Guitar Girl Magazine has assembled a great team of knowledgeable journalists from across the United States with years of experience in the music and fashion industry. We will be interviewing and writing about some of the best female guitarists around the globe, and finding some cool guitar gear to review. We’ll also provide fun rock lifestyle finds, insider tips and advice, and special features and events. You do not want to miss this!
We hope you enjoy our content and become an avid fan.
Tara Low, Founder and Editor-in-Chief
What started in out as a retail site and blog dedicated solely to female guitar and bass players in 2009, grew into the online publication Guitar Girl Magazine. On April 4, 2012, the new site was launched to fulfill the need to encourage, empower and promote female guitarists and bassists. My goal is to create a community for female musicians where we can band together and help support and promote women in music.
Ted Low, Contributing Writer and Photographer
Ted Low has been a music enthusiast and guitar player since his early teens. Inspired by The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Eddie Van Halen, and many others. He has acquired a pretty nice collection of guitars to include Gibson, Fender, Gretsch, Rickenbacker, Hagstrom, and recently added a few Luna acoustics for fun!
Ted has recently joined his wife Tara, Editor of Guitar Girl Magazine, in conducting book reviews, interviewing, photographing and videotaping artists, music festivals, conventions, and more.
Isaalah O Sharon, Social Media
Hello, my name is Isaalah O, Sharon and I am from Delta State in Nigeria. I’m a Virtual Assistant with Social Media Marketing and Management skills with a Bachelor Degree in Medical Biochemistry and Genetics. When I am not busy I love listening to good music, watch movies and read inspirational books.
Alison Richter, Contributing Writer
Alison Richter interviews musicians, producers, engineers, and other industry professionals.
Vanessa Izabella, Contributing Writer
Born and Raised in Miami, FL, Vanessa started playing music at a young age. Progressing through high school, Vanessa was playing and performing on multiple instruments including guitar, piano and trumpet. She was awarded a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. During her time there, she studied the guitar playing of such influences as Pat Martino, Slash, Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Eric Johnson and many others. After graduating with a degree in Music Business, she went on to work with such artists as Pat Metheny and Christian McBride.
After years in the business end of the industry, she decided to pursue her own performing career and moved to Atlanta, GA. Once in Atlanta, she was playing with several groups, and doing recording sessions. A year later, she was chosen as a finalist by Beyonce to audition for her all-girl backup band.
Vanessa has traveled the world playing guitar, visiting countries such as France, Germany, Egypt, Italy, Japan, South America and the Caribbean. She has performed on the bill with such renown artists as Darius Rucker, LA Sno, KISS, Skid Row and Paramore. She is currently recording and performing as the front woman for rock trio, BAST.
Sasha Vallely, Contributing Writer
Sasha Vallely has been performing across the globe for over a decade with bands such as Sash The Bash, Midnight Larks, Spindrift and The Warlocks, she has guested with The Brian Jonestown Massacre, members of QOTSA, The Hives, Portishead, Massive Attack, Cat Power, Bauhaus, Love and Rockets, The Seeds, The Blacks Angels and Jello Biafra along with many others. She has composed independent film scores and feature films such as El Gringo starring Christian Slater, directed music videos and produced and starred in the documentary Spindrift, Ghost of The West.
VK Lynne, Contributing Writer
VK Lynne is a writer and musician from Los Angeles. She penned the award-winning web series ‘Trading on 15’, and her work has been published in Image Curve, The Elephant Journal and GEM Magazine. She sings lead for LA-based band, The Spider Accomplice.
Jillian Riscoe, Contributing Writer
Jillian Riscoe is a multifaceted creative individual – vocalist, songwriter, musician, writer. Since the age of just 7 years old, she has performed and created a diverse array of musical and creative endeavors for herself including fronting the award winning pop/rock band Red Velvet Crush with guitarist/songwriter Daniel Mendala based out of Kansas City, MO. Sponsorships include Daisy Rock Guitars and indie cosmetics line Belladonna’s Cupboard. You can find her regularly performing across the US and listen to Red Velvet Crush’s new EP Crystal Clear recorded in Nashville on Spotify, Pandora, iTunes and Google Play.
Ché Zuro, Contributing Writer
Ché Zuro is a professional musician/singer/songwriter with a very colorful past. Along with writing, she is also obsessed with genealogy, skiing, travel, and history.
