These Two Sisters Will Steal Your Heart With Their Original Song " Wolves"

We are so excited to announce our winners in best overall performance category for best original song, Jazzy and Jazara Hutton. Check out their interview below and then grab some tickets to see them live at the Raise Her Voice Benefit Concert September 30th at the Lobero Theatre. We want to pack this theatre full and show all these amazing young women how much they are respected and supported by our community.

JahZina is 8 years old. She has been writing for about 6 months, she started writing music because she got inspired by her older sister. Jazara is 16 years old. She has been writing since she was about 8 years old. She has always wanted to sing and be on stage and as an artist she has always believed that you have to write your own music to connect with people on a whole new way.

  1. What is your original song about ? Our original song is about a two wolves who realize that it’s better to be with your family then to be alone because you’re stronger when you’re with people you love.

  2. Why is it important for girls to know their own power? It's important for girls to know that they are powerful because they are able to change the world.

  3. How does it feel for you when you are playing music? For JahZina she gets a little nervous on stage because all the people are looking at her, but when she’s with her sister on stage she feels stronger and isn’t as nervous. For Jazara when she’s playing her music it’s like the world stops and in that moment when she’s on stage it’s a feeling that’s indescribable for her. It’s like being in that perfect moment that you want to redo again and again, with some nerves that are with her but she pushes passed it.

  4. What do you want to be when you grow up? JahZina wants to be everything she can possibly be, from being a fashion designer to becoming the president she wants to try it all. Jazara wants to pursue her music and become a successful artist that gets to share and connect with everyone in the world through her music.








Meet Our Winners For Best Melody : Esme and Zadie

We are so excited to announce our winner in best overall melody category for best original song, Esme and Zadie Butkiewicz. Check out their interview below and then grab some tickets to see them live at the Raise Her Voice Benefit Concert September 30th at the Lobero Theatre. We want to pack this theatre full and show all these amazing young women how much they are respected and supported by our community.

1.How long have you been writing music and how did you get started ? Zadie- I am 15 years old and I have been writing music since I was 9 when I first started girls rock.
Esme- I am 16 years old and I started playing music when I was 11, after that I realized I could write my own music and create whatever I wanted.

2.What is your original song about ? What inspired you to write it? Balance is about being okay. I’ve discovered that with everything in life there’s a balance. There will always be dark moments and happy times, and you have to accept the feelings of both. I wrote it in a period of growth in my life and realized that I’d be okay.

3.Why do you think it's important for girls to know they are powerful? Zadie- I think it’s important for girls to know they are powerful because in a society that teaches them that men are more powerful, girls should be encouraged to be assertive and know their worth. There should be more places where girls are reminded of their strength and competence.
Esme- It’s important for girls to know they are powerful because empowered and united girls can change the world. Young women are powerful and our voices should be heard.

4.If you had to explain the way you feel when you are playing music, what would that look like? Zadie- In control, relaxed, and happy. Music has always been a place I can resort back to when I need to feel calm and confident. Music has also been a great way for me to feel connected to the people around me, whether I’m playing with them or for them, and the feeling of harmony I feel when playing is so euphoric. Esme- For me, music is immediately what comes to mind when I hear the word passion. When I’m playing music I feel free to express myself.

5.What do you want to be when you grow up? Zadie- At the moment, I’d like to go into something in environmental science because I’m really good at science and math, and I’d love to better the environment.
Esme- I see myself always being surrounded by music. I want to be a musician and a music journalist.

Let Me Introduce Ryann Schaffer

We are so excited to announce our winner in best overall lyrics category for best original song, Ryann Schaffer. Check out her interview below and then grab some tickets to see her live at the Raise Her Voice Benefit Concert September 30th at the Lobero Theatre. We want to pack this theatre full and show all these amazing young women how much they are respected and supported by our community.

1. How long have you been writing music and how did you get started ? My name is Ryann Schaffer, I’m 13 years old. I’ve been writing music for as long as I can remember. I have been playing the piano for the last six years. I dabble in other instruments, but the piano is what I feel most comfortable creating music with.

2. What is your original song about ? What inspired you to write it? The song conveys the message of thinking outside the box rather than going along with the crowd. I was inspired by the concept of writing a song with an uplifting message while remaining improvisational and carefree.

3. Why do you think it's important for girls to know they are powerful? Having the knowledge that girls are powerful allows us to go through our life with confidence in everything we do.

