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Cris Williamson

Decades before indie labels were the norm, and years before women had any real access to the industry, Cris Williamson was busy changing the face of popular music. In 1975, the twenty-something former schoolteacher recorded The Changer and the Changed, for her brainchild, Olivia Records, the first woman-owned woman-focused record company. Her music and voice quickly became an essential part of the soundtrack of a movement, and was the cornerstone of what would become known as “women’s music,” music created, performed, and marketed specifically for and by women. Today, that recording, The Changer and the Changed, remains one of the best-selling independent releases of all time.
For Cris, the music became the vehicle for something larger. Her lyrics appear on a regular basis in books and thesis papers. Her albums are part of the curriculum for women's studies courses, and thousands of people who may not even know her name join their voices in "Song of the Soul" around campfires and places of worship. She is embraced by women. She is sampled in hip-hop. Her music is used by midwives welcoming life into the world, while hospice choirs sing her songs in tender sacred escort. "She is often considered a treasure, passed hand-to-hand, person-to-person," says the Boston Phoenix, "Williamson is a heroic character whose tireless activism continues." 
Today, with 31 full albums to her credit, Cris continues to tour the acoustic circuit adding new material at each juncture. Her performance career includes three sold-out shows at Carnegie Hall and the headlining of many of the great folk festivals, including Newport, Kerrville, Moab and Vancouver.

Cris’s new album, Motherland, produced by Cris and Julie Wolf, will be released in 2017. Cris is currently touring the new material, teaching songwriting, working with choruses, enjoying collaboration, and lastly, presenting a handful of Changer and the Changed All-Star Anniversary Shows in select major cities. Stay tuned.

Linda Tillery

Linda Tillery is a Grammy© nominated vocalist, producer, percussionist, arranger and cultural historian. Since she first appeared on stage at the tender age of 19, she has been considered as one of the Bay Area's most soulful and dynamic singers.

She is recognized as a pioneer in Women's music, with her second solo album titled Linda Tillery released on Olivia Records in 1977 and winning a Bammy (Bay Area Music Award) for "Best Independently Produced Album." Tillery was also twice named "Outstanding Female Vocalist" at the Bay Area Jazz Awards. In addition to performing, she was the producer on three of Olivia's first eight albums. Within the women's music genre, she has collaborated with June Millington, Deidre McCalla, Barbara Higbie, Holly Near, Margie Adam, and others.

During the 1980s, Tillery branched out in many directions, recording three albums under her own name while becoming a central figure in Oakland's R&B and funk scene.

In the 90's, Ms. Tillery became a founding member of Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra, where she began serious study of improvisation and vocal performance. She toured with Voicestra for over five years.

In addition to her performing credits Tillery has appeared on over 70 recordings by such artists as Carlos Santana, Boz Scaggs, Pete and Sheila Escovedo, Taj Mahal, Vicki Randle, Eric Bibb, Mickey Hart, Bobby McFerrin, Linda Ronstadt, Huey Lewis & The News, The Whispers, Turtle Island String Quartet and Keith Terry's percussion ensemble, Crosspulse.

In 1992, Tillery formed the 6-member Cultural Heritage Choir - a percussion driven, vocal ensemble.

She has metamorphosed into an authority on the African Diaspora in song. Her current mission is to help preserve and share the rich musical traditions of African American roots music.

Linda will be joined by Tammy Hall on piano, Ruthie Price on drums and Kofy Brown on bass.

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

Called "a bolt of bright sunlight" by the L.A.Times, and a “classy talent” by the Boston Globe, Barbara Higbie is a Grammy-nominated, Bammy award winning composer, pianist, singer-songwriter and championship fiddle player with 14 solo and group CDs. She has played on 100 albums, recording with Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Cris Williamson, Holly Near, Teresa Trull and many others. Her duet recording with Trull, “Unexpected,” (on Olivia/Second Wave Records, 1983) made Higbie/Trull one of the most popular acts in Women’s Music. Barbara was the first woman to be signed to the ground breaking instrumental label, Windham Hill Records, appearing on seven of their multi-million selling Winter Solstice CDs. Her live show is a high-energy mix of original tunes, blues, country, folk and fast fiddling.

The youngest of six kids from a musical family, Higbie started piano at age four. When she was 13, her family moved from small town Indiana to Accra, Ghana. Upon returning to the states, she attended Mills College and the Sorbonne, was awarded a Watson Fellowship and placed 6th in the National Women’s Fiddle Competition in Weiser, Idaho. Her first solo CD on Sony Records, a singer-songwriter album, was named “Top Ten of the Year” by the Washington Post. In 2011, Higbie was named the first “Artist in Residence” for the famed West Coast jazz club, Yoshi’s. There, she started the group “Hills to Hollers” with gospel/soul singer Linda Tillery and bluegrass star, Laurie Lewis, exploring the roots of American music. Her most recent solo CD is Scenes from Life, a cinematic instrumental work. Barbara tours nationally and has performed on over 25 Olivia trips.

