“For women in the independent music industry”

Honorary Lifetime Members

Holly Figueroa ~ www.hollyfigueroa.com ~ "...a fine new CD, How It Is, slays just about any big company songster product that has been coughed up over the past 12 months." -Los Angeles Entertainment Today, Paul Anderson, October 2002

After a recent performance at the legendary Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Holly Figueroa was contacted by A&R at Elektra and MCA, both looking for copies of her latest record, "How It Is". One listen to her songs, and more importantly, her live performance, and you'll find out why she is a “major force to be reckoned with”. (Carla DeSantis, Rockrgrl Magazine)

Recently featured on NPR¹s “All Things Considered”, native Ohioan Holly Figueroa started playing guitar in July 1999, when during her first tour, her guitar player broke his hip while pitching the tent before their first festival show in front of ten thousand people. Not knowing a thing about playing guitar, she learned three chords in three days and finished her tour by herself.

In her first year solo on the acoustic music circuit, she was wowing national audiences in listening rooms from The Bitter End in New York City, to Club Passim in Boston, to the Tractor Tavern in Seattle and Genghis Cohen in Los Angeles. Seattle based Figueroa logged in over 1000 tour dates between 1999 and 2003, greeting fans everywhere with her knock down, drag out vocals and percussive solo acoustic guitar, usually with her now nine year old daughter in tow.

Holly recently had her second child and is sojourning close to home for now. "Being on the road alone is hard enough," says Figueroa. "Being on the road with a nine year old is really tough. Add a toddler into the mix, and what remaining sanity I have might just be destroyed." Having a new baby in the house hasn't stopped Figueroa from releasing new material. In June 2004, she released "Live in New York City", a live CD recorded at Makor in NYC in January 2003. "People have been asking me for a long time when I was going to make a live, acoustic record." says Figueroa. "Now that I'm taking a bit of a break from performing as much, they can listen to the live CD until I come back to their town again."

Holly was able to fund the recording of her latest record, "How It Is" solely through pre-orders from fans on her extensive mailing list. Her new record, released once again on Cake Records, will be distributed by Red Music, the indie arm of Sony/BMG distribution, in Fall, 2006. “How It Is” was produced and recorded by Evan Brubaker (Tennis Pro, Edie Carey, Skip Peri), and Troy Glessner at Spectre Studios in Seattle, WA. The record features mega talents Tony Levin and Jerry Marotta (both known for touring with Peter Gabriel), Danny Barnes, Dan Tyack, Sean Halley, and Skip Peri. “How It Is” is the follow up to her 2001 release "Dream in Red², which received great reviews from national, weekly and daily press all over the country. Holly is also the founder of Indiegrrl.com (a 2000 member international organization for women in the independent music industry).
Jamie Anderson ~ www.jamieanderson.com ~ 18 years and growing as the spirit of a true “Indie” artist. Touring nationally since the eighties, Jamie Anderson has played her warm and witty songs in hundreds of coffeehouses, concert halls, colleges and festivals all over the U.S. She's released seven albums including her newest, A Promise of Light, produced by Kiya Heartwood (Wishing Chair). Her music has been featured on the Dr. Demento radio show, Car Talk, and stations all over the world. Jamie has been involved with Indiegrrl for over 6 years.

