Where Men and Women Go to Unleash Their Inner Rock Star!
Women Rock for Charity is a public benefit corporation that provides music camps, training, activities and events for women and men to create live musical experiences, supporting local women’s charities with its profits. In September, 2014, our camps became co-ed so men can now enjoy this experience as well.
At Women Rock For Charity, we aspire to foster self-esteem and confidence in women and men through music education and performance. Women Rock For Charity encourages women and men to get out of their comfort zone and try new experiences in music and life. This experience is an excellent team building activity for people who work or play together. We offer a unique opportunity for women and men to learn the basics of a musical instrument, form a band, write a song and perform live on stage all in 3 days. And all for a good cause- to support other charities that share our purpose! Our music camp experience improves one’s emotional and mental health, self-esteem and confidence, whether you are a camper (student) or instructor.
Our rock camp offers a unique program for women and men who have never played a musical instrument, to become a member of a rock band and play on stage at a Nashville live music venue. In only 3 days, women and men ages 21 and older will bond together and challenge themselves in ways never imagined as they unleash their inner ‘rock star’!
This isn’t a singing competition or reality television show. American Idol judges will not be evaluating your talent and sending you home. Our rock camp is a chance for you to get out of your comfort zone and do something new and exciting. And the best thing is that, regardless of musical ability or experience, all are welcome to join us.
Our rock camp is proudly presented by Women Rock For Charity, a public benefit corporation that provides opportunities for women and men to express themselves through music camps, training, activities and events. The profits from these events are donated by WRFC to three 501C3 charities in the greater Nashville area. Bridges of Williamson County, Magdalene/Thistle Farms and Pearl Point Cancer Support Center.
So although our “rock stars” may be having all the fun on stage, the people in our community are the real stars and motivation for our mission.
Nashville Stars Come Together to Share Talents
Gary Jenkins- Grand Performance MC
Originally from Florence Alabama, Gary Jenkins has been performing professionally as a musician and comedian for over 20 years. Gary has traveled the country opening for headliners as diverse as Huey Lewis and The News, Kenny Loggins, Emmy Lou Harris, Charlie Daniels, To The Temptations, Martina McBride, Alabama, the Oak Ridge Boys and Jay Leno. He also is a headline performer for Norwegian and Holland America Cruise Lines as well as corporate events in Europe, Canada, and the US. Gary is currently featured in a lead role in the feature film “The Song”, which opened in September 2014, and the mini series “Aha”.
Steve Dean- Song Writer
A Nashville songwriter who has co-written six number one hits. Including the most played song on Country Radio in 2007, “Watching You” for Rodney Atkins, the Grammy nominated for The Oak Ridge Boys, for Alabama , for George Strait, for Lee Greenwood and for Reba McEntire. Other artists who have recorded Steve’s songs include LoCash Cowboys, Waylon Jennings, Billy Dean, Ronnie Mislap, Kenny Rogers. Pure Prairie League, Craig Morgan, Steve has earned 8 BMI Songwriter Awards and 2 BMI Publisher Awards. Steve’s song, “Expecting Good Things”, is the title track to the Grammy nominated CD” Expecting Good Things” by Jeff and Sheri Easter back in 2012.
Kevin So- Instrument Instructor
A 20 year veteran of the music business who has earned the respect of fellow musicians, (Keb’ Mo’, Amos Lee, Melody Gardot, Simon Lynge), won over members of press (the late editor-in-chief Timothy White/Billboard Magazine, Steve Morse/Boston Globe) and radio (John Platt-WFUV, New York, Rich Warren-WFMT, Chicago), and has built a loyal fan base around the world. Just release a new CD Countryside in November.
Drew Haley-Song Writer
From a small town in East Texas and has been singing all her life. From fronting bands, songwriting rounds, co-writing, and recording 3 albums and 2 EP’s. she’s been blessed to be able to do it every day. After winning best song from Austin Songwriter’s Group in 2010, Drew was asked to perform at The Bluebird Cafe and decided then to move to Music City. In 2012 , co-writers Rachel Lipsky and Drew started “Get it Girl Nashville” where they showcase female singer/songwriters on the first Wednesday of every month at Soulshine Pizza near music row.
Annie Kennedy- Song Writer
Born with the innate drive to be a country artist, at a mere ten years old Annie Kennedy set her sights on success and has been on her journey to Music City ever since. Shortly after graduating, Kennedy made the move to Music City and began working on her self-titled debut album, released in 2011. Although a fresh face in Nashville, other artists quickly took notice of Kennedy’s writing abilities as well, earning her a cut with singer/songwriter Grant Reiff in 2012, and with it came the opportunity to work with Garth Brooks’ long time guitar player and producer Johnny Garcia.
Now immersed in the heart of Nashville, TN, Kennedy not only shares the stage and the page with the newest class of talented writers and artists, but also is a notable member of the thriving creative community herself. Kennedy is now writing in preparation for her next album, a full- length project to be released in 2014, and is currently on the road for the second leg of the Crossing Bridges Tour throughout the Midwest.
Jennifer Applequist- Song Writer
Jennifer’s story began when she caught the attention of musician/producer Barry Goldberg and Warner Brothers VP of A&R Geoffrey Weiss, who recognized that her striking presence had an undeniable appeal. She went on to ink a record deal with Warner Brothers, and her debut album “Little Girl” received national radio airplay and several film/ television placements. Her follow up album, BLISS, pushed her into new heights, and she received the LOS ANGELES MUSIC AWARDS Best Adult Contemporary Artist of the Year Award, a title she shares with platinum selling artists Black Eyed Peas, Save Farris and Systems of A Down.
Adam “Brick” House- Instrument Instructor
Adam G. House is the drummer for the Nashville based original heavy metal band, Outlaw Serenade. His is also an Afghanistan war veteran and Wounded Warrior Project alumni who has involved himself in many issues which he believes affect the individual freedoms of the people whose constitutional rights he took an oath to defend. Brick currently resides in the heart of Tennessee with his companion dog “Liberty” where he is recovering from PTSD and enjoys the therapeutic hobbies of gardening and other forms of artistic expression.
Martha Ramos- Instrument Instructor
In 2010 Martha started touring with Transcend the Fallen, a local metal band out of Nashville, TN. Transcend the Fallen won the Episode Four of War of Rock. While with Transcend, Martha went on to compete in Hard Rock’s London Calling contest, winning the first two local rounds. In December of 2012 while with Transcend we scored our first radio single Falling Backwards. In 2013 I took a position with Retro Station, a local university project teaching music majors how to function in a live performance setting. Presently I perform in the back up band for Country Artist Erika Jo. Martha is also a part of A Box of Angry Roosters, a local hard rock band based in Nashville, TN. A Box of Angry Roosters is currently in the studio recording their first single. In December Martha was inducted into the Women of Rock Nashville organization.
Sonya Nobles Dukett- Instrument Instructor
Originally from St. Louis , Mo. Sonya is the songwriter/bass player for 2 Punk bands . Glass Emblem is a local Nashville Punk band and “Bound” is a punk band based out of St. Louis that is still ranked on local charts in the top 20. She has been writing and selling songs professionally for over 10 years and playing bass for 4 years. Sonya is also a cancer survivor that uses her music to keep focused on the positive side of life. Sonya loves teaching and donating her time to other survivors and music lovers.