Sweet Female Rockers
7 01. Jonna Sailon
7.5 02. Elize Ryd
7.6 03. Maria Brink
7.6 04. Cristina Scabbia
Italian singer, best known as one of the two vocalists in the Italian gothic metal band Lacuna Coil.
She also writes an advice column in the popular rock magazine Revolver, alongside musician Vinnie Paul. Scabbia is featured in a Megadeth song, "À Tout le Monde (Set Me Free)". She is also the featured artist in the Apocalyptica song "S.O.S. (Anything But Love)" and another version of the Alter Bridge song "Watch Over You". Scabbia has said that the biggest compliment that a fan could pay her would be to remark on her vocal abilities. Scabbia has a contralto vocal range.
6.6 05. Tanja Lainio
6 06. Liv Kristine
Liv Kristine Espenæs Krull (born February 14, 1976 in Stavanger, Norway), better known as Liv Kristine, is the former vocalist for the band Theatre of Tragedy and current vocalist for the band Leaves' Eyes.
Musical from an early age, Liv Kristine joined Theatre of Tragedy as a backup singer, but was soon sharing singing duties with Raymond István Rohonyi. She was fired from Theatre of Tragedy, which she learned about through the band's website. Already living in Germany since 1996, she formed a new band, Leaves' Eyes, in 2003 with the five musicians from Atrocity, which includes her husband, singer Alexander Krull. She has also released three solo albums, the most recent of which was released in August 2010 through Napalm Records. Liv has a soprano vocal range. In 2005 Liv Kristine was nominated for a Grammy award.
7.9 07. Charlotte Wessels
Lead vocalist of the Dutch symphonic metal band Delain. She was previously a member of gothic metal band To Elysium, before the band's split. She formed Delain in 2005 with ex-Within Temptation pianist Martijn Westerholt.
Charlotte has been trained in both jazz singing and classical singing. She was first trained in jazz, but later her instructor suggested classical singing to her. However, Charlotte has stated that she found classical training to be very restrictive, and so she likes to do something "in between the classical and the jazz stuff, and if you look at classical music with high vocal lines, then you kind of get to gothic very soon!"
7.2 08. Floor Jansen
7.6 09. Vibeke Stene
Norwegian female singer. She is most often recognized as the former vocalist of the gothic metal band Tristania. Stene met the members of Tristania during her first years in high school. She joined the band shortly before they started recording their self-titled demo. At first she was meant to be only an additional singer, but later on she joined the band permanently.
Stene's singing has become well known to fans of gothic metal, mostly throughout Europe, mainly because her vocals maintain a distinctive quality.
On February 27, 2007, Stene left Tristania due to personal reasons. She stated that the reason was she wanted to pursue a long-held dream of hers, which was to teach singing.
In spring 2007, around the same time Stene left Tristania, the Finnish symphonic power metal band Nightwish was going to announce the name of their respective new female vocalist. Due to Stene's recent parting ways with Tristania, it was widely discussed in the musical circles, whether Vibeke would be inducted into Nightwish to replace Tarja Turunen. The rumour was quickly denied, however, when Stene said in an interview, "I am not the new singer in Nightwish."
5.3 010. Julie Westlake
From an early age, everyone knew there was something special about Julie. Her many talents didn't take long to show themselves. A singer and entertainer from the time she could speak, she perfected her craft at her local church and schools choirs, high school musicals, and plays. Now a dynamic rock and roll singer, model and spokesperson; it seems the sky's the limit for this beautiful, small town siren. Before hitting the world stage with her band, Hydrogyn, Julie sang in local amateur competitions. With each success and all the praise those successes garnered, she was confident she was on the right track.
