Thursday, 7 November 2013

News: The Women’s International Music Network Announces 2014 She Rocks Award Honorees

The Women’s International Music Network Announces 2014 She Rocks Award Honorees
Dinah Gretsch, Maricela Juarez, Beth Marlis and Robin Walenta join Janie L. Hendrix and Sheila E as 2014 She Rocks Awards recipients; to be honored at ceremony taking place during 2014 NAMM Show.

LAFAYETTE, Calif., (Nov. 7th, 2013) – The Women’s International Music Network (The WiMN) is pleased to announce additional honorees of the 2014 She Rocks AwardsDinah Gretsch,Maricela JuarezBeth Marlis and Robin Walenta will be honored at the ceremony on Fri., Jan. 24, 2014 from 8:30AM to 10:00AM at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel in Anaheim, Calif., during the 2014 NAMM show.

These women will be recognized along with previously announced honorees Sheila E, the legendary percussion icon, and Janie L. Hendrix, current President/CEO of Experience Hendrix LLC and its affiliated organizations, and sister of the legendary Jimi Hendrix.

“I’m very proud to recognize the legacy of these women,” comments WiMN-founder and She Rocks Awards host, Laura B. Whitmore. “By inspiring and encouraging fellow women in the industry, each one of these recipients embodies the spirit of the She Rocks Awards.”

As leaders in the music industry, each honoree will be recognized for their own unique talents, accomplishments and philanthropic works: 

Dinah Gretsch is Executive Vice President and CFO of renowned musical instrument manufacturer, The Gretsch Company, and has remained prominent figure in the industry for more than thirty years. Maricela “MJ” Juarez is a longtime pickup winder at Seymour Duncan, where she has lent her talent to creating pickups for Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, Peter Frampton and others throughout her thirty-year career. 

Music education leader and guitarist Beth Marlis serves as Director of Musicians Institute’s Guitar Program (GIT), and is currently a senior guitar faculty member and Vice President at the college.Robin Walenta is the President and CEO of the highly successful West Music Company, and is the first women to serve on NAMM’s Executive Committee in the association’s 113 year history.

The 2014 She Rocks Awards marks the second event of its kind. The first took place in January 2013 and honored guitarist Orianthi, songwriter/producer Holly Knight, Mary Peavey of Peavey Electronics, Laura Taylor of Guitar Center, Pauline France of Fender Musical Instruments, Carla Black of Musicians for Equal Opportunities for Women (MEOW) and Tish Ciravolo of Daisy Rock Guitars. Photos and footage from the 2013 awards can be viewed at

The second annual She Rocks Awards will include a catered breakfast, awards ceremony, live performances and more. A portion of the proceeds from the She Rocks Awards will be donated to the Girls Rock Camp Alliance, aiding the organization in empowering girls and women in Girls Rock Camp programs throughout the world. To reserve tickets and for more information, go to

The WiMN would like to thank the following sponsors of the 2014 She Rocks Awards: The Avedis Zildjian Company, Peavey Electronics, the Hit Like A Girl Contestas well as NewBay Media; publishers of Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerBass PlayerElectronic Musician andKeyboard.
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Nita Strauss: Critical Hit - Battle for New York

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Named #1 in Guitar World’s “10 Female Guitarists you should know” and #15 in Revolver’s “25 Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock”
Featured on numerous soundtracks, including Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Performed for live audiences in USA, Europe, South America, and Africa
Began her career playing clubs at age 13 and has since risen to become one of the most sought after and versatile female guitarists on the scene today.

Critical Hit Live show: 

2013 November 9, 2013

10am – 11am

Anaheim Convention Center

Battle for New York by Critical Hit (From Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3) Original song by Brian Tyler

Music arranged by Adam Gubman

Critical Hit Musicians in this Video:

Violin: Taylor Davis

Piano: Salome Scheidegger

Cello: Sara O'Brien

Drums: Joel Taylor

Flute: Sara Andon

Guitar: Nita Strauss

Bass: Carlitos del Puerto

Keyboard: Jason Hayes

Angry Birds Main Theme by Critical Hit

Joanne Shaw Taylor: Songs From The Road is currently No.1 in the UK

Photo by Arnie Goodman.
Joanne Shaw Taylor's Songs From The Road is currently No.1 in the UK's iTunes Store Top 10 Blues Albums Chart - Congratulations JST. Photo by Arnie Goodman.
Joanne Shaw Taylor: Songs From The Road
The iTunes Store Top 10 Blues Albums UK

  1. Songs from the Road
    Joanne Shaw Taylor
  2. Hubcap Music
    Seasick Steve
  3. Old Grey Whistle Test Blues
    Various Artists
  4. That's What Happens
    Chas & Dave
  5. I Started Out With Nothin' and I Still Got Most of It Left
    Seasick Steve
  6. Walkin' Man
    Seasick Steve
  7. Dust Bowl
    Joe Bonamassa
  8. The Best of Ray Charles
    Ray Charles
  9. That's What Happens
    Chas & Dave
  10. Didn't It Rain 
    Hugh Laurie