Orianthi Panagaris, Australian Guitarist, singer songwriter who played with the King of Pop Michael Jackson.

In this interview…

  • Orianthi talks about Recording details to the album Believe.
  • She discusses her up coming album.
  • She talks about Paul Reed Smith guitars.
  • Early memory’s on Michael Jackson’s music.
  • Details of playing on stage with Michael Jackson and how the sound quality was laid out.
  • Talking about the DVD Michael Jackson This is it.
Orianthi Panagaris, an Australian Guitarist, singer songwriter. She was lead guitarist for the king of Pop Michael Jackson. According to Elle Magazine she was named one of the 12 greatest female guitarist.  Orianthi landed on the top billboard chart at 77 with her solo album Believe as well as Gold certification in Japan. Orianthi with her single According to you landed at 17 on the Billboard Singles chart with Platinum certification in the US.


Transcription of the Interview

Jason Saulnier: Hello Orianthi. What’s going on with your music these days, there are no gigs marked on your website, what’s going on right now with you?

Orianthi: I’ve been working on songs and collaborating with different artists. I just got up and jammed with Carrie Underwood at the Hollywood Bowl here in L.A. and I just got back from Seattle where I played at the EMP Founder’s Award with Billy Cox at the Jimi Hendrix Museum. I got to play “Red House” and a bunch of Hendrix tunes with Billy Cox and that was a real honor to be there and be a part of that. I’ve been doing random things like that and working on new songs for my next record. My brand new single “Courage” is out now, that’s just gone to radio.

Jason: That means you’re keeping really busy then.

Orianthi: Keeping very busy, yes definitely. I went over to London and Germany, and just got off a tour with Adam Lambert in Japan. I’ve been doing a lot of things, but I’ve been back in L.A., apart from playing in Seattle, for about the past few weeks.

Jason: Let’s talk about your record Believe a little bit and the recording process. How long did it take you to make the album?

Orianthi: Believe took about three years to make. I spent about a year writing it and two years recording it with Howard Benson. It’s a collection of songs that I think are a real combination of tracks being commercial, with lots of guitar solos throughout the record. It’s a record that