She Rocks Awards 2016 award recipients, presenters, and performers. At center is The Women’s International Music Network founder, Laura B. Whitmore.
Photo: Anjani Lynn White.
The Women’s International Music Network presented the fourth annual She Rocks Awards on Friday, January 22, during the Winter NAMM Show at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel in Anaheim, Calif. Co-hosted by Nita Strauss, the She Rocks Awards benefits the NAMM Foundation and Girls Rock Camp Alliance, and pays tribute to women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry.
Previous award recipients include female industry leaders Sheila E, Colbie Caillat, Orianthi, The Bangles, Dinah Gretsch, Janie L. Hendrix, Mary Peavey and more.
Skywalker Sound’s Leslie Ann Jones was among 13 award recipients in 2016, who also included Chaka Khan, Jennifer Batten, Amy Heidemann of Karmin, Mindy Abovitz of Tom Tom magazine, Mona Tavakoli & Becky Gebhardt of the Rock Camp For Girls L.A. and Raining Jane, Chalise Zolezzi of Taylor Guitars, Cathy Carter Duncan of Seymour Duncan, Crystal Morris of Gator Cases, Pamela Cole and Leigh Maples of Fanny’s House of Music, Mary Luehrsen of NAMM/the NAMM Foundation, and Sujata Murthy of Universal Music Enterprises.
Leslie Ann Jones has been a recording and mixing engineer for more than 30 years. She started her career in 1975 at ABC Recording Studios in Los Angeles, before moving to Northern California in 1978 to accept a staff position at the legendary Automatt Recording Studios. There, she worked with Herbie Hancock and many others, while launching her film score mixing career with Apocalypse Now.
From 1987 to 1997 she was a staff engineer at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, recording projects with BeBe & CeCe Winans, Marcus Miller and others, and working on scores for several feature films and television shows.
In February 1997 she returned to Northern California to accept a position as Director of Music Recording and Scoring with Skywalker Sound, where she continues her engineering career recording and mixing music for records, films, videogames, television, and commercials. And she now adds Record Producer to her list of credits.
Jones has won numerous Grammy Awards for her engineering work, and is a past Chair of The Recording Academy’s Board of Trustees. She serves on the Advisory Boards of Institute for Musical Arts, and Ex’pression College for Digital Arts, and is an Artistic Advisor to the new Technology and Applied Composition degree program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Find more information about the She Rocks Awards at www.thewimn.com/events/she-rocks-awards.