ROCK N WOMEN
Mari Mack
Diana Mangano

Kathi McDonald's  landed the vocalist her first big professional gig when she was attending a concert and joined in as part of the audience. McDonald's powerful voice drew Ike Turner's notice in a club called the Winterland, and he invited the aspiring singer to his and Tina Turner's next rehearsal. McDonald had snagged a spot in the Ikettes, the Turners' backing group. It was a heady and magical beginning for someone who never had any formal lessons. Born in Washington state in 1948, McDonald performed professionally for the first time around Seattle when she was 12 years old. At the age of 19 she set off for San Francisco and its burgeoning musical climate, where she met the Turners and, through her association with them, took the first step on a career path that would span more than four decades.

Not long after the evening at Winterland, her talent caught the attention of Big Brother & the Holding Company's Sam Andrew. McDonald threw her lot in with the band in 1969, leading to appearances on the albums Can't Go Home Again, How Hard It Is, and Be a Brother. She went on to sing with Mad Dogs & Englishmen for Joe Cocker, and later sang with Leon Russell's Shelter People. Her session work included recordings for such artists as the Rolling Stones, Nils Lofgren, Rita Coolidge, Delaney & Bonnie, and Dave Mason. Her work for other musical artists totals up to appearances on almost 160 albums, more than six dozen of which achieved gold status. In addition, Kathi also launched a solo career in 1974 with the release of the album Insane Asylum. Kathi devoted more than two decades to recording and performing in collaboration with Long John Baldry, and the duo scored with their version of "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" when it was released in Canada. The song reached number 2 in Australia and also made the US charts.

Diana made her own waves by introducing herself to Jefferson Starship when she was living in Buffalo NY. While without a female vocalist at the time, Diana told Paul Kantner that she could sing the womens parts. Prior to that Diana was active in the local scene of Buffalo and Western NY starting in 1968, where she was raised. The next day she was given an Audition and was hired. Diana went on to sing with Jefferson Starship for 13 years begining in 1995. She has since performed with Jerry Harrison, Todd Rungren, Henry Kaiser, Zack Smith (Mocha), Prarie Prince, Mike Kineally, Country Joe McDonald, David Freiberg, Linda Imperial and Steve Kimock's Zero. She has recorded with Pete Sears. david Crosby, The Tubes and Andy West. She has recently recorded some movie and television soundtracks with producer Jack Douglas for Quincey Jones and George Martin.

Cathy Richardson is a GRAMMY Nominated and 4 time DIY Award winning singer, songwriter, musician, producer, actress and designer. Besides independently releasing seven albums of original material, Ms. Richardson is the lead singer of the legendary Jefferson Starship. She starred as Janis Joplin in the Off Broadway showLove, Janis. She has toured the US singing withJanis Joplin's original band members Big Brother and the Holding Co and occasionally sits in when schedule allows. Ms. Richardson can been seen on the rockin' music education show for kids, Jack's Big Music Show on the Noggin Network. Her voice has been heard on dozens of national tv and radio advertising campaigns, and movie soundtracks like HBO's the Vagina Monologues and Talladega Nights: the Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Dig a little deeper and you'll discover Richardson's impressive catalog of cleverly crafted tunes, flavored with bits of gospel, jazz, blues and American rock slam. Cathy began in her hometown Chicago where her 7 indie records have sold in excess of 30,000 copies and she's wowed audiences for years with her engagingly entertaining and energetic live shows. She's been voted Best Local Band in polls by the Chicago Tribune and Fox News Chicago and received steady radio airplay from major stations like WXRT, WLUP, WCKG and WCBR.


Linda Imperial, alluring chanteuse, has been entertaining audiences throughout the world with her powerful and emotional vocals. From her work in Rock (her first band, lead singer, Kid Courage, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Starship), Jazz (with the New York Jazz Explosion) and Dance (Loverde, Sylvester, Weather Girls and the list goes on), she’s developed an all encompassing repertoire in many genres.

 

Her debut solo album, Destination You, defies classification, drawing from her passion for music of many styles.   She’s written and co-written much of the album as well as co-producing it with David Freiberg (Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane/Starship).  

 

At present, Linda’s in rehearsal with her new band, The Linda Imperial Band.  Expect to hear a lot from them in the very near future.

 

In the end, it comes down to Linda’s phenomenal vocals. One listen and you will truly feel the emotion, honesty and passion of a world class vocalist.

Mari started singing as a toddler, indoctrinated with love for jazz and big band by her father; blues, rock and r&b from her older siblings. Before the age of 18, she was paying her dues, singing rock, r&b and blues in clubs all over the NY tri-state area. After totaling her car post-late night gig, she decided to move out to California "to get an education and get out of the music business" but it just keeps pulling her back. "No point in fighting it anymore..."

So much for planning - soon after Mari's arrival in California, music came calling once again. It wasn't long before she was sitting in with Johnny Nitro at the Saloon, and then gigging all over the Bay Area in several bands, playing corporate gigs, club gigs, interspersed with part time college classes. After graduating with honors from Foothill College in '96, she transferred to UCSC to study film production, but the blues beckoned once again and she dropped out to return to North Beach. In the late 90's, Mari Mack and Cookin' School could be seen up and down Grant Avenue several nights a week, until Lonnie Walter recruited her to co-found a new band (Gregg's Eggs) with drummer Greg Anton (Heart of Gold band, Zero.) Greg brought the band to The Plant in Sausalito, where she met Arne Frager. They recorded their self titled debut, the last to released on the Pop Mafia label, and received good reviews - the band toured in the Bay Area and points Northwest, joined on shows by noted Vince Welnick, Barry Sless, Vince Welnick, Pete Sears, Merl Saunders and more.
Mari and GE parted ways in November 2001, Mari citing a strong desire to return to her funky blues roots and GE moving in a more instrumental direction. With Frager's encouragement, she started mining her large box of lyrics and unfinished songs in preparation for a new album, one that would showcase her unique funky style.