4. If you had to explain the way you feel when you are playing music, what would that look like? I express myself through music. Nothing can compare to the moment when you find the right chord or the right rhyme. It is personal. There is nothing more rewarding than expressing oneself through a melody.

5. What do you want to be when you grow up? I would love to be a composer/music producer. Writing music for myself, for others—even for television and theater is my dream job.

We are so excited to announce the winner for best overall performance for best original song, Bridgette Snyder

We are so excited to announce the winner for best overall performance for best original song, Bridgette Snyder. Check out her interview below and then grab some tickets to see her live at the Raise Her Voice Benefit Concert September 30th at the Lobero Theatre. We want to pack this theatre full and show all these amazing young women how much they are respected and supported by our community.

1. You're 17 years old, how long have you been writing music and how did you get started ? I've been writing and playing since I was 14, which is when I started girls rock.

2. What is your original song about ? What inspired you to write it? My song is about breaking out of norms. You can be covered in tattoos and piercings, but cuddle up with kittens and listen to Barbie Girl. Be you whenever. It was heavily inspired by all the people I've gotten to know through girls rock, including Jensen Smith-Morrisin, who helped in the writing process. They sadly had to move to Minnesota a week before the song was ever played love, but it will always make me think of them. It's also dedicated to everyone who is theirself, loud and proud, and everyone who feels like they can't be, because yes you can!

3. Why do you think it's important for girls to know they are powerful? In a world where for hundreds of years girls weren't even allowed to speak in front of men, we've gotta start making uo for lost time. Girls are revolutionary, they've done so much that they haven't received credit for. This is the age of the female, the age of diversity, and supporting and uplifting girls in any way you can is you making a meaningful and positive impact on the entire generation that is and is to come.

4. If you had to explain the way you feel when you are playing music, what would that look like? Playing music is being completely free and on top of the world. I'm never nervous to perform, and I play openly everywhere I go. I'm on control and I feel like a total rock star, especially when I get even one smile from a stranger passing by.

5. What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be a musician for the rest of my life. Whether that means working in a studio or being a teacher, or just a plain performer, music is my college major a d I'm commiting to it. Even if it isn't my profession, I'll never stop playing. Just try and stop me.

Winner Announced in Our 11-14 Year Old Age Category For Best Original Song

We are so excited to announce our second winner in the 11-14 year old age category for best original song, Katy Caballero. Check out her interview below and then grab some tickets to see her live at the Raise Her Voice Benefit Concert September 30th at the Lobero Theatre. We want to pack this theatre full and show all these amazing young women how much they are respected and supported by our community.

  1. You're 14 years old, how long have you been writing music and how did you get started ? I have been writing songs ever since I was 10 years old! I got started because there was so much going on in my head and heart and I was struggling trying to find a way to deal with all of it. I enjoyed English class and writing so I soon learned that the best way for me to express my feelings and emotions was to write songs about them! I already loved singing so the thought of singing my own stuff is even better then just singing an everyday cover song!

  2. What is your original song about ? What inspired you to write it?
    My song, “Not Not A Love Song”, is just like the rest of my songs. I wrote it based off of feelings and experiences I was going through. Something that I like saying is “make an impact on my life somehow, chances are I’ll write a song about you” and it’s 100% true! This song was inspired by someone who made and still makes an impact on my life so the best way for me to express that was for me to write a song about it!

  3. Why do you think it's important for girls to know they are powerful?
    I think it’s so important for girls to feel that they are powerful because we are. The world has somehow made us believe that men can do more then women and I can say for a fact that that is not true. Women are capable of so much more so why tell us otherwise?

  4. If you had to explain the way you feel when you are playing music, what would that look like? When I play music it’s like I am in a completely different world. I always get those nerves before performing but as soon as I hit the first note or sing the first line it all fades away. What I actually don’t like is when you finish playing a song and you have to go back to reality. That’s why I like to play as much as I can, more time escaped from reality and more time in a place that I can feel free!

