She attended the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, in 1994, Case moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, to attend the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. While attending school she played drums in local bands, including the Del Logs, the Propanes, the Weasels, Cub. All of these bands were local punk groups except for Cub and The Weasels, a lot of women wanted to play music because they were inspired, because it was an incredibly good time for music in the Northwest. There was a lot of clubs, a lot of bands, a lot of coming through. In 1998, Case graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and she left Canada for Seattle, Washington. Before leaving, Case recorded vocals for a few songs that ended up on Mass Romantic and her lead vocals on songs like Letter from an Occupant are straightforward, full-volume power-pop performances, entirely shedding any country elements. Released on November 28,2000, Mass Romantic became a surprise success, Case fully embraced country music on her 1997 album, The Virginian. The album contained original compositions as well as covers of songs by Ernest Tubb, Loretta Lynn, when the album was released, critics compared Case to honky-tonk singers like Lynn and Patsy Cline, and to rockabilly pioneer Wanda Jackson, particularly in her vocal timbre. On February 22,2000, Case released her solo album. The album introduced the country elements that have defined Cases subsequent solo career. That tone was evident even from the photo, featuring Case sprawled out corpse-like on a concrete floor. On the album itself, her vocal style moves away from outright honky-tonk but retains her twang, garnering comparisons to such as Cline, Lynn, Hazel Dickens, Tanya Tucker. The title track was included on the soundtrack to Sam Raimis film The Gift, Case sometimes tours with Canadian singer and songwriter Carolyn Mark as The Corn Sisters

23. Mia Clarke – Mia Lauren Clarke is a guitarist and backing vocalist from the British alternative rock band Electrelane. She formed a new band, Follows, in 2008 in Chicago with members of Russian Circles, Bloodiest, Clarke has collaborated with Canadian hip hop artist Buck 65, contributing guitar to his Dirtbike 3/3 project. In April 2008, Clarke flew to Amsterdam to record a guitar improvisation with Andy Moor of The Ex and their collaboration Guitargument was released digitally by File Thirteen Records on 17 February 2009 and as a CD edition by hellosQuare recordings in late 2010. She is also a writer and has written about music for publications including The Wire, The Guardian. From 2009 to 2013, Clarke wrote a column on Chicagos classical music scene for Time Out Chicago, Electrelane. com - Official band website Too Pure, Electrelane Beggars Group, Electrelane http, //www. pitchforkmedia. com/article/feature/43815-guest-list-electrelane

24. Chi Coltrane – Chi Coltrane is an American singer and pianist. Coltrane was born in Racine, Wisconsin and her mother was Canadian, her father a German violinist, and she grew up with six siblings. When she was twelve, she gave her first piano performance, in 1970, she started the funk and blues band Chicago Coltrane. Two years later, she signed a contract with Columbia Records, the first single, Thunder and Lightning, was a hit, reaching No.17 on the Billboard magazine chart. She enrolled in the Salter School of Music in Los Angeles, and this was followed by Greatest Hits and Best Of, and Road to Tomorrow. In 1977, she moved to Europe and lived there for several years, european new wave music influenced the three albums she recorded for Teldec during the 1980s. After The Message, her next album appeared ten years later and was a reissue of her debut album, in 2009 Coltrane resumed her music career, releasing a new compilation The Essential Chi Coltrane – Yesterday, Today & Forever. The collection featured material from her 1980s albums Live, ready to Roll, and The Message. It also contained three new recordings, including the track which featured a string arrangement by Paul Buckmaster. Official Website Christian Düblin, Interview with Chi Coltrane on Xecutives. net

25. Danielia Cotton – Danielia Cotton is an American rock singer, songwriter and guitarist from Hopewell, New Jersey. Danielia comes from a musical family and she is the daughter of jazz vocalist Wenonah Brooks and the niece of jazz vocalists Jeannie Brooks and Carol Brooks-Meyners. She is married to Sam Roberts, a New York-based attorney with Legal Aid, Cotton was raised in the small western New Jersey town of Hopewell, New Jersey, population 2,010. She was raised, along with three siblings, by her African American/Native American/Caucasian mother, yet never met her Puerto Rican father, a jazz singer by avocation, her single mom supported the family doing accounting work. When Danielia was 12 years old, her mom gave her an acoustic guitar and she also started harmonizing with her mom and her aunts in a gospel group, the Brooks Ensemble Plus. Growing up as one of seven black kids in Hopewell Valley Central High School, she was not exposed to R&B. Along with her love for rock, Danielia developed a warm appreciation for jazz. Danielia wound up at the top of her school class. Her powerful vocal skills earned her a scholarship to Bennington College. Danielia chose to pursue acting there, eventually spending most of her year at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. She doubled up on credits, so she could study music, taking tutorials with avant garde jazz trumpeter-professor Bill Dixon, who, she says, “really trained my ear. ”Acting has had a serious effect on Danielia as shown every time she performs, commanding onstage and off. In 2005 Danielia released her debut album Small White Town, although Danielia is not a fan of comparisons, she was soon earning them after her debut album with such titans as Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, and the Rolling Stones. Not too long after, Danielias second studio album Rare Child, on July 7,2009, Danielia released the EP Live Child, a companion piece to her 2008 studio album, Rare Child. This riveting document of her live set won the 9th Annual Independent Music Award for the ‘Best Live Album’ and Live Performance Album Vox Pop for the album Righteous People

