women metal singers

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DoD 1 year celebration | 60 Days, 60 Singers

Day 22: Doro Pesch
Born: June 3rd, 1964 (Germany)

Bands/Projects: Snakebite (1980 – 1982); Warlock (1983 – 1989); Doro (1989 – present)

Collaborations: Beast (1981); Die Krupps (1997); Powergod (2001); Mägo de Oz (2001, 2006); Motörhead (2001, 2011); U.D.O. (2002, 2012); Killer (2003); Destruction (2005); Dezperadoz (2006); Twister Sister (2006); After Forever (2007); Saxon (2007); Tarja (2008); Axxis (2009); Dio Disciples (2011); Girlschool (2011); Grave Digger (2011); Krypteria (2011); Sister Sin (2011); Tankard (2012); Liv Kristine (2014); Angra (2015); Amon Amarth (2016)

Curiosities:
Doro started her career in garage bands in native Düsseldorf underground scene and achieved media visibility and some commercial success with Warlock in the 1980s.

♦ In the 1980s the presence of women in rock, and in particular in heavy metal bands, was usually considered by press and fans more for glamour and sexual exploitation than for the musicianship showed. Doro Pesch was one of the few exceptions; her qualities as vocalist and songwriter in Warlock, her commitment in promoting their music and her avoidance of posturing as a sex symbol won the respect of a solid fan base in the expanding European metal scene of that period.

Both fans, press and internet community often referred to Doro with the moniker Metal Queen, to show their respect and deference for the uninterrupted career of the German singer on the heavy metal scene.

Her career and commitment are held in high esteem by the new generation of female heavy metal singers.

Doro is also known for her duets performed both live and in studio with other singers and musicians of the metal scene, whom she has befriended in her long career.

Personal life:
Doro Pesch has always been very reserved and careful in protecting her privacy off-stage. She consciously renounced a family and children in order to dedicate all of her time to her musical career and her fans.

Doro is vegan. Her stage clothes are handmade, following models she designs and using synthetic materials which imitate leather after the singer’s adhesion to PETA. She also supports the no-profit organization Terre des Femmes, which helps women and girls in need all over the world. Doro has been a trained Thai boxer, a sport that she started practicing in 1995. She still enjoys graphic arts and painting in her limited free time.

Highly successful women metal singers, far from being divas who want all the glory for themselves, also regularly collaborate on each other’s albums. This delights fans and is a win-win for the artists. For example, Tarja Turunen (ex-Nightwish) appeared with Sharon den Adel on Within Temptation’s latest album. In the “making of” video, Sharon relays that the media had been pitting the two singers against each other for years and asking the two of them to comment on each other, even though they had never met. When they finally did meet for this endeavor, they clicked instantly and sang a beautiful duet together.
—  To Women in Business: Lessons from Female Heavy Metal Singers article
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Women in Metal Duets: Sharon den Adel + Charlotte Wessels