The Five Percent

Profiles of Women in Audio

The Ground Breakers

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Ethel Gabriel the First of the 5%

Ethel Gabriel (1921-2021) may be one of the most prolific recording industry professionals you’ve never heard of. Ethel was the first woman record producer for a major record label, and one of the first women in the world to work in A&R. She had a 4-decade career at RCA starting with an entry-level job and...

Ground Breaker Tana Douglas

Tana Douglas is known as the first woman roadie and got her start working Production in 1973

Mix Messiah – Leslie Gaston-Bird

Leslie Gaston-Bird is a freelance re-recording mixer and sound editor, and owner of Mix Messiah Productions. She is currently based in Brighton, England and is the author of the book "Women in Audio".

Switched-On Friendship – Wendy Carlos & Rachel Elkind-Tourre.

Nicole shares the stories of Wendy Carlos and Rachel Elkind-Tourre. Pioneers and groundbreaking women who created and produced soundtracks for feature films.

Delia Derbyshire – In Profile

Delia was a musical pioneer, a unique lady with a sharp sense of humour, humility and an unbridled passion for creating.  The story of her contribution to the world has not taken up space as prominently as it should.

Helen Oakley Dance

Helen Oakley Dance (born Helen Oakley) was the earliest female jazz record producer (and perhaps the earliest known female record producer of any genre). She was instrumental in the early days of jazz in America - writing about it, producing it (including many recordings with Duke Ellington), promoting it, and connecting artists with each other.

Mary Shipman Howard

Mary Shipman Howard was one of the earliest known female recording engineers and one of the earliest women studio owners (in the 1940s). Mary worked with great musicians and composers of the era such as Glenn Miller, Arturo Toscanini, Charles Ives, and Samuel Barber.

Lillian McMurry – Record Producer & Owner of Trumpet Records

Lillian Shedd McMurry was one of the earliest woman record producers and owner of Trumpet Records. She was influential in the development of blues music particularly through her recordings of Sonny Boy Williamson II and the discovery of guitarist Elmore James. Lillian was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1998.

Berenice Hardiman FOH Engineer/ Tour Manager

Berenice Hardiman is a veteran of the industry having first been inspired after seeing Pink Floyd at the Liverpool Empire, which was her very first concert.  “I immediately knew that I wanted to be part of whatever that “thing” was that I had just witnessed. Now Bernice is FOH Engineer and Tour Manager for Midge...
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