January 26, 2018

The 2018 She Rock Awards is special.  The sixth edition was an entertaining, empowering, exciting and joyous event.  The Awards ceremony recognized women in all facets of the industry including talented young artists.

Spearheaded by founder and co-producer of the Women's International Music Network (WIMN),  Laura B Whitemore has actively encouraged women of all ages to follow their passion in an area where only a small percent of women are represented.  WIMN's goal is to educate,  give women a voice, and build on past successes by being strong, in the present and moving forward in unity. Whitmore's co-host this year was Los Angeles KROQ DJ, Kat Corbett.

The opening act was Sarah Longfield.  A triple treat artist, this young lady is not only an accomplished guitar player, she also plays the violin and piano.

As the show progressed so many talented ladies performed and received honors. Especially heartfelt and informative was the Icon Award winner Melissa Etheridge. She spoke of how woman are a force and that they have been a part of all facets of the music business whether it is behind the scenes, producing, performing and or mentoring.

Another in the diverse group of honorees was Carla Redding-Andrews the executive director for her father's Otis Redding Foundation.  She received the Champion Award in recognition for the foundation's ongoing support of the humanities and inspiring music programs.

The Vanguard Award was given to The B-52's Kate Pierson & Cindy Wilson.  The Inspire award went to Fanny Walked the Earth formerly know as Fanny, one of the early rock female bands to be signed by Warner Bros. and release an album. The Dreaming Out Loud Award made it's way to singer/songwriter of the punk band X Exene Cervenka.

The rocking Pat Benatar was one of the honorees was not present due to an illness.

Other 2018 recipients include:

Karla Redding-Andrews, Executive Director for The Otis Redding Foundation
Amberly Crouse-Knox, Senior Director of Creative and Business Development, BMG Production Music
Candace Stewart, Studio Manager, EastWest Studios in Hollywood
Dawn Birr, Channel Manager for the Americas, Sennheiser Business Solutions
Fabi Reyna, Founder, and Editor of She Shreds Media
Vanessa Mering, Marketing Manager, HARMAN Professional
Kristy Porter, Guitar Center’s Director of Merchandising, General Accessories & Media

There were many great performances by Jenna Paone, the Command Sisters, Laura Clapp, Oliva Roxx, Sabrina Lentini, Nili Brosh and  Alyeska.  On this night a special premiere of a new song called "Just a Girl" by Laura B Whitmore and Jenna Paone brought the message to push forward with your dreams and don't settle for less.  It was a very uplifting experience for all. The amazing House Band Rock Sugah were in attendance and as always they set the stage on fire.

Honoree from last year Shirley Manson( Garbage) was back as a presenter as well as actress Ann Magnuson, singer/songwriter Sarah Jaffe, and Jeff Baxter (Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers) guitarist and composer.

The finale was a dynamic performance of Otis Redding's hit song Respect with presenters and honorees singing and playing together. There was also a silent auction that included a signed Melissa Etheridge guitar among other exceptional offerings.  This year the event was moved to the new House of Blues at Anaheim GardenWalk.

 It was an awesome evening!!


All photos by Connie Bolger/copyright 2018