About CS + FAQ

Collected Sounds is a website dedicated to women in music though it has somewhat shifted focus to include male artists. As of June of 2008 this blog is taking over as a replacement for the website.

This blog will focuses on mainly independent musicians, mostly female musicians, singer songwriters, in the genres of folk, pop, rock, alternative and more.


Why the name”Collected Sounds”?

It was inspired by a song by Dar Williams called “What Do You Hear In These Sounds” in which she sings, “I collect these sounds in my ears”. She is not referring to music, but
I sort of think of my music listening as collecting sounds.

Why make a site for Women in Music?

I created this site because I wanted there to be a place where people could come
to learn about new female artists and uncover some music that might not be found on
the radio or on Music Television channels. I have recently added men as well.

Then why have Sarah McLachlan, Ani DiFranco and the like?

Well, because I love those women and it’s my site, so there! No, really, it’s
because I started getting emails from people saying, “Why don’t you have ‘so and so’,
and ‘this person’?” So I made a classics spotlight section to honor those women
that we already know and love (which has since been merged with regular spotlights). That and these two are kind of pioneers in this endeavor.

Where is Britney? Where is Christina? How can you have a site on Women in Music and not include them?

You know, each week when I look at my search results I consistently have
folks doing searches on my site for Britney Spears and the like.

This is why they are not to be found here:

They are not female musicians. It’s that simple. This is a site for women in
the music industry that do it all: write for themselves, sing (without the help of
secret background singers) and in most cases play an instrument. So if you are
looking for teen pop stars manufactured (or at least strongly “guided”) by the
industry, I’m afraid you will have to look elsewhere.

Can I be featured on your site?

Well, first take a look at the above question to see what kinds of musicians I
am looking at supporting. If you write (at least most of) your own material and
want to get it “out there”, read the submissions page

3 comments for “About CS + FAQ

  1. March 26, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Hi Amy,

    I will understand if you do not have time to reply, but I wanted to follow up and see if you received the CD I sent back in January – Lonesome Sunbeam.

    “Absoulutely beautiful.” – Dar Williams
    Featured on “Women on Air” next week

    Thanks so much,


  2. Kathleen
    April 7, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Hey! I’m just trying to figure out how to shoot you an email about great new record! I must be missing the contact info somewhere…. you can email me, and I’ll send you a snail mail copy???

  3. March 1, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Just found this blog… love it! There are so few blogs that really focus on women in music… thanks for doing your part!

    – Lucia

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