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 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 out in 2009 as a retail site and blog dedicated solely to female guitar and bass players and because of the demand for more information, we 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.
Todd Low, IT
As part of the family, Todd lends his many talents to the family business when he has time available from his full-time schedule as a senior developer, dad, and musician! Todd has been involved in music since elementary school attending college on a music scholarship. He was a member of his high school and college drumline leading his drum section to win the WGI competition his senior year. Not only a drummer, he also plays guitar and bass, as well as has his own home-based recording studio. Todd assists in graphic design, IT issues, and occasional product reviews.
Sharon ONyeka, Administrative Assistant and Social Media Management
Hello, my name is Sharon Onyeka, and I am from Delta State in Nigeria. I’m a Virtual Assistant with Social Media Marketing and Management skills with a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Biochemistry and Genetics. When I am not busy, I love listening to good music, watching movies, and reading inspirational books.
Vanessa Izabella, VP of Editorial Content
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 renowned artists as Darius Rucker, LA Sno, KISS, Skid Row, Paramore, and Joan Jett.
Alison Richter, Contributing Editor
Alison Richter interviews musicians, producers, engineers, and other industry professionals.
Nikki O’Neill, Contributing Editor
Nikki O’Neill is a rhythm & blues and Americana artist in Los Angeles. As a guitar player, singer, and songwriter, blues has always been a major influence for her. Nikki’s recordings are played on blues radio and reviewed by blues magazines in the U.S. and Europe. Check out her music on nikkioneill.com
Alex Windsor, Contributing Editor
Alex Windsor is a passionate musician and educator with over 15 years of experience. While she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Jazz Studies (Bass), she has also extensively studied rock, blues, and classical guitar. She currently serves as the Educational Affairs Specialist for Guitar Center Lessons. Alex can be found regularly performing around the greater Los Angeles area. Facebook: @alexnicolewindsor
Guitar Gabby, Contributing Editor
Guitar Gabby is a guitarist born and raised between Atlanta, GA and Washington D.C. With playing for over 13 years and working with many artists over the years, she started her own band which she currently manages and plays in, The Txlips Band, 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.
Caroline Paone, Contributing Editor
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, Guitar World, and Flair magazines. Follow her on Twitter @CarolineRex
Lindsey Borders, Contributing Editor
Lindsey Border’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, GA 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 her own music and entertainment website Talent In Borders, Atlas Jams, Atlanta Indie Music Examiner, Euphoria, and AXS.
Lynnay Dela Lucé, Contributing Editor
Lynnay Della Lucé was born in Morristown, NJ and grew up in northern New Jersey. In 2009, she came to Atlanta to pursue better music and job opportunities and quickly made a name for herself in the local scene. She is a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, bass, and drums, as well as a singer and songwriter. Lynnay is currently the guitarist for Vices of Vanity, an Atlanta-based rock trio. Her past projects include Chaos, Rocket 88, Project X, and Ballbreakers (Atlanta’s All-Female AC/DC Tribute). Instagram: @lynnaydellaluce
Samantha Stevens, Contributing Editor
Samantha Stevens has been singing along with the radio for as long as she can remember. Guided by a love for music, she spent the better part of her childhood performing in classical and contemporary choirs. But straight out of high school, she decided that she wanted to see the world, and so she did what any young adventurer would do…she joined the navy. An entire world of sounds, music, and stories opened up to her, and she found herself inspired by it all. In 2015, she retired from the Royal Canadian Navy after over a decade of service. Since then she has achieved a BA in literature, will soon have an MA in journalism, and is even a trained journalist and reporter. Currently living near Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Samantha has written for a wide variety of publications including Spill Magazine, Stereo Embers Magazine, and the North Bay Nugget. She still sings for the sheer joy of it.
Victoria Shaffer, Contributing Editor
Victoria Shaffer has an obsession with music history and a passion for classic rock ‘n’ roll. As a student, Victoria graduated with a degree in English and is currently pursuing a master’s to continue her growth as a writer. She strives to successfully combine her two obsessions by writing about the musicians and musical events that motivate and inspire her.
Kathryn Cloward, Contributing Editor
Kathryn Cloward is an award-winning book series author, performing songwriter, media publisher and producer, director, and serial entrepreneur. She’s the founder and CEO of Kandon Unlimited, Inc., a heart-centered mindful media company intent on creating positive and empowering media for people of all ages. kathryncloward.com
Michelle DeLateur, Contributing Editor
Michelle DeLateur is a Los Angeles-based photographer, videographer, self-taught guitarist, and Packers fan who’s constantly on the lookout for new vinyl. She is also a contributor to No Film School and covers events for The Knockturnal. You can check her out on Twitter and Instagram at @mdelateur or view her work atdelateurmedia.com.
Jillian Riscoe, Contributing Editor
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 U.S.
Megan McClure, Contributing Editor
Milena Thomas, Contributing Writer
Milena Thomas is a professional singer and voice teacher who loves performing all styles of music. She also loves cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Ché Zuro, Contributing Editor
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.
Steve McKinley, Contributing Editor
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, and others) and has recorded and toured throughout the Southeast. He has appeared on television, is an ASCAP member, and his songs have been played on the radio.
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.
Daniel Corey, Contributing Editor
Daniel Corey is a writer and comic book creator based in Los Angeles, CA. His graphic novels have been distributed worldwide, and he has been recognized as a noted influencer in VR and new media. Daniel is also a singer/songwriter, has worked in broadcast news, serves on the Creative Writing Program Advisory Committee at Full Sail University and speaks at pop culture conventions around the country. Learn more about Daniel’s work and contact him through his homepage, DangerKatt.com.
Leigh Fuge, Contributing Editor
Leigh Fuge is a professional guitarist and tutor from the U.K. He works as a session guitarist, plays with a number of live bands, writes for various high-profile guitar publications, and works daily with his own music students to develop their skills and careers. He is passionate about sharing knowledge and helping aspiring players hit their potential with technical and songwriting abilities. leighfugeguitar. com
Randy Radic, Contributing Editor
Shawn SixX, Contributing Editor
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.
Kirk Stauffer, Senior Photographer
Kirk Stauffer is a Seattle-based photographer who has two passions — live music and photography. Over ten years ago, he began to combine them and has covered nearly 2000 performances to date. His photos have been published commercially, featured in Rolling Stone magazine, and one found itself on the front cover of Pollstar magazine. Kirk has been a contributing photographer for Paste Magazine, LiveDaily, No Depression, and Back Beat Seattle, and is a regular SXSW attendee. Instagram: @kirkstauffer
Jack Lue, Photographer
I’m best known as GNR’s first photographer and for my early work from the Sunset Strip back in the early ’80s. I can actually say, I used film! Instagram: @jacklue
Emily Levin, Photographer and Contributing Editor
Emily Levin is an Atlanta-based photographer who is passionate about live music and photography with a specialized skill of concert photography, band promo, smoke bombs, and portraits. Facebook: @ elevinphoto
Chuck Lapinsky, Photographer
Chuck Lapinsky is a professional photographer based in San Diego. He shoots portraits, concerts, bands, musicians, models, and personal projects. Instagram: @chucklapinskyphotography
PAST CONTRIBUTING EDITORS AND GUEST BLOGGERS:
Megan Lynn Lewis
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