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Cris Williamson

Decades before indie labels were the norm, and years before women had any real access to the industry, Cris Williamson was busy changing the face of popular music. In 1975, the twenty-something former schoolteacher recorded The Changer and the Changed, for her brainchild, Olivia Records, the first woman-owned woman-focused record company. Her music and voice quickly became an essential part of the soundtrack of a movement, and was the cornerstone of what would become known as “women’s music,” music created, performed, and marketed specifically for and by women. Today, that recording, The Changer and the Changed, remains one of the best-selling independent releases of all time.
 
For Cris, the music became the vehicle for something larger. Her lyrics appear on a regular basis in books and thesis papers. Her albums are part of the curriculum for women's studies courses, and thousands of people who may not even know her name join their voices in "Song of the Soul" around campfires and places of worship. She is embraced by women. She is sampled in hip-hop. Her music is used by midwives welcoming life into the world, while hospice choirs sing her songs in tender sacred escort. "She is often considered a treasure, passed hand-to-hand, person-to-person," says the Boston Phoenix, "Williamson is a heroic character whose tireless activism continues." 
 
Today, with 31 full albums to her credit, Cris continues to tour the acoustic circuit adding new material at each juncture. Her performance career includes three sold-out shows at Carnegie Hall and the headlining of many of the great folk festivals, including Newport, Kerrville, Moab and Vancouver.

Cris’s new album, Motherland, produced by Cris and Julie Wolf, will be released in 2017. Cris is currently touring the new material, teaching songwriting, working with choruses, enjoying collaboration, and lastly, presenting a handful of Changer and the Changed All-Star Anniversary Shows in select major cities. Stay tuned.

Teresa Trull


Teresa Trull is a fiery haired vocal dynamo who combines a gutsy blues/rock style, topnotch songwriting talents and sharp producing instincts in her many high energy projects. She has made five of her own recordings, including two successful duo pairings both with Higbie and with Cris Williamson (Country Blessed 1990). An accomplished producer of over 30 albums, Trull was named the Best Producer of an Independent Album at the New York Music Awards. She has performed and shared stages with Sheila E., David Sanborn, Joan Baez and many others. “Teresa Trull is absolutely magnificent.” (San Francisco Chronicle/Examiner)… “ Trull’s truly expressive voice projects a clear pure soprano and drops an octave below to achieve an equally clear strong alto…especially humorous…Her stage presence was always needle sharp… a world of talent.” ( The Sunday Oregonian)

Barbara Higbie

Called "a bolt of bright sunlight" by the L.A.Times, and a “classy talent” by the Boston Globe, Barbara Higbie is a Grammy-nominated, Bammy award winning composer, pianist, singer-songwriter and championship fiddle player with 14 solo and group CDs. She has played on 100 albums, recording with Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Cris Williamson, Holly Near, Teresa Trull and many others. Her duet recording with Trull, “Unexpected,” (on Olivia/Second Wave Records, 1983) made Higbie/Trull one of the most popular acts in Women’s Music. Barbara was the first woman to be signed to the ground breaking instrumental label, Windham Hill Records, appearing on seven of their multi-million selling Winter Solstice CDs. Her live show is a high-energy mix of original tunes, blues, country, folk and fast fiddling.

The youngest of six kids from a musical family, Higbie started piano at age four. When she was 13, her family moved from small town Indiana to Accra, Ghana. Upon returning to the states, she attended Mills College and the Sorbonne, was awarded a Watson Fellowship and placed 6th in the National Women’s Fiddle Competition in Weiser, Idaho. Her first solo CD on Sony Records, a singer-songwriter album, was named “Top Ten of the Year” by the Washington Post. In 2011, Higbie was named the first “Artist in Residence” for the famed West Coast jazz club, Yoshi’s. There, she started the group “Hills to Hollers” with gospel/soul singer Linda Tillery and bluegrass star, Laurie Lewis, exploring the roots of American music. Her most recent solo CD is Scenes from Life, a cinematic instrumental work. Barbara tours nationally and has performed on over 25 Olivia trips.