She eventually formed her first band, a country music outfit with which she added some impressive achievements to her resume. Julie suddenly found herself opening for country music superstars such as Shenandoah and headlining several Clear Channel-sponsored festivals, thrilling thousands and building a network of eager Julie Westlake fans. Julie began starring in television commercials and working as a spokes model. She never dreamed that all these accomplished were merely the beginning of her budding career. Julie's world changed forever in 2004 when she abandoned her country music roots and dove head-first into the world of rock music with the birth of Hydrogyn. Overnight, Hydrogyn moved from conception straight into the belly of the Rock and Roll Beast. Within months of their founding, Julie and the band signed a deal with Pepsi and found themselves playing at a NASCAR Winston Cup race, introducing tens of thousands of people to the magic of Hydrogyn and Julie Westlake. Fans watched in awe as she and Hydrogyn unleashed their own brand of melodic hard rock from the Mountain Dew stage, effectively stealing the show.
7.1 011. Alissa White
7.8 012. Simone Simons
Dutch coloratura mezzo-soprano singer who is the lead vocalist of symphonic metal band Epica.
Borned in Hoensbroek. After a few years of jazz and pop singing lessons she mainly focused on classical singing. She sang in a choir for a couple of months in 2002, joining Epica soon after. She is currently involved in a romantic relationship with Kamelot keyboardist Oliver Palotai. Her favorite song to perform is "Reprendo mai più" by Emma Shapplin.
On January 10, 2008, it was announced on Epica's website that Simone was suffering from MRSA. This caused Epica to have to cancel many of their shows. In February, her condition was getting better, but she was not completely recovered. In March, Epica toured with Amanda Somerville, replacing Simons for their US tour until 11 May 2009, when Simone performed again at their show in Bibelot, Dordrecht.
Simone joined the band Kamelot on the tour for their most recent album Poetry for the Poisoned as a supporting singer and guest member, after the departure of vocalist Roy Khan.
6.3 013. Liv Jagrell
7.8 014. Amy Lee
American singer-songwriter and classically trained pianist. She is co-founder and lead vocalist of the rock band Evanescence. She cites influences ranging from classical musicians such as Mozart to modern artists Björk, Tori Amos, Danny Elfman and Plumb. Along with her contributions to Evanescence, Lee has also participated on numerous other musical projects including Walt Disney Records' 2008 release of The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack. Lee has performed collaborations with artists such as Korn, Seether, and David Hodges. Lee is also the American chairperson for the international epilepsy awareness foundation, Out of the Shadows.
Revolver Magazine named Lee the #1 Hottest Chick in Hard Rock for their 2011 annual issue and she appeared on the front cover.
Amy Lee was born to parents John Lee, a disc jockey and TV personality, and Sara Cargill. She has a brother named Robby and two sisters, Carrie and Lori. Lee had a younger sister who died in 1987 at the age of three from an unidentified illness. The song "Hello" from Fallen has been reported to have been written for her late sister, as well as the song "Like You" from The Open Door. Lee took classical piano lessons for nine years. Her family moved to many places, including Florida and Illinois, and eventually settled in Little Rock, Arkansas, where Evanescence started. She briefly attended Middle Tennessee State University to study music theory and composition and later dropped out to focus on Evanescence.
In an interview on AOL Music, Lee said that the first songs she remembered writing were called "Eternity of the Remorse" and "A Single Tear". The first was written when she was eleven years old and wanted to become a classical composer, and the second was for an assignment when she was in the eighth grade.
4.7 015. Francine Boucher
7.6 016. Anette Olzon
Swedish singer from Helsingborg, best known as the lead vocalist of Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish.
Olzon was formerly the vocalist in the Swedish AOR band Alyson Avenue. After her admission in Nightwish, Olzon played with several bands, in studio and live, including Brother Firetribe, Pain and The Rasmus.
In 2008, Anette recorded one track with Brother Firetribe on their second album, Heart Full of Fire, and the duet with The Rasmus, titled October & April, was played for the first time on October 9, 2009 on a Finnish radio and was released digitally on November 11, 2009. On August 13, Anette sang two Nightwish songs, "Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan and "Meadows of Heaven", with the Stockholm Symphonic Orchestra, at the Suomi Safari, the event was in celebration of Sweden and Finland relations. During the break after Nightwish's 2009 Hartwall Arena concert, Anette has stated that she wishes to release a solo album. As of October 19, 2009, songwriting for this album has begun.
