Monthly Archives: January 2015

  • Permalink From left: She Rocks Awards winners Debbie Cavalier, Craigie Zildjian, Amani Duncan, Katie Kailus, and Gayle Beacock; She Rocks Awards Founder and Co-Host Laura B. Whitmore; Zepparella drummer Clementine; She Rocks Awards winner and performer Vicki Peterson of The Bangles; guest keyboardist Jenna Paone; She Rocks Awards winner and performer, saxophonist Mindi Abair; Eva Holbrook of SHEL; She Rocks Awards winners and performers Susanna Hoffs and Debbi Peterson of The Bangles; Zepparella bassist Angeline Saris; and Zepparella guitarist Gretchen Menn attend the She Rocks Awards during NAMM at the Anaheim Hilton on January 23, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Kevin Graft)Gallery

    2015 She Rocks Awards Honoring Women in Music Rocks the NAMM Show

2015 She Rocks Awards Honoring Women in Music Rocks the NAMM Show

A who’s who of music industry execs, celebrities, luminaries and supporters of women in music, gathered on Fri., Jan. 23 in the Anaheim Hilton hotel’s Pacific Ballroom to celebrate the 2015 She Rocks Awards, an event paying tribute to women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry.

Named one of Billboard magazine’s “7 must-see events at NAMM,” the sold-out She Rocks Awards were held by parent organization the Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN), and were co-hosted by WiMN Founder Laura B. Whitmore and guitarist, solo artist and 2013 She Rocks Awards winner Orianthi.

Honorees included Music Inc. editor, Katie Kailus; Vice President of Brand Marketing at Martin Guitar, Amani Duncan; multi-platinum artist, Colbie Caillat; Grammy Award nominated sax player, Mindi Abair; legendary band The Bangles; Vice President for Online Learning and Continuing Education/CEO for Berklee College of Music’s award-winning online continuing education program, Berklee Online, Debbie Cavalier; Vice President of iconic Capitol Studios, Paula Salvatore; Avedis Zildjian CEO, Craigie Zildjian; Beacock Music Co-Owner, Gayle Beacock; and owner of Robo Records, Rob Christie, the first-ever male to receive a She Rocks Awards.

“The 2015 She Rocks Awards brought together hundreds of powerful men and women in the music industry who filled the venue with a level of energy and excitement unlike any other She Rocks Awards we’ve held in the past. To know that this many people support our mission of advancing women in the music industry is extremely uplifting and reassuring. We set the bar high this year,” said WiMN Founder Laura B. Whitmore.

The event featured electrifying performances by Orianthi with a surprise cameo by Richie Sambora; Mindi Abair; The Bangles; Colbie Caillat; SHEL; and the house band comprised of Zepparella members Gretchen Menn on guitar, Angeline Saris on bass, Clementine on drums, and guest keyboardist Jenna Paone.

Highlights of the event include a stellar performance of Mindi Abair’s song “Kick […]

2015 She Rocks Awards Full Event Lineup Announced


The Women’s International Music Network is thrilled to announce the complete lineup for the 2015 She Rocks Awards, taking place Fri., Jan. 23, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel in Anaheim, Calif., during the 2015 Winter NAMM show. Tickets are available here.

With an impressive artist lineup and co-hosting duties being shared between WiMN Founder Laura B. Whitmore and platinum-selling guitarist and solo artist Orianthi, the 2015 She Rocks Awards promise to be the most dynamic She Rocks Awards ceremony yet. Honorees include:

Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum artist Colbie Caillat*
Grammy Award-nominated saxophone player and singer-songwriter Mindi Abair*
Iconic, platinum-selling all-female pop band The Bangles*
Avedis Zildjian CEO Craigie Zildjian
Beacock Music Co-Owner Gayle Beacock
Vice President for Online Learning and Continuing Education/ CEO for Berklee’s award-winning online continuing education program, Berklee Online, Debbie Cavalier
Vice President of Brand Marketing for C.F. Martin & Co, Amani Duncan
Editor of Music Inc. and UpBeat Daily magazines, Katie Kailus
Vice President of iconic Capitol Studios Paula Salvatore

*Also performing

The She Rocks Awards will be kicked off by Americana band SHEL, and throughout the evening will feature an all-star house band led by acclaimed guitarist Gretchen Menn, and include Zepparella members Angeline Saris on bass, Clementine on drums, and guest keyboardist Jenna Paone.

With featured performances, food and beverages, giveaways, a silent auction, networking opportunities and more, the third annual She Rocks Awards brings together industry professionals, music icons, artists, fans, and media to celebrate women in music. A portion of the proceeds of the event will go to benefit the Girls Rock Camp Alliance.

This event has sold out for the past two years and does not require a NAMM badge to attend.

The She Rocks Awards is sponsored by The Gretsch Company, […]

Mad Sun to Make its Mark During 2015 Winter NAMM Show

Mad Sun Marketing will take on the 2015 Winter NAMM show with full force Jan. 22 -25, 2015, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Team members Laura B. Whitmore, president and founder;  Tom Gilbert, creative and marketing manager; and Pauline France, public relations and content manager; will be involved in numerous aspects of the show, ranging from major event production, to conducting high-powered panel presentations.

Our NAMM show calendar of events includes:

Media Preview Day, Peavey Electronics – Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, 11:00 a.m.

In this exclusive event open only to registered media, Mad Sun Marketing will proudly showcase its client Peavey’s new producst with a dynamic artist demonstration. Hundreds of members of the media attend this free, “first look” reception to preview music instruments, products and technologies that will debut at the NAMM Show.

Peavey Booth, Level 2, Booth 201 A & B – Thursday, Jan. 22 – Sunday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (5 p.m. on Sunday)

Mad Sun Marketing will spearhead public relations efforts at the Peavey Electronics booth, located on the second floor, booth 201 A & B. Stop by to help celebrate Peavey’s 50th anniversary, and to see the latest innovation in Peavey products. For more information, visit

College Music Students/Generation Next Plenary Session “Launching and Building Careers in the Music Products Industry Panel – Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, 11:15 a.m.

The College Music Society (CMS) and NAMM are again collaborating to present Generation Next at The 2015 NAMM Show, providing college music majors and faculty special access to NAMM’s premier industry-only music product trade show.

Join Mad Sun Marketing President, Laura B. Whitmore, and other music industry professionals in this panel discussion, where popular “NAMM Babies” will return to discuss how to cultivate a successful […]