Celebrating female musicians from every corner of the world, and from every genre you can think of.

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Patti Smith (1971 - present)

Labels
Arista Records
Columbia Records

Genres
Proto-Punk
Rock
Punk Rock

Discography
Horses (1975)
Radio Ethiopia (1976)
Easter (1978)
Wave (1979)
Dream of Life (1988)
Gone Again (1996)
Peace and Noise (1997)
Gung Ho (2000)
Tramplin’ (2004)
Twelve (2007)
Banga (2012)

Origin
New York City, New York

women-in-music:

Amy Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011).
Born in Southgate, London, at nine years old, Amy attended the Susi Earnshaw Theatre School and at ten, she founded a short-lived rap group called Sweet ‘n’ Sour. She stayed at the Earnshaw school for four years before seeking full time training at Sylvia Young Theatre School, she appeared in an episode of The Fast Show in 1997 before allegedly being expelled at 14 for “not applying herself” and for piercing her nose. Amy had taken up the guitar at 13 and was writing songs by the age of 14. She began working soon after, including as a showbiz journalist for the World Entertainment News Network, in addition to singing with local group the Bolsha Band. She signed to Simon Fuller’s 19 Management in 2002. Amy’s 2003 debut album, Frank, was critically successful in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her 2006 follow-up album, Back to Black, led to six Grammy Award nominations and five wins, tying the then record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night, and made Winehouse the first British female to win five Grammys, including three of the “Big Four”: Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. On 14 February 2007, she won a BRIT Award for Best British Female Artist; she had also been nominated for Best British Album. She won the Ivor Novello Award three times, one in 2004 for Best Contemporary Song (musically and lyrically) for “Stronger Than Me”, one in 2007 for Best Contemporary Song for “Rehab”, and one in 2008 for Best Song Musically and Lyrically for “Love Is a Losing Game”, among other distinctions. The album was the third biggest seller of the 2000s in the United Kingdom. She was credited as an influence in the rise in popularity of female musicians and soul music, and also for revitalising British music. British singer Adele had credited Amy’s success in the US for making her and fellow British singer Duffy’s journey to the United States and American singer Lady Gaga credited Amy with paving the way for her rise to the top of the charts. Tragically her problems with drug and alcohol illness, and her self-destructive behaviours were regular tabloid news from 2007 until her death, and had sadly started to affect her short but amazing and iconic career. RIP AMY.

women-in-music:

Amy Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011).

Born in Southgate, London, at nine years old, Amy attended the Susi Earnshaw Theatre School and at ten, she founded a short-lived rap group called Sweet ‘n’ Sour. She stayed at the Earnshaw school for four years before seeking full time training at Sylvia Young Theatre School, she appeared in an episode of The Fast Show in 1997 before allegedly being expelled at 14 for “not applying herself” and for piercing her nose. Amy had taken up the guitar at 13 and was writing songs by the age of 14. She began working soon after, including as a showbiz journalist for the World Entertainment News Network, in addition to singing with local group the Bolsha Band.

She signed to Simon Fuller’s 19 Management in 2002. Amy’s 2003 debut album, Frank, was critically successful in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her 2006 follow-up album, Back to Black, led to six Grammy Award nominations and five wins, tying the then record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night, and made Winehouse the first British female to win five Grammys, including three of the “Big Four”: Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. On 14 February 2007, she won a BRIT Award for Best British Female Artist; she had also been nominated for Best British Album. She won the Ivor Novello Award three times, one in 2004 for Best Contemporary Song (musically and lyrically) for “Stronger Than Me”, one in 2007 for Best Contemporary Song for “Rehab”, and one in 2008 for Best Song Musically and Lyrically for “Love Is a Losing Game”, among other distinctions. The album was the third biggest seller of the 2000s in the United Kingdom.

She was credited as an influence in the rise in popularity of female musicians and soul music, and also for revitalising British music. British singer Adele had credited Amy’s success in the US for making her and fellow British singer Duffy’s journey to the United States and American singer Lady Gaga credited Amy with paving the way for her rise to the top of the charts. Tragically her problems with drug and alcohol illness, and her self-destructive behaviours were regular tabloid news from 2007 until her death, and had sadly started to affect her short but amazing and iconic career.

RIP AMY.

Ari Up (1962-2010)

Band
The Slits (Vocals, 1976-1982, 2005-2010)
New Age Steppers (1981)

Labels
Island Records
Y Records
Columbia Records
Namack Records

Genres
Punk Rock
Post-Punk
Reggae

Discography (Link)

Videos

The Slits - "Typical Girls"

The Slits - "Instant Hit"

BBC Interview

Origin
Munich, Germany

women-in-music:

Tori Amos performing ‘Silent All These Years’ live in the Bing Lounge.

Poly Styrene

Band
X-Ray Spex (Vocals, 1976-1979, 1988, 1991, 1995-1996, 2008)

Labels
EMI International
Virgin Records
Receiver Records
Universal
Future Noise Music

Genres
Punk Rock
New Wave

Discography

With X-Ray Spex
Germfree Adolescents (1978)
Conscious Consumer (1995)

Solo
Transluscence (1980)
God’s & Goddesses (EP, 1986)
Flower Aeroplane (2004)
Generation Indigo (2011)

Videos

"Oh Bondage Up Yours!" (Live)

"Identity"

"World Turned Dayglo"

Origin
Kent, England

women-in-music:

Birthdays (20th July 2014)

  • Tobi Vail (45)
  • Marcia Hines (61)
  • Kim Carnes (69)

Many Happy Returns!

women-in-music:

Faye Hunter (1954 - July 20, 2013).
American alternative rock bassist, vocalist and founding member of the group Let’s Active, formed in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1981.
They played their first performance with their friends R.E.M. and recorded the EP Afoot in 1983 and the full-length Cypress the following year, after which Faye left the band. In 1986 she returned to contribute to Let’s Active’s third album, “Big Plans for Everybody”. 
Faye tragically died of an apparent suicide.

women-in-music:

Faye Hunter (1954 - July 20, 2013).

American alternative rock bassist, vocalist and founding member of the group Let’s Active, formed in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1981.

They played their first performance with their friends R.E.M. and recorded the EP Afoot in 1983 and the full-length Cypress the following year, after which Faye left the band. In 1986 she returned to contribute to Let’s Active’s third album, “Big Plans for Everybody”.

Faye tragically died of an apparent suicide.

Jarboe (1984 - present)

Band
Swans (Keys/Vocals/Piano, 1984 - 1997, 2012)
World of Skin (Vocals/Keys, 1987 - 1990)

Labels
Caroline Records
Neurot Recordings
The End Records
Alternative Tentacles
Season of Mist

Genres
Experimental
Industrial
Vocal
Psychedelic Folk
Art Rock
Blues

Discography

With Swans (Link)

With The World of Skin (Link)

Solo (Link)

Other Appearances (Link)

Origin
New Orleans, Louisiana

women-in-music:

Birthdays (18th July 2014)

  • M.I.A. (39)
  • Annie Mac (36)
  • Martha Reeves (73)
  • Karina Pasian (23)

Many Happy Returns!