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Minnesota Rock Camp Band Wins Record Deal

WIMMN (Women in Music Minnesota) recently announced that Twin Cities teen band Half Demon Doll won a Battle of the Bands contest sponsored by Teen Vogue, netting the group a record contract with Wicked Cool Records and a photo spread in Teen Vogue magazine. The competition was held at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square, NYC. The band first formed at Minnesota’s first girl’s rock camp (Girl’s Rock and Roll Retreat – GRRR). Jenny Case, a bass graduate of McNally Smith (back in the MusicTech days) is a WIMMN member and is the Music Director of GRRR. A former McNally Smith songwriting instructor, Rebekka Fisher, is the founder and president of WIMMN. The organization is a non-profit with a mission of promoting, supporting and empowering women and girls through the art of music. You can find more information at

Half Demon Doll consists of Hailey Jacobsen (age 15, vocals/guitar), Sam Stahlmann (age 16, vocals/guitar), Allie Pikala (age 14, bass/vocals) and Alyse Emanuel (age 15, drums/vocals). The members met this past summer at the Girl’s Rock and Roll Retreat, which was held at the Perpich Performing Arts Center.

Wicked Cool Records was founded by Steve Van Zandt, a longtime member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and the host of the Underground Garage radio program. Congratulations to the members of Half Demon Doll, and also to Jenny Case and Rebekka Fisher for supporting the band’s winning efforts.