Mary Watkins

Ms. Watkins is the recipient of several granting foundations such as Meet the Composer, National Endowment for the Arts, Gerbodi Foundation, Zellerbach Family Fund and Calfornia Council for the Arts. She is an eclectic composer. She is also a pianist, arranger, recording artist and record producer. Much of her music reflects a love for many styles of music whether jazz, gospel, Latin, country, rock, classical or pop. She has composed for solo piano for both adults and children, wind ensembles, string quartet, chamber and full symphony orchestra. She has also composed for theater, dance and film, songs for solo vocalists, vocal ensembles and large choruses. In 2015 she was commissioned by Women in Music to write a 22 minute symphonic work for the National Women's Music Festival which was premeired in July, 2016 in Middleton Wisconsin. She has completed three operas, Queen Clara, with Lance Belville as librettist, and her second opera, Dark River, in which she composed both music and libretto, commissioned by and premiered at the Oakland Opera Theater and later premiered on the east coast at Mt. Holyoke College. The production of her latest opera, Emmett Till, created with Clara Coss as librettist, is currently in the planning stages with The Harlem Lyric Opera Theatre Company for the 2018-2019 performance season.

While continuing her work as a composer, Mary Watkins continues to perform both solo piano and as part of her ensemble group. She conducts improvisation workshops, and teaches piano and music theory privately in Oakland, CA.

June Millington

June Millington has been making music since she was a child playing ukulele in her native Philippines. Having moved from Manila to California in the early sixties, she and her sister, bassist Jean, turned in their folk guitars for electric and formed a succession of all-girl bands. By ‘69 they were in Hollywood with their band Fanny, which was the first all-women’s rock band to be signed to a major label that released an entire album (Reprise/Warner Brothers). Through five successful albums and extensive touring of Europe and North America, Fanny served notice that women could do more than simply sing, they could write and play passionate rock ‘n roll. As David Bowie said of the group in an interview with Rolling Stone:

“They were one of the finest f*cking rock bands of their time.... They were extraordinary: They wrote everything, they played like motherf*ckers.... They are as important as anyone else who’s ever been, ever....” (RS, January 2000)

June left Fanny in 1973 and continued to record and perform with Jean (Ladies on the Stage, Ticket to Wonderful, Melting Pot, Play Like a Girl) as well as releasing solo albums Heartsong, Running, and One World, One Heart

.  In 1976 she toured with Cris Williamson on her first groundbreaking national tour backing the explosive Changer and the Changed. She produced Cris' follow-up, Strange Paradise, and continued with other artists including Holly Near (Fire in the Rain), Mary Watkins (Something Moving), Melanie DeMore (Share My Song), and Bitch and Animal (Sour Juice and Rhyme). She is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Institute for the Musical Arts [IMA], a non-profit organization for women and girls which hosts Rock ‘n Roll Girls Camps each summer. The Institute for the Musical Arts is an internationally known teaching, performing and recording facility supporting women in music and music-related business.


June released her autobiography Land of a Thousand Bridges: Island Girl in a Rock ‘n Roll World in June of 2015 and has received a great deal of resulting press including articles in Pitchfork, MS Magazine, and Newsweek as well as on NPR. Millington continues to perform, write and record and teaches at IMA as well as colleges and universities around North America. 

Vickie Shaw

Comedian Vickie Shaw is one of our favorite entertainers with Olivia. She has made women of Olivia laugh for over 20 years. Her "take no prisoners" (she's southern) style of comedy is incredibly hilarious and she takes you on a gut-busting journey of extreme humor. She has traveled the U.S. and the world (mostly with Olivia) making people all over the globe laugh until they cry! You've seen her on television, Comedy Central, four comedy specials on LOGO, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, and movies (Laughing Matters More), as well as benefits, fundraisers and numerous Pride events all over the U.S. You don't want to miss this incredible entertainer.


Suzanne Westenhoefer

No one ever accused Suzanne of being subtle, not the shuttle driver who took her to the airport, the woman she was in line with at the grocery store yesterday and certainly not her audiences.  Subtle, she is not.

After 25 years of groundbreaking, stereotype-shattering and brutally honest comedy, she's not about to start pulling punches now.

The kid from Amish Country who began her comedy career on a dare is celebrating a quarter century of out, open, no-holds-barred comedy.

Suzanne tells the truth. The truth is life is funny, especially when it's fermented in Suzanne's mind. That's why she could never be in the closet, making her a trailblazer when she started doing stand-up in the 1990s. She was the first openly lesbian comedian with an HBO Special and the first openly lesbian comedian on "Late Night with David Letterman."

Heck, she was on Sally Jesse Raphael in 1991 on a show called "Breaking the Lesbian Stereotype…Lesbians Who Don't Look Like Lesbians." From "OMG, a lesbian has long hair and wears make up" to "I went to Helen and Jane's wedding last weekend," that's how far we've come in the 25 years Suzanne has been telling her truth to audiences all over the world. Some of that is certainly thanks to her candor, courage and charisma.

