Friday, April 28, 2017
Wilson Center Guitar Festival
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Liv Miner was a seasoned professional onstage and in the studio when she joined Drayter a year ago. Growing up in a musical household, she was instinctively drawn to piano and guitar, and quickly mastered both. She played in numerous bands around Dallas, Texas, and even opened for a previous incarnation of Drayter. When the group, founded in 2008 by guitarist Cole Schwartz, found itself in need of a new lead singer, Miner auditioned and was a perfect fit.
Billed as “A Celebration of Music Heritage and Culture,” the first Hapa Tour is a personal project for singer-songwriters and friends Meiko and Marié Digby. With dates in February and continuing on through March, where they are being joined by up-and-coming hapa artists in each city, the women are sharing their music and bringing awareness to what Meiko calls “Hapa-ness” — the celebration of mixed racial heritage with partial roots in Asian and/or Pacific Islander ancestry. The tour is sponsored by PledgeMusic and the USC Ito Center Hapa Japan Project.
With three albums to her credit — Morning Pill (2007), In Avanti (2010), and AC3 (2011) — Alexx Calise has more than proven herself as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Still, when the time came to return to the studio, she both wanted and needed to take her creativity to the next level. Partnering with producer Warren Huart, she wrote and tracked her new album, Addition by Subtraction, with Huart and his team at Spitfire Studio. The ten resulting songs present Alexx Calise in a new light — still the rock musician that her longtime fan base knows and loves, still the balladeer whose hit song “Cry” brought her a whole new audience via the television shows Dance Moms and Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, but now with the edge and maturity that come with life, experience, and the mentoring touch of an A-list producer. 
LA-based Singer-Songwriter Cindy Alexander is a natural storyteller, unafraid to tackle the most intimate subjects in her songs.  She is brassy, sassy and full of attitude. This is a woman one definitely wants on one’s side.  Seriously funny and sarcastic, she channels all of her life experiences and there’s quite a few, into her craft - the craft of amazingly catchy powerful songs. So many great songs - A little bit country and a little bit rock and roll. Here’s another strong tidbit on Cindy, she’s a two-year out Breast Cancer Survivor and mom to six-year old twin girls…she’s got fight, grit and moxie!
Sarah Pierce, a singer/songwriter from Texas, has a gift for telling a story through her lyrics and music. Pierce recently released her latest album Barbed Wire on Little Bear Records. It was recorded at the Cribworks Ditigal Audio studio in Liberty Hill, Texas, and produced by her husband/drummer/singer/engineer, Merel Bregante. Barbed Wire is a great mix of thirteen songs that Pierce says was “musically influenced by her family’s heritage in the cattle business” and can be seen as a “follow-up to my autobiographical Cowboy’s Daughter CD.”
Indie-rock artist and guitarist Britt Hill, formerly with the all-girl band Vanity Theft with whom she experienced a seven year career, is now solo and goes by the moniker Kerchief and is the front person of an indie rock trio made up of band members Britt, Jarrod  and Catt. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Hill relocated to Chattanooga and released her debut solo album Machines and Animals this past summer, working with producer Matty Amendola and the Grammy Award winning engineer Butch Jones. 
When Vicki Genfan describes playing guitar as a “body/heart” experience, her description is literal. Her approach is a whole-body connection, one that she has been cultivating since she discovered the instrument at age 5.
Singer-songwriter Melissa Ferrick maintains a busy tour schedule, all while running her own record label, Right On Records, and teaching at Berklee College of Music.
Eight years ago, guitarist Nili Brosh, a teenager attending the Berklee College of Music, uploaded one minute and 25 seconds of herself performing a Guthrie Govan solo. She did it without ego or lofty dreams of stardom, but soon became an Internet sensation.
Guitar Girl Magazine caught up with the engineering savvy California resident Christina M. West, President of Tiptonic, in her San Francisco Bay area office to find out more about her, the Tiptonic story and the challenges of running a business in the male dominated music industry.