The industry gathers to celebrate some of music’s most talented artists, businesswomen, educators and shining new stars.

The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) hosted the second annual She Rocks Awards on the morning of Friday, January 24th, during the 2014 NAMM show. Taking place at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel, the event brought together a packed room of industry professionals, music icons, artists, fans, media and more to pay tribute to women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry.

The She Rocks Awards opened with an impressive performance from newcomers The Command Sisters. Comprised of 15-year-old Sarah and 18-year-old Charlotte Command, the duo’s soaring vocals and beyond-their-years musicality set the perfect tone for the event.

WiMN founder and She Rocks Awards producer Laura B. Whitmore welcomed the crowd. “The world needs to know that there are women out there making a difference in the music industry,” she shared. “I am thrilled to recognize these deserving musicians, educators, and industry leaders.”

First recognized was “Champion Award”-winner Beth Marlis. As a senior guitar faculty member and Vice President at Musicians Institute, Marlis has become a leader in the world of contemporary music education. Robin Walenta was welcomed to the stage next to receive the “Endurance Award.” Walenta is President and CEO of West Music Company, one of the nation’s largest music retailers, and is the also first woman to serve on NAMM’s Executive Committee. Following Walenta, celebrated Seymour Duncan “pickup winder to the stars” Maricela “MJ” Juarez was presented with the “Legend Award.”

Latin American singer/songwriter Gaby Moreno was recognized with the “Inspire Award.” This Latin GRAMMY-winning artist has charmed audiences all over the world, and brought her highly-talented band to the She Rocks Awards stage to deliver […]