Suzanne never does the same show twice. She can't. She doesn't write anything down. She charges boldly onto the stage and what happens is always a mystery and a delight. Enjoy a wild night of comedy in a city near you.

Karen Williams


Karen Williams is the Founder and CEO of the International Institute of Humor and Healing Arts, affectionately known as HaHA Institute.

The mission of HaHA Institute is to encourage the fullest and highest activation of human potential for compassion, wisdom, and life force through the daily use of humor and healing arts, which includes stress management, nutrition, exercise, massage and healing touch, and spiritual practices.

Karen Williams has the unique distinction of being the nation's first openly lesbian black comic to include specifically lesbian material in her act. Her solo comedy special I Need a Snack filmed live in Hollywood and produced by Andrea Meyerson of AllOut Films is a LOGO TV favorite and available on DVD.

The feature-length, award-winning comedy-documentary Laughing Matters showcases Karen's star quality and includes interview clips that highlight her social activism. Other credits include the film We’re Funny That Way of HBO fame, and comedy writer and host for the TV show In the Life out of New York City.

Karen Williams is a featured comic performer with Olivia Travel, and has been since 1990. She’s been a ghostwriter at Columbia Pictures, and her humor writings appear in numerous anthologies, including Joke Stew (Andrews McMeel Publishing), Revolutionary Laughter (Crossing Press), Out in All Directions (Warner Brothers), and Out, Loud & Laughing (Random House).

Most recently, Karen was Artist-in-Residence at Winona State University in Minnesota, coaching classes as diverse as Political Science, Health Management, Theatre and Dance, and Communications. Karen also earned kudos as a highly-praised diversity trainer for Kent State University's Institute of Excellence staff and alumni at KSU, Ohio.



Ferron, a Canadian folk singer-songwriter and poet, and one of Canada's most respected folk musicians, is also one of the most influential writers and early performers of women's music. In listening to Ferron's music, audiences are allowed to acknowledge the passage of time, people, memories, and hopes through her poetic metaphors. Her familiar vernacular, direct statements, enlightened associations, warm and husky voice, and engaging stage presence have permitted identification with her experiences and her process, her struggles and her wisdom, her universal anguish and strength. Born on June 1, 1952, Ferron grew up in a semi-rural suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia, the eldest of seven children in a working-class family. After leaving home at 15, she scrambled financially, supporting herself by driving a cab, waitressing, shoveling gravel, and packing five-pound bags of coffee in a factory.

From her basement, she recorded and distributed Ferron (1977) and Ferron Backed Up (1978). Since both albums are now out of print collector's items, Ferron decided to re-release much of their material on subsequent albums. In 1978, Ferron was "discovered" by Gayle Scott, who became her manager and business partner. Ferron and Scott collaborated on her next two studio albums: Testimony (Lucy Records, 1980) and Shadows on a Dime (Lucy Records, 1984), which received a four-star rating from Rolling Stone magazine. She went on to release six more albums (Phantom Center, Resting with the Question, Driver, Not a Still Life, Still Riot and Impressionistic) before Turning into Beautiful, her next album of original material, in 2005 on her own label. That was followed by Girl on a Road Documentary and Live Show, then Boulder, a collection of re-recordings produced by Bitch on Short Story Records, in 2008. Boulder includes guest appearances by Ani Difranco, Indigo Girls, JD Samson (Le Tigre), Sam Parton (Be Good Tanyas), Tina G (God-des) and Julie Wolf. The newest Ferron CD, Lighten-ing, was released in 2013, also produced by Bitch, with the film Thunder (by Bitch and Billie Jo Cavallaro) packaged as a two-disc set.

Ferron also teaches master classes in writing and has opened an artist retreat for women in Three Rivers, Michigan, called "The Fen Peace and Poetry Camp for Women." For Ferron, "artistic expression is not only essential, it’s revolutionary." "Art is really the expression of the soul," Ferron says. "I'm asking women to remember that if we remember our soul, we keep our soul, and we can do it through artistic connections. Art is connected to the soul, and the soul is connected to God, and God is connected to humility, so if you want to take control of a person's soul, don't let them have art. To me it's a revolutionary act to continue keeping your artist soul alive.”

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 five solo CDs, is one-half of quirky sketch comedy duo, Dos Fallopia (“Ham for the Holidays”), and has shared the stage with the likes of Janis Ian, Kate Clinton, Lily Tomlin, Karla Bonoff, 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.


Dianne Davidson

Dianne Davidson is an artist. A singer, songwriter, musician, producer and performer, her style and range escape categorization, but her passion, depth and robust vocals never escape her audiences.

Born in West Tennessee, she formed her first band at age 11. Her musical education was undertaken in such diverse settings as rowdy West Tennessee bars, California nightclubs, Greenwich Village listening rooms and major concert halls.