Lindsey Borders, Contributing Writer
Lindsey’s love and passion for music began in early childhood, but elevated in her adult years, and has continued since. She has held many titles in the music industry; booking, management, promotions, event planning, you name it, but her first love is writing. So, she has focused on her talent in that and has seen incredible bands and artists live, along with interviewing well sought-after musicians and organizations.
Lindsey is currently based in Atlanta, Georgia but prides herself in covering music everywhere. She has a B.A. in Communication Arts with a minor in English, and hopes to convey her love of music and the people who create it through her writing. Lindsey’s credits include Atlas Jams, Atlanta Indie Music Examiner and AXS.
Caroline Paone, Contributing Writer
Caroline Paone is a freelance writer for several content channels such as SFGate and ClassicRockRevisted. Her work has also appeared in Bass Player, Bass Frontiers and Flair magazines.
Follow her on Twitter @CarolineRex
Guitar Gabby, Contributing Writer
Guitar Gabby is a 25-year-old guitarist born and raised between Atlanta, GA and Washington D.C. With playing for over 11 years, and working with many artists over the years, she started her own band which she currently manages and plays in. The Txlips Band is an all Black Woman rock band hailing from Atlanta. Initially coming together to play for a prominent rapper named Diamond, (former Crime Mob member), The Txlips Band has expanded and grown over the past two years to represent diversity in the music industry.
Guitar Gabby represents Black Women on guitar. Following in the footsteps of rock ‘n’ roll mothers such as Sister Rosetta Tharpe, she paves the way for the current and upcoming generation to step out and create their own paths in this industry.
Morgan Jones, Contributing Writer
Morgan is a freelance artist who enjoys fine arts, chocolate cereals, and long walks on the beach. In all seriousness, she is a journalist and musician who absolutely adores music and has been indulging herself in music since the 2nd grade.
Steve McKinley, Contributing Writer
Steve McKinley is the bass player for Joel Kosche (of Collective Soul) in his solo band and for the Led Zeppelin tribute Led Zepplified.
He’s been part of the Atlanta music scene for years playing in bands (i.e. Julius Pleaser, Sid Vicious Experience, Pretty Vacant et al) and has recorded and toured throughout the Southeast. His songs have been played on the radio, he has appeared on television and is an ASCAP member.
With his electronics skills and experience, he runs Atlanta Tube Amp and Steve McKinley Electronics and is an Instructor on JamPlay.com.
He roots for Atlanta United, works on cars, and drinks his coffee strong, hot and black.
Shawn SixX, Contributing Writer
Shawn SixX is a self-proclaimed old school music fan first and foremost! It seems that ideal though has been lost in translation more often than not in today’s world of music journalism. Thankfully Shawn is making it his mission to report about the “feeling” of music more than your typical wiki-page bullet point run down. Imagine a long haired and tattooed Edgar Allen Poe meets Hunter S. Thompson and you should get it!
Shawn got his start in the music industry as a radio producer and production assistant for the legendary WBCN 104.1 and 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston and currently is a producer for CBS Radio Boston’s WZLX 100.7, WBMX 104.1, and AMP 103.3. He is also the creator and host of the nationally known “SixX Strings” music podcast/column featured on CBS Radio’s WZLX and WZLX.COM. Shawn’s work has been featured in UltimateClassicRock.com, TEAMROCK.COM, and BLABBERMOUTH.COM. He has also been a contributing editorial columnist with AMP Magazine, Hails and Horns Magazine, New Noise Magazine, and held the nightlife and entertainment blogger duties for CBSBOSTON.COM. Even though he covers festivals and music events all over the country, Shawn currently resides and is based out of Massachusetts.
Marc Togie, Contributing Writer
Marc Togie lives in Harrisonburg, VA and became interested in music as a young child at the age of six. Influenced throughout the years by The Beatles, ‘70s pop rock and Queensryche, he played in several bands. Marc’s musical instruments include Vocals, Bass, Guitar, and Keyboard. He is currently the singer and bassist for Series 62 and enjoys spending time teaching his son Max all about the music industry.
Max Togie, Contributing Writer
Max Togie is 14 years old and lives in Harrisonburg, VA and has been playing the drums for six years. He began his love of music, of course, growing up around a father who was heavily involved in music. Max is currently the drummer for Series 62.
Max will be providing us insight on breaking into the music scene.
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