GRAND HALL A

2:00 P.M. TO 4:00 P.M.

This panel features several award winning female artists from our showcases revealing:

  • Getting started
  • Getting taken as a professional
  • Putting together a team
  • Social Media
  • Self-management
  • Promotional ideas
  • Resources and collaborating
Panel Chair is Arlene Paculan BIO

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Panel Member Loralee McGuirl

Inspired by early R&B legends of the ’60s and ’70s, LoraLee grew up swooning along with her radio. She cultivated her silky-smooth vocals in a gospel choir in her hometown of Hamilton, where she still performs on occasion.

LoraLee’s band delivers an authentic, polished soul sound. For almost a decade, fellow Hamilton natives Neil Nickafor (Bass), Sean O’Grady (Drums), Bruce Tournay (Keys and Vocals), Bill Holinaty (Alto Sax) and living legend Mark LaForme (Guitar and Vocals). After an impromptu jam session one evening at The Cat n Fiddle, LoraLee knew the five of them were a perfect fit. “I’m nothing without my band,” she said. “I’m truly blessed to work with such gifted, dedicated musicians.”

radio. She cultivated her silky-smooth vocals in a gospel choir in her hometown of Hamilton, where she still performs on occasion. 

Panel Member Laura Thomas

Laura is recognized as a singer with a unique, melodic and smooth vocal style. It is unlikely that you would forget her vocal quality once you have heard her. She is also a talented backing singer and has had the pleasure of performing live with many great artists. Among these artists you might recognize – Amanda Marshall, Vince Gill, Jeff Healey, Ron Nigrini, Norm Hacking, Joe Passion, Bill Candy and many others.

Panel Member Angela Saini

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