Her musical history includes five albums, three singles and a list of performing credits that vary from Linda Ronstadt to B.B. King, Jimmy Buffett to Tammy Wynette, Barry Manilow to Leon Russell.

Dianne took a number of years away from performing to spend time with her son. They have now moved back to Nashville, and audiences and friends alike are welcoming her home.

Deidre McCalla

Affectionately dubbed the "dreadlocked troubadour" by The Miami Herald, Deidre McCalla and her music embrace and celebrate the power and diversity of our lives. Ms Magazine named Deidre’s first Olivia recording Don’t Doubt It one of 25 Classic Women’s Music albums. Her second album for Olivia With A Little Luck received a San Francisco Cable Car Award and was declared one of the "Ten Best Albums of the Year" by the Oakland Tribune. Deidre’s most recent release "Playing for Keeps," on her own MaidenRock label, was listed as one of the "Best CDs of the Year" by Rhythms Magazine.

With five critically-acclaimed albums under her belt and shared stages with a long list of notables that include Suzanne Vega, Tracy Chapman, Holly Near, Cris Williamson, and Odetta, Deidre McCalla has captivated audiences from college coffeehouses to Carnegie Hall with delightful storytelling, vocals both graceful and gritty, and a warmth and generosity of spirit that should not be missed. Deidre has taught Performance at Warren Wilson College's Swannanoa Gathering and her work has been published in Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology, The Original Coming Out Stories, and Chrysalis: A Feminist Quarterly; she is also featured in The Power of Words: A Transformative Language Arts Reader.

Lucie Blue Tremblay

Lucie Blue Tremblay has been writing, recording and performing since 1982. She's performed in Canada, France, the US, Spain, Australia, and New Zealand, at various folk venues and festivals.

Her name has been whispered through the cracks in the music business since her first television appearance in 1984. Since then she has shared the stage with such prominent names as Randy Newman, James Taylor, Jane Siberry, Pete Seeger, Judi Richards, Sarah McLachlan, Cris Williamson, and Meg Christian to name a few.

Her whistle became a trademark and her concerts a personal experience. Though her CD sales through the years have surpassed any independent's dreams, Lucie Blue remains one of Canada’s best-kept secrets. She is one of Canada’s beautiful voices and songwriters. Her music goes straight to the heart of her listeners. Her universal theme is love. Her global message is honor, strength, laughter, thought, peace and love.

From 2005 to 2011: Lucie Blue and her partner were dedicated to a breast cancer education project. It was a non-stop commitment that took them over 92,000 miles across the US and Canada. Thanks to the overwhelming support and generosity of her fans throughout these tours, the outcome of these efforts was a music video called The Breast Exam Project.

2012-2014 were tumultuous years. Lucie Blue took personal time off. In addition to family time and going to trucking school (yes trucking school) she was granted residency in the US. It was during this time that Lucie Blue was graced with a wonderful opportunity to work for an all-inclusive care program for the elderly.

Now, Lucie Blue is returning to the stage with more passion than ever before.

Jenna Woodul

One of the founders of Olivia Records, Jennifer joined up with the other founders because of relationships formed in Washington, DC, where we’d all been part of the flourishing political lesbian community: Ginny Berson, Meg Christian, Kate Winter, and Judy Dlugacz.

Before Olivia, along with Ginny, Jennifer was also a founding member of the Furies, a radical lesbian feminist collective that promoted loving women as a political choice for women, publishing a newspaper that caused some stir in the women’s community of that time. 

When the Furies ended, Jennifer moved with Kate Winter to Albuquerque for a couple years, where, among other things, they taught a class on Lesbian Feminism in America, which the NM State Legislature tried to have banned from the University of NM course catalog.

Summoned urgently back to DC by Ginny and Meg, Jennifer and Kate then met Judy for the first time. The burning idea was that we combine our politics with the power of women-loving music, which we’d all experienced at Meg’s gigs as we followed her around Washington’s nightclubs.

It was an idea that resonated among many women—changing our lives and their lives, and helping to shape emerging lesbian culture. Under Judy’s guidance and with her persistence, it has adapted with the times, becoming the Olivia of today.

Jennifer left Olivia in 1980. She’s been involved in social media and online community for the last 34 years, first at Apple, and then in a business she co-founded, LiveWorld. She has 3 daughters and 3 grandchildren, and for the last 20 years, an amazing partner, Allison Schwanda.

