I'm all tingly with excitement about this one. Beth Wood and I, along with our wonderful friend Jen Hajj, got to it at a writing retreat, all fired up and full of loud lady angst. It turned into a song, which turned into a project, which turned into over 50 Portland musicians donating time to record it and make the music video, which will in turn raise money for our local chapter of Planned Parenthood. Yes, we still can. 

NASTY WOMAN, the single release, along with the official video, will be celebrated on Oct 14th at the Old Church Concert Hall in Portland. Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette is making the release show their fall fundraiser for the year, and I couldn't be more thrilled. Beth and I will be joined by 10 of the musicians who recorded on the song, including Marilyn Keller, Bre Gregg, Shelly Rudolph, Sarah Clarke, Paul Brainard, Dan Gildea, Jeff Langston, Steven Skolnik, and more.

Date: Saturday, Oct 14, 7pm
Venue: The Old Church: 1422 S.W. 11th Avenue, Portland, OR. 97201
Tickets: $75 each
Tickets: www.theoldchurch.org. DIRECT LINK: PP TICKETS   FACEBOOK EVENT: HERE  


NASTY WOMAN SONG RELEASE: Portland Musicians Sing Together for Change
Music That Trumpets Female Strength and Raises Money for Planned Parenthood

PORTLAND, OR – August 16, 2017. Left Coast Soul Songstress, Ara Lee and Beth Wood have written an anthem for our time, standing up to the current administration, trumpeting female power and raising money for Planned Parenthood all at the same time…and you can help. On Saturday, Oct 14 at the Old Church, ten musicians will gather to perform a show to share this song with the world and raise money for Planned Parenthood, acause that has become synonymous with female rights. 

The song was born from the fury caused by the infamous statement Donald Trump made about then presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the fall debates, calling her a “Nasty Woman,” judging women with strength and the audacity to speak their minds. This disgusted many people including miss Lee, who decided to use the single as a fundraiser for her local chapter of Planned Parenthood. The project clearly hit a nerve, as over 20 local musicians participated in the recording of this song, all donating their time and talents for the cause. 

The show on October 14th, hosted by Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette, will be the release of the single along with the official music video for the song. Ara Lee and Beth Wood will be joined by many of the artists who played on the recording including Marilyn Keller, Sarah Clarke (Dirty Revival), Bre Gregg, Shelly Rudolph, Paul Brainard, Dan Gildea, Steven Skolnik, and more. “Nasty Woman” will be available for purchase in October with 100% of the profits from each download going directly to Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette.