This Friday we talk with two women whose talent is equally stunning , whose spirit is intensely independent, whose convictions are solid and on-your-sleeve evident and whose music is very different. Eleanor Goldfield is the co-founder of the hard rock band, Rooftop Revolutionaries, named for the rooftop where it was started and their drive to use music an art to upset social and political equilibrium that oppresses people. The band plays in venues throughout Los Angeles and at demonstrations, fund raisers, occupations, and marches for progressive causes. Eleanor is a dual American-Swedish citizen raised in South Carolina where she had classical voice training. Her career includes modeling (a classical Swedish blonde beauty), songwriting, singing, blogging, radio broadcasting and event production. Her latest project, Rooftop Revolutionaries brings together some of the best musicians in the LA underground rock scene and then thrusts them into the clubs with politics and screaming riffs intact, lead by Eleanor's over the top, but precisely controlled voice. The result is music that is real, energizing and really means something.
Our second guest, Alex Nester, is pushing back hard against an industry saturated with fly-by-night singles, auto-tune pop, and packaged artist-development. Alex brings back the art of real music-making with songs and original music chronicling her letdowns in music business today and her bout with cancer as a teenager. A life of trial and triumph has shaped her unique sound filled with messages of love, faith, positivity, and healing while channeling the retro soul artists of the 60’s and 70’s. Her resume includes 12 albums, countless jingles, and over 25 theatrical productions, as well as working with established musicians such as Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, The Fifth Dimension, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons - not something you find on the resume of most artists this young. Her voice is clear, powerful and rings like a bell whether it is a ballad or a rap. When she sings "Rise Up" with Salvador Santana, she practically picks up the audiences and flies with them. Her lyrics take on the music industry, support girls school in Kenya and fight for cancer research to young women won't have to endure the pain she went through.
Two very talented, very determined women. I am glad they are part of today's music scene and part of this week's show.