Irene Young

With 600 CD covers and thousands of promo photos to her credit, Irene Young is not your average photographer. She started her career in Manhattan's Folk City Village music scene during the late 70's and 80's, gaining her chops by photographing East Coast music notables like The Roches, Laura Nyro, Shawn Colvin, Suzanne Vega, Judy Collins, Loudon Wainwright III, Lucy Kaplanski, Tom Paxton, John McCutcheon, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Anne Hills, Christine Lavin, and more. West Coast record companies started taking note, and eventually, she was lured to the beauty of the SF Bay Area where she became primary photographer for Olivia and Windham Hill. Other notables photographed by Young are Al Jarreau, Mary Black, Rosario Dawson, Sonia Braga, Jennifer Berezan, Susan Griffin, Judy Grahn, and countless others. Her photographs have appeared in numerous publications, including Oprah MagazineUs Magazine, The New York Times, The SF Chronicle, The Washington Post, People Magazine, Rolling Stone, and The Utne Reader.

As a result of her 2005 battle with breast cancer, she produced the Glass Half Full CD, a compilation benefiting Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, formerly called the Breast Cancer Fund. In 2015, Young produced a sold-out multi-artist benefit at The Freight & Salvage in Berkeley. After a 2nd diagnosis in 2017, she will reprise the concert May 27, 2018. She is the house photographer at The Freight & Salvage.

Young has had four years of training at The Academy of Intuitive Arts. She says that her intuitive training has enabled her to be a better photographer and having photographed thousands of people has sharpened her intuition. She states, “The art of seeing does not start and stop with our eyes.”

In 2013, she was invited to present a 200-digital image retrospective for Olivia marking their 40-year anniversary. The following year, her exhibit, FOR THE RECORD: Women Who Changed the World with Song, was exhibited at The Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, CA, and at the National Women’s Music Festival in 2015.

As a video producer, her YouTube channel has garnered over 700,000 views. In 2017, she began mentoring multi-creative, Tina Silano. Young states, "I have been gifted with much experience, and over the coming years, I want to pass it on. Tina has the eye, the charm, the humor, and the emotional intelligence to carry on what I do and make it her own." As both web designer and photographer, Young offers consultations to budding creatives who wish to explore building an online portfolio.


Dr. Bonnie Morris

Bonnie J. Morris is a women’s history professor and the author of sixteen books. She has devoted more than thirty years to documenting the women’s music movement, first publishing Eden Built By Eves, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and more recently The Disappearing L and The Feminist Revolution. Her research on women’s music, Olivia, and American lesbian culture will one day be housed at the Radcliffe Institute’s Schlesinger Library. In the past year Dr. Bon won a D.C. Arts and Humanities grant and a writing residency in Wales; organized the first-ever exhibit on the women’s music movement at the Library of Congress; arranged for Olivia albums to be part of the Smithsonian; received the Ruth Rowan Believer Award from the National Women’s Music Festival; published a time-travel novel; and moved to California to teach at Berkeley after being retired Professor Emerita at George Washington University.

Michele Balan

Michele Balan has been doing comedy for over 25 years (we know she looks to young)! She was a finalist on NBC's Last Comic Standing, and titleholder of Last Woman Comic Standing. Michele was voted one of the "Top 10 Comics" by Backstage Magazine and The San Francisco Bay Times Broadway World honored Michele at number two in their Top 10 List of cabaret performers.

Michele headlines around the country at leading comedy clubs, festivals such as Montreal's Just for Laughs, corporate events, JCCs, country clubs, and the last few years she has been so busy performing on the top cruise lines, her friends call her the “Staff Captain of Comedy!”

She has appeared on the Joy Behar Show, Comedy Central, Comics Unleashed, NBC Today Show, and recently taped Gotham Live. Michele likes to say she has some credits, but a lot more Creditors!

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.

Mouths of Babes

“If I was forced to categorize it, I’d call it modern folk. It’s powerful, romantic, and giddy. And the two are insanely infectious together onstage, like a musical and a personal love fest all at once.” — Huffington Post

With more than a dozen albums and over a thousand shows between them, Ty Greenstein and Ingrid Elizabeth of Mouths of Babes are no strangers to the modern folk music scene. For years, their respective bands Girlyman and Coyote Grace captivated thousands of loyal fans as they criss-crossed the country, rocked festival main stages, and supported the Indigo Girls and Dar Williams on the regular. Now, as Mouths of Babes, Ty and Ingrid have distilled the very best of the songwriting, humor, and musicianship of their previous groups into a new power duo that brings more style and depth than ever before. Their sound is equal parts celebration and blues, folk and soul, tear-jerker ballad and irreverent ditty.

The key to the Mouths of Babes magic is in the contrast. Rarely is a sound or a show as balanced as it is with these two, and the differences in both their songwriting styles and personal presentation makes for an unusually satisfying yin and yang. They easily switch off lead vocals and play a wide array of instruments, with Ty holding down lead and rhythm guitars and Ingrid playing upright bass, ukulele, and percussion. Fans have quickly fallen in love with Mouths of Babes’ realness and humor as much as with their music. At live shows, audience members snort with laughter, cry into their date’s shoulder, and make confessions at the merch table.

