The role of the woman in the musical landscape has never been better than it is today.
In the past few years, there have been several female voices rise up the ranks like rock revivalist Grace Potter or Sweden’s Lykke Li or Feist.
For every quirky songstress like Zooey Deschanel, there are seasoned veterans like Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch and Bonnie Raitt who hold a commanding presence.
In the same way, groups with lead singers such as Sleigh Bells, Florence and the Machine or Alabama Shakes have their place also.
Nevertheless, the female voice is holding its own.
This summer, Murfreesboro will play host to several girls looking to step into roles such as this.
The Southern Girls Rock ‘n Roll Camp will enter its 10th year and has several events in store for attendees. The camp, which is intended for girls ages 10-17, will take place from July 23-28 at Middle Tennessee State University.
Founded in 2003 with the help of Those Darlins member, Kelley Anderson, the camp has gained momentum and visibility through the years. Taking a communal approach to building self-esteem through the power of music, campers participate in classes that focus in vocals, drum, bass, guitar and keyboards.
Other educational opportunities expand into panels on music business and workshops that may focus on everything from screen printing to photography.
Over this five-day period, the campers will also get to take in performances from other bands, all the while perfecting their own skills for a performance at the end of their camping experience.
SGRRC also has a few tricks up their sleeve this year with a performance by renowned rock ‘n roller Wanda Jackson.
Jackson has played with a spectrum of artist ranging from Elvis to Jack White, who she has recently been a close acquaintance as she released her latest album, “The Party Ain’t Over,” on White’s Third Man Records.
Her performance will take place on July 27 at 12:15 p.m. at Wright Music Hall on the MTSU campus and is free to all campers and volunteers. Other ticket options are available to the public and include a free ticket with a $50 donation, a general admission ticket of $15 and a $10 ticket for parents of campers.
SGRRC operates under the non-profit Youth Empowerment through Arts and Humanities. For more information on YEAH and SGRRC, visit sgrcc.com and yeahintheboro.org.