Vickie Shaw

Comedian Vickie Shaw is one of our favorite entertainers with Olivia. She has made women of Olivia laugh for over 20 years. Her "take no prisoners" (she's southern) style of comedy is incredibly hilarious and she takes you on a gut-busting journey of extreme humor. She has traveled the U.S. and the world (mostly with Olivia) making people all over the globe laugh until they cry! You've seen her on television, Comedy Central, four comedy specials on LOGO, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, and movies (Laughing Matters More), as well as benefits, fundraisers and numerous Pride events all over the U.S. You don't want to miss this incredible entertainer.

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Suzanne Westenhoefer

No one ever accused Suzanne of being subtle, not the shuttle driver who took her to the airport, the woman she was in line with at the grocery store yesterday and certainly not her audiences.  Subtle, she is not.

After 25 years of groundbreaking, stereotype-shattering and brutally honest comedy, she's not about to start pulling punches now.

The kid from Amish Country who began her comedy career on a dare is celebrating a quarter century of out, open, no-holds-barred comedy.

Suzanne tells the truth. The truth is life is funny, especially when it's fermented in Suzanne's mind. That's why she could never be in the closet, making her a trailblazer when she started doing stand-up in the 1990s. She was the first openly lesbian comedian with an HBO Special and the first openly lesbian comedian on "Late Night with David Letterman."

Heck, she was on Sally Jesse Raphael in 1991 on a show called "Breaking the Lesbian Stereotype…Lesbians Who Don't Look Like Lesbians." From "OMG, a lesbian has long hair and wears make up" to "I went to Helen and Jane's wedding last weekend," that's how far we've come in the 25 years Suzanne has been telling her truth to audiences all over the world. Some of that is certainly thanks to her candor, courage and charisma.

Suzanne never does the same show twice. She can't. She doesn't write anything down. She charges boldly onto the stage and what happens is always a mystery and a delight. Enjoy a wild night of comedy in a city near you.

Karen Williams

Curve Magazine calls Karen Williams "...a laugh riot!" The Sydney Morning Herald proclaims that Karen Williams is "ferociously funny, with perfect pace, timing and structure."

​Karen Williams is one of today's hottest comedy stars–with an awesome personality, stunning good looks, and a sterling reputation for delivering laughs each and every time!

I NEED A SNACK – filmed live at The Knitting Factory in Hollywood and produced by Andrea Meyerson of AllOut Films – is a hilarious one hour solo comedy special aired regularly on LOGO TV and available on DVD.

LAUGHING MATTERS, the award-winning feature film featuring Karen Williams, made Blockbuster Video's New Releases list a few summers ago. An audience favorite at film fests, this popular comedy-documentary showcases Karen's star quality while intriguing interviews highlight her social activism.

​Karen is known for her quick repartee, insightful commentary, audience rapport, and sheer likability! She is a comic craft-master, a gifted actor, a multitalented writer, and an inspirational lecturer, whose HaHA Institute attracts clients from the public and private sectors. Armed with her "healing with humor" philosophy, Karen is a modern-day alchemist and motivational humorist, whose audiences revel in her cathartic laughter and whose peers consider her a comic's comic.

As a solo entertainer, Karen Williams delights fan-filled audiences from San Francisco to South Beach to Sydney. She has garnered some 150 laugh-filled trips around the globe with Olivia Travel!

Ferron

Ferron, a Canadian folk singer-songwriter and poet, and one of Canada's most respected folk musicians, is also one of the most influential writers and early performers of women's music. In listening to Ferron's music, audiences are allowed to acknowledge the passage of time, people, memories, and hopes through her poetic metaphors. Her familiar vernacular, direct statements, enlightened associations, warm and husky voice, and engaging stage presence have permitted identification with her experiences and her process, her struggles and her wisdom, her universal anguish and strength. Born on June 1, 1952, Ferron grew up in a semi-rural suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia, the eldest of seven children in a working-class family. After leaving home at 15, she scrambled financially, supporting herself by driving a cab, waitressing, shoveling gravel, and packing five-pound bags of coffee in a factory.