Not surprisingly, both entertainers come from notable musical families, and their influences (namely, 60’s folk music and Motown) are deeply embedded in Mouths of Babes’ sound. Ty’s father, Ron Greenstein, is a member of the legendary folk harmony trio The Chad Mitchell Trio (where John Denver got his start), while Ingrid’s uncle Tom Eyen wrote the world-famous, Tony-winning musical Dreamgirls. As notes, the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree: “The songs Mouths of Babes writes and performs together fuse blues, folk, and soul, and the depth of emotion found in their lyrics is reminiscent of all that’s moving about the Dreamgirls soundtrack.”

Their highly anticipated first full-length album, Brighter in the Dark, showcases their eclectic Americana sound as well as award-winning songwriting. The title track, “Brighter in the Dark” was selected as a finalist in the 2017 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the Folk category. The self-produced album features original songs with contrasting themes of light and dark, tragedy and comedy, personal and political.

"Mouths of Babes could never have predicted how necessary [Brighter In The Dark] is in a post-Trump world. The album title is fitting. We need music that shows people struggling against social expectations, that reminds us that we all have the resilience we need to make it through." —No Depression

"Hands down the best new music I've heard in years. It's damn near perfect. The instrumental performances, the arrangements, the production, and OMG the songwriting and singing. The opening tune 'Thing with Feathers' gave me goosebumps. Twice. This is the kind of music that makes you glad to be alive." —Michael Mullane, Cafe Veritas

"This pair of road warriors sounds refreshingly new and breathes new life into a seemingly overcrowded genre. Those who enjoy acoustic music rich in passion and fervor would be wise to check [them] out." —Submerge Mag

Julie Wolf

Julie Wolf is a music producer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, music director and teacher. She has appeared on stages around the world and on numerous critically acclaimed recordings. She has collaborated with Carly Simon, Indigo Girls, Ani DiFranco, Maceo Parker, Bruce Cockburn, Amy Ray, Dar Williams, Rumer and Wayne Horvitz among many others. Recent highlights include television performances with Carly Simon (Late Night with Stephen Colbert, The View and Live with Kelly and Michael), recording a duet with Carly Simon for the release of Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan, producing Bruce Cockburn, working with Joan Baez and producing records for multiple artists of varying genres.

Based in Oakland, California, Julie is a part of a vibrant creative community that includes musicians, dancers, choreographers, poets, filmmakers, actors, directors, writers, teachers, healers and activists. She runs Julie Wolf Music, specializing in music production, composing for film and dance, sound design, and music/audio editing. Recent producing credits include Katie Cash’s Gift Horse, Cris Willaimson’s Motherland, Gina Breedlove’s Language of Light, Rachel Friedman’s My Marching Band, The Lost American JazzBook (winner of Jazz Vocal Album Of The Year at the 14th Independent Music Awards), A Fragile Tomorrow’s One Way Ticket (winner of Best Cover Of The Year/15th Independent Music Awards) and Lucia Lilikoi’s Vessel. Julie also teaches music and production clinics, workshops and private students.

Throughout all of these adventures, Julie has continued her work with Olivia which began in 1994, making this her longest standing gig! She’s thrilled to be here with us on the 45th Anniversary Caribbean Cruise accompanying many of the musicians onboard, giving some rare solo performances from behind the piano and reuniting with Olivia community!


Margaret Belton

Margaret Belton is an Oakland-based singer, actress and artist who fuses her talent with a genuine warmth that makes audiences feel they’re part of the family. Born in Indiana, Margaret is one of eight siblings from a von Trapp, bohemian-esq family.

A captivating performer, Margaret has Lucille Ball-like wit, a rich vocal tone and a touch of hometown grit. Since Margaret was a child she always felt a deep connection and love for old records with that velvety crooner sound. Years later, Margaret decided to come out of her performance closet to honor the muse that resonated with her most — Patsy Cline and started a tribute band called ‘The Patsychords’.

Currently, Margaret will be performing her 4th round of the critically acclaimed play 'Always…Patsy Cline’ in New Orleans at the Stage Door Canteen in March of 2018. The summer of 2015 is when she first starred in 'Always...Patsy Cline' at The Altarena Playhouse in Alameda CA, for which she received a Theatre Bay Area Award for Best Female Actor in a Musical for her portrayal of Patsy Cline.

Margaret has also appeared on many stages and screens nationally and internationally staring in numerous films, commercials, voice-overs and musical collaborations focused on jazz, country and soul.

Margaret is honored and over the moon to be back for Olivia’s 45th anniversary celebration.

Zoë Lewis

ZOË LEWIS is a band in a body! Vintage swing, gypsy jazz,world-beat grooves on ukulele,piano, guitar, washboard, harmonica, spoons and more! Always ready for a jam this multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, vaudevillian hails originally from the UK but has made Provincetown, MA her home for the last 25 years. She's traveled to over 70 countries picking up grooves and stories along the way, released eight albums of original material, toured with Judy Collins, the Indigo Girls, Richie Havens, Nanci Griffiths and has even opened for Pat Benetar on the ukulele! 

