(Photo by Kevin Graft)
January 28, 2016, Anaheim, Calif. — A who’s who of music industry execs, celebrities, luminaries and supporters of women in music gathered on Fri., Jan. 22 in the Anaheim Hilton hotel’s Pacific Ballroom to celebrate the 2016 She Rocks Awards, an event paying tribute to women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry.
The She Rocks Awards were held by parent organization the Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN), and were co-hosted by WiMN Founder Laura B. Whitmore and guitarist Nita Strauss.
Honorees included Jennifer Batten, Chaka Khan, Amy Heidemann, Becky Gebhardt and Mona Tavakoli (Rock Camp for Girls L.A. and Raining Jane), Chalise Zolezzi (Taylor Guitars), Mary Luehrsen (NAMM), Crystal Morris (Gator Cases), Mindy Abovitz (Tom Tom Magazine), Cathy Carter Duncan (Seymour Duncan), Leigh Maples and Pamela Cole (Fanny’s House of Music), Leslie Ann Jones (Skywalker Sound), Sujata Murthy (Universal Music), and surprise honoree Tom Gilbert, the Creative and Marketing Manager for Mad Sun Marketing and co-producer of the She Rocks Awards.
“Wow!! What an evening of special moments. I am blown away by the amazing support from the industry and from NAMM. I know this evening was inspirational for many people in the industry, and am so proud of my team for helping create this very special event,” said Laura B. Whitmore, founder of the Women’s International Music Network and co-host for the evening.
The event featured electrifying performances by singer-songwriter, Jenna Paone; guitarists Nita Strauss, Malina Moye, and Jennifer Batten; Jason Mraz touring band, Raining Jane; pop sensations, Karmin; The Command Sisters; and the incredible house band Rock Sugah featuring Divinity Roxx on bass, Kudison Kai on vocals, Kat Dyson on guitar, Benita Lewis on drums and Lynette Williams on keys.Highlights of the event include a stellar performance by Karmin of songs from their upcoming release, Leo Rising; killer guitar acts by Jennifer Batten, Nita Strauss and Malina Moye (a 2014 She Rocks Award winner); a rousing speech by percussionist Mona Tavakoli of Raining Jane and the Rock N’ Roll Camp for Girls of L.A.; and a grand finale closing performance by The Command Sisters, Jennifer Batten, Nita Strauss and Rock Sugah as they joined together in a tribute to Chaka Khan ending with power anthem, “I’m Every Woman,” that got the crowd of 700 attendees on their feet and dancing.The 2016 She Rocks Awards were sponsored by Martin Guitar, Seymour Duncan, Roland, Boss, Gretsch, Avid, Taylor Guitars, Zildjian, Guitar Center, D’Addario, Fishman, Berklee College of Music, Tech 21, PRS Guitars, 108 Rock Star Guitars, Korg USA, Volume & Tone, Casio, Ear Trumpet Labs, Merch Cat, John Page Classic Guitars, West Coast Pedalboards, and Recording King, with additional support from these media partners: Tom Tom Magazine, Guitar Girl Magazine, Music-News.com, Guitar World, Guitar Player, Keyboard, Bass Player, Electronic Musician, Music Inc., Making Music, International Musician, Premier Guitar, LAWIM, Rock N Roll Industries, and more.For more information, visit www.thewimn.com.