A powerhouse of young female performers is about to come through the Lexus Box Garden at Legacy Hall in Plano. Sophia Annello, Frisco singer-songwriter; Dallas pop artist Remy Reilly; and Frankie Leonie, an up-and-coming Americana musician, will take turns rocking the stage for the Let’s Hear It For The Girls free Thursday concert series starting at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 6.
Tim Ziegler, venue manager and talent buyer, says the idea for the concert series started during a yoga event at the Box Garden. At the last minute, he realized he needed a performer and decided to reach out to Remy Reilly.
“The wheels didn’t really start turning until I had Remy back out to open a show and thought it wasn’t good enough for her,” Ziegler says. “She deserved, at this young age, a stage where she is the main focus.”
Through this, Ziegler decided to start digging for talent he might be missing right under his nose. Naturally, Sophia Annello and Frankie Leonie were next.
The three performers are not strangers to one another. Since Reilly met Leonie at a show, she and Leonie have become friends and support each other’s music.
“I think she’s the best country singer ever,” Reilly says.
Annello and Reilly have become close as well. The two have plans to play shows together and on some occasions, perform as a duo.
While the idea behind the series is to showcase female talent in the DFW area, Ziegler says he wants to bring in acts from all over.
“I’m sure there is some kick-ass girl playing some honky-tonk that all of us need to hear," he says. "I’d like to be somewhat of a conduit for that."
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Gavin Mulloy, marketing director for Box Garden, says women musicians in Texas have been mopping the floor with men lately. He has always had more success working with female talent like Erykah Badu and Sarah Jaffe.
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“You’re just an idiot if you are still in the ‘men only can rock’ mind-frame. Talent should win out,” Mulloy says. “If my dog could sing 'Unchained Melody,' I’m sure he’d get booked at Three Links.”
Ziegler says it has been a lot of fun discovering new artists through the process of putting together these shows. It reminds him of how much talent is hiding right in his backyard. He hopes to make Let’s Hear It For The Girls a recurring series at the Box Garden.
Sept. 6: Sophia Annello
Sept. 13: Remy Reilly
Sept. 20: Frankie Leonie