Radical Classical

Radical Classical is a classical guitarist/vocalist who keeps the foundation of traditional classical techniques in her original compositions by combining heavy bass lines, speedy leads, and multi-dimensional melodies accompanied by strong vocals and lyrics within a Pop/Rock structure. With the release of three albums entitled Mosaic Jungle, String Theory, and Radical Classical, she has performed as a guest soloist for The Symphonic Symphony in Paris, France as well as headlining shows at locations ranging from conservatories and arts theaters, to conventional mainstream outlets and music festivals both nationally and internationally. Radical Classical has been featured on Telemundo, CNN, WGN TV, the Speed Channel, PBS, and in various television shows, magazines, radio stations and independent films. She has also received a variety of awards including the Producer's Choice Award for Best Finger Style Guitarist of the Year at the LA Music Awards,  Entrepreneur Award Recipient from actress Eva Longoria (the Eva Longoria Foundation), The Association of Finger-Style Guitarists (making her the youngest guitarist to receive the award for a Lifetime Honoree Member/Performer), an Honorary Meastra Title (the most respectable title for a classical performer) was given to her by the Conservatory of Puebla, Mexico after her performance, and she has been placed on the Official Ballot for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (the Grammy Awards) under the categories of "Best Pop Vocal Performance", "Best Pop Instrumental Album of the Year", "Best New Artist", “Best Pop Instrumental Performance", and "Best Album of the Year".


Kat Dyson

Southern-born guitarist/vocalist Kat Dyson relocated to Los Angeles from Montreal via Minneapolis where she was a featured guitarist & vocalist with Prince as a member of the New Power Generation. Her contributions to this musical alliance can be heard on the following recordings: Emancipation, The Truth and Newpowersoul.  Along the way,she has performed with renowned artists including Celine Dion, Cyndi Lauper, Natalie Cole, Ivan Neville, Donny Osmond, rap artist T.I., Seal, Sheila E and C.O.E.D., Joi, George Clinton and the P-Funk AllStars, MusiqueSoulchild, Phoebe Snow, Res, The Winans, Mary Mary, Yolanda Adams and more. Her studio work includes sessions for such artists as Keb Mo',Ziggy Marley, Sheila E., Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) and Mick Jagger [Alfie soundtrack]. Ms. Dyson is also a contributing guitarist and vocalist on the multi-platinum Cyndi Lauper greatest hits album, "12 Deadly Cyns", along with 'Sisters of Avalon'"At Last" and "The Body Acoustic. She continues to perform with Ms. Lauper.  Highlights of her work in film and television include: As a featured credited musician, her soulful guitar can be heard in the filmscore for DANCING AT THE BLUE IGUANA, starring Darryl Hannah. She also composed and performed several pieces of music for HBO's acclaimed documentary series AMERICA UNDERCOVER.  She also continues to be a go-to guitarist for many; including playing for Black Rock Coalition events such as THE BRC all female orchestra, conducted by Tamar Kali. In addtion to releasing her EP 'COLOUR KOMMENTARY, she continues composing music for television and film in Los Angeles. 

Jennifer Batten

The buzz on Jennifer Batten rose from the guitar underground, and the guitar magazines promptly began chronicling her savvy musicianship and highly original approach to the electric guitar in print. She was selected from over one hundred guitarists to play in Michael Jackson's highly skilled band which toured the world for one and a half years playing for over four and a half million people. Jennifer wasted no time after the” Bad” Tour's grand finale, diving into work on her own album with renown producer (and Stevie Wonder guitarist) Michael Sembello. The stunning results can be heard on “Above, Below, and Beyond”. Shortly after the record's release in the spring of '92, she was asked again to join Michael Jackson for his upcoming "Dangerous Tour".  In January '93, she joined Jackson to partake in Superbowl XXVII's half time entertainment which aired to one and half billion people in 80 nations. It was the largest audience in television history. She completed her second solo record "Jennifer Batten's Tribal Rage~Momentum," just before she was again asked to join Michael Jackson for his 2 year world tour supporting his double album "HIStory" in 1997. In the spring of 98 Jeff Beck asked Jennifer to join his band. They joined forces for 3 years on the CD’s "Who Else", and “You Had It Coming” which were both supported by world tours. Other guest appearances include CD's with Carmine Appice, Michael Sembello, Carl Anderson, Carina Alfie and several rock tributes. Jennifer has authored two music books and has just released her third solo CD/DVD entitled “Whatever”.  www.batten.com