She has mentioned Carola Häggkvist, Sarah Brightman, Natalie Cole and Celine Dion as being her inspirations in singing. She has said she enjoys other metal bands, such as Sonata Arctica, Amorphis, Tarot, Within Temptation and Kamelot. She has also noted that she is a fan of The Rasmus, and was such even before she released October & April.
Anette lives with her boyfriend, and Pain bassist, Johan Husgafvel and son Seth, born July 2001. In July, 2010, she gave birth to her second son, Nemo.
7.4 017. Hayley Williams
American singer and songwriter. She is the lead vocalist of the band Paramore.
In 2002, at the age of 13, Williams moved from her hometown, Meridian, Mississippi, to Franklin, Tennessee. She met band members Josh and Zac Farro in her new school. While still in school, she tried out for a local funk cover band The Factory, in which she met Jeremy Davis.
Williams was discovered in 2003 by managers Dave Steunebrink and Richard Williams who signed the 14-year-old to a production deal. At the time she was writing pop songs with songwriters in Nashville. Williams was introduced to Atlantic Records A&R Tom Storms through Richard Williams' attorneys Jim Zumwalt and Kent Marcus, and then signed to the label by Jason Flom. The label's original plan for their new artist was to make her a solo pop artist but Williams objected to this, saying that she wanted to be part of a band and play alternative rock music.
Atlantic decided to go along with her wishes, and she then formed Paramore with Josh Farro, Zac Farro, and Jeremy Davis. The music of Paramore was originally supposed to come out on Atlantic Records, but the label's marketing department decided it would be better for the image of the band to not have them attached to a huge label. They instead released their music through a "cooler" niche label, Fueled by Ramen. The debut album was released in 2005 when Hayley was only 16 years old.
7.6 018. Tarja Turunen
Finnish singer-songwriter and composer. She is a full lyric soprano and has a vocal range of three octaves.
Turunen studied singing at Sibelius Academy and Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe. She is well known as a professional classical lied singer but best known as the former lead vocalist of the Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, which she founded with Tuomas Holopainen and Erno Vuorinen in 1996. Their combination of hard and fast guitar riffs with Turunen's classical lead vocals quickly achieved critical and commercial popularity. Their symphonic metal style, soon dubbed "opera metal", inspired many other metal bands and singers.
Turunen was dismissed from the band on October 21, 2005 for personal reasons. She started her solo career in 2006 with the release of a Christmas album called Henkäys Ikuisuudesta. In 2007, Turunen released My Winter Storm, an album featuring various styles, including alternative rock and symphonic metal and started the Storm World Tour. Turunen released her third album, What Lies Beneath, in 2010. She performed several concerts in Europe, playing in metal festivals including the Graspop Metal Meeting and the Wacken Open Air, before starting the What Lies Beneath World Tour, scheduled to last until April 2012.
6.7 019. Janica Lonn
7.4 020. Angela Gossow
Lead vocalist for the Swedish melodic death metal band Arch Enemy. Her previous bands include Asmodina and Mistress. She is considered to be one of the few successful female metal singers to use growling as her primary singing style. Her main influences are Jeff Walker of Carcass, David Vincent of Morbid Angel, Chuck Billy of Testament, John Tardy of Obituary, Chuck Schuldiner of Death, Dave Mustaine of Megadeth and Rob Halford of Judas Priest.
Was born to orthodox Christian parents in Cologne, Germany and had 3 siblings. She was 17 when her parents got divorced. Further financial troubles came in when their business went bankrupt. Being anorexic and bulimic further added to her woes. It was at this time that she decided to move out of home and join the metal band Asmodina. After graduation she joined an advertising company as a trainee, specializing in marketing. She simultaneously began studying economics. In 1997 the band Asmodina split and Gossow formed another band: Mistress.
