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Deemed "seriously ass-whoopin'" by Carlos Santana, female guitarist Orianthi burst on the scene in 2009 thanks to the killer trifecta of Carrie Underwood, the Grammys, and the King of Pop. Born in Adelaide, Australia, Orianthi Panagaris was only six when she fell in love with the guitar thanks to her dad's record collection. Legendary names like Clapton, Hendrix, and Santana influenced her to take lessons, and she spent five years on the acoustic guitar before switching to the electric at the age of eleven. The guitar-heavy music of Def Leppard, Van Halen, and Whitesnake dominated her teenage years, and at the age of 18, she met her hero when she was invited to jam with Santana during a soundcheck. That soundcheck evolved into a half-hour guest shot during that night's concert, and with Carlos' enthusiastic endorsement, she went on to share stages with acts like Prince and ZZ Top, as well as earning a support slot on Steve Vai's 2007 world tour. Also in 2007, Orianthi signed with the Geffen label and released her debut album, Violet Journey, which featured her vocals and fretwork. Having moved to Los Angeles, Orianthi's musicianship was later exposed to millions of television viewers when she joined Carrie Underwood's band for a 2009 Grammy Awards performance. That same year, an email invitation arrived asking her to audition for Michael Jackson, who was assembling a band for a 50-date residency at London's O2 Arena. One blistering rendition of the "Beat It" solo was enough to land the gig, but the King of Pop unexpectedly passed in June of that same year. Orianthi sang at the memorial service, and rehearsal footage of the guitarist backing the Jackson was featured in the popular film Michael Jackson's This Is It. Her second album, Believe, arrived several days before the movie's release, featuring the Top 20 single "According to You." Believe was re-released in 2010 as Believe (II) with four different songs including a cover of John Waite's "Missing You". The following year, Orianthi released the EP Fire featuring production from the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart. In 2013, Orianthi returned with her third full-length album, Heaven in this Hell. ~ David Jeffries
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  1.   Song
  2.   According to You
  3.   Shut Up & Kiss Me
  4.   Filthy Blues
  5.   Frozen
  6.   Another You
  7.   Better With You
  8.   Feels Like Home
  9.   Missing You
  10.   What's It Gonna Be
  11.   Bad News
  12.   Rock
  13.   If U Were Here with Me
  14.   How does It Feel?
  15.   Untogether
  16.   God Only Knows
  17.   Now or Never
  18.   Suffocated
  19.   Believe
  20.   Highly Strung
  21.   Courage by Lacey Sturm
  22.   Drive Away
  23.   You Don't Wanna Know
  24.   Heaven in This Hell
  25.   Fire
  26.   Think Like a Man
  27.   If U Think U Know Me
  28.   How Do You Sleep?
  29.   Addicted to Love
  30.   Sex E Bizarre by Steven Tyler
  31.   How Does That Feel?
  32.   Anaheim
  33.   Anybody Else
  34.   Everyday
  35.   He's Gone
  36.   Here on Earth
  37.   Lights of Manos
  38.   Out of Reach
  39.   Right Now
  40.   Violet Journey
  41.   Wouldn't Change a Thing
  42.   Neo Universe
  43.   Every Road Leads Home to You by Richie Sambora
  44.   Sunshine of Your Love

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