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Ginny Owens

How would you describe your music?

Acoustic FolkSoulPop; Carole King meets India.arie;

What is your role in your band? In the studio? In business or marketing decisions?

though I try to surround myself with exceptional advisors, I am responsible for making all business and marketing decisions. In the studio, I prefer having a co-producer to working alone.

Describe your gear.

88-weighted keyboard; MacBook Pro; Garage Band and Logic Studio 9; M-Audio Pro Fire 610; M-Audio studio speakers; Various keyboard controllers; Several microphones of varying quality; acoustic guitar (occasionally);

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Do you think being a woman and a musician is different from being a man and a musician? If so, how? Was there a moment that made a difference clear to you?

I have rewritten my answer to this question multiple times, as I'm having difficulty processing all of my thoughts on the subject. In my early days of staff writing, I found that most of my male co-writers were very confident in their ideas and would nearly always veto mine. I was not nearly as confident in my writing or performing as the males around me seemed to be, but this could have been due to my own challenges that had nothing to do with being a female. (When I had some success as an artist, most of the males changed their tune and began to listen to my ideas.) On the other hand, I've spent the past 12 years primarily dealing with men--on the road, in the studio, and at the co-writing table, and I've usually felt respected and accepted. (I am also totally blind and have always found the music industry to be more accepting of me than any other social or business circle I'm a part of.) This being said, I do not typically enjoy working with males in the music world who are younger than my generation. I usually find them to be overconfident and disrespectful. The younger female musicians I've worked with have been very talented, hard-working, and respectful, but I have had only a few opportunities to work with female musicians. My final thought is that it seems that the music-listening-buying audience is primarily female, and females typically love males. So I think it's easier for males to rise to the top--especially as artists--than it is for females. But in the studio or as part of a backing band, talent and proficiency matter more than gender.

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

Based on my experiences teaching singer/songwriters at a university and watching singer/songwriters perform on the road, I would say that the younger generation is much more confident in their abilities and perhaps less aware of the needs and desires of their audience. And most young musicians I know think they are awesome, whether they are or not. I remember having a sense of awe when working with writers or musicians who had been in the "business" for awhile. I don't sense much of that sort of awe or respect from the younger generation.

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Did anyone ever give you any valuable advice about making your way in the music industry? What advice would you give to a woman musician just starting out?

I was given a few pieces of great advice along the way; I sure wish I had given them more consideration. Based on my journey, here are the things I'd say to a young woman starting out: Before you embark on a career, make sure you know yourself and your art very well; otherwise these things will be defined for you. In order to survive this business, you must possess equal parts humility and confidence; don't sign a 360 deal with a company who doesn't have 360 capabilities; never underestimate the power of a song.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

There was a piano in our dining room. I fell in love with it when I was two and began plunking out songs by ear.

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