8 021. Somi Arian
7.3 022. Melissa Auf Der Maur
Canadian rock musician from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Her career has included 5 years as bassist with the band Hole and she later toured with The Smashing Pumpkins for their 2000 tour. Her second solo album, Out of Our Minds, was released on March 30, 2010. She is also a published photographer. On October 19, 2011, she officially announced on her website that she was pregnant with her first child and expecting a girl sometime that week.
Auf der Maur is also an published photographer. She was a photography major specializing in self-portraiture at Concordia University when she was invited to join Hole in 1994. Her photos have been published in Nylon, Bust, Mastermind, and American Photo, among other magazines. Her photos were also in the exhibition The Kids are Alright at Sotheby's in New York City along with photos by Yelena Yemchuk. She put together a solo exhibition in 2001, under the name of Channels. It mostly featured shots of Auf der Maur's life on the road, with a recurring TV theme and shots of hotel TV screens, hence the name Channels. The exhibition opened September 9, 2001, at Brooklyn's Secret Gallery, but was shut down after the September 11 attacks. A book bearing the same name was set to appear, but never did.
7.5 023. Angelica Rylin
7.7 024. Ailyn
Spanish female vocalist of the gothic metal band Sirenia.
Her musical career started at the age of 15, when she studied solfege and classical singing at The Albéniz School of Music.
Her professional debut was in 2002 in Cornellà de Llobregat, in an annual benefit fashion show the city held to raise money for Alzheimer's sufferers.
Her first discographic contract was as part of the group Charm (a female vocal trio that played anime songs, J-pop and J-rock). After their first album titled "Konnichiwa" and released in 2003, she wanted to try her luck as a solo artist, she began recording tracks on her own. In 2004, after completing some tunes for the "Kimagure Orange Road" anime series, she left the group.
7.4 025. Anneke Van Giersbergen
Former lead singer of the Dutch progressive/alternative rock band The Gathering which she departed in August 2007. Since then, she has been involved in a solo project called Agua de Annique which also included her husband & drummer of the band, Rob Snijders. She now performs under her own name with her husband & other members. She has also worked with Lawn, Farmer Boys, Ayreon, Napalm Death, Novembers Doom, Moonspell, Globus, Arjen Anthony Lucassen, Giant Squid, Devin Townsend, Anathema and Within Temptation.
Van Giersbergen was born in Sint-Michielsgestel, Netherlands. By the age of 7, she participated in soundmix contests and at age 12 joined her school choir and later joined her first rock band.
She played with several bands before becoming part of the duo Bad Breath who played a mix of blues, jazz, folk and funk. She joined The Gathering in 1994, and she is most notable for her work with them.
In 1998, she sang on the Ayreon album Into the Electric Castle, a concept album telling the tale of an alien entity 'kidnapping' 8 human souls from different times. Anneke portrayed an Egyptian woman from the time of the pharaohs.
She appears on the album Rubicon from John Wetton and Geoffrey Downes on the tracks "To Catch a Thief" and "Tears of Joy".
She also appears on the 2006 album Smear Campaign by the grindcore/death metal band Napalm Death, on the tracks "Weltschmerz" and "In Deference," contributing spoken rather than sung vocals "for good effect and relevance to the track."
6.7 026. Anni De Vil
8.4 027. Doro Pesch
Dorothee Pesch (born 3 June 1964, Düsseldorf, Germany), popularly known as Doro Pesch or Doro, is a female rock vocalist, formerly of the German heavy metal band Warlock.
After Warlock went through many line-up changes, Pesch was left the only remaining original member of the band. Because of legal issues with their former management about the ownership and trademark on the Warlock name, she was compelled to release under the name Doro what would have been the fifth album of the band.
Pesch now pursues a solo career and lives in New York City. The 2004 album Classic Diamonds was a collaboration with The Classic Night Orchestra, which reworked some of her earlier songs. Her latest album is Fear No Evil, which was released in 2009.
