18 episodes

Backstage Chats with Women In Music connects music fans with female artists and industry insiders who remind us to be dreamers, to be rule breakers, and to unleash your inner rock stars! We're on a mission to promote gender equity in the music industry by amplifying the voices and careers of women in music. Hosted by Thea Wood, the show is produced by Backstage Chats Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization offering scholarship grants to the next gen of female music makers. Women are underrepresented on stage, on air, and behind the scenes in the music biz, so it’s our mission to create gender parity one episode and scholarship at a time!

Backstage Chats with Women In Music Thea Wood

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    • 5.0, 10 Ratings

Backstage Chats with Women In Music connects music fans with female artists and industry insiders who remind us to be dreamers, to be rule breakers, and to unleash your inner rock stars! We're on a mission to promote gender equity in the music industry by amplifying the voices and careers of women in music. Hosted by Thea Wood, the show is produced by Backstage Chats Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization offering scholarship grants to the next gen of female music makers. Women are underrepresented on stage, on air, and behind the scenes in the music biz, so it’s our mission to create gender parity one episode and scholarship at a time!

    Jackie Venson Stands Her Ground

    Jackie Venson Stands Her Ground

    Recorded at the end of 2019, this chat with guitarist/singer/songwriter Jackie Venson foreshadows events that would unfold in Summer 2020. Just a few weeks before launching this episode, Jackie took a stand. She publicly turned down an invitation to play the perennial event “Blues on The Green” which is hosted by Austin City Limits Radio.
 Listen to the episode to find out why she turned it down and what history-changing result came of it.

    In this episode, Jackie Venson covers:

    -- The “zen” aspects of not hyper-focusing on career goals
    -- Why cities like Austin struggle with musical and racial diversity
    -- Standing up for yourself in business and creative decisions
    -- Technology’s role in her live performances
    -- Who would be in her “dream band”

    • 36 min
    Ace of Cups' Denise Kaufman & Her Unconventional Path To Success

    Ace of Cups' Denise Kaufman & Her Unconventional Path To Success

    Denise Kaufman (a.k.a. Mary Microgram) is an original Merry Prankster and co-founder of 1960’s psychedelic rock band Ace of Cups.

    Cups was one of the first all female rock bands who wrote and performed their own music in the United States. They earned great success in the '60s San Francisco music scene, playing with The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quick Silver Messenger, and Janis Joplin & The Holding Company to name a few.

    Jimi Hendrix praised Ace of Cups in the media. Yet, they never signed a record deal, and after five years together, the players went their separate ways on good terms.

    After almost 50 years, the band reformed to record an astounding 24 music tracks for their first studio album titled Ace of Cups. Denise Kaufman’s bandmates include: Mary Gannon (bass), Marla Hunt (organ, piano), Mary Ellen Simpson (lead guitar), and Diane Vitalich (drums).

    Denise Kaufman proves that not all who wander are lost— they may just be taking an unconventional path! She’s Ace of Cups harmonica-playing singer-songwriter, guitarist/bassist, true life Merry Prankster, and the yogi whom the stars call. Let’s take a feel-good trip with Denise Kaufman!

    If you love what we’re doing, please support our show and the next generation of women by donating just $10 today.  Visit HerizonMusicFoundation.org. Thank you!

    • 28 min
    Music Therapist Hope Young & The Success of Medical-Grade Music

    Music Therapist Hope Young & The Success of Medical-Grade Music

    The healing power of music is real, and leading researcher/music therapist Hope Young is on the cutting edge of breakthroughs in treating chronic disease, autism, ADHD, and mental illness. Young discusses the science behind music therapy and the successes she has witnessed.

    • 33 min
    Angela Sheik: The Best Barefoot Live Looper Brings It On

    Angela Sheik: The Best Barefoot Live Looper Brings It On

    From music teacher to innovative looping artist, vocalist, and musician, Angela Sheik stuns audiences as a live looper who creates a song before your very ears. Winner of the 2011-2012 Boss U.S. National Loop Champion, and her 2019 Tiny Desk Contest submission "chiN uP giRL" received well-deserved praise from NPR's "All Songs Considered."
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    • 33 min
    Ali Dineen Speaks Truth to Power in Her Latest LP

    Ali Dineen Speaks Truth to Power in Her Latest LP

    Ali Dineen is a singer-songwriter and musician based in New York City. She’s performed her original music from the American folk tradition at the Savannah Music Festival, the American Folk Art Museum, and the Brooklyn Folk Festival, just to name a few. Ali’s lyrics have been described as poetic and deeply personal. When talking about her new EP, Hold On, she said, “This album grew out of personal heartbreak, and the feeling of a collective heartbreak as we’ve watched the world descend farther into fascism and irreversible climate catastrophe… It took moving through heartbreak and disillusionment and grief, to arrive not at ecstasy or a belief that everything will be okay, but at the realization that life continues somehow and is resilient… no matter how long we’ve got, we need to love, and fight relentlessly for one another.” Ali was recently awarded a Helene Wurlitzer Foundation residency in Taos, New Mexico, where she’s spending the winter working on her next creative endeavor. Credits: Hosted and produced by Eleanor Bennett. Executive Producer is Thea Wood. "Hold On" and "Prayer" by Ali Dineen. Voiceover by Cathryn Wood. Photo by by Alexis Lim, styling by Athena Zammit. Album art by Ali Dineen.

    If you love what we’re doing, please support our show and the next generation of women by donating $10 today.  Thank you!

    • 34 min
    Karma Mayet: Blues Artist, RootWoman and Healer

    Karma Mayet: Blues Artist, RootWoman and Healer

    As a practitioner of the Blues, Karma Mayet describes her sound as “equal parts funk and glitter, cornbread and molasses.” Born in Chicago, the composer and performer has traveled the globe, collaborating with the likes of Meshell Ndegeocello, Lizz Wright, Vernon Reid, and The Roots. Karma has developed her own unique practice called Rootsong, which combines yogic healing with the power of voice. Credits: Hosted and produced by Eleanor Bennett. Executive Producer is Thea Wood. "You Ain't Changed," "September Song" and "Woman" by Karma Mayet. Voiceover by Cathryn Wood. Photograph by Karl Ferguson Jr.

    If you love what we’re doing, please support our show and the next generation of women by donating $10 today.  Thank you!

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

10 Ratings

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Delightful whether you’re a music lover or not!

Love this podcast! I have to admit I often haven’t heard of the guests, but find each conversation interesting and fun. Thea’s enthusiasm is contagious and I love her positive energy. Highly recommend!

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