vklynne - May 12, 2011
Who says women can’t get along?
Apparently, a lot of people. In the workplace, women craftily bully underlings, while schools report female bullying is on the rise to an alarming degree. And social networking is rampant with mean girl antics that would have astonished our mothers.
On the dating scene, the blame is placed on the disproportionate ratio of eligible men to single women. In professional settings, it is noted that there are, many times, so few ‘spots’ for women in the ‘upper ranks’ that any newcomer is seen as a threat to the women in those spots. So they protect their territories- with gusto.
It seems in every facet of society, women are struggling to find harmony- and, no pun intended, the music world is no different. However, it seems one group of women have found the key to unity- and they are using it to give back.
Eve’s Apple is an international community of female singers in the metal, rock and goth genres. Twenty-four professional musicians, from twelve different nations, make up the group. They have various degrees of fame among them, but all are equal in their “orchard”. Their goal is to support each other, support the music, and, perhaps most importantly, support the young women coming up in the music business.
There was skepticism in the beginning from those who wondered- can a group of ‘divas’ put aside egos and notoriety to accomplish anything worthwhile?
The answer was a resounding “YES!” They began to publish articles of advice, experience, tips and relevant news, all authored by the members themselves, and introduce their large following to new bands and singers that showed promise. Most recently, they put their creative powers together and produced a compilation CD, “The Siren’s Garden”, which features 13 tracks by various Apples. Released digitally on iTunes, the compilation’s proceeds will be donated to The Shropshire Music Foundation, which: “provides free musical instruments and instruction to former child soldiers and refugees in some of the world’s most wartorn places: Uganda, Kosovo, and Northern Ireland. Since 1999, [they] have taught more than 10,000 young people that through music they can bring healing, hope, and peace to their communities.”
Eve’s Apple continues to use its unity to help end division. Regardless of nationality, genre, age, or status, the women cheer each others’ successes, support in each others’ struggles, and do all of it with deep respect and great love.
Because in the end – can’t we all just get along?
Eve’s Apple is:
Melissa Ferlaak Koch
Carmen Elise Espenaes
Angel Wolf – Black
Sharon Den Adel
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