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!
Ethnomusicology, Whitewashing, & Appropriation of Black Music feat. Kelley Glover
Kelley Glover is an ethnomusicologist, teacher, and entrepreneur who created, composed, and produced the music education game app and cartoon UBetterSing! One of her goals is to educate music lovers about systematic racism, colonization practices, and how they affect music academia. Kelley’s research and stories stem from her personal experiences and research at Howard University and public education music programs as both a student and teacher. This episode contains frank and sometimes difficult topics that we need to understand so we can all create and enjoy music that we believe in, relate to, and love. See extended Episode Notes for more info...
Maggie Szabo: The Pride of New Pop Music Culture
Maggie Szabo is a Canadian immigrant who's tackling feminine stereotypes, social injustice, and cellulite with lipstick in hand. Her pop music sensibilities poke fun at pop culture while redefining it for the next generation. We think she’s spot on… and 100% “worth the weight!” See Full Episode Notes for more details...
Nashville’s Ava Paige: When Hope Comes In (#cancersucks)
Ava Paige is country music’s 16-year-old rising star who is wise beyond her years. A cancer diagnosis opened her young eyes to hardship, the importance of family (including those you choose), and the power of hope. See full Show Notes for more…
Lauren LoGrasso: The Future, Fear, and The Age of Creativity
Lauren LoGrasso is a self-proclaimed multi-passionate creative. Her two new songs “Road to Glory” and “RISE” are anthemic and optimistic at a time when society needs it most. Lauren is a musician, singer/songwriter, actor, podcast producer, and creativity coach who shares her views on creativity's role in overcoming fear, suffering, and the future of society.
All Female Grateful Dead Tribute Band? It's About Time!
Denise Parent is the drummer and vocalist for the first all-female Grateful Dead tribute band. And we say “It’s about time!” Thanks to an introduction through David Ganz of The Grateful Dead Hour, host Thea Wood caught up with Parent for this remote interview. Parent covers a lot of ground, so pop in your earbuds and let’s get started with The Shakedown!
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The Mrs. Drummer Andra Liemandt: A Mom On A Mission
Today, we’re Zooming to you from Austin, Texas as we are all practicing a social distancing lifestyle during the coronavirus pandemic. If you're feeling the covid blues, this is your episode!
Meet Andra Liemandt, the co-founder of The Mrs, a pop band formed by a group of moms who have been on a mission since 2013. That mission and a powerful music video featuring a magic mirror earned national recognition on Good Morning America and the Queen Latifah Show. All in spite of record labels saying "no" to their music based on ageism rather than merit.
Here she is… drummer, singer, songwriter, philanthropist, and the woman who will build you up, buttercup! Extended show notes, videos, and more at BackstageChats.com.
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!