She Shreds Issue 20 Ft. H.E.R, Willow Smith, and more
She Shreds Magazine releases their 20th and final issue featuring guitarists H.E.R, Willow, and donating all digital sales to two organizations.
We are thrilled to announce She Shreds Magazine #20: The Death and Rebirth Issue (read more about this in Fabi Reyna’s Editor’s Letter). Our final issue features two exclusive cover artists, H.E.R. and Willow; featured artists Buffy Sainte-Marie, Laura Lee (Khruangbin), Yola, and Margo Price; articles “The Evolution of Women Musicians in Mainstream Coverage” and “La Doña and the Unity of Her San Francisco Community”; a yearbook spread of the last eight years of She Shreds, and much more.
Today through the month of July we will be donating 100% of digital sales to organizations chosen by She Shreds, H.E.R., and Willow:
– Give A Beat a 501(c3) organization reducing the harmful effects of incarceration through music production, DJing, and education programs, chosen by She Shreds.
– Rock The Vote, a 501(c)3 organization building the political power of young people, chosen by H.E.R.
– #TOGETHERFUND, x Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation, a global fundraising campaign to support organizations engaged in critical Racial Justice work and COVID-19 Relief efforts chosen by Willow Smith.
Important note: Accessibility is crucial to us. If you are a Black, Indigenous, Person of Color and cannot access this content due to financial circumstances please email us at [email protected]smag.com
A special thank you to our Issue #20 sponsors: Fender, Martin, Mint Records, Red Panda Lab, Sam Ash, Walrus Audio, Reverb.com, Yousician, Father/Daughter Records, Sennheiser, EarthQuaker Devices, and TunaTone. We literally would not be able to produce this issue without their support.
Cover Story: H.E.R.
Grammy Award winning musician and guitarist H.E.R. (Having Everything Revealed) speaks about doubting ourselves as musicians, staying connected to our passions, the importance of camaraderie, and her Instagram series, Girls With Guitars.
Cover Story: Willow
For the last issue of She Shreds Magazine, we invited Willow to discuss her journey as a guitarist, her connection with music as a healing and transformative power, and creating space for Black and brown women guitarists.
From performing in the 1960s Greenwich Village folk scene, to being blacklisted by the Johnson and Nixon administrations, to advocating for and educating about Indigenous voices, Buffy Sainte-Marie speaks about her 60+ year career with Katherine Paul (Black Belt Eagle Scout).
Laura Lee of Khruangbin
The bassist of the Houston three-piece Khruangbin, who released their fourth studio album, Mordechai, in June, discusses intuitive technique, the band’s international influences, and what she’s discovered about herself through performance.
The English singer-songwriter, whose 2019 debut, Walk Through Fire, received four Grammy nominations, opens up to She Shreds about how you can reinvent yourself after making it through the flames.
The Nashville-based singer-songwriter discusses her growth as an artist, progressive shifts in country music, and her latest album, That’s How Rumors Get Started.
La Doña and the Unity of Her San Francisco Community
Cecilia Cassandra Peña-Govea, who performs as La Doña, practices her art through the lens of collective survival. From playing all over San Francisco with her family, to teaching music in public schools, to organizing with her city during a global crisis, La Doña believes in the power of collaboration and community.
The Evolution of Women Musicians in Mainstream Coverage
From the major impact of early Blues women musicians on the record industry and its inclusion of Black voices in the 1920s, to the atrocious gonzo journalism in major glossies of the 1970s, to the women music editors making a difference at major publications today, we dive into how women musicians have been written about over the past century and the shifts in representation.