Described by Melissa Etheridge as "A rock band with a big, bold sound" Antigone Rising is really just an average, ordinary all-female trio on a mission to empower young girls everywhere. Consisting of singer/songwriter Nini Camps, powerhouse guitarist Cathy Henderson and multi- instrumentalist Kristen Ellis-Henderson, the New York based threesome earned their stripes touring small clubs and theaters. So many shows played, in fact, the band has earned millions...in memories. As Cathy Henderson often and jokingly will tell you, "Our pockets are full of them."
Of course, memories and stripes are not the only things Antigone Rising have earned. In recent years they have amassed a reputation as a rock band with a mission to inspire girls to shatter glass ceilings through their nonprofit, Girls Rising. While touring alongside The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, and most recently Melissa Etheridge have given the band plenty of street credibility, it’s paying it forward to young kids now that gives the Long Island based trio a renewed focus that comes across in their music.
The band started work on their latest release, True Joy, back in 2018. Intent on enlisting as many female artists as possible on the project, Veteran singer/songwriter Diane Scanlon came on board to record some of the early basic tracks at her home studio in Wilton, CT.
Shortly after those sessions, longtime drummer Dena Tauriello took leave. The band quickly reassembled as a trio but decided to halt the recording process to tour and meld in their new formation. On the heels of the trio’s final pre-pandemic tour, Antigone Rising made one final stop at Bird & Egg Studio in Oakland, CA. During a day-long session with producer, Julie Wolf, at the helm, the band recorded a handful of songs live. Initially intended to be a stand-alone EP, it was later decided to include the tracks alongside their studio version counterparts to round out what would eventually become True Joy.
During a year of pandemic seclusion, a handful of new songs were written and recorded through the magic of home studios and drop boxes, followed by a successful Kickstarter campaign that enabled the band to complete their True Joy vision.
True Joy album highlights include the song “Avalanche”, a powerful anthem of female empowerment, “Right There With You”, a southern rock blues ballad, and “Badlands”, a song co-written with Grammy award winning songwriter, Lori McKenna in which the band's harmonies
nod in the direction of Crosby, Stills and Nash.
True Joy is streaming now, and CDs are available at live shows and through the band's online store. In line with their mission to support women artists, the band worked with mostly female producers, writers, engineers, directors, editors, and graphic designers to get a finished product they feel proud of.