The Story

After the vitriolic 2016 election cycle with the use of an offensive phrase being bandied about, we wanted to change the narrative about women and, how we respond creatively. Grab ‘Em by the Songs started off as a funny turn of a phrase. Then it turned into a night of women sharing songs on a stage. It has moved into a monthly songwriting series in the bay area and now, a podcast.

In essence, it is a creative movement centered around women and our creative journeys.

Kim Lembo is a Bay Area- Blues, Roots-Musician with a soulful sound and big heart. She is the vessel with which this idea came through but really, it’s the community of women participating in this movement that will see it to its peak.

Audrey Howard AKA Audrey on the Couch is a musician and audio engineer.  She plays guitar and sings with original rock power trio Easy Queen, 70’s prog-rock band Steel Hotcakes, and folk-Americana group The P’s & Q’s.  Audrey studied audio engineering at Women’s Audio Mission, works as a critical listener at Dolby Labs, and was mentored by mastering engineer Piper Payne.  If she’s not teaching guitar or at band practice, you can (not) find her off camping next to a beautiful Northern California river.​

“Music is the secret strength of the People. We believe women’s stories and songs hold the key to healing our world. We are committed to bringing forth these voices. Grab ‘Em By the Songs is our rallying cry for humanity. “ –
Grab ‘Em By The Songs Manifesto written by Kim Lembo & Maya Dorn