26. Cherie Currie – Cherie Ann Currie is an American musician, actress and artist. Currie was the lead vocalist of the Runaways, a band from Los Angeles. After the Runaways, she became a solo artist, then she teamed up with her identical twin sister, Marie Currie, and released an album with her. They released a duet Since You Been Gone which charted number 95 on US charts and their band was called Cherie and Marie Currie. She is also known for her role in the movie Foxes. Currie was born to Don Currie and actress Marie Harmon and she was raised in Encino with three siblings. Her brother is Don Currie Jr and she has an elder sister, actress Sondra Currie, and an identical twin sister, Marie Currie. Currie was the lead vocalist for the all-female rock band the Runaways with bandmates Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Sandy West, Jackie Fox. Bomp. magazine described her as the lost daughter of Iggy Pop, Currie joined the Runaways in 1975, at age 15. The teen rock anthem Cherry Bomb was written for her at the audition, after three albums with the Runaways, Currie went on to be a solo artist. She signed a contract with Mercury saying she would record four records and she recorded it solo and the result was Beautys Only Skin Deep for Polygram Records. Marie Currie did a duet with Cherie on her solo record Love at First Sight, Cherie and Marie went on a US tour in 1977, and when Marie would join Cherie on stage to sing the encores the audience would go wild. Then they went on a Japan tour in 1978, while in Japan, the twins performed on many TV shows. So Cherie ran with the idea of two blonds are better than one, and changed the name from Cherie Currie to Cherie and Marie Currie. With Marie Currie, she recorded Messin with the Boys for Capitol Records and Young, Messin with the Boys was released in 1980. Messin with the Boys received more play than Beautys Only Skin Deep and. Both the single This Time and the album Messin with the Boys made the top 200 on U. S. charts, Cherie and Marie performed on many television shows to support the album, including the Sha Na Na show, and The Mike Douglas Show. Along with the recordings with Marie, Cherie and Marie sang, wrote

27. Patti Dahlstrom – Patti Dahlstrom is a widely respected singer/songwriter, recording artist and teacher. Born in Texas, she cut four albums in the seventies, Dahlstrom was one of five children born in Houston. Her aspirations to become a singer were evident from an early age, in 1967, she left Texas to pursue a career in music in Los Angeles. After three years of struggling, Dahlstrom broke into the world of professional songwriting and she was signed to Jobete, the publishing division of Motown, where she was mentored by Berry Gordy. She also struck up a fruitful and enduring songwriting relationship with Severin Browne, russ Regan signed her to Uni Records and, in 1972, her first album, the Toxey French-produced Patti Dahlstrom, was released. The albums featured an impressive cast of musicians and prominently displayed Dahlstroms gritty, engaging vocal style, among the notable songs from Dahlstroms 20th Century tenure was Sending My Good Thoughts To You, which she co-wrote with Artie Wayne, and dedicated to her friend Jim Croce. Implicit in the lyric is the notion of continuing a loving friendship with someone after that persons death. In one of her most plaintive and subtly heart-rending vocal performances to date, despite the fact that there was no break out hit single for Dahlstrom herself, her popularity as a songwriter for other recording artists was considerable. Dahlstrom was taken by the song Amoureuse, and set it to her own words to form Emotion, confusingly, there was another contemporaneous English version of the song, with translated lyrics by Gary Osborne, which retained the title Amoureuse. However, it was Dahlstroms version, recorded by Helen Reddy, in 2009, Véronique Sanson declared in an interview to the French magazine Platine that Dahlstroms version remains her favorite version of Amoureuse. In the seventies, Dahlstroms recording career came to an end when she declined the opportunity to make a fifth album and she cited exhaustion among the reasons for the decision. She continued to pursue songwriting through the seventies and eighties, as well as branching out into photography, photographic assignments included working on set with Robert Altman and shooting an album cover and 1978 tour book for John Denver. Returning to Texas in 1990, Dahlstrom taught songwriting at The Art Institute of Houston before swiftly being made Department Director, in addition to teaching, she pursued studies of her own, including a degree in Liberal Arts. Following a birthday trip to England in 2007, Dahlstrom decided to move to London in 2008 and she lived there until 2011, when she was convinced to pick up and move to San José del Cabo, Mexico. In March 2010, the CD Emotion - The Music of Patti Dahlstrom was released by Rev-ola, the 20 track compilation, drawing on Dahlstroms four albums, was the culmination of renewed internet-based interest in her music, which had been mounting for several years. The package contained a 24-page booklet with essay by Mick Patrick, revitalised sound quality consequent to work by Norman Blake and Joe Foster, Norman Seeffs striking photographs of Dahlstrom were used throughout. The compilation scored a four-star review by Kingsley Abbott in Record Collector magazine, Patti Dahlstrom Produced and Arranged by Toxey French. String Quartet and Background Vocals Arranged by Michael Omartian, drums, Joel OBrien, Gene Pello, Toxey French

