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Women Achieve Rock Star Dreams In Brentwood

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by Emily Luxen           

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - A new non-profit organization is helping women from across the country embrace their inner rock star.

The first "Ladies' Rock Band Experience" boot camp is now underway in Brentwood.  The three-day program is designed for women over the age of 30.  

Participants learn to play a musical instrument, form bands, write songs, and then perform at the end of the weekend.  Many of the participants have no prior musical education, and they say that makes the experience fun.

"I've always wanted to play an instrument," said Jodi Griffey, who is attending the Ladies' Rock Band Experience.  "I'm not real talented, but I said I'll do it, and learn to play the drums."

Griffey is now part of the band "Reality Chicks" that she started with some of her friends from Clarksville.  They are spending hours polishing their skills, and are getting help and advice from professionals.

"They're doing an amazing job," said Krista Earle, a Toronto-based songwriter, who is helping with the event.  "To see what they've learned so far and how they're applying it.  It is really fun to watch."

Carolyn Lipp founded the non-profit Women Rock for Charity after attending a similar music program in Portland, Oregon.

"We had the best time," said Lipp.  "I met women from all over the world.  I'm still friends with these women, and I did something I've always wanted to do."

Lipp wanted to offer a similar experience to other women, and determined Music City was the perfect place to host the Ladies' Rock Band Experience. 

She purchased and renovated a two-story office building on Church Street East in Brentwood.  It has multiple practice rooms for the bands, and all of which are named after famous female musicians.

"It's been a lot of work," said Lipp, "I couldn't have been happier when the music started playing in the band rooms, and the building came alive.  It was the coolest thing to see your dream become a reality."

Lipp said the organization and program are still in the early stages of development.  She ultimately wants to host four camps a year with 50 people in each session.  She is also in the process of collecting used musical instruments for participants.  She hopes it will continue to grow.

"Everything is running smoothly so far," said Lipp.  "The women are having fun, they are stepping outside their comfort zone and trying something new."

The four different bands will get to perform their songs Sunday, October 27 starting at 3 p.m. at the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville.  The event is open to the public.

Net proceeds from the camp go to local charities that support women's issues.

For more information on Women Rock For Charity visit www.womenrockforcharity.org

For more information on the Ladies Rock Band Experience visit www.ladiesrockbandexperience.com  The next camp is scheduled for April of 2014.

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