From her basement, she recorded and distributed Ferron (1977) and Ferron Backed Up (1978). Since both albums are now out of print collector's items, Ferron decided to re-release much of their material on subsequent albums. In 1978, Ferron was "discovered" by Gayle Scott, who became her manager and business partner. Ferron and Scott collaborated on her next two studio albums: Testimony (Lucy Records, 1980) and Shadows on a Dime (Lucy Records, 1984), which received a four-star rating from Rolling Stone magazine. She went on to release six more albums (Phantom Center, Resting with the Question, Driver, Not a Still Life, Still Riot and Impressionistic) before Turning into Beautiful, her next album of original material, in 2005 on her own label. That was followed by Girl on a Road Documentary and Live Show, then Boulder, a collection of re-recordings produced by Bitch on Short Story Records, in 2008. Boulder includes guest appearances by Ani Difranco, Indigo Girls, JD Samson (Le Tigre), Sam Parton (Be Good Tanyas), Tina G (God-des) and Julie Wolf. The newest Ferron CD, Lighten-ing, was released in 2013, also produced by Bitch, with the film Thunder (by Bitch and Billie Jo Cavallaro) packaged as a two-disc set.

Ferron also teaches master classes in writing and has opened an artist retreat for women in Three Rivers, Michigan, called "The Fen Peace and Poetry Camp for Women." For Ferron, "artistic expression is not only essential, it’s revolutionary." "Art is really the expression of the soul," Ferron says. "I'm asking women to remember that if we remember our soul, we keep our soul, and we can do it through artistic connections. Art is connected to the soul, and the soul is connected to God, and God is connected to humility, so if you want to take control of a person's soul, don't let them have art. To me it's a revolutionary act to continue keeping your artist soul alive.”

Lisa Koch

Daft. Demented. #SNORT. Picture Tina Fey meets Bette Midler with Joan Jett guitar chops... and you’ve got Seattle’s Lisa Koch. An irreverent singer/comedian, out lesbian and sober chick, Koch (“Coke”) is a deliciously twisted mix of comedy, theater, and tunes. She has recorded four solo CDs, is one-half of quirky sketch comedy duo, Dos Fallopia, and has shared the stage with the likes of Janis Ian, Kate Clinton, The Indigo Girls, and Steve Martin. She composed the Off-Broadway musical “27, Rue de Fleurus”, has been seen on LOGO and Olivia Cruises, and actually had one of her songs sampled by Jay-Z. Lisa brings to Olivia her guitar, her wacky songs, and her musings on being a woman… from middle age to mammograms to singing vulvas.

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Dianne Davidson


A singer, songwriter, musician, producer and performer, Dianne Davidson’s style and range escape categorization, but her passion, depth and robust vocals never escape her audiences. Blues, rock, folk, even reggae—she performs them all with a brilliance that compels her listeners to take an emotional and musical journey that few are likely to forget.

Deidre McCalla

Affectionately dubbed the "dreadlocked troubadour" by The Miami Herald, Deidre McCalla and her music embrace and celebrate the power and diversity of our lives. Ms Magazine named Deidre’s first Olivia recording Don’t Doubt It one of 25 Classic Women’s Music albums. Her second album for Olivia With A Little Luck received a San Francisco Cable Car Award and was declared one of the "Ten Best Albums of the Year" by the Oakland Tribune. Deidre’s most recent release "Playing for Keeps," on her own MaidenRock label, was listed as one of the "Best CDs of the Year" by Rhythms Magazine.

