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Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John’s appeal seems to be timeless. With a career spanning more than five decades she is still a vibrant, creative individual adored by fans around the globe.

With more than 100 million albums sold, Olivia’s successes include four Grammy Awards (including “Record of the Year” and “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance” in 1974 for “I Honestly Love You” and the first ever “Video of the Year” Award for “Physical”), numerous Country Music, American Music and Peoples Choice Awards, ten #1 hits including “Physical,” which topped the charts for ten consecutive weeks, and over 15 top 10 singles.

In 1978, her co-starring role with John Travolta in “Grease” catapulted Olivia into super-stardom. Her other feature film credits include “Funny Things Happen Down Under” (1965), “Toomorrow” (1970), “Xanadu” (1980), “Two Of A Kind” (1983), “It’s My Party” (1996), “Sordid Lives” (2000), “Score: A Hockey Musical” (2010), and “A Few Best Men” (2011).

As a breast cancer “thriver”, Olivia has become increasingly well-known and respected for talking openly about her journey with breast cancer and for promoting public awareness of the importance of early detection. After 10 years of fundraising over $200 million the Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Center (ONJCWC) opened in June 2012, and provides a comprehensive range of services and facilities for cancer treatment, education, training and research including Olivia’s dream of a wellness center to help patients heal - mind, body and spirit.

Olivia continues to give back to the community generously and has been acknowledged many times by charitable and environmental organizations for her ongoing efforts, among them: the American Red Cross, the Environmental Media Association, the Women’s Guild of Cedar’s Sinai Medical Center, and the Rainforest Alliance and Concept Cure.

Also in 2010, Olivia was honored with the prestigious Order of Australia from Australia’s Governor General. She also released her second book, “LivWise: Easy Recipes for a Healthy, Happy Life” (Murdoch Books) in Australia in 2011. In “LivWise,” Olivia explains her belief in the importance of eating a healthy diet in order to maintain wellness and balance. All of Olivia’s proceeds from the cookbook sales benefit the Wellness Programs at the ONJCWC.

In April 2014, Olivia began her residency at the Flamingo Las Vegas with “Summer Nights,” a musical journey through her career in movies and music. To coincide with the show, she released “Hotel Sessions,” an EP collection of songs recorded in hotel rooms in Melbourne over a ten-year period with her nephew Brett Goldsmith.

With her current and ongoing projects and philanthropic endeavors, Olivia’s worldwide popularity is as strong as ever!

Beccy Cole

Beccy Cole is the real deal; a working single mother, a successful career woman, an explosive and very funny live performer and is as honest in the lyrics of her songs as she is about her private life. This honesty led to Beccy’s revelation on a ratings winning episode of ABC-TV’s “Australian Story” that she is gay…after “keeping it under her hat” for 15 years. Beccy received an unprecedented and overwhelming amount of support and encouragement from fans, old and new.

In 2014, Beccy Cole will take the audience on a journey through the trials and triumphs of a woman living the dreams of a little girl. Beccy extends her generosity from the truthful and sometimes very funny lyrics, to the stories behind the songs. “Now that the cat is out of the bag, I can not only be myself, but reveal the true meaning of some of the songs…and you just have to laugh at yourself sometimes!”

In double decades, the sassy Country Queen has shelved 9 Golden Guitars, 3 Gold records, 2 Entertainer of The Year awards, 7 songwriting awards and has peaked at Number One on the country music radio chart a whopping 14 times. Beccy has dedicated her life to touring her own country with an occasional break for entertaining Aussie troops in danger zones worldwide.

Topp Twins

The Topp Twins, identical twins sisters Lynda and Jools Topp, are New Zealand national treasures who have performed around the world as an original comedy-music duo for more than 25 years. The twins re-invent themselves on stage, changing character, musical style and gender with ease. Armed with guitar, mouth-harp and spoons, they deliver original songs and character comedy with their unique trademark style of spontaneity and audience participation.

