LINEUP Spotlight: Gold Hand Girls

LINEUP Spotlight: Gold Hand Girls

Musicians can all relate to the struggle of getting started in the music industry.  It’s just tough out there, and unfortunately, it can be especially tough for female artists.  Recently, we heard about the creation of Gold Hand Girls–an Oklahoma based management start up with the purpose of helping to empower women who are getting started in the music industry.  We immediately saw the potential value that this could add to all genres in the fabric of the OKC music scene. With that in mind, we reached out and asked them to tell our followers a little bit about themselves, their company, and their female music business hosts.

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Alexa: “Ten months ago, Courtney Lashar and I properly met again for the first time in years. Sometime in late spring, binging on miso soup and tea, we discussed our future endeavors. It was exhilarating- speaking to another young woman who was also preparing to leave for a music business internship. I'd like to think music is what brought us to that moment, and to this moment now. Spontaneously, that same day Courtney and I founded a company together called Gold Hand Girls. We realized a lack of woman within this industry, and knew that together we could make a change. Our first impression lasted hours.

 Courtney (left) & Alexa (right)

Courtney (left) & Alexa (right)

Gold Hand Girls focuses on empowering women in the music business. We find women across the US, and UK to partner with in hosting a small concert within her city. Hosting a show can be difficult, especially on your own, so Gold Hand works as your backbone. We help the host to find a venue, local artists, and to build a team of likeminded individuals within her area. This not only builds the hosts interpersonal professional relationships, but strengthens her skills in all areas boss related. The value behind the show is based off the female host feeling successful in her career path without working under a man- there's nothing better than filling a room of people for the purpose of music. We're lucky to already have women all across the United States hosting shows with us. In fact, we have two confirmed within our home state just in the first months of 2017! 

Courtney and I both have been born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma. And although Court now lives in Arkansas, this will always be our home. When I tell people about Gold Hand Girls, they instantly question where I'm from. People aren't quite aware of the gems that lie beneath this scruffy college town. I mean, Norman has a small town feel, but by the time night shines the diversity amongst college students has no end. I think we're all quietly making music behind closed doors; spineless creatives, nonetheless.

It's remarkable to me to see the congregation this company has called for just within the first month. Like previously mentioned, some of our first shows are in our home town. Meaning, everyone and their mom has offered to support us! It's amazing beyond words. We might be from a college town, but our friends are just as important as our football games. Support, and party. Party, and support. “


Gold Hand was also kind enough to provide us with some Q / A with a few of their artists.  And while these first few are international examples, it certainly gives context to the potential they have to benefit female artists here in OKC.

Megan La Lau: London

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Alexa: How old are you, and where do you live? 

Megan: I am 20, I live in Guildford, Surrey. 

Alexa: Who inspires you? 

Megan: I get inspired by a lot of artists from Janis Joplin to lady Gaga. But my main inspiration has to be my mother, she is the strongest women I have ever met, she is the most hard working and she doesn't give up on anything, I definitely look up to her. 

Alexa: How do you one day hope to impact the music business? 

Megan: I hope to impact the music business by "normalizing" the fact that women aren't sexual objects that are used on an album cover or a music video. Women are strong, creative people and the industry needs us more than ever. 

Alexa: How has Gold Hand Girls helped you to interact with your future career? 

Megan: Gold hand girls has given me an amazing platform to be able to start booking shows and discovering new acts which I love. Also I am a singer myself so maybe performing at one of the shows. 


Sydney Christenson: Salt Lake City

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Alexa: How old are you, and where do you live? 

Sydney: I'm 19, I feel like I'm 50, and live in Ogden, Utah. 

Alexa: Who inspires you? 

Sydney: I constantly feel waves of inspiration, so pinpointing that to just one person is pretty tricky. musically, I'm really inspired by Mr Gnome and Bon Iver. there are so many other artists that inspire me, but those two have such a significant way of creating new, fresh sound that's unmatched. the thoughts and visions I have running through my head all the time come from really everything I witness, whether it's a book I read or a song I heard or painting I stared at. the world is pretty inspiring. 

Alexa: How do you one day hope to impact the music business? 

Sydney: I wish to provide an authenticity and genuine feel to whatever branch I'm working with in music, whether it's live shows or more in the recording setting. I want positivity and inspiration to constantly flow from what I'm working with, and I think that's exactly how I'll impact the music business. 

 Alexa: How has Gold Hand Girls helped you to interact with your future career? 

Sydney: Gold Hand Girls has given me a platform to work from. It's motivated me to get going and express myself as I've started this path. It's so empowering to be backed by other women with goals and dreams similar to mine. It's the most perfect group to be apart of, considering that my goals with music business involve genuine and 

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