With five critically-acclaimed albums under her belt and shared stages with a long list of notables that include Suzanne Vega, Tracy Chapman, Holly Near, Cris Williamson, and Odetta, Deidre McCalla has captivated audiences from college coffeehouses to Carnegie Hall with delightful storytelling, vocals both graceful and gritty, and a warmth and generosity of spirit that should not be missed. Deidre has taught Performance at Warren Wilson College's Swannanoa Gathering and her work has been published in Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology, The Original Coming Out Stories, and Chrysalis: A Feminist Quarterly; she is also featured in The Power of Words: A Transformative Language Arts Reader.

Lucie Blue Tremblay

Lucie Blue Tremblay has been writing, recording and performing since 1982. She's performed in Canada, France, the US, Spain, Australia, and New Zealand, at various folk venues and festivals.

Her name has been whispered through the cracks in the music business since her first television appearance in 1984. Since then she has shared the stage with such prominent names as Randy Newman, James Taylor, Jane Siberry, Pete Seeger, Judi Richards, Sarah McLachlan, Cris Williamson, and Meg Christian to name a few.

Her whistle became a trademark and her concerts a personal experience. Though her CD sales through the years have surpassed any independent's dreams, Lucie Blue remains one of Canada’s best-kept secrets. She is one of Canada’s beautiful voices and songwriters. Her music goes straight to the heart of her listeners. Her universal theme is love. Her global message is honor, strength, laughter, thought, peace and love.

From 2005 to 2011: Lucie Blue and her partner were dedicated to a breast cancer education project. It was a non-stop commitment that took them over 92,000 miles across the US and Canada. Thanks to the overwhelming support and generosity of her fans throughout these tours, the outcome of these efforts was a music video called The Breast Exam Project.

2012-2014 were tumultuous years. Lucie Blue took personal time off. In addition to family time and going to trucking school (yes trucking school) she was granted residency in the US. It was during this time that Lucie Blue was graced with a wonderful opportunity to work for an all-inclusive care program for the elderly.

Now, Lucie Blue is returning to the stage with more passion than ever before.

Michele Balan

Michele Balan was a finalist on NBC's Last Comic Standing, and titleholder of Last Woman Comic Standing. Michele was voted one of the "Top 10 Comics" by Backstage Magazine and The San Francisco Bay Times. Broadway World honored Michele at number two in their Top 10 List of cabaret performers.

Michele headlines around the country at leading comedy clubs, festivals such as Montreal's Just for Laughs, corporate events, JCCs, country clubs, on cruises, and more! She has appeared several times on The Joy Behar Show, The View, and has numerous appearances on HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, Byron Allen's Comics Unleashed, and recently on NBC's The Today Show, and Gotham Live.

Suede

NY says she’s like Adele meets Diana Krall meets Bette Midler. Dare her.
She was Joan Rivers’ opening act. Come see why!

Direct from tours including world renowned clubs like NYC’s famous Birdland, Seattle’s Triple Door, Washington DC’s Blues Alley, San Francisco’s Feinstein’s and more – as well as multiple benefits for great causes including helping to raise $45,000 in one night for a free women’s clinic outside Washington, DC – and having the immense privilege and honor of being the late, great Joan Rivers’ opening act, commanding standing ovations from Joan’s audiences – longtime Olivia favorite Suede is thrilled to be back on board to play for a week in paradise!

The Boston Globe says she’s “Wicked exciting!”

"You are GREAT! I hope we work together again soon and often!" - Joan Rivers

"A spectacular evening of song and style. Voices like hers come along maybe once in a generation." - New York Times

"A great voice, even better enthusiasm, almost giddy delight at entertaining audiences, that if bottled would make every anti-depressant on the market obsolete." -Steppin' Out Arts, NY

"Thank you for the most incredible night of my life in an audience! You are #@*!ing to DIE for!" - Bea Arthur

Roxanna Ward

Roxanna is a beloved member of the Olivia family. Her debut with Olivia was on an Alaska cruise in 1992. Since then, she's joined us several times a year! Her brilliant comedy, writing, musicianship and singing endears her to audiences everywhere. A woman of many talents, Roxanna is a mother, high school teacher, producer, writer and director. Her past credits include work with Dolly Parton, Kirk Douglas and many others. The late Phyllis Hyman, and more recently, Suede, have both recorded Roxanna's song "Remember Who You Are." Whether you are seeing Roxanna for the first time or tenth time, she always makes you laugh and warms your heart.

