- Sharmaine Johnson
The Pink Carpet Rolled Out for the 5th Annual Women Who Rock Benefit Concert
The 5th annual Women Who Rock benefit concert hosted by singer, songwriter, and actress Jordin Sparks had The Novo rocking last night in Downtown Los Angeles. This milestone event featured a headlining set from 4x Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Aimee Mann, as well as performances from all-female mariachi group Flor De Toloache, singer/songwriter Emily Wolfe, DJ Daisy O’Dell, and emerging artist Graciela. You know we love an event that combines fun and giving back so we had to come and get the tea. At the concert, we celebrated influential musicians in the music industry and raised funds and awareness for life-saving women’s health research through a silent auction. All proceeds from the concert and auction will go to Magee-Women’s Research Institute which happens to be the nation’s largest research institute that is dedicated solely to vital and life-saving women’s health research. WWR also partnered with Gibson and the Gibson Gives initiative which creates, develops, and supports non-profit organizations and their efforts to advance musicians, youth-focused education, music, and health and wellness initiatives. We hit the pink carpet to spill the tea with some of the artists and the founder of Magee-Women’s Research Institute to talk about the importance of women’s health, competition in the music industry, and more. Grab your cups here’s the tea! The ladies of Flor De Toloache shared their perspectives on giving back with us. “In the work that we do as a band, coming out as all women doing this genre is a big statement and a big part of the advocacy that is done. Being who we are and doing what we do is the work of pushing women forward”. The music industry can be very competitive when it comes to women so I asked the ladies what advice they would give to women who are aspiring artists. “Keep your heart open and just love because that’s ultimately the biggest force of life. To love each other, to share, and support. Everyone has their own light to shine and were here to do that and everyone can shine in their own way”. You know we always have to get the scoop on the communiTEA service so we stopped to chat with the President and CEO of Magee-Women’s Research Institute and Foundation. I asked Mike, what made him want to dive deep into women’s health research “I have two daughters. Women are also 50% of the population but they give birth to 100% of the future. It’s important to me to understand how to create better outcomes moving forward for all of society and in order to do that you really have to focus on women’s health”.
To wrap up the interview Mike gave all of us women who rock some great tea regarding dealing with competition and comparison. “First of all there is enough to go around there’s no need to compete. If we all work together we’ve got a better chance of succeeding. If the women out
there can collaborate and support each other they can get a lot further”. It was a great night to celebrate women and their contributions to the community and music. For more information on Women Who Rock events and donations visit womenwhorock.info