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Top Local Female Musicians In Philadelphia

"Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination" is the theme for the National Women's History Month, celebrated during the month of March. This year, the spotlight is on the contributions made by women in science, technology, math and engineering. But, as always, the primary focus of the observation is on the role women have played in all areas of society, including the fine and performing arts. Philadelphia women -- throughout the 20th and now during the 21st century -- have taken center stage as premier musicians and performers, so give a round of applause to five of Philly's rising top female musical stars.

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Kathy Wilson Fowler & Heather Liverpool
Independence Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Hotel
260 Mall Blvd.
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 942-7999

Date: March 24

Kathy Wilson Fowler is one of two female vocalists from one of the best-known wedding and party bands in the tri-state area. Both have been recognized for their unique and versatile voices. Fowler's musical resume includes her performance on a Grammy-nominated album and for recording a dance hit that made Billboard Magazine's Top 100. Fowler began performing with the band in 1992 and has earned the label "vocal chameleon" for her ability to capture the vocal signature stylings of many famous recording artists. Known for her golden voice, Fowler was also named as one of Atlantic City's People of The Year.

Heather Liverpool has been singing since the age of five and has expanded her repertoire ever since to include many different styles of music. A songwriter, Liverpool, who also performs as a solo artist, has landed a recording contract with both Universal Records and Elektra Records. She has appeared on Jay Leno and MTV and has shared billing with R&B stars of the likes of Jodeci and Faith Evans. Liverpool has toured worldwide, both as a solo performer and with the Fugees, a Grammy-award winning band. While not performing solo or with the Don Eaton Band, she performs with a Washington-based, all-female group, which recently won a Best Upcoming Band award.

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Gina Sicilia
South Spring Street Festival
S. Spring St.
(215) 413-3713

Date: May 4

Gina Sicilia, a native of Newtown, PA, debuted in 2007 with her CD "Allow Me to Confess." Acclaimed by critics as a new distinctive voice in the blues, Sicilia, was nominated for Best New Artist Debut at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis in 2008. In 2011, the singer, who is known for her songwriting ability and her interpretation of classic R&B tunes, released "Can't Control Myself," which added more soul and Americana to her repertoire. Compared to Susan Teeschi and Grace Potter, Sicilia was exposed to classic Italian and 90's Italian pop music. When she was 14, she fell in love with the blues and the music of Bobby Bland, BB King and others.

Alison "Aly" Paige Newitt
The Blockley
3801 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 222-1234

Date: April 25

Alison "Aly" Paige Newitt, bassist and vocalist for AlyCat, has performed throughout the country with Alycat, David Bromberg, the Angel Band and BrotherSister. In the past, she has appeared with Rusted Root, The Heavy Pets, Kenny Rogers, Arlo Guthrie and more. She has performed at the Filmore West, World Cage Live, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Great American Music Hall and many more. In 2008, Newitt was chosen as Philadelphia's Songwriter of the Year by PSP. Newitt's music has been influenced by Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Bootsy Collins and others.

Her band, AlyCat, is a funk-rock-electro band that began performing in Philadelphia in 2011. The band's first full-length CD release, "Cat Lady," is due out some time in 2013.

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Shannon Pelcher
Tin Angel
20 S. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 928 0770

Date: April 5

Shannon Pelcher, a Philadelphia-area classically trained guitarist and singer with the Iron Threads, is known for her jazz and blues repertoire. She is influenced by Billie Holiday, Dusty Springfield, Ella Fitzgerald and Tin Pan Alley greats. Following in the footsteps of other great lyrical storytellers, she is a skilled guitarist and is known for her distinctive voice. Recently, her first CD, "Shannon Pelcher & The Iron Threads," was released in Philadelphia and Albany. Her song "Tightrope" pays homage to the butterfly effect, which was inspired by the novel, "Let The Great World Spin," by Collum McCann. Pelcher says she gets inspiration from the people in her life.

Jeffrey B. Roth, has won numerous state and national news and feature-writing awards during his career. A well-known crime writer, investigative reporter and a feature writer, Roth writes for a number of magazines and newspapers. Listed in the Locus Index of SciFi and Fantasy authors, Roth is the author of a number of published short stories and poetry. His work can be found on
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