When Jamie isn't touring, she's teaching songwriting, guitar and other classes at Duke University, arts centers, privately in Durham, NC and at festivals all over the country. She has a chapter in Songwriting and the Guitar, a book that also includes Paul Simon, The Indigo Girls, Joni Mitchell and others. Jamie is a freelance writer whose articles and CD reviews have appeared in Acoustic Guitar, SingOut! and more. In her spare time - she must have a clone -- Jamie is director for Women in Harmony, an annual music camp in the mountains near Asheville, NC.
Vicki Blankenship ~ www.spottedkivaproductions.com ~ In 1998 Vicki was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Two more subsequent occurrences made her leave corporate America behind in 2002 to take time to heal and to pursue her long time dream of being a full time touring singer songwriter. She turned her life into supporting Indie music and singer songwriters of all genres and to raising more awareness for the need of cancer research. In 2005 Vicki took over as CEO of Indiegrrl giving Holly Figueroa a much deserved rest. Vicki devotes countless hours of dedication to promote and support the Indiegrrl members and organization. She tours nationally full time and has plans to start touring internationally in 2007. She has released two CDs, "Don't Forget To Breathe" and "Horizons" both of which have received airplay in numerous radio markets. She is a featured artist in "Steps For Living" a non profit organization supporting cancer survivors who have "got busy living" with their survival of the disease. (www.stepsforliving.org) In 2005, Vicki founded and is President and Event Chairperson for Indie Music For Life (www.indiemusicforlife.org) a non profit organization that raises money for cancer research and cancer awareness programs through working with Indie artists in benefit concerts and yearly compilation CDs. Vicki is also a member of Outmusic (www.outmusic.com) supporting the GLBT communities in music. Spotted Kiva Productions is a company that works with Indie artists helping them create web designs, promotional materials such as press packets, one sheets, demos and other short run CD duplicating needs and is a sponsor of Indiegrrl and Indie Music For Life.
Tret Fure ~ www.tretfure.com ~ One of the most prolific artists in the contemporary singer-songwriter arena, Tret Fure is extraordinarily talented. In 2004 she won the prestigious South Florida Folk Festival Songwriting Competition in two out of three categories, Best Up-Tempo and Best Overall, as well as the Phyllis Schliessman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women’s Music. In addition to being a gifted songwriter, Fure possesses an uncanny mastery of musical technology. Over the past 30 years, Fure has engineered and produced countless recordings by a variety of artists, including her own work.

This writer, producer, engineer, vocalist and gifted instrumentalist has navigated her career with integrity and determination. After releasing her premier album on MCA records in 1973, titled Tret Fure, and becoming one of the first women sound engineers in the US, she left the mainstream music industry. Armed with a fierce desire to retain full artistic control, Fure began exploring the independent side of the industry and soon discovered the blossoming genre known as Women’s Music. She has been a major player in that field ever since. Now after 3 acoustic releases on her own label, Tomboy girl Records, she has re-established herself in the folk world. Tret is a true inspiration to "Indie" women singer songwriters.

Her CD credits include:
1970 - Mousetrap
1973 - Tret Fure
1984 - Terminal Hold
1986 - Edges of the Heart
1990 - Time Turns The Moon
1993 - Postcards from Paradise
1999 - Between The Covers
1999 - Radio Quiet
2001 - Back Home
2002 - My Shoes
2005 - Anytime Anywhere
Laura McLean ~ www.guitarheel.com ~ known as the "Guitar Guru of the Lower Cape Fear", is a native Wilmingtonian, (Wilmington, NC), and wears many hats including radio host, producer, guitar/recording instructor, concert promoter, professional musician, song writer and published writer. She has a B.A. in Creative Arts from UNC Wilmington and is the NC Ambassador to the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance as well as a member of the NC Writer's Network. She earned her name early on as an acoustic singer-songwriter, and later as the fluid lead guitarist/vocalist for indie-rock mainstays, CALAMITY.

Laura is the creator and co-host of The Magnolia Fatback Folk Hour on WHQR public radio and features many of the Indiegrrls and other Indie artists on her show. She teaches digital music production and guitar at the Dreams Center For The Arts, a cutting-edge downtown afterschool arts program. Laura is the musical chair of the Airlie Arts Festival, and founder-producer of the Cape Fear Folk Festival, now in its 16th year. Laura is very active with Indiegrrl setting up showcases in her hometown of Wilmington, NC featuring performers as they tour the US and was one of the very first members when Indiegrrl came to life in 1998. In her own words "I was 'Indie' before 'Indie' was cool".
Cris Williamson ~ www.criswilliamson.com ~ is now an "Honorary Performing Member" of Indiegrrl for her long time commitment as an Indie artist. Decades before indie labels were the norm, and years before women had any real access in the industry, in her own way, Cris Williamson was busy changing the face of popular music. She hasn't looked back since.

For nearly 30 years, Cris has toured incessantly, performing in Russia, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. One of the most sought-after performers on the acoustic circuit, she continues to criss-cross America, selling out Carnegie Hall three times, and headlining among others, the Newport and Kerrville Folk Festivals.

Cris and her business manager Judy Werle are honored to be a part of Indiegrrl and to help continue the tradition of building "Indie" women singer songwriters into a more recognized force in the music industry.