The Topp Twins have had their own award winning TV series, released several hit albums and children’s audio books, and have been inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame. They have also been featured in a documentary film about their lives, Untouchable Girls, which won the “Audience Award” at the Toronto International Film Festival.

DJ Ruby Rose

Ruby Rose landed her first gig in the public eye in 2007 as a VJ for MTV Australia; a role which not only graced her with an ASTRA award for ‘favorite female’ in less than twelve months, but also the backing of an entire generation of young adults desperate for a role model that didn’t fit the mold, and definitely didn’t want to.

Appearing as a panelist on Australia’s National Network Ten’s 7pm Project, Guest Judge and Co-host of the Australia’s Next Top Model Finale, before being given her own shows Ultimate School Musical and MTV STYLE, the former door bitch is never one to play by the rules, or even really know them to begin with. Don’t be alarmed though- it’s all just part of her charm. She’s cheeky, clever and always entertaining- Just ask Katy Perry. The two gate-crashed a year twelve formal together after meeting two young fans in a hotel lobby.

Ruby Rose has featured predominantly within mainstream fashion titles, including Vogue Australia, InStyle Magazine, Marie-Claire Magazine, Cleo, Cosmopolitan and New York’s Inked Magazine. She is the Australian ambassador of Maybelline New York.

Outside of television and fashion, Ruby’s talents extend to DJ’ing, where she plays at the hottest clubs, parties and festivals around the world. She’s taken her signature mixes to renowned LA club XIV, put it on wax with a compilation album with Grant Smillie that debuted at number ten on the ARIA charts. She also hosts number one-rating radio show Party People and is currently working on her first solo album, with her second single due for release late, 2014. She has toured as the support act for Jessie J and Nicki Minaj as well as Calvin Harris and AN21.

Using her voice for good and not evil, Ruby Rose is a generous supporter of many charities and is now Ambassador for the Federal Government National Anti-Bullying Campaign working alongside the human rights commission. Ruby is also an ambassador for Headspace. Other issues close to her heart include animal welfare and youth mental health.

Vickie Shaw

Vickie Shaw is the funniest comedian EVER! She said so herself! Vickie has been making people laugh until their faces hurt and ribs cracked! She has traveled the entire US and many overseas locations making people laugh. She gets her comedy from her life, with her partner Sargent Patch, their three children and now three grandchildren. She has been in movies, "Laughing Matters More", television, Comedy Central, four comedy specials on the LOGO Channel, Late In Life Lesbians, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, just to name a few. She headlines on Olivia Cruises, HRC events, Lambda Legal, GLAAD, and the list just gets bigger. If you have a chance to see her you absolutely must. Don't miss her.

Karen Williams

Karen Williams is one of today's hottest comedy stars -- with an awesome personality, stunning good looks, and a sterling reputation for delivering laughs each and every time! She is known for her quick repartee, insightful commentary, audience rapport, and sheer likeability! She is a comic craftmaster, a gifted actor, a multitalented writer, and an inspirational lecturer, whose HaHA Institute attracts clients from the public and private sectors. Armed with her "healing with humor" philosophy, Karen is a modern-day alchemist and motivational humorist, whose audiences revel in her cathartic laughter and whose peers consider her a comic's comic!

As a solo entertainer, Karen delights fan-filled audiences from San Francisco to South Beach to Sydney. An international comic favorite - who showcased her talents at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal several times - Karen Williams is a star entertainer and headliner with Olivia Cruises and Resorts, where she's garnered some 150 laugh-filled trips around the globe!

Karen is a featured comic in "We're Funny That Way," the hilarious, internationally-acclaimed film shot at Buddies in Bad Times in Toronto and shown regularly on HBO. She was also a nominee for the 1999 GLAMA Award for her irreverent comedy CD, "human beings: what a concept" (Uproar Records).

Comedy writer and former television host of the New York variety show, "In the Life," Karen sharpened her comedy teeth as a ghostwriter at Columbia Pictures. Her humor writings appear in numerous anthologies, including Joke Stew (Andrews McMeel Publishing); Revolutionary Laughter (Crossing Press); Out in All Directions (Warner Books); and Out, Loud & Laughing (Random House).

