Pioneering rock guitarist named as the first 2017 She Rocks Award honoree to be announced

Lita Ford. Photo credit: Dustin Jack

ANAHEIM, Calif. (August 25, 2016) – The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) is extremely pleased to announce acclaimed singer/songwriter/guitarist Lita Ford as a 2017 She Rocks Awards recipient. Recognizing women who stand out as role models in the music industry, the live awards event takes place on January 20, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the Anaheim Hilton Hotel during the NAMM Show.

Best known as a founding member of The Runaways in the late 1970s, and as a GRAMMY® nominated solo artist in the 1980s with hits such as “Kiss Me Deadly” and “Close My Eyes Forever,” Ford has also appeared in movies, on TV, and in video games, all attesting to the power of hard work and her ability to break into a traditionally male-dominated world. Ford continues to tour the globe performing, and is currently writing and recording a new album.

Upon receiving the news of her forthcoming award, Ford exclaimed, “Wow! Thank you so much for the award. It is such an honor to be recognized and held in high regard alongside other fellow trailblazers and innovators.” For more information about Lita Ford, visit litafordonline.com.

Laura B. Whitmore, founder of the WiMN and producer of the She Rocks Awards, comments, “Whether as a solo artist, band member, or guitar shredder, Lita Ford is a true pioneer who has broken down barriers and inspires today’s female guitarists. I am excited to honor her with an award that really sums up the essence of Lita Ford: She Rocks!”

More 2017 She Rocks Awards honorees will be announced soon.

The She Rocks Awards pays tribute to women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry, and has become a standard at the NAMM Show. Previous award recipients include female industry leaders such as Jennifer Batten, Karmin, Colbie Caillat, Sheila E, The Bangles, Orianthi, Dinah Gretsch, Craigie Zildjian, Janie L. Hendrix, Amani Duncan, Mary Peavey, and more. The event brings together industry professionals, music icons, artists, fans and media to celebrate women in music.

Celebrating its 5th anniversary in 2017, the She Rocks Awards will take place on Friday, January 20, 2017 at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel at 7:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale Saturday, October 1. A NAMM badge is not required to attend the She Rocks Awards. To find out more, visit www.sherocksawards.com.

The 2017 She Rocks Awards is sponsored by Neumann, Roland, #SaveAGuitar, Gretsch, Seymour Duncan, Guitar Center, 108 Rock Star Guitars, Linear Integrated Systems, Schecter Guitars, Berklee College of Music, Music Inc., Music & Sound Retailer, Premier Guitar, Guitar World, Guitar Player, Keyboard, Bass Player, Electronic Musician, and more. For information regarding She Rocks Awards sponsorship opportunities, please contact info@thewimn.com.

Learn more about the She Rocks Awards at sherocksawards.com.

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About The Women’s International Music Network (The WiMN)
Founded in 2012, the Women’s International Music Network unites women who work within all facets of the music and audio industries. With theWiMN.com as its hub, the WiMN provides a community for women within the industry while enriching their careers and musical experiences through networking and sharing. The Women’s International Music Network produces events such as the annual Women’s Music Summit, the WiMN She Rocks Showcases, and the She Rocks Awards, and is founded by music industry veteran Laura B. Whitmore. For more information, visit www.thewimn.com.

Source:  Press Release


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