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WOMEN THAT ROCK + HARNESS MAG – DECEMBER ARTIST FEATURES

Heather Mae: Ready for a dose of serious grrrl #goals? Meet your new favorite idol, Heather Mae. The Washington D.C.-based artist has been dubbed “the queer Adele,” writing music for the light seekers and the good troublemakers. She’s a social justice songwriter, powerhouse performer and earthshaking vocalist, with music described as cinematic alt-pop. And hers is not your mother’s social justice music—it’s not flower-in-your-hair, solo acoustic singer-songwriter music. Heather’s is an empowering, on-fire musical experience that bursts in the chest of every audience member, driven by her passion and message of self-love. Mae writes: “I’m a social-justice songwriter and mental health activist on a mission to make the world a more inclusive place. I’m fat,...

MOTHERLESS SONGBIRDS

My yearbooks as far as first grade are filled with notes from teachers saying they can’t wait to see me on TV when I get older, singing and accepting Grammys. My childhood videos show me lining stuffed animals up as an audience and singing passionately into a karaoke machine for my guests. I’ve always loved to sing, and honestly, don’t remember a time I didn’t. I come from a line of singers. My grandmother is a singer. She’s the deep, rich baritone with a voice that can literally shake a room. My mother is a singer. She’s the crystal clear, high soprano with a voice that sounds like clear blue skies. Then there’s me. I’m the soulful, middle alto with a voice somewhere in-between the two of them. But as I grew older, I realized singing wasn’t the only thing we had in common.t The tale of my...

WOMEN THAT ROCK + HARNESS MAG – OCTOBER ARTICLE FEATURES

Cryptic Street: If you’ve ever wondered what grrrl punk from Malta sounds like, meet Cryptic Street! This band is a four-piece musical riot, ready to rock patriarchal ears! They’re the perfect example of an international group you’ve maybe not yet heard (because they live over 5,000 miles away from the U.S. on a small island!), but NEED TO! With manic panic colored hair, wild eyes and big smiles, they’re boldly rocking the stage and serving up psychedelic punk madness fresh out of their DIY framework. From their humble Maltese roots, these ladies are gearing up to take over the world. In just their late teens and early 20’s, the ladies of Cryptic Street have already established themselves as one of the most sought-after, popular groups in Malta, where they perform to crowds of enamored fan...

THE JOURNEY TO THE STAGE– AN ESSAY BY RACHEL WISE

I sing without thinking. It comes as naturally to me as the sun rising. Using my voice to make music is a part of who I am, and I feel as though I was born to sing. I’ve had a dream to be a professional singer since I could remember that was actually a thing. The first time I remember ever singing in public is when I was two years old at my grandparents church in Ashland, Mississippi. As a child, I was naturally an outgoing person and enjoyed singing in choirs and church bands, but as I got older, the plague of stage fright became worse;  The shaking hands, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat and cracking voice happened any time I was assigned to sing a solo. Let me tell you, that only goes away with practice, and thankfully my love of singing outweighed my fear of mistakes and what...

FOR ARETHA

Aretha Queen of soul With royal respect we say a little prayer for you While we Rocksteady Like a chain of fools Trying to be Do Right Women and Men Cause we never loved Someone the way we love you Especially if we were young, Gifted And black And Daydreaming about A bridge over troubled waters Or a freeway of love Filled with amazing grace and sweet, sweet baby since you’ve been gone You made us Think Think Think about the weight Of a world Without the most Natural woman Lady soul Sparkling Like a spirit in the dark Lighting An almighty fire Through the storm Singing the music of the soul Like oh me, oh my We’re loving you baby And there ain’t no way     Author: Michelle Seabreeze Email: michelleseabreeze@icloud.com Author Bio: A Philadelphia, PA native, Michelle Seabreeze is a ...

WOMEN THAT ROCK + HARNESS MAG – SEPTEMBER FEMALE ARTIST FEATURES

  MONTE: Get into MONTE’s face-melting rock goodness! The female-fronted power trio seamlessly blends rock & roll, punk and pop into a signature sound that is simultaneously unique & relatable. They’re a sassy, pissed-off punch in the face and a quintessential, feel-good rock riff-machine. Inspired by classic punk and metal, MONTE’s fierce lyrics and shredding guitar riffs are cleverly balanced by melodic harmonies and catchy hooks that get stuck in your head and leave you itching for more. MONTE is fronted by multi-instrumentalist Caitlin Montclare. A musical force to be reckoned with, Montclare is a Jane-of-all-trades: guitarist, singer, songwriter, arranger & bassist. She stuns audiences with her fierce live performances, delivering sets that explode with insane, spot-o...

