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Blackstar Amplification Signs First Canadian Female Guitarist

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She sings like Benatar, plays like Jett, has a penchant for writing 90s-inspired anthems and is the newest addition – albeit first Canadian female – to join the Blackstar Amplification family. Hailing from the “other” London, rocker Rose Cora Perry fronts newly-formed alt-rock group, The Truth Untold, but is certainly no rookie to the indie music scene.

The former frontwoman of signed grunge quartet Anti-Hero (Addictive/Maple Music/Universal), Perry founded her own record label at age 15: teaching herself the ins and outs of band management, publicity and promotions, not to mention how to play guitar. It wasn’t long after she secured one of the many “firsts” of her career: being named the premier Canadian endorsee of Daisyrock Guitars.

Perry’s longstanding relationship with DaisyRock is, in part, to thank for her new alliance with the UK amp company, as it resulted in an exclusive invitation to perform as the only Canadian at this year’s Summer NAMM (Nashville).

Described as, “the world’s largest trade-only event for the music products industry,” the American conference is undoubtedly the perfect venue to schmooze for instrument sponsorship deals, and Perry had her sights set on joining the ranks of fellow Blackstar endorsees Gus G, Al Jourgensen (Ministry), Stephen Egerton (The Decsendants) and Kevin Armstrong (Iggy Pop).

Prior to arriving in the Music City, the ambitious Canadian had already set things in motion and was thrilled to discover that Joel Richardson, the Head of Blackstar’s Marketing, had her performance “penciled in” as a “must” on his busy schedule.

What’s more is that when Blackstar learned due to backline policies she was unable to use her usual rig of choice – a HT Soloist 60 – for NAMM, Richardson and crew enthusiastically supplied Perry with a  STAGE601MKII; making her further the first artist to play this model from their new product line in a live setting.

Though Blackstar was launched in 2007 and its roster includes notable Canadians such as Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies) and Jeff Stinco (Simple Plan), its presence among Canucks – and female guitarists in general – remains on the sidelines; something the company is intent on remedying. As Loren Molinare, Head of Artist Relations explains:

“We really see the future of rock with female musicians – they’re writing creditable material and inspiring young girls to pick up guitars. We’re excited to welcome a talent like Rose who is a great role model and a great addition to the Blackstar roster.”

It’s not hard to see why Blackstar elected Perry to spearhead their Canadian female roll-out. Within a mere year of forming of The Truth Untold, the group has already racked up an impressive array of accolades: from producing an award-winning music video trilogy to being named among the Top #10 indie talents across their nation (Starbeat), along with securing the opening slot for 90s hitmakers, SmashMouth, at an event which boasts 1.5 million spectators.

When asked why Blackstar has become Perry’s amp of choice, she genuinely explains:

“The cleans are deliciously crisp and the distortion roars! For a rhythm player such as myself whose songwriting heavily involves dynamic changes, being able to easily navigate between distinct tonal differences – without the use of multiple pedals – is essential. I adore my Blackstar and can’t imagine playing anything else.”

To learn more about Rose Cora Perry, connect with her at:

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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