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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.

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.

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!

Poppy Champlin

Poppy is “Poppin”.  With a career spanning three decades, Poppy has deep chops.  Her television appearances on Oprah, Joan Rivers, Comedy Central, Showtime, LOGO and many more are proof of her hard work and longevity. She’s opened for numerous comics on her climb to being the headliner; Rosie O’Donnell, Paula Poundstone, Bill Maher, Ellen, Ray Romano, Caroline Rhea, Richard Belzer and Bruce Vilanche just to name a few.  When she came out as a lesbian in 2000 at The Hollywood Improv, her sexual preference actually helped her to bloom.  With honesty comes freedom and Poppy finally found her tribe and now prefers to play to lesbian crowds. She is thrilled to be working for Olivia. An evening with Poppy is one of constant laughs. She is quick with the adlibs and full of pleasant surprises from bird calls to song parodies. She actually has a seriously good voice and makes sure to end every show on a high note.  She is also the producer and one of the performers on her hit touring show; The Queer Queens of Qomedy, now in it’s eleventh year.

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