Orianthi 

At 27 years old, Orianthi has already experienced what most aspiring musicians only dream of. She’s opened for her hero (Steve Vai), backed an Idol (Carrie Underwood), traded solos with a legend (Carlos Santana) and shared the stage with the King of Pop (Michael Jackson), She's recorded a duet with a legend (Steven Tyler). What’s left to conquer? The world stage, for one, and this guitar wunderkind has her sights clearly set on the road ahead. After a performance with Carrie Underwood on stage at the 2009 Grammy Awards the blogosphere was buzzing with news of this little-known guitar prodigy. It prompted Michael Jackson to call with an offer for her to be his guitarist for his dates at the O2 Arena in London. When offered the gig in Michael Jackson's live band, Orianthi joined a prestigious line of guitar players including Eddie Van Halen, Santana, Slash, Steve Stevens, Jennifer Batten and Larry Carlton. Sadly the tour was not to be and music lost an icon. "Working with Michael was a life-changing experience," Orianthi reflects,"One I will never forget." Her story starts in Adelaide on the southern tip of Australia where, at the age of six, Orianthi began taking an interest in her dad’s record collection. “Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Cream, Santana, he was into guitar players that are real songwriters,” she boasts. Orianthi packs modern girl-power punch into every turn of phrase, but it's the shredding that takes her brand of rock to an entirely new level. If, for a moment, you've thought the music world could use another taste of The Runaways Joan Jett, let us introduce you to Orianthi. www.orianthimusic.com

Nik West 

"She sports a colorful mohawk shaped like a bass clef."- Soul Train

With credits that include work for artists such as, Dave Stewart of Eurythmics fame, Prince, John Mayer, Glee, and most recently, appearing as a special guest on American Idol, bassist, singer and songwriter Nik West is anything more than just another pretty face. Noted music journalist Alex Henderson (Billboard) sums West’s incredible talent up saying “Nik West is one 21st Century artist who isn’t lacking in the chops department. She is a young electric bassist who clearly knows her way around her instrument and plays like she has been inspired by the funky likes of Larry Graham, Louis Johnson (of Brothers Johnson fame) and Marcus Miller." Nik West is also a highly expressive singer. Known for impressively recording a cover of "Back In Black" by AC/DC, Nik shocked many rock fanatics and instantly became a new favorite of legend Steven Tyler. There are many great singers, but only a few have a voice with character that forces all who hear it to listen closely. "I was really surprised to know that Lenny Kravitz watched all of my videos and was impressed so much at my cover of Teen Town that he wanted to meet me in person", she says. 
Her bold and unabashed appearance combined with her impeccable music skills give us yet another reason to love the progressive funk artist that much more. With her first album under her belt and a second well on its way, the brainchild behind the Queen of Strings Competition is paving a road for other young female musicians to play their instruments with confidence.   
www.nikwestbass.com 

Nicole Fiorentino


​Nicole Fiorentino is a bassist and singer best known for her work with The Smashing Pumpkins. Nicole toured internationally with the band from 2010-2014. You can hear her bass and vocal work on the band's critically acclaimed album "Oceania" released in 2012. No stranger to the stage, Nicole also toured with Chicago alt-rockers Veruca Salt, Brody Dalle's (The Distillers) latest project Spinnerette, and local LA acts such as Light Fm, Twilight Sleep and Radio Vago. Currently Nicole has her own project called The Cold and Lovely with grammy nominated writer/producer Meghan Toohey. The band has released a full length and an EP with another full length scheduled for release on January 20th, 2015. Both women are supporters and volunteers for the Rock N Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles.


www.nicolefiorentino.net


Taimane Gardner

At the age of five, Taimane picked up her first ukulele and began her future in performing. Playing on the streets of Waikiki with the beach boys, Taimane was discovered by legendary crooner, Don Ho and became a featured performer in his show. From there, her popularity grew and Taimane has performed around the world. She has played privately for John Travolta, Steven Seagal, George Clooney, and has opened for Earth Wind and Fire, Chicago, Jimmy Buffett, Chris Isaak, and many more.

Whether delicately finger-picking through Bach or radically ripping through Led Zeppelin, Taimane has the ability to morph genres- form Classical to Rock to flamenco- and to stretch her instrument far beyond the familiar melodies of Hawai’i, where she grew up. Her fingers fly and her body dances in a whirlwind of skill and sensuality..leaving audiences gaping with amazement!  Listeners will be riveted by the artistry of her technique and the tapestry of her styling. They will come to understand why Taimane is lighting up the industry.


www.taimane.com

Annie Clements

Bassist and vocalist Annie Clements has traveled the globe backing up some of the biggest names in the business. She has held the bass chair for country juggernaut Sugarland since the release of their second album "Enjoy the Ride," the multi platinum effort which features her as a bassist and vocalist. Sugarland live collaborations have afforded Clements the opportunity to perform with Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi, The B52's, Kenny Chesney, and dozens of today's most popular artists. Additionally, Annie is featured on Sugarland's Billboard #1 topping live album "Live on the Inside" and accompanying DVD, the follow up to their #1 album "Love on the Inside" on which Clements also appears. With Sugarland's vocalists currently pursuing solo efforts, Clements is touring with critically acclaimed chart topping singer/songwriter Amos Lee whose soulful R&B stylings play to Clements' musical roots as a native of New Orleans. The group is currently headlining theaters and festivals all over the world. Clements also tours with Americana darling Holly Williams, grand daughter of the great Hank Williams. At the end of the day, whether she's performing onstage in a football stadium, an historic theater, a club downtown, or in her living room with her husband and musical family, Annie has never lost her love or respect for the power of music. Growing up in a musical household where anyone and everyone was encouraged to pick up an instrument, Annie is excited to be a part of the Queen of the Strings competition to bring awareness to and inspire confidence in other female musicians.