The Varied Musical Styles Of These Talented Female Entertainers Demonstrate “Girl Power” At Its Best In Conjunction with March’s Woman’s History Month
NASHVILLE – (March 16, 2017) – Emmy Award-winning online music series Skyville Live has announced a special woman’s March 20th show with Melissa Ethridge, Cam, Lindsay Ell, Orianthi and Troi Irons in celebration of the musical power of women, it was announced today by Wally Wilson, creator of Skyville Live.
“Melissa, Cam, Lindsay, Orianthi and Troi speak to the wealth of talent that female entertainers share with us, the audience,” comment Wilson. “In the spirit of the times and in conjunction with March being ‘Woman’s History Month’ Skyville Live wanted to celebrate this wonderful legacy.”
Beginning at 7 PM CT on March 20, the latest edition of Skyville Live will also feature the usual backing band of industry elites the show is known for. Led by guitarist Kenny Greenberg, this all-star group includes Steve Mackey on bass, Jerry Roe on drums, Mike Rojas on B3, Justin Schipper slide guitar and a six piece horn section conducted by Roy Agee. For full details on how to stream the performance live, fans can visit SkyvilleLive.com.
Unique and unexpected pairings will add to the growing list of once-in-a-lifetime collaborations delivered only by Skyville Live. From Lady Antebellum, Jason Isbell, Jewel, Brandy Clark and Amanda Shires bringing down the house with Kris Kristofferson on his classic “Me and Bobby McGee” to a stellar take on “Midnight Train to Georgia” with Gladys Knight, Martina McBride and Estelle to the impassioned performance of Steve Earle’s “Pilgrim” featuring the acclaimed songwriter alongside Emmylou Harris, Brothers Osborne, Margo Price and Colter Wall, Skyville Live continues to create music moments that are exclusive to its stage.
Known for her confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals, Melissa Etheridge stormed onto the American rock scene in 1988 with the release of her critically acclaimed self-titled debut album and has remained one of America’s favorite female singer-songwriters for more than two decades. Etheridge has won two GRAMMY Awards throughout her illustrious career, including one in 1992 for “Ain’t It Heavy” and one in 1994 “Come to My Window,” her searing song of longing. In 2007, Etheridge celebrated a career milestone with a victory in the “Best Song” category at the Academy Awards for “I Need to Wake Up,” written for the Al Gore documentary on global warming, “An Inconvenient Truth.” In October 2016, Etheridge released “MEmphis Rock & Soul” to which debuted at #1 on the Blues charts. This marked her first album since 2014’s critically-lauded “This Is M.E.” Recorded at Royal Studios in Memphis, the 12- track album features original material as well as interpretations of classic songs from the legendary Stax catalog, celebrating its artists and legacy and spotlighting the vital role Stax Records played in the Civil Rights Movement.
Cam is a Grammy, CMA and ACM nominated artist who doesn’t limit herself to just one musical style. Since the beginning she has put faith in the uniqueness of her voice allowing that to be the defining character of her musical persona. She burst into the music scene in 2015 with the debut of “Untamed” which went to #2 on Billboard’s Top Country albums and had the best first week sales of 2015 for a debut country artist. In addition, her single “Burning House” is a #1 platinum-certified hit showcasing the counterpoint to the party atmosphere of modern country. Cam co-wrote each song on “Untamed” which is evident every time you hear her sing, she’s clearly living the experience for the three or four minutes she’s in it. The simple, three-letter name is bold. And that rings true to the art, and the heart, of one of country’s shining new acts.
26-year-old Calgary native Lindsay Ell was discovered at age 13 by BTO and The Guess Who's Randy Bachman. Diving head-first into the world of blues, jazz and rock guitar, Ell’s passion and study has served her well, leading to several unique opportunities, including an opening slot with blues icon Buddy Guy. With a focus on country music inspired by her first songwriting trip to Nashville, she knows her rare six-string prowess is not the only focal point, but an accent to her vision as an artist. Having spent a decade learning about the music industry from the front of a stage, Ell is more than ready to take the next step, however big or small.
By age 24, Orianthi has already experienced what most aspiring musicians only dream of. She's opened for her hero Steve Vai, backed for Carrie Underwood, traded solos with the legend Carlos Santana and shared the stage with Michael Jackson. At the age of six in Adelaide, Australia she began taking an interest in her dad’s record collection which led her to mastering the six-string. However, guitar is not the only means of express for Orianthi as she also sings, writes and leads her own band. Songs like “Suffocated” and “Think Like A Man” are anthemic rock tracks. First single “According To You” is a catchy tale of an ungrateful boyfriend with a killer guitar solo. She is also part of RSO—Richie Sambora & Orianthi—two extraordinary musicians and songwriters who combine their passion for guitars and putting on a magnetic stage shows.
Musician and singer Troi Irons has always been surrounded by music - her mom is ‘80s recording artist Anne G and her dad drummed for ‘70s group Brick. Irons, grew up singing with her family and taught herself guitar at age 12. After graduating from college in her teens, Troi struggled to make ends meet and spent six months living in her car after being kicked out of the house at 18, all of which makes its way into her sincere, honest songwriting. Described as a “brutally honest bombshell making indie rock for the next generation,” Irons is currently working on her debut album and writes and produces all of her own songs.