She Rocks Awards Rocks the House of Blues Anaheim, CA

Brilliant minds in music were celebrated at the 8th Annual 2020 She Rocks Awards Friday, January 17, 2020, at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA.  The award show, was founded by Laura B. Whitmore, and it celebrates the accomplishments of women in music on and off the stage.  The dynamic roster of women honored were musicians Beatie Wolfe, Mindi Abair, Suzi Quatro, Linda Perry, Tal Wilkenfield, Lzzy Hale, and Gloria Gaynor.  Additional honoree’s included Ebonie Smith, Audio Engineer and Producer, Tara Low, Guitar Girl Magazine, Myrna Sislen, Owner Middle C Music, Judy Schaefer, Marketing Director at PRS Guitars, and Suzanne D’Addario Brouder, Executive Director of D’Addario Foundation. Check here for more information on each:  http://www.thewimn.com/2020-she-rocks-awards-honorees-performers/.

The show was set into orbit at the onset with an over the top opening performance by Japanese group D_Drive.  You immediately took notice of the bands female members center stage as they rocked out on guitar and on drums.   Following was Mindi Abair who was also co-host for the evening – along with Lyndsey Parker, Music Editor at Yahoo Entertainment.  Mindi performed an anthem type song “Where There’s a Woman There’s a Way,” starting out on piano and later finishing up oh so nicely on saxophone.  Rock’s leading lady Suzi Quatro attested as to why she’s a musical mainstay.  Hats off to the “Beautiful” writer, musician, and producer Linda Perry, who said she’s always just introduced herself as herself Linda Perry. 

The She Rocks Awards rocked on throughout the night, and so did attendees to the amazing performance of Halestorm’s front lady Lzzy Hale.  Next up, was Jenna Paone performing “Queens” with its potent lyrical message “queens don’t bow down.” The Legend Award went to none other than Grammy Awards inductee Gloria Gayor.  After receiving her prized award, Gloria closed the show leaving no doubt who she was singing about, with her rap infused Grammy nominated song “Talking About Jesus,” followed by her classic hit “I will Survive.”