She has won numerous songwriting awards and her songs have appeared on Broadway, in documentaries, movie soundtracks and in commercials. Additionally, she created two musicals; SNAIL ROAD and ACROSS THE POND which were staged in Provincetown to packed houses and every summer leads a theatrical 1920's SPEAKEASY which has become a big hit with the Cape Cod crowds performing prohibition era jazz.

In 2014, Zoë was awarded "PROVINCETOWN WOMAN OF THE YEAR" and in 2016, "VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR" for her grass roots environmental work and ocean pollution campaigns. She recently took her show SONGS ABOUT BRIDGES NOT WALLS to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to rave reviews.

Her performances are upbeat and fun, almost circus-like, an entertainer from another era. “She is as much story-teller as she is musician, this British transplant is blessed with the uncanny ability to uncover the extraordinary beauty in the seemingly ordinary.”

"She stormed the main stage playing everything from swinging folk and latin jazz to acoustic funk and sprightly celtic flavoured tunes. Her boundless energy was hard to ignore." —OTTAWA XPRESS, Canada

"An amazing modern day Noel Coward." — Rich Warren, WFTM, Chicago, IL

"A masterful combination of song, performance and artistry with a contagiously positive attitude and free spirit. Probably one of the most the most charismtic performances I've ever seen." — BAY GUARDIAN, San Francisco, CA

"Her indie style playful, yet dharmic songs and troubadour performances are infectious. She captivates and endears the audience to hang onto every word."

— Roots and Wings, Boston.


Shelley Doty

Shelley Doty has a voluminous career as a solo artist, band leader, band member, hired gun, and musical director, among other things. Shelley’s comprehensive styles include jazz, fusion, R&B, “avant-punk-classical”, rock and acoustic folk. At various junctures on her musical journey, Shelley has been involved with Jambay, The Shelley Doty X-tet, Sistas in the Pit, Skip the Needle, Vicki Randle, Bonfire Madigan, and the list goes on. In 1999, she won the Lilith Fair Acoustic Talent Search and closed the show playing guitar with Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan, and Chrissie Hynde in front of 22,000 cheering fans. Guitar Player Magazine praises her voice as "smoky, (and) soulful." My favorite thing about Shelley is her willingness to stretch herself out of her comfort zone when asked, and create something unique. I can’t wait to see what she will come up with for 2015! Check out the full article from Guitar Player Magazine, as well as her amazing bio, both found at


Kofy Brown

Kofy Brown has been in performing for over 20 years, touring worldwide with her uncompromising stage show, winning national audiences in Europe, Canada and the United states. Kofy Brown has thrived by following her own creative path. She and her band the KBB have developed a reputation for putting on an outstanding live show. Her music is a soulful combination of funk, rock, blues and hip-hop topped off with a singing and rap style she calls word song.

Kofy Brown is co-creator/bass player and one of the lead songwriters and vocalist in the legendary all black girl rock trio Sistas in the Pit.

Kofy Brown is also currently playing drums and vocalizing with her latest project, Skip the Needle. Skip the Needle is comprised of veteran vocalists and musicians, Vicki Randle, Shelley Doty and Katie Colpitts. The four women deliver a hard edge blend of soul, funk, rock and more.

Kofy Brown is a fiercely independent recording artist and authentic talent who is based in Oakland CA, the Washington DC native has released eight full length recordings; Live & Delicious 1995, Hungry 1997 Skinny & Tight 1999, Area 32 2001, Love Warrior 2005, Stompin at the Paard – Live in The Netherlands 2006, The Mecca Sessions – Live in San Francisco 2006 and Soul Rock 2008 on her own indie label Simba Music.


Katie Cash

The musical stylings of Katie Cash harken to a time when rock ‘n roll inspired revolution. In the manner of legends, she handles her guitar with an unparalleled command, embodying the music with every fiber of her being — hair flung as staccato punctuations to the heart she wears on her sleeve. She owns her vocal delivery, swinging you between high and low in an array of lustful richness and provocative rhythms. Most known for her well-loved band and brainchild Dolorata, she currently shares lead vocal and guitar duties in Oakland-based bands Year of the Fist, and Skip the Needle, gliding between punk rock and rock ‘n soul with graceful authenticity her fans have come to love.


Aly Palmer

Aly Palmer is the singer/songwriter, producer/director and performing artist best known for her ongoing three decades of work with the iconic rock band, BETTY. She is the Music Director who created the feminist variety show, CHIX, which was the closing finale set of the last eleven Michigan Womyn’s Music Festivals, and Olivia’s 2017 Festival at Sea Cruise. Featuring the immense talent that gathers at festivals, themed CHIX shows have featured Holly Near, Cris Williamson, Amy Ray, Vicki Randle, Toshi Reagon and dozens of other brilliant performers and comics in shows like Rock Chix Lix, Chix Sings the Blues, Southern Fried Chix, 80’s Prom and more. Aly is author of the essay collection, Wonderland. With BETTY, her music has been featured on scores of ads, films and television series, including Life with Mikey and The L Word.