  5. What do you want to be when you grow up? My entire life I have known what I want to be when I grow up. I want to write songs and become a known singer. I want to travel the world and do what I love most. So, I’ve been using as much time as possible to accomplish this dream and to be able to reach that day where I can look back and know that I did it!
    I also just wanted to say thank you to everyone who voted for me and put it out there on social media. I love you all and am beyond grateful for your love and support!!❤️

Winner Announced in Our 15-18 Year Old Age Category For Best Original Song

We are so excited to announce our second winner in the 15-18 year old age category for best original song, Hadley Julca. Check out her interview below and then grab some tickets to see her live at the Raise Her Voice Benefit Concert September 30th at the Lobero Theatre. We want to pack this theatre full and show all these amazing young women how much they are respected and supported by our community.

1. You're 15 years old, how long have you been writing music and how did you get started?   I started playing guitar about two and a half(ish) years ago and I started playing around with melodies on the guitar once I'd figured out chords. I didn't actually start writing lyrics until I showed my guitar teacher one of the tunes I had come up with and he asked me if I could come up with some lyrics. That was early 2017.

2. What is your original song about? What inspired you to write it?   I'm going to go with what I said in my bio because I did pretty good job of explaining it there. “No Matter What They Say” is a protest to what's happening in our country. It's a song about uniting to stand up for what's right, to never back down in the face of tryranny and believing that by standing together love will overcome hate and anger. I was inspired by the outcome of our last election..... I was feeling angry and upset about what had happened and I wanted my voice to be heard.

3. Why do you think it's important for girls to know they are powerful?   I actually have a really long complicated answer for this but I'll give my short one. I think it's very important that girls know that they are powerful. We live in a society where we raise our girls to be quiet and obedient. A lot of the time we aren't really given a voice. I think that it's really important for our girls to know that they do have voice and that they shouldn't be afraid to use it.

4. If you had to explain the way you feel when you are playing music, what would that look like?   That's a good question.... I think it depends on what song I'm playing.  I like imagining the idea of the color of my aura and feelings swirling around me as I play, at least that's what I picture happening whenever I really get into whatever I'm playing. I actually have a pretty neat picture that I drew of it happening.......

5. What do you want to be when you grow up?   I've actually wanted to be an actress since I was six years old, so I still believe that's my main calling. However, music is definitely something I want to continue exploring and something I will always keep as a part of my life.

I'd like to thank my mama for all her love and support, for always being there when I need her, for driving me all over Southern California and for everything else she's done for me. My papa and my little sister, for their support and Mila and Zela for helping me put this video together. My friends from SB and from San Francisco for voting for me, a BIG shoutout to all my Shakespeare friends for their constant voting as well as a shoutout to my other consant voters, especially to Rebekah, Lindalee and the rest if their family. Thank you all sooo much for your support, I love you guys. I'd also like to thank everyone else who voted for me and lastly, I'd like to thank my guitar teacher Mic Singh, thank so much for teaching me to play the guitar and for all your encouragement. You've truly been one of the best teachers I've ever had. I couldn't have done any of this without you.





First Girls Rock Song Writing Contest Winner Announced

We are so excited to announce our first winner in the 7-10 year old age category for best original song, Nina Abraham. Check out her interview below and then grab some tickets to see her live at the Raise Her Voice Benefit Concert September 30th at the Lobero Theatre. We want to pack this theatre full and show all these amazing young women how much they are respected and supported by our community.

You're 9 years old, how long have you been writing music and how did you get started ? I have been singing since I was a baby and have always been inspired by music. My sisters were playing instruments and my mom who loves folk music shared videos of young musicians, so I wanted to play too. I have been playing guitar for two years and writing songs for a year. My first concert was Gillan Welch and Dave Rawlings at the Lobero!

What is your original song about ? What inspired you to write it? One thing I was thinking about when writing "Not gonna back down" is about being strong when people say that girls are weaker and boys are stronger. The song is about finding strength, even in times of doubt.

Why do you think it's important for girls to know they are powerful?  It feels good to know that you are powerful. Being powerful gives confidence. And, Because some boys think that girls are not strong and I want to show that we are.

If you had to explain the way you feel when you are playing music, what would that look like? It makes me feel good to share my music. Playing music makes me feel better when I am sad, and helps me feel powerful.

What do you want to be when you grow up?I want to work with animals and play guitar. I started busking on State Street to help pay for horse riding lessons, and also to be able to donate to ASAP, the local cat shelter.




Your Gonna Miss Her When She's Famous

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I first had the pleasure of meeting Sophie Rose nearly 7 years ago at the Durango Songwriters Expo , then held in the Santa Ynez Valley. She was 11. I remember watching her perform and knowing that I was watching the making of an incredible artist.

