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#WomenCrushPDX Supports Music and a Safe Community

Last month on the evening before Thanksgiving Day I had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with #WomenCrush Music, an international non-profit organization whose mission it is to support rising women songwriters by hosting showcases, workshops & networking events, all while creating a safe community. I have to admit that I was there to perform with my band, Avalanche Lily, and that I wasn’t very familiar with #WomenCrush Music before then. What I found was a warm welcoming community of musicians and an incredibly talented lineup of performers and a mission that’s about a lot more than music.

Katelyn Convery
Katelyn Convery

The November showcase at the White Eagle included several singer-songwriter performances, starting with Katelyn Convery who sings aching songs with a strong buttery voice and bass-y acoustic guitar. I also really dug the darkly seductive piano pop from Lauren Kershner, who recently released a new single and music video, Wicked, that matches her intriguing persona perfectly. Special guest, EmZee, the co-leader of the Missoula, MT chapter, closed out the night with a spirited performance. The sheer talent of these three performers was impressive, reminding me and everyone in the audience of Portland’s bounty of incredible local music.

Lauren Kershner, photo by Lambda Lion Media
Lauren Kershner, photo by Lambda Lion Media

The next #WomenCrush Music event coming up on Wednesday, December 19, at the White Eagle will be a holiday party and an educational workshop about treating music like a business, taught and sponsored by lawyer Michael Jonas of Rational Unicorn Legal Services. The event will also feature live performances from Acoustic Minds, a well-known local band led by two sisters, and Complementary Colors, a duo of brilliant married musical ladies who recently released a new EP.

Complimentary Colors
Complimentary Colors

Hannah diMo, leads the Portland chapter of #WomenCrush and wants “to help other women and women-identifying humans achieve their dreams.” Her new single is coming out on Feb 23 with a release-party at Holocene and she will be playing with her band at the White Eagle on January 3.

#WomenCrush Music was founded in Portland in January 2017 by then-local musician Ashley Kervabon. In two years the movement has expanded to 15 chapters in 12 cities across the United States and in Vancouver, BC. You can learn more about the history of #WomenCrush Music by checking out their fb page, their website, and this article in Vortex Music Magazine.

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Katelyn Convery – A Voice to Remember

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I don’t think I have ever enjoyed a conversation as much as I enjoyed this interview! I feel like I have found a kindred spirit in Katelyn Convery, and I can’t wait to share her and her music with you! At times, I have been criticized for my very personal writing style – so I am sure I will get some backlash over this article, but it’s absolutely worth it! To those of you who know me and enjoy spending time with me – you will also feel a similar connection with Katelyn Convery through the audio interview. The woman hides nothing – what’s the point in holding anything back as an artist, anyway? I’ve found that the audience can tell if a musician is keeping secrets, and it creates a barrier. Katelyn will not stand for any barriers between herself and her audience.

Katelyn-Convery-A-Voice-to-Remember-01Katelyn is a world traveller – she has taught English in Korea, she’s picked up drum beats from South Africa, and themes from Spain – gathering a constantly evolving awareness from all over the world. These journeys, in addition to other travels, have moved her to voice her observations and concerns in song. Her current album is themed around her journey with her romantic partner from their first meeting until now, while paying homage to her various international ports of call. Now that the couple are back in Portland, Katelyn is continually writing new songs – about social responsibility, justice and emotional growth. Each song is personal, as she writes from heartfelt experiences. What I love most about Katelyn is that, even while I was interviewing her, she was interviewing me. She has a desire to connect and understand anyone she comes in contact with, she wants to empower everyone she meets, and she has successfully overcome enough in her life to offer that strength to others.

Katelyn-Convery-A-Voice-to-Remember-03The album Unarmed showcases Katelyn’s unbelievably gorgeous vocals and distinctly intentional instrumentals. I was listening to every single musical artist in an all-local database, when her voice grabbed me and I listened to the entire album. It was not an efficient use of my time, which should reveal how damn great the music is! I was completely distracted by the raw honesty – it’s not just the vocals, though. Katelyn has a firm belief that music, as a global language, is THE great communicator. She is determined that her music can get ideas across, with or without words. That idea is not a new one, but it is born from a deep emotional connection to music as a support system – something which Katelyn readily acknowledges. I firmly believe that she has a grasp on that concept. It’s why her music instantly stood out for me.

Katelyn-Convery-A-Voice-to-Remember-02Once you hear the interview and listen to the album, I know you’ll want to hear more. Katelyn has come up with ways to ensure that you can stay connected. The album is available for listening on Soundcloud and purchase on her website . She will also be listing upcoming shows on www.katelynconvery.com . But, wait! There’s more! Katelyn has registered with Patreon, a service that matches musicians with supporters – they become patrons of the arts with a very small monthly contribution. This style of “sponsoring” musicians is historically established, and I’m very glad to see a group that enables monthly support for artists. If you’d like to check out some exclusive tunes, you can find them by being a supporter on Patreon.