Mouths of Babes

"If I was forced to categorize it, I'd call it modern folk. It's powerful. It's romantic. It's giddy. And the two are insanely infectious together onstage, like a musical and a personal love fest all at once." - Huffington Post

With more than a dozen albums and over a thousand shows between them, Ty Greenstein and Ingrid Elizabeth are no strangers to the contemporary folk music scene. For years, their respective bands Girlyman and Coyote Grace captivated thousands of loyal fans as they criss-crossed the country, rocked festivals and toured with the likes of the Indigo Girls and Dar Williams. Now, as Mouths of Babes, Ty and Ingrid have distilled the very best of the songwriting, humor, and musicianship of their previous groups into a new power duo that brings more style and depth than ever before.

Mouths of Babes burst onto the acoustic music scene in 2014, and on their debut EP Faith & Fumes they delivered with songs that are equal parts celebration and blues, folk and soul, tear-jerker ballad and irreverent ditty. In just over a year, the duo has become a sought-after act in its own right, headlining some of the best rooms on the circuit, such as the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, Evanston SPACE in Chicago, and Club Passim in Boston. Mouths of Babes is slated to go back into the studio in 2016 to record its highly anticipated first full-length CD. As a testament to MoB's fan power, the Kickstarter for the new album was wildly successful, drawing almost 800 backers and raising over $55,000 in 30 days.

The key to the Mouths of Babes magic is in the contrast. The Chicago Tribune writes, “They offer unique counterpoints to one another…the laidback Ty, nattily dressed in a tie and crisp suit jacket, has a rich, lovely alto. Ingrid, clad in a sultry pink satin mini-dress, is a sassy chanteuse with a lilting soprano. Trading jokes and sharing elegant harmonies, the two women display an intuitive professional bond.” They easily switch off lead vocals and play a wide array of instruments, with Ty on acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, and foot percussion, and Ingrid playing upright bass, ukulele, and cajon. They’re also dedicated activists, making a practice of donating 5% of their ticket sales to worthy social justice and environmental causes.

“Ty Greenstein and Ingrid Elizabeth have an absolutely mesmerizing kismet together, and are both accomplished musicians [with] versatile, fun-loving, moving, accessible and simply beautiful songwriting. Go see this band – and prepare to fall in love!” – North End Concert Series

Julie Wolf

Julie Wolf is a music producer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, music director and teacher. She has appeared on stages around the world and on numerous critically acclaimed recordings. She has collaborated with Carly Simon, Indigo Girls, Ani DiFranco, Maceo Parker, Bruce Cockburn, Amy Ray, Dar Williams, Rumer and Wayne Horvitz among many others. Recent highlights include Autumn 2015 television performances with Carly Simon (Late Night with Stephen Colbert, The View and Live with Kelly and Michael), recording a duet with Carly Simon for the release of Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan, producing Bruce Cockburn, working with Joan Baez and producing records for multiple artists of varying genres.

Based in Oakland, California, Julie is a part of a vibrant creative community that includes musicians, dancers, choreographers, poets, filmmakers, actors, directors, writers, teachers, healers and activists. She runs Julie Wolf Music, specializing in music production, composing for film and dance, sound design, and music editing. Recent producing credits include Cris Willaimson’s upcoming release Motherland, Katie Cash’s upcoming release Gift Horse, Gina Breedlove’s Language of Light, Rachel Friedman’s My Marching Band, The Lost American JazzBook (winner of Jazz Vocal Album of the Year at the 14th Independent Music Awards), A Fragile Tomorrow’s One Way Ticket (winner of Best Cover of the Year/15th Independent Music Awards) and Lucia Lilikoi’s Vessel. Julie also teaches music and production clinics, workshops and private students.

