Photo Above: Guitar Player's Guitar Superstar 2011 finalist Fredrik Strand Halland backing Colbie Caillat at the 2015 She Rocks Awards. Photo by Kevin Graft.
There are tons of concerts and events to see at the average Winter NAMM convention, but one of the "must see" rave-ups for the 2015 show in Anaheim, California, was the She Rocks Awards. Held January 23, at the Anaheim Hilton’s Pacific Ballroom, the second year of the event—which pays tribute to women leaders and artists in the music industry — starred Orianthi (who also co-hosted the awards show with the event's founder, Laura B. Whitmore), Mindi Abair, the Bangles, Colbie Caillat, and SHEL. Richie Sambora made a surprise appearance performing with Orianthi after SHEL opened the show. The house band was lead by Zepparella guitarist Gretchen Menn, and included her Zepparella band mates Angeline Saris (bass), and Clementine (drums), along with guest keyboardist Jenna Paone.
Here are the 2015 She Rocks Award Winners
Gayle Beacock, Beacock Music Co-Owner
Amani Duncan, Vice President of Brand Marketing at Martin Guitar
Katie Kailus, Music Inc. Editor
Craigie Zildjian, Avedis Zildjian CEO
The Bangles: Vicki Peterson, Debbi Peterson, Suzanna Hoffs
Mindi Abair, Grammy-nominated sax player
Video of the Year
Paula Salvatore, Vice President of Capitol Studios
Debbie Cavalier, Vice President for Online Learning and Continuing Education/CEO for Berklee College of Music’s Berklee Online
Rob Christie, Robo Records owner
The 2015 She Rocks Awards were co-sponsored by Guitar Player, Bass Player, Electronic Musician, Keyboard, and Guitar World, as well as the Gretsch Company, Guitar Center, Seymour Duncan, the Avedis Zildjian Company, Martin Guitar, Weber Mandolins, Fishman, 108 Rock Star Guitars, Casio, PRS Guitars, Yamaha, Berklee Online, Roland, Kind, LAWIM, International Musician, Making Music Magazine, 95.5 KLOS, and OC Weekly.