7.5 028. Sharon den Adel
Dutch singer and composer, best known as the lead vocalist and one of the main songwriters in the Dutch symphonic metal/rock band Within Temptation. She has performed with various bands since she was 13, including a blues rock band called Kashiro, before forming Within Temptation with Robert Westerholt 1996.
Sharon den Adel and long-term partner Robert Westerholt have a daughter, Eva Luna, who was born on 7 December 2005, and with whom she was pregnant during The Silent Force tour. They currently live near Hilversum, Netherlands. On 22 February 2009, den Adel announced that she was pregnant with her second child, Robin Aiden Westerholt, whose birth was announced on the band's official website on 1 June 2009. Going by the name of Aiden, he was born premature at 32 weeks and 6 days. On 26 November 2010, den Adel announced that she was expecting another child which, due to complications with her previous pregnancies, meant that the band's 2011 tour dates would be rescheduled from Spring till Autumn. The birth of her son, Logan Arwin, was announced on 31 March 2011.
5.3 029. Aya Anna Stefanowicz
6.2 030. Kristen Randall
8 031. Helena Michaelsen
8.4 032. Karin Axelsson
7.3 033. Shirley Manson
Scottish recording artist and actress, best known internationally as the lead singer of the alternative rock band Garbage. For much of her international career Manson commuted between her home city of Edinburgh to the United States to record with Garbage but now lives and works in Los Angeles. Manson gained media attention for her forthright style, rebellious attitude, and distinctive voice, which also won her fans throughout the world. Manson has an contralto vocal range.
Manson's musical career began in her teens when she was approached to perform backing vocals and keyboards for Scottish band Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie. Quickly she developed into a prominent member of the group and developed a formidable stage presence. Manson was approached by her band's record label with the idea of launching her as a solo artist, and recorded an album with her band under the Angelfish name. After seeing Manson in an Angelfish video broadcast only once on MTV's 120 Minutes, Garbage invited Manson to record vocals on a few of their songs; she eventually co-wrote and co-produced an entire album with the band. The resulting self-titled debut, Garbage, was a worldwide hit, and was followed by three studio albums, including the multiple Grammy Award-nominated Version 2.0, and a greatest hits album. Garbage toured worldwide and sold 12 million record sales over ten years.
7 034. Henriette Bordvik
9 035. Lucia Cifarelli
Vocalist and occasional keyboardist for industrial music group KMFDM. She was formerly the vocalist for the band Drill and also performed in KMFDM offshoots MDFMK, KGC, and Schwein.
Lucia got her start recording in studios in New York, eventually forming her own band, Drill, along with future Black Label Society guitarist John DeServio, which released only one album, the self-titled Drill, which spawned two music videos and had a third song featured on Empire Records. Later that year Drill toured opening for Stabbing Westward's Wither, Blister, Burn, and Peel Tour. The band broke up shortly after the end of the tour.
Lucia would join the KMFDM hiatus band, MDFMK, in 2000. The project lasted for one self-titled album. In 2001, Lucia and Sascha Konietzko worked on the "super group" Schwein and its albums Schweinstein and the subsequent remix album, Son of Schweinstein.
She recorded one solo album, From the Land of Volcanos. One single off the album, "I Will", appeared on the American Pie 2 soundtrack.
7.2 036. Marta Peterson
6.7 037. Martina Axen
7.7 038. Ji In Cho
German heavy metal singer of Korean descent. She has been the lead vocalist and pianist of the power metal band Krypteria since December 2004.
Ji-In Cho discovered her passion for music as a child. When she was six years old, she started an extensive musical education including piano lessons. Ji-In studied Music (Musikhochschule Cologne) and Theology (University of Cologne). Furthermore she has gotten a lot of experience in performing live on stage with several projects. Thanks to her extensive interests, Ji-In feels at home in almost all musical genres.