She’s thrilled to be here with us on Olivia accompanying many of the musicians onboard, giving some rare solo performances from behind the piano and reuniting with Olivia community!

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Zoë Lewis

ZOË LEWIS is a band in a body! Vintage jazz, gypsy jive, latin grooves, international folk and funk originals on anything from the piano to the spoons! This multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, vaudevillian hails originally from the UK but has made Provincetown, MA her home for the last 25 years. She's traveled to over 70 countries picking up grooves and stories along the way, released eight albums of original material, toured with Judy Collins, the Indigo Girls, Richie Havens, Nanci Griffiths and has even opened for Pat Benetar on the ukulele! 

She has won numerous songwriting awards and her songs have appeared on Broadway, in documentaries and in commercials. Additionally, she created two musicals; Snail Road and Across The Pond. One of her songs became #1 in the children’s satellite radio charts. She also leads a 1920's SPEAKEASY, Zoë Lewis and the Bootleggers, performing prohibition jazz and swing to the summer crowds on Cape Cod. 

In 2014, Zoë was awarded "Provincetown Woman of the Year" and in 2016, "Volunteer of the Year" for the Swim for Life charity event. This year she released a brand new album The Sound of Wings and is working on a new musical about the true meaning of magic. Her show is theatrical, upbeat and fun. A true artist. This British transplant is blessed with the uncanny ability to uncover the extraordinary beauty in the seemingly ordinary.

"She stormed the main stage playing everything from swinging folk and latin jazz to acoustic funk and sprightly celtic flavoured tunes. Her boundless energy was hard to ignore."
—Ottawa Xpress, Canada

"An amazing modern day Noel Coward."
—Rich Warren, WFTM, Chicago, IL

"A masterful combination of song, performance and artistry with a contagiously positive attitude and free spirit. Probably one of the most the most charismatic performances I've ever seen."
—Bay Guardian, San Francisco, CA

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Shelley Doty

Shelley Doty has a voluminous career as a solo artist, band leader, band member, hired gun, and musical director, among other things. Shelley’s comprehensive styles include jazz, fusion, R&B, “avant-punk-classical”, rock and acoustic folk. At various junctures on her musical journey, Shelley has been involved with Jambay, The Shelley Doty X-tet, Sistas in the Pit, Skip the Needle, Vicki Randle, Bonfire Madigan, and the list goes on. In 1999, she won the Lilith Fair Acoustic Talent Search and closed the show playing guitar with Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan, and Chrissie Hynde in front of 22,000 cheering fans. Guitar Player Magazine praises her voice as "smoky, (and) soulful." My favorite thing about Shelley is her willingness to stretch herself out of her comfort zone when asked, and create something unique. I can’t wait to see what she will come up with for 2015! Check out the full article from Guitar Player Magazine, as well as her amazing bio, both found at www.shelleydoty.com.

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Kofy Brown

Kofy Brown has been in performing for over 20 years, touring worldwide with her uncompromising stage show, winning national audiences in Europe, Canada and the United states. Kofy Brown has thrived by following her own creative path. She and her band the KBB have developed a reputation for putting on an outstanding live show. Her music is a soulful combination of funk, rock, blues and hip-hop topped off with a singing and rap style she calls word song.

Kofy Brown is co-creator/bass player and one of the lead songwriters and vocalist in the legendary all black girl rock trio Sistas in the Pit.

Kofy Brown is also currently playing drums and vocalizing with her latest project, Skip the Needle. Skip the Needle is comprised of veteran vocalists and musicians, Vicki Randle, Shelley Doty and Katie Colpitts. The four women deliver a hard edge blend of soul, funk, rock and more.