She's now 18 and killing it on the music scene in every way possible. Signed to a publishing deal with Prescription Songs since she was 14, she's had amazing success as both a songwriter and artist. With songs such as Limitless garnering more than five million streams on Spotify and her break out single Two Young Lovers ending up on Taylor Swifts playlist of favorite songs, she's definitely one musician you'll want to keep track of. We're so grateful to have her involved with Girls Rock. She's been a part of this program since day one and we hope you'll come out and get to know her at our Raise Her Voice Fundraiser September 30th at the Lobero Theatre. 

Check out our interview below and her newest song " Famous" 

1. You have written upwards of 500 songs. That's really impressive. Where do you find your inspiration ? 

Thank you! I find inspiration everywhere, but I try to write my songs from my own personal experiences. I find that those songs are more honest and relatable because they come from a real place.

2. You write for other artists, but you are also an artist yourself. How do you decide which of your songs to hold on to and which ones to let go to other musicians? How would you describe your " sound " as an artist.

It's strange, but I feel connected to some songs more than others even though I write or co-write all of them. I know which ones to hold onto for my own artist project because of this feeling I get when I listen to them. I think my sound is definitely pop, but my lyrics tend to be more emotional or meaningful than other pop songs. I want my melodies to be catchy and fun, but I also want to say something with my music.

3. What have been your top 3 career highlights of being a musician thus far? 

It’s really hard to choose because there are so many little steps along the way, not just big ones. I would have to say my top 3 highlights have been signing my publishing deal, releasing my first single, and being featured on Taylor Swift’s Favorite Songs playlist.

4. When you're not writing music whats your favorite things to do? 

I like to cook, hike, and watch Netflix!

5. Favorite place to chill? 

Home.

6. Song that is currently on repeat on your preferred listening device 

“Rich” by Maren Morris.

7. If you could have the chance to collaborate with anyone in the world who would that be and why? 

Taylor Swift, because she was my first inspiration as a songwriter and I think she is a legendary artist and businesswoman.

8. What is the writing process like for you? Take us from the beginning of a song to the end ? 

My process is different every time, especially when co-writers and producers are involved. If I write a song alone, I usually think of the concept first, then melody and lyrics, then I put it to music and record it. When I write alone, it’s usually because I have something on my mind that I need to write about, so the lyrics flow pretty naturally.

9. At Girls Rock, for the most part the girls are writing collaboratively as a group, which is something you have a lot of experience in. What would be your advice to make sure everyone feels equally heard and is equally participating in the writing process? Any tips?

I think it's important to speak up when you have ideas, and make sure you are attentive and open when others do the same. When I was starting out, I was afraid to share my ideas because I thought people wouldn’t take me seriously - and sometimes they didn’t. It’s important to make sure everyone feels comfortable and valued in a writing session. Also, it’s okay if you don’t contribute a lot sometimes. People shouldn’t judge you based on how much you brought to one song in one session, it’s all about constantly learning and growing.

10. Your also a producer and engineer? What software do you use and what is your set up like? 

I use Logic to build tracks and Pro Tools to record and edit vocals. Every producer I know has a different method, but this is how I learned and what I’m comfortable with. 

11. You we're signed to a publishing deal when you were 14 years old? How did that affect how you grew up? School? Friendships?  

By the time I signed my publishing deal, I had already been homeschooled for a few years and had recently graduated high school through the CHSPE, so it didn’t affect me from a schooling perspective. I didn’t have many friends growing up because I was always so focused on music, but signing my publishing deal introduced me to so many new people and I made new friends that I’m still close with today.

12. I once heard Meghan Trainor say ( before she got famous) that the best piece of advice someone gave her was to write 100 songs in a year. At first she thought it was impossible, but she ended up doing it and honing her craft and All About That Bass came out of those songs. For girls who want to do music as a career, what is the best advice you've ever gotten that you could share with them ?

That’s an interesting piece of advice. I don’t know what the best advice I’ve ever received is, but I think the main thing is to just keep going. I was talking to someone recently about how difficult this business is (lol sorry), and he said that a lot about being successful comes down to if you can last long enough. The longer you work at something the better you will become, and the more likely good things will happen, so don’t give up!

Is there anything you'd like to mention that I didn't ask you about ? 

Nope! Just follow me on everything @sophierosemusic :)

Check Out Sophies Latest Song Famous