She appeared on many TV-shows and reached numerous chart positions (#31 for her cover version of Alanis Morissette´s "Ironic", #16 for the single "Don´t need your alibis" as a member of the band Become One). Thus Ji-In gained many experiences within the professional music business. Common appearances and duets with international stars like Phil Collins, Ronan Keating, Gareth Gates, Sarah Connor, B3, Tiziano Ferro, Ricky Martin, Mel Gaynor (Simple Minds), DJ Tomekk, Martin Moss marked a shaping influence on Ji-In's career.
Since December 2004 Ji-In has been the lead singer of the band Krypteria, whose single "Liberatio" was used for the charity campaign in aid of the Tsunami-victims in Southeast Asia. The outcome was proceeds of 11 Million Euro by selling 150,000 singles. "Liberatio" reached the status of a golden record and had the chart position #2 for many weeks. The second single "Victoriam Speramus" (published on April 4 in 2005) of the album "In medias res" (published on July 25 in 2005) made further chart positions possible.
7 039. Lacey Mosley
American singer-songwriter from Arlington, Texas. She is co-founder and lead vocalist of the alternative metal band Flyleaf.
In 2000, Sturm began to play with drummer James Culpepper. The pair worked with guitarists Sameer Bhattacharya and Jared Hartmann. In 2002, Pat Seals, Flyleaf's current bassist, joined, forming a group named Passerby. Due to legal reasons, they renamed themselves Flyleaf in June 2004.
Sturm provided backing vocals on "Run to You" and "Born Again," two tracks on Christian rock band Third Day's 2008 album Revelation. Mosley received a pair of Grammy nominations at the 52nd Grammy Awards for her work with Third Day: "Born Again" was nominated for Best Gospel Song and Best Gospel Performance.
Sturm has also worked with Apocalyptica on their song "Broken Pieces" and with Orianthi on the song "Courage."
On September 6, 2008 she married Joshua Sturm, the guitarist for the band Kairos, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Shortly before Flyleaf released Remember to Live, Lacey announced that she and her husband were expecting a son in the Spring of 2011. Joshua "Jack" Lewis Sturm was born on April 9, 2011.
Sturm has currently been involved with Hot Topic; modeling for their new clothing line, LOVEsick.
She has also been featured as a solo performer in Franklin Graham's "Rock the Lake", "Rock the Range", and "Rock the River" evangelistic tours throughout mid-August and late September 2011 where she gave her testimony and sang two songs, including a self-written song "The Reason", and an acoustic version of "Born Again" by Third Day.
6.3 040. Nadja Peulen
7.7 041. Sarah Anthony
7.4 042. Lzzy Hale
4.3 043. Ruby Roque
3.5 044. Sarah Jezebel Deva
British vocalist. She was the female vocalist in Cradle of Filth for 14 years and also fronts her own band, Angtoria. In 2009, Deva started her self-titled solo project. The debut album A Sign of Sublime was released in February 2010. Her sophomore album, called The Corruption of Mercy, was released on June 27, 2011 under a new three album record deal with Listenable Records.
Deva was raised in East Ham, London and has two half sisters and three half brothers. She had a troubled and turbulent childhood, leaving home when she was nine years old. Her godmother influenced her life greatly, getting her on the path to music.
Deva's career started at the age of eleven at the Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch, Essex. A cover of Sublime's "Summertime" was her first performance in a live band and totally unrehearsed, she performed one more time there at the age of thirteen. Deva went on to write her own lyrics and later recorded a demo on her friends 8 track console. Her first band was called Mad Dog, a punk group in which she was co-vocalist. She only did one show with the band, in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, supporting legendary punk band 999. Paul and Dani, founders of extreme metal band Cradle of Filth would later meet Deva through mutual friends.
After leaving Cradle of Filth in 2009, Deva started her self-titled solo project with Ken Newman and signed a deal with a small British record company. A Sign of Sublime was released on February 15, 2010. A European and UK tour followed inclusive of a performance at Femme Metal Festival.
After various issues with the label, Deva left the record company and joined forces with Dan Abela, a musician and producer. Together, they co-wrote The Corruption of Mercy after signing a three album record deal with Listenable Records in March 2011.
6 045. Emma Anzai
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