RAISE YOUR VOICE

The room was filled with family and friends drinking Persian tea and enjoying pastries. Pleasant chatter filled the air, and the anticipation of my performance was building. I picked up my Yamaha guitar purchased from a second hand shop for 25 pounds and began to strum. I was about to share an original song in the public for the very first time. I was 13 years old. It was a Father’s day song to honor my dad. I sang the last phrase, and the room erupted! Cheering, smiles, joy, hugs. I realized then the power that comes with using our voices. I’ve always been on the shy and reserved side when it comes to things I truly care about. As an introverted, intense and observant child, I noticed everyone else’s needs and was quick to jump in and ease their burdens. Fast forward to graduate school wh...

WOMEN THAT ROCK + HARNESS: APRIL FEMALE ARTISTS

This month’s recommended artists are brought to you by Women That Rock, a platform created by women, for women much like Harness Magazine. Women That Rock is dedicated to supporting and promoting up-and-coming female musicians and female-fronted bands, Women That Rock is cultivating a community of badass ladies who are creating amazing music and connecting with one another through their art. Visit Women That Rock’s brand new website, https://www.womenthatrock.co and follow WTR on Instagram at @womenthatrock to stay in the loop on amazing lady artists, news & upcoming events. If you know an amazing female musician or girl-fronted band that needs to be heard, email their information to thewomenthatrock@gmail.com! Emily Afton California-based Emily Afton’s voice is transporting, powerful ...

ANNIE HASLAM: A “RENAISSANCE” WOMAN

Annie Haslam is the long-time lead singer of the symphonic rock band “Renaissance” that played sold out shows across the globe. She is known for her five-octave voice, recognizable in her band or solo career, and her incredible intuitive artwork. Annie sat down with Harness to talk about finding her career and overcoming obstacles to find herself. Annie, how did your journey begin? My journey began in 1947 in a smoky cotton mill town called Bolton in Lancashire.  We were a working-class family; I had two brothers, Michael and Keith, and Mum and Dad, Annie and George. I had a loving childhood with a few medical situations, but I came through okay except for an ongoing ear problem that I now live with and can deal with. …It’s a long story! My dad was an amateur comedian/singer as a hobby, bu...

WOMEN THAT ROCK + HARNESS: JANUARY FEMALE MUSICIAN SPOTLIGHT

What better way to celebrate the female empowerment movement than through music? This month’s recommended artists are brought to you by Women That Rock, a movement created by women, for women. Dedicated to supporting and promoting up-and-coming female musicians and female-fronted bands, Women That Rock is cultivating a community of badass ladies who are creating amazing music and connecting with one another through their art. Follow Women That Rock on Instagram at @womenthatrock and stay in the loop on amazing lady artists, news & upcoming events. If you know an amazing female musician or girl-fronted band that needs to be heard, email their information to thewomenthatrock@gmail.com! Misty Mtn: Misty Mtn is a Brooklyn-based pop duo combining the heartfelt songwriting of NYC-born, Monta...

HARNESS X WOMEN THAT ROCK: DECEMBER FEMALE MUSICIANS

What better way to celebrate the female empowerment movement than through music? This month’s recommended artists are brought to you by Women That Rock, a movement created by women, for women. Dedicated to supporting and promoting up-and-coming female musicians and female-fronted bands, Women That Rock is cultivating a community of badass ladies who are creating amazing music and connecting with one another through their art. Follow Women That Rock on Instagram at @womenthatrock and stay in the loop on amazing lady artists, news & upcoming events. If you know an amazing female musician or girl-fronted band that needs to be heard, email their information to thewomenthatrock@gmail.com! BECCS: beccs is a Brooklyn-based musician from Boston. Part warrior and part goddess, beccs was hailed ...

#SUPERWOMAN TEENEAR | UP-AND-COMING URBAN POP SINGER TALKS TO HARNESS

Teenear discusses the biggest risk she’s taken, why she wants to be a good role model to young girls and positivity.  Women from all different walks of life contribute to Harness Magazine. On rare occasions, we come across women who are pursuing a dream that is quite extraordinary. Take Teenear, for instance: a young urban pop singer from Miami. When she was 15-years-old, her parents encouraged her to upload her cover of “Stay” by Rihanna to YouTube. Soon after, she signed on to Slip-n-Slide Records (the label worked with the likes of Rick Ross, Trina and Plies) and released singles with accompanying music videos. One of them, “Friday Night,” even featured Sage the Gemini. The song, an empowered anthem (peep the lyric: “Tonight I’m doin’ me”)  is about a girl who doesn’t need a man o...

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