Gretchen Menn Takes Flight

Gretchen Menn

I had the opportunity to speak with recording artist, Gretchen Menn today. The California native has packed more diversity into her young life than many folks do over the course of many decades.

She is graduate of Smith College in Massachusetts with a degree in music. She is also a pilot!

Music is her life passion and she is happily invested in an active career as a full-time musician, but there was a time when she worked as a full-time pilot in order to support her music habit.

Women may have come a long way from the Suffrage movement at the turn of the 20th Century, but Gretchen found herself to be the only female enrolled in her class in flight school. She noted that even in today’s world, women often have to be over-qualified to be considered equal to men. All that did was make this talented young woman more on top of her game.

And that has served her well in the music industry. “Female artists don’t have the icons that male musicians do but the next generation will be different. So many women are now involved in the music industry.”

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This gorgeous red head oozes talent from the first chord she plays. So much talent, in fact that she was tapped to play in the Ladies Rise Up and Rock Show March 23rd in San Francisco. It’s a prestigious honor that only a select few of the Bay area’s top female acts have had bestowed upon. Menn takes it all in characteristic humility and grace. She loves meeting, supporting and collaborating with other female musicians and finds the camaraderie and willingness to help one another in their careers to be refreshing.

Whether in the cockpit or on stage, this talented rising star commands much respect and attention and continues to fly high. Don’t miss the opportunity to see her live at the inaugural LADIES RISE UP & ROCK event at the Regency Lodge in San Francisco, California, on Saturday March 23, 2013 at 7:30pm.

Here’s a teaser of what to expect from Gretchen:


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