Discovered by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics at 16, Joanne Shaw Taylor is a blues rocker who has been playing the blues for half her life. From West Midlands, England, she was inspired by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, and Albert Collins.
In 2002 Stewart brought her on board to tour with his band DUP. She’s released six solo albums and has toured the US and the UK.
Jazz guitarist Arianna Powell has entertained the stages of bands such as the Black Eyed Peas, Chris Brown, and Will.I.Am. She has toured with Drake Bell and competed on American Idol. Powell’s first tour was with Nick Jonas, and from there, she began making connections.
She’s from a blue-collar Pennsylvania town. She learned to play guitar from her father, who was a folk fingerpicking, and then her preferences grew toward jazz, ska, and metal.
Yvette Young is a creative artist and musician who leads the band Covet on guitar and vocals. The math-rock band has a sound compared with King Crimson, which is comprised of complex rhythmic structures.
The No-Cal-native graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and then dove into a music career with Covet. The band has two studio albums.
Desireé Bassett was a child musical prodigy who began playing guitar as soon as she was big enough to hold a half-size Lotus as a toddler. By age 8, she played competitively. She’s rocked out with Sammy Hagar, Ted Nugent, Living Colour, Barry Goudreau, the Marshall Tucker Band, and the Allman Brothers.
Desireé also got to play with her personal idol, Joe Satriani. She boasts two studio albums.
Joyce Cooling taught herself to play guitar by ear. In 1988, she joined a San Francisco Brazilian jazz band called Viva Brazil. Cooling and band member Jay Wagner collaborated and then formed a band in 1990.
Besides her work in jazz bands, she has also performed with Joe Henderson, Stan Getz, Mark Murphy, and Charlie Byrd.