                                      [Peter Orlovsky, Gregory Corso and Allen Ginsberg, 1959]

continuing from yesterday- the Studs Terkel interview

Studs Terkel: : Question, question. Anybody can answer it -  Do you believe you represent the young generation of poets today?

Gregory Corso and Allen Ginsberg & Peter Orlovsky: No, no, no, no, we're pariahs!  

ST: Oh, You’re pariahs?

AG: All we represent is ourselves. We couldn’t represent anybody else. The trouble is everybody’s going around trying to represent somebody else..

GC: Yeah, that’s terrible, that’s scarey. 

AG: All I represent is me and all Gregory represents is him and all Peter represents is Peter.

PO:  All my whole life

AG: He represents his mother. Peter represents his mother and his three brothers and a sister.

GC: Yeah, and they’re all in the madhouse.

ST: I see… Allen..or Peter..

GC: Well you don’t think people go around trying to represent someone, do you?  You don't represent anybody do you? 

ST: I hope not.   Myself.

GC: But he’s got (Gustav) Mahleron the wall. Maybe he represents Mahler and Beethoven. That’s alright...

AG: Oh, the only other thing we represent is a lot of dead poets

                                                               [Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)]

ST: You love dead poets.

AG: We represent a lot of dead poets too

ST: You represent a lot of dead poets

GC: Yes

AG: Like Whitman

ST: Whitman

GC:Whitman and Hart Crane

AG: AndMayakovsky

                                                       [Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930)]

ST: Mayakovsky

GC:  and Esenin and Hart Crane - and Shelley, of course

PO: Mayakovsky with rainbows around his (clothes)
AG: Not to forget Christopher Smart

GC: Or Nashe (Thomas) Nashe – “Brightnesse falls from the aire”

AG: or..Somebody’s got to representShakespeare in Chicago

ST: I think our WFMT listeners should of course see our three young poets, and, of course, seeing them here is part of the story, of course. As they talk they make very vivid with hands and gestures

AG: We wave our hands in the air, yeah.

ST: Yes.  Allen, you say you represent yourself...

AG: Yeah

ST: What do you represent as an individual? What’s your feeling about the world? (It’s a general question, a leading question). 

AG: Oh,  they change every day

ST: They change every day. Do you have any feelings of permanent…not permanent, but..any solid feelings about the world today?

AG: Yes

ST: Howl seems to indicate that

AG: Yes. The world exists. In a way.. or…can I..  Yes yes. I'll read a poem...

ST: Read a whole poem and then I want to ask you something

AG: Ok, I’ll read a poem and then I'll..  ...well not only about the world, but about the whole universe!

ST: About the universe!

AG: The whole universe, yeah

GC: Not only Chicago and New York, all the universe.

AG: Okay. It’s a poem called “Poem (Rocket)”. It’s all about rockets – sputniks, luniks (sic), lunatics. Everything's in the poem

GC: Put your heart in this.

ST: I’ve got to put my heart in. as you 're going to watch me, as I listen to Allen, and I better be on good behavior!

to be continued

[Audio for the above (courtesy of PennSound)  can be heard here, beginning at approximately ten minutes in and concluding approximately twelve-and-a-quarter minutes in] 

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