Karen graduated summa cum laude from Cleveland State University with a personally-designed major in "Humor and Healing." She earned a Master of Education degree from CSU's Adult Learning & Development program. Founder and CEO of the International Institute of Humor and Healing Arts, Karen has successfully branded HaHA Institute as the go-to resource network for educational programs, workshops and seminars focused on the healing power of humor.

Karen taught Stand-Up Comedy in the Dramatic Arts department of Cleveland State University; studied improv at Second City Chicago; and directed inaugural comedy classes at Second City in Cleveland. Karen continues to perform comedy worldwide and star in television commercials while teaching acting and improvisational comedy at ProModel and Talent Management, training students to compete at IMTA (International Model and Talent Agency) Conventions in New York and Los Angeles.

Her hilarious one-hour solo comedy special “I NEED A SNACK” -- filmed live at The Knitting Factory in Hollywood -- aired regularly on LOGO TV and is available on DVD. “LAUGHING MATTERS” is an award-winning documentary film showcasing Karen's star quality and highlights her social activism.

Curve Magazine calls Karen Williams "...a laugh riot!" The Sydney Morning Herald proclaims that Karen Williams is "ferociously funny, with perfect pace, timing and structure."

Teresa Trull

Teresa Trull is a fiery haired vocal dynamo who combines a gutsy blues/rock style, topnotch songwriting talents and sharp producing instincts in her many high energy projects. She has made five of her own recordings, including two successful duo pairings both with Higbie and with Cris Williamson (Country Blessed 1990). An accomplished producer of over 30 albums, Trull was named the Best Producer of an Independent Album at the New York Music Awards. She has performed and shared stages with Sheila E., David Sanborn, Joan Baez and many others. “Teresa Trull is absolutely magnificent.” (San Francisco Chronicle/Examiner)… “ Trull’s truly expressive voice projects a clear pure soprano and drops an octave below to achieve an equally clear strong alto…especially humorous…Her stage presence was always needle sharp… a world of talent.” ( The Sunday Oregonian)

Barbara Higbie

A Grammy-nominated, Bammy award winning composer, pianist, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Barbara Higbie has performed on more than 65 albums, including Carlos Santana’s 2007 release. Her latest CD, “Scenes from Life”, a collection of cinematic instrumentals, will be released Oct. 21, 2014 on A-Train Entertainment.

Higbie has 12 recordings to her credit as well as contributions to 10 compilations that have sold in the millions. Her two CDs with singer-songwriter Teresa Trull on Olivia/Second Wave and Slowbaby Records have won critical acclaim, a GLAMA Award and a devoted nationwide following.

As cofounder of the acoustic super group, “Montreux”, she recorded “Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival” for Windham Hill Records in 1984, a landmark genre-defining album.

As a solo artist, Barbara’s first solo CD “Signs of Life” was named a Washington Post “Top Ten of the Year.” Three other solo releases, “I Surrender,” “Variations on a Happy Ending” and “Alive in Berkeley,” followed to critical acclaim. In 2011, she was named the first ever “Artist in Residence” for the famed West Coast jazz club, Yoshi’s. She is currently producing a piano concert series in Berkeley featuring her favorite pianists (such as Olivia recording artist Mary Watkins) in an intimate setting.

Sweet Baby J'ai

Few entertainers can command a stage like the indefatigable, Sweet Baby J'ai. She is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, producer, arranger and actress who has toured the world with her distinctive sound. Although J'ai is known for her energetic stage presence and powerful vocals, some critics describe her as a "jazz singer", a "soul singer", others as a "blues singer" but all agree that this versatile singer-songwriter is a "storyteller". She can't be contained by one genre of music.  Talented both as a vocalist and musician, she takes unconventional instruments, the washboard and spoons, and claims them as her own special sound. As one critic pointed out, "This ain't no backyard hoe down ... she will have you swooning before the concert is over."