Kofy Brown is a fiercely independent recording artist and authentic talent who is based in Oakland CA, the Washington DC native has released eight full length recordings; Live & Delicious 1995, Hungry 1997 Skinny & Tight 1999, Area 32 2001, Love Warrior 2005, Stompin at the Paard – Live in The Netherlands 2006, The Mecca Sessions – Live in San Francisco 2006 and Soul Rock 2008 on her own indie label Simba Music.

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Katie Cash

To watch Katie Cash manhandle a mic, strangle her Strat, and command an audience with authentic rock star charisma, one would hardly envision her as a diligent, straight-A student. But Katie is an overachiever, tireless when it comes to music, and absolutely committed to every aspect of her creative path. She writes songs. She sings. She plays both rhythm and lead guitar. She produces. She manages and books many of her projects, handling every detail, down to the merchandise. And she recently completed her studies of harmony, theory, counterpoint, and composition at Mills College. 

Most noted for her brainchild, Dolorata, the San Francisco-based, all-female rock band, Katie has shared stages with the likes of Iggy Pop and the Stooges, The Pretenders, Tracy Chapman, Liz Phair, The Indigo Girls, Girl in Coma, Von Iva, and The Gossip. “You’ve Gotta Want It,” the first song on Dolorata’s album, Believer, and written by Cash was placed in a Sony Pictures Film, Arena, released 2011 and "Got A Way," also off of Believer, was placed in a Ten Furlongs Film, 50 to 1, released 2014. Katie has performed in a variety of other bands, touring the west coast and Europe and is currently sharing songwriting, lead vocals, and guitar duties in Oakland based bands, Year of the Fist and Skip the Needle. Her latest endeavor is a full length solo album produced by Julie Wolf and tracked at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA.

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Aly Palmer

Aly Palmer is the singer/songwriter, producer/director and performance artist best known for her ongoing three decades of work with the popular rock band, BETTY. She is the Music Director who created the popular feminist variety show, CHIX, which was the closing finale set of the last eleven Michigan Womyn’s Music Festivals. Featuring the immense talent that gathers at festivals, themed CHIX shows have featured Holly Near, Cris Williamson, Amy Ray, Vicki Randle, Toshi Reagon and dozens of other brilliant performers and comics in shows like Rock Chix, Chix Sings The Blues, Southern Fried Chix and more. Aly is author of the essay collection, Wonderland. With BETTY, her music has been featured on scores of ads, television series and films, including Life With Mikey and The L Word.

She tours internationally with BETTY and The BETTY Effect, a non-profit organization she created with Elizabeth and Amy Ziff for the empowerment and self-advocacy of women, girls and groups striving for equal rights worldwide. Alyson plays with guitarist Tony Salvatore in Tony&Aly and Tot Rock with The AlleyPals. Her all-time favorite project is the constantly unfolding and often bewildering adventure with her beloved Ruby and Lake.

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DJ Rockaway

Born and raised in Queens, NY, DJ Rockaway has been bringing her passion and love for music to dance floors for over a decade performing for audiences in the U.S. and internationally. From nightclubs on both the east and west coasts, to private weddings and events, she is a regular DJ on Olivia cruise and resort vacations and DJ’s for national non-profit events such as NCLR, HRC and Equality California, to name a few. She is the founder of PLAY San Francisco and PLAY San Jose, which are monthly events for women who love to dance. A true New Yorker (just listen to her talk), DJ Rockaway’s unique mix of music styles – dance, hip-hop, R&B, house, club, retro – allows her to play to all who love to dance and feel the music. For DJ Rockaway, music is more than a blend of sounds, music is an experience – she wants you to feel it, live it, escape into it.

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DJ Citizen Jane

If there is just one thing in this world to bring people together, it’s the power of music. Not many DJ/Producers can say they’ve got what it takes to break through the subtle music barriers between several diverse groups, but then again none of those DJ’s are DJ Citizen Jane. The Cuban American, Miami born Pied Piper of the decks has been whistling her own unique tune and now is the most in-demand female DJ in the country. Her resume reads like a circuit party passport that keeps growing every year.

