You’d be surprised to know how many female artists are out there covering different genres in our own backyard. In speaking to the following nine musicians, it was obvious they all share a deep passion for their craft. From bands to solo artists to singer/songwriters, Sacramento has all arenas covered. The following list includes incredible up-and-coming female musicians to seasoned veterans.
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While Lauren Wakefield has been performing since she was two years old, she has done it professionally since she was 14. Now at the ripe age of 23, Lauren has developed a healthy following. Lauren describes her style as an old blues fusion which already puts her in a class all her own for such a young artist. In town, Lauren has performed at venues like The Press Club and Distillery as well as Pangaea Two Brews. Currently, Lauren is a solo artist formerly of Lauren and The Solicitors which released a self-titled album called “The Solicitors.”
This local female musician is as talented as her name is difficult to pronounce. As a Soul/R&B musician, Ifamodupe has performed professionally for the past 12 years. Those interested in catching one of her shows needn’t look too hard as she has performed at Harlow’s, Fox & Goose, Naked Lounge and a vast array of art galleries during Second Saturday’s in Sacramento. This April 15th, Ifamodupe celebrated the release of her new EP, “This Way of Love” at The Unity of Sacramento which is located at 9249 Folsom Boulevard. For future show dates, you can visit her Facebook page.
Miss Mouthpeace, as she prefers to be addressed, is truly a unique act. Miss Mouthpeace has been singing in church all of her life. While in her mid-20s, she sang with a gospel group in Okinawa, Japan. Miss Mouthpeace describes her style as eclectic soul. To hear her voice is an absolutely calming experience. Having performed locally at Shenanigans, Harlow’s, Moon River Inn, Shady Lady and Marilyn’s, Sacramento certainly puts her in the category of seasoned local artist. Miss Mouthpeace just celebrated the release of both a new CD and inspirational-style book on April 12th. The book is titled “JUST What I Need” and information is available on her website.
This bubbly musician was an absolute pleasure to interview and has talent to match her sparkling personality. Ricky has been performing at recitals since she was five or six years old but professionally from the age of 17. Her genre is described as Pop with a Jazz element which makes for an interesting sound. Ricky is currently working on an album and will soon be flying to Prague to record an orchestra and also perform with the orchestra on one of the tracks. Ricky is only 25 years old and has performed at Harlow’s, The Crocker Art Museum and The Effie Yeaw Nature Center.
Jen Cordero of The Zoo Human Project
Jen Cordero is the singer/frontwoman for a local band called The Zoo Human Project. While Jen has settled in our fair city, she has gone on three national tours with the band and recorded two full-length albums. Jen’s band won Program Best at the 2010 Sacramento Film Festival. Locally, The Zoo Human Project has performed at places like Naked Lounge and Luna’s Cafe. Jen describes the band’s sound as Indie Acoustic which places it in a somewhat original category. In 2006, Jen won Best Female Vocalist in a Vegas competition called Star Caster. Jen was also the winner of the 2009 Acoustic Slam held at Butch & Nellies, now the home of the Midtown Village Cafe. You can catch The Zoo Human Project next on March 23rd at the Naked Lounge.
Amanda Lynn Powell of Tragically White
Amanda Lynn has been singing since she was able to speak, starting in choirs. Her band, Tragically White, was nominated for a Sammie in 2012 in the category of Best Cover Band. Amanda co-wrote music and lyrics for both “12:34” and “Dandelion Dreams;” both albums were performed and recorded by Too Much Fiction, an original band Amanda sang in for three years. Tragically White’s most recent performance was at Corner Pocket on March 9th 2013. The band was also a guest on “Good Day Sacramento.”
Autumn is an Indie Pop musician who has been on the scene in Sacramento professionally for the past eight years. Autumn has played at Concerts in the Park, Harlow’s, Ace of Spades and has even performed at the Sacramento Music Awards. As a local female musician, music is a full-time gig for Autumn as she is always working on something new. Autumn got to play at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah in 2011 which is quite a big deal. At just 24 years old, this young musician has already reached impressive heights winning Artist of The Year three years in a row as well as Outstanding Singer/Songwriter in 2010 and 2011 at the Sacramento Music Awards.
Sandra has performed professionally since 2008. As a Folk/Pop musician, Sandra has a very intriguing sound and style. Dolores has performed at Old Ironsides, The Torch Club and Harlow’s as well as performing weekly at The Delta King in Old Sacramento. A full-time musician, Sandra also hosts open mic nights in Sacramento. Samples of her music can be found on her site along with upcoming dates. Sandra also performs as part of a duo called The Cover Girls; a female band playing cover songs from the 1950s to 1980s.
An almost 20-year music veteran, Katie is no stranger to large audiences. Early in her career, she sang backup for Barry Manilow. Katie’s style can be described as Bluesy Rock. Knipp has performed at Harlow’s, Blue Note and Marilyn’s in Sacramento as well as a number of venues in Marin County where the Katie Knipp Band was awarded the title “Number One Band In All Of Marin County” by the Ukiah Daily Journal.
As a hospitality professional Andy Soto has worked every facet of the industry. He currently leads the team at Spectrum Restaurant Consulting. He started writing a hospitality blog in 2009 and restaurant writing for Sacramento Press in 2010. In 2011 Andy became a Sacramento Restaurant Examiner for Examiner.com. His work can be found on Examiner.com.