She tours internationally with BETTY and The BETTY Effect, a non-profit wing she created with Elizabeth and Amy Ziff for the empowerment and self-advocacy of women, girls, LGBTQ communities and groups striving for equal rights worldwide. On January 21, 2017, Aly launched 1@1, an audacious women’s equality project that linked over 500,000 people worldwide in one minute of focused silence at 1 pm Eastern time to connect Women’s Marchers with those physically unable to attend. On January 20, 2018, 1@1 connected again, from coast to coast. As an ongoing project, 1@1 is a women’s equality amplifier that features feminist change-makers in inspirational 1-minute videos at 1 pm every Monday. The free series can be followed at or on the 1@1 app. Her all-time favorite project is the dazzling adventures of her beloved children, Ruby and Lake. 


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 Citizen Jane

If there is just one thing in this world to bring people together, it’s the power of music. Not many DJ/Producers can say they’ve got what it takes to break through the subtle music barriers between several diverse groups, but then again none of those DJ’s are DJ Citizen Jane. The Cuban American, Miami born Pied Piper of the decks has been whistling her own unique tune and now is the most in-demand female DJ in the country. Her resume reads like a circuit party passport that keeps growing every year.

Her ability to read and keep a crowd going is her signature, and what has allowed her to obtain resident DJ and headliner DJ billing at the hottest clubs, venues and musical festivals in the US, Canada, Australia, Europe and beyond - including headliner for LIVE Nation events and performer at the “World’s Most Famous Arena” Madison Square Garden. Citizen Jane is the 2014 & 2015 Pink Flamingo awards winner for “Favorite DJ,” an honor solely voted by the public. On the 2015 ballot, Citizen Jane was the lone woman, beating out Grammy award winning DJ’s for the coveted award two years in a row. In 2016 Citizen Jane was the only woman DJ on the 2016 Folsom Fair bill, an event women are rarely invited to spin on. She turned it out with a hugely successful set at the crown night event “Magnitude”. 2017 already has Citizen Jane headlining Australia’s largest Pride “Mardi Gras.” Her love of music extends beyond her high-energy DJ beats, leading her to become one of the most in demand International DJ/Producers on the DJ scene today.

Melanie DeMore

Melanie DeMore, Vocal Activist, is one of the most outstanding vocal artists of today helping to preserve the African American Folk Tradition through song and Gullah stick pounding. She was the subject of a documentary called 'Stick and Pound’ which showcases this tradition. She has a career spanning 30 years dedicated to teaching, lecturing, mentoring, conducting, directing, and inspiring children and adults about the power of song as social and political change. Melanie is a sought after presenter, conductor, and soloist at national and international choral and music festivals, including Festival 500 in Newfoundland, Canada, and Chorus America. She is a Master Teaching Artist for Cal Performances at UC Berkeley, adjunct faculty at the California Institute for Integral Studies, and a featured presenter for SpeakOut! the Institute for Social and Cultural Change.

She was a founding member of the Grammy-nominated Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir and has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such varied artists as Odetta, Richey Havens, Pete Seeger, the Trinity Choir (NYC), VocalEssence (Minneapolis) ,MUSE Cincinatti Women's Chorus and many others.

Melanie DeMore is a singer/songwriter, composer, conductor and vocal activist, who believes in the power of voices raised together and tightening the weave of community.

She says:
“A song can hold you up when there seems to be no ground beneath you”.

Jane Ramseyer Miller

Award-winning conductor Jane Ramseyer Miller is on-board directing the Olivia Community Chorus. Vibrant, passionate and a blast in rehearsal, she has inspired community choruses across North America in clinics, workshops and performances. Jane serves as Artistic Director for GALA Choruses, an association of nearly 200 LGBT choruses, and is also in her 23rd year as Artistic Director for One Voice Mixed Chorus in Minnesota. Conducting women’s voices is one of her fortes including serving as Artistic Director of the Calliope Women’s Chorus and Fierra Voce Femmina.

Jane holds a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Minnesota and a BA in Psychology from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada…but her best training has come from working with hundreds of amazing singers.

Jane founded the second transgender chorus in North America and is currently programming a Transgender Vocal Festival for trans singers, music coaches and teachers for spring 2018. She has commissioned nearly 30 new choral works and loves the process of creating new programs and compositions with living composers.

She envisions that songs for the Olivia Community Chorus will focus on music from the islands we are visiting, women composers, and music from Olivia’s rich history.

Olivia is pleased to support GALA Choruses in its mission to empower LGBT Choruses as they change our world through song. We’re thrilled to welcome Jane Ramseyer Miller, the Artistic Director of GALA Choruses, aboard our 45th Anniversary Caribbean Cruise, where she will conduct the Olivia Community Chorus. Come join us and sing OUT loud!

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