Her ability to read and keep a crowd going is her signature, and what has allowed her to obtain resident DJ and headliner DJ billing at the hottest clubs, venues and musical festivals in the US, Canada, Australia, Europe and beyond - including headliner for LIVE Nation events and performer at the “World’s Most Famous Arena” Madison Square Garden. Citizen Jane is the 2014 & 2015 Pink Flamingo awards winner for “Favorite DJ,” an honor solely voted by the public. On the 2015 ballot, Citizen Jane was the lone woman, beating out Grammy award winning DJ’s for the coveted award two years in a row. In 2016 Citizen Jane was the only woman DJ on the 2016 Folsom Fair bill, an event women are rarely invited to spin on. She turned it out with a hugely successful set at the crown night event “Magnitude”. 2017 already has Citizen Jane headlining Australia’s largest Pride “Mardi Gras.” Her love of music extends beyond her high-energy DJ beats, leading her to become one of the most in demand International DJ/Producers on the DJ scene today.

Melanie DeMore

Melanie DeMore, Vocal Activist, is one of the most outstanding vocal artists of today helping to preserve the African American Folk Tradition through song and Gullah stick pounding. She was the subject of a documentary called 'Stick and Pound’ which showcases this tradition. She has a career spanning 30 years dedicated to teaching, lecturing, mentoring, conducting, directing, and inspiring children and adults about the power of song as social and political change. Melanie is a sought after presenter, conductor, and soloist at national and international choral and music festivals, including Festival 500 in Newfoundland, Canada, and Chorus America. She is a Master Teaching Artist for Cal Performances at UC Berkeley, adjunct faculty at the California Institute for Integral Studies, and a featured presenter for SpeakOut! the Institute for Social and Cultural Change.

She was a founding member of the Grammy-nominated Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir and has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such varied artists as Odetta, Richey Havens, Pete Seeger, the Trinity Choir (NYC), VocalEssence (Minneapolis) ,MUSE Cincinatti Women's Chorus and many others.

Melanie DeMore is a singer/songwriter, composer, conductor and vocal activist, who believes in the power of voices raised together and tightening the weave of community.

She says:
“A song can hold you up when there seems to be no ground beneath you”.

Jane Ramseyer Miller

Award-winning conductor Jane Ramseyer Miller is on-board directing the Olivia Community Chorus. Vibrant, passionate and a blast in rehearsal, she has inspired community choruses across North America in clinics, workshops and performances. Jane serves as Artistic Director for GALA Choruses, an association of nearly 200 LGBT choruses, and is also in her 23rd year as Artistic Director for One Voice Mixed Chorus in Minnesota. Conducting women’s voices is one of her fortes including serving as Artistic Director of the Calliope Women’s Chorus and Fierra Voce Femmina.

Jane holds a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Minnesota and a BA in Psychology from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada…but her best training has come from working with hundreds of amazing singers.

Jane founded the second transgender chorus in North America and is currently programming a Transgender Vocal Festival for trans singers, music coaches and teachers for spring 2018. She has commissioned nearly 30 new choral works and loves the process of creating new programs and compositions with living composers.

She envisions that songs for the Olivia Community Chorus will focus on music from the islands we are visiting, women composers, and music from Olivia’s rich history.

Olivia is pleased to support GALA Choruses in its mission to empower LGBT Choruses as they change our world through song. We’re thrilled to welcome Jane Ramseyer Miller, the Artistic Director of GALA Choruses, aboard our 45th Anniversary Caribbean Cruise, where she will conduct the Olivia Community Chorus. Come join us and sing OUT loud!

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Olivia Travel is the premiere lesbian travel company providing amazing cruise and resort vacations for lesbians worldwide. We create unforgettable holidays for women from all over the world. Vacation with us and you will never be the same!