When your mom gives you such a memorable name as "Sweet Baby," odds are you’re gonna end up in the entertainment industry.  Sweet Baby J’ai continued the family business after sneaking into Kansas City jazz clubs as a kid. With an uncle who worked as a bassist for Billie Holiday and a cousin who played guitar with Dizzy Gillespie, J’ai was constantly surrounded by the music that would become her career.  She has been featured many times on Olivia Cruises, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Playboy Jazz Fest, Casablanca Music Fest, Tokyo, Jarkata and a host of festivals, concert and club venues throughout the world.  She has shared the stage with Herbie Hancock, Joe Sample, Jill Scott, Etta James, Melissa Etheridge and many more; her velvety vocals gracing jazz, soul, and R&B songs. You can check out a dose of her latest cd, Introducing J'ai Michel on this trip designed to soothe your savage beast or feed it!

Here's a sampling of what critics are saying:
"Her voice is part cream, party honey and all soul." -New York Times
"Sweet Baby J'ai will no doubt be considered a legend in her own time ... She is by any critic's opinion, the real deal!"  - LN Magazine
"She proved it on all of us in the 1920's lesbian love story, Prove It On Me ... a flawless performance and spine tingling soulful vocalist ..." - Tolucan Times
"Show-stopper ... a sensational performer" - Durango Herald
"Extraordinary ... a stunning performer." - Jazz Now
"Swinging ... powerful ... and haunting." - Los Angeles Times

Lisa Koch

Daft. Demented. #SNORT. Picture Tina Fey meets Bette Midler with Joan Jett guitar chops... and you’ve got Seattle’s Lisa Koch. An irreverent singer/comedian, out lesbian and sober chick, Koch (“Coke”) is a deliciously twisted mix of comedy, theater, and tunes. She has recorded four solo CDs, is one-half of quirky sketch comedy duo, Dos Fallopia, and has shared the stage with the likes of Janis Ian, Kate Clinton, The Indigo Girls, and Steve Martin. She composed the Off-Broadway musical “27, Rue de Fleurus”, has been seen on LOGO and Olivia Cruises, and actually had one of her songs sampled by Jay-Z. Lisa brings to Olivia her guitar, her wacky songs, and her musings on being a woman… from middle age to mammograms to singing vulvas.


Roxanna Ward

Roxanna is a beloved member of the Olivia family. Her debut with Olivia was on an Alaska cruise in 1992. Since then, she's joined us several times a year! Her brilliant comedy, writing, musicianship and singing endears her to audiences everywhere. A woman of many talents, Roxanna is a mother, high school teacher, producer, writer and director. Her past credits include work with Dolly Parton, Kirk Douglas and many others. The late Phyllis Hyman, and more recently, Suede, have both recorded Roxanna's song "Remember Who You Are." Whether you are seeing Roxanna for the first time or tenth time, she always makes you laugh and warms your heart.

C. C. Carter

C.C. Carter is a seasoned Chicago Slammer and performance poet who brings the house down whether performing to an intimate crowd of 10 or in a public arena of 10,000. Her poetry and performances make her one of the few spoken word artists to showcase regularly at women’s music festivals including the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, National Womyn’s Music Festival, and Sistahfest as well as garnering her opening credits for Nikki Giovanni, Maya Angelou, Cheryl Clarke and Dorothy Allison. Her one woman show, Living Large In a Shrinking America – sold out all three shows in Provincetown during women’s week; critics deemed it “hilariously funny and perfectly timed.”

Whether giving keynote performances on the complexities of the Marriage Equality act, performing at human rights rallies or presenting performance lectures on college and university campuses of the intersections of diversity, C.C. gives voice to her layered truths of being femme, lesbian, multicultural and a mother.

C.C. has received numerous awards and honors for her arts and activism, including the induction into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. Her work is currently anthologized in over 15 collections of poetry and prose including Best Lesbian Erotica, Best Black Women's Erotica, Does Your Mama Know and Women Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution.


