Female Michigan super-group fires up ‘I Love Rock ’n’ Roll’

Feminine Michigan super-group fires up ‘I Love Rock ’n’ Roll’

Loving an Iconic Track and Celebrating Proficient Feminine Artists: Jennifer Bartlett and Sarena Rae at Third Coast Recording. (Photograph/Chelsea Whitaker)


Few songs are extra iconic within the realm of female-driven rock thunder than Joan Jett & The Blackhearts’ “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll.”

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So, it’s solely apropos that the band’s 1981 hit would get a star-studded contemporary remedy for Worldwide Ladies’s Day, courtesy of a super-group of 14 feminine singers and musicians from throughout Michigan.

Launched at the moment, the music video of their blistering model of the observe filmed and recorded at Grand Haven’s Third Coast Recording Co. options lead vocals by Jennifer Bartlett of Lokella, Sarena Rae and Grace Theisen with backing vocals delivered by a bunch of different singers.

The All-Star Forged: Coinciding launch with Worldwide Ladies’s Day. (Photograph/Chelsea Whitaker)

It’s the third such Michigan covers challenge launched on Worldwide Ladies’s Day over the previous 5 years, with a particular “collaborative showcase” starring greater than two dozen feminine and non-binary artists happening at The Pyramid Scheme on June 22 the place they’ll pay tribute to legendary girls of music.

“Each step of the best way, the challenge has grown and it’s been thrilling to look at our preliminary thought blossom right into a full backyard of expertise,” stated Bartlett. “Taking a verse from this quintessential Joan Jett tune has felt extra just like the cherry on high – a mere bonus to organizing and bringing the group collectively.”

As Sarena Rae put it: “It’s at all times an thrilling expertise to do one thing I really like whereas surrounded by girls that encourage me. ‘I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll’ is such an iconic track and it was such a blast to be at Third Coast with so many gifted girls within the West Michigan music scene.”

Added Rachel White of the Grand Rapids band Lighting Matches, who helped provide backing vocals on the observe: “It’s been a ton of enjoyable. We’ve obtained an unbelievable array of native expertise being displayed. It feels fairly surreal to get to be a part of a challenge like this. Strolling into the studio and seeing Sarena and Jennifer dressed up and able to go was simply insanely cool.”

Along with White, that “unbelievable array of expertise” on the track options singers Sierra Skye Baker, Rosie Cusack, Clare Crumback (Empress Eyes), Meg Hainer and Elle Full of life, guitarists Fay Burns and Marley Kaye (Low Section), bassist Katelynn Corll, drummer Carolyn Koebel and keyboardist Caitlin Cusack.

LISTEN: Ladies of Rock Tremendous-Group, “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”


Full of life, of Crooked Tree Artistic, who organized the Ladies’s Historical past Month challenge, famous that the music business “is a sometimes male-dominated subject, particularly within the rock style. On this video, not solely are girls featured sharing their voice, but in addition taking part in each instrument on the observe.”

The video kicks off a sequence of associated occasions, together with a “Ladies of Rock” Vainness Truthful-style photograph shoot later this month and the June tribute present at The Pyramid Scheme. A share of proceeds from that occasion will help Ladies Rock Grand Rapids.

An All-Star Ensemble: And an all-female efficiency. (Photograph/Chelsea Whitaker)

“The objective of this challenge is to focus on the last word energy that stems from prioritizing collaboration over competitors,” Full of life stated, “whereas recognizing all of the unbelievable feminine and non-binary expertise of at the moment within the Michigan music scene.

“Enjoyable, inspiring and impactful initiatives like this one illustrate the extraordinary range of the Michigan music group as a complete.”

For Sarena Rae, “it’s unbelievable to be dwelling in a time the place girls are extra readily acknowledged for his or her creativity and expertise, particularly in music. My hope is that younger ladies are impressed to select up an instrument, pursue a level in audio manufacturing, attempt for a job in music administration, or change into a recording artist.”

Added Bartlett: “Personally, I’ve at all times needed to work with extra girls and non-binary folks in music. The music business continues to be by and enormous a person’s world and whereas I’ve labored with a large number of unbelievable gents over time, there’s something really magical that occurs once you get a bunch of pushed girls collectively to collaborate.”

VIDEO: “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll”
Worldwide Ladies’s Day: Ladies of Rock Tremendous-Group

PHOTO GALLERY: The “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” Session at Third Coast Recording
Pictures by Chelsea Whitaker

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