DJ Rockaway

Born and raised in Queens, NY, DJ Rockaway has been bringing her passion and love for music to dance floors for over a decade performing for audiences in the U.S. and internationally. From nightclubs on both the east and west coasts, to private weddings and events, she is a regular DJ on Olivia cruise and resort vacations and DJ’s for national non-profit events such as NCLR, HRC and Equality California, to name a few. She is the founder of PLAY San Francisco and PLAY San Jose, which are monthly events for women who love to dance. A true New Yorker (just listen to her talk), DJ Rockaway’s unique mix of music styles – dance, hip-hop, R&B, house, club, retro – allows her to play to all who love to dance and feel the music. For DJ Rockaway, music is more than a blend of sounds, music is an experience – she wants you to feel it, live it, escape into it.


DJ Campbell

Dj Campbell is undeniably the official party starter. She has delivered over a decade of historic and notorious parties in the city of San Francisco, including Rebel Girl, Hot Pants, and Flourish (featured in the Real L-Word). She has Dj'ed all over this world and a highlight for her was dj'ing for the cast of Wicked at their closing night party. With a loaded selection of genres and a genuine desire to create an unforgettable dance party, Dj Campbell will do her best to get you on the floor and staying late for more! She has been DJ'ing for Olivia since 2006 and deeply loves the Olivia travelers. She is excited to spin the songs you love and make some memories for life!

Silke Bader

Silke Bader is the founder, owner and CEO of Avalon Media, which publishes Curve Magazine in the US and LOTL Magazine in Australia. She is also the director of LOTL Rescue, an animal welfare charity. She lives in Sydney, Australia with her partner of fifteen years and their two children.

Merryn Johns

Mer­ryn Johns is the editor-​in-​chief of Curve Mag­a­zine, America’s best-​selling les­bian mag­a­zine. She has also been the found­ing editor-​in-​chief of inter­na­tional lifestyle mag­a­zine, BOUND, and Australia’s LOTL Mag­a­zine. Mer­ryn is a grad­u­ate of N.I.D.A and has a Ph.D. from the Uni­ver­sity of New South Wales where she taught per­form­ing arts and cin­ema stud­ies for 10 years. She is a reg­u­lar panel speaker and com­men­ta­tor on LGBT rights and cul­ture and lives in New York City.

Steph Sands

Steph Sands is the founder and Artistic Director of Women Say Something. Prior to establishing the sell-out event and movement, Steph was the co-chair of the board of Directors of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras from 2003-2005 and again from 2009 – 2011. She holds a lifetime Achievement award from the organization. Professionally Steph is a senior management consultant and previously worked in advertising for nearly 2 decades.

Women Say Something has showcased over 100 women from both within our communities and outside and has discussed issues and topics relevant to lesbian and same-sex attracted women including feminism, family, bullying, marriage equality, politics, generational change, community, music, body image, success and diversity.

Women Say Something

We may be sailing away from Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2014, but the premium Mardi Gras event for women is coming with us. Women Say Something @ Sea is producing three shows on board, featuring entertainers, comediennes, community members and special guests. This event takes groups of diverse women and discussion forum to a whole new level. To see some of their previous events, check their YouTube channel at Prepare to be inspired and entertained while relaxing at sea!

Janine Duffy

Janine is a Wildlife Guide, Wildlife Tour Operator, Koala Researcher and Educator. She is regularly invited to present to conferences, advise on wild koala tree-planting and research projects. She is also a wildlife artist and a registered wildlife foster caretaker. Janine started her working life in sustainable architecture and has a degree in Planning and Design from the University of Melbourne. In 1998, while guiding a wildlife tour, Janine discovered a method of identifying individual koalas by their noses. From this discovery a wild Koala Research Project was born - mapping the home ranges, social interactions, tree use and following the lives of 98 individual koalas in four locations in the You Yangs and Brisbane Ranges National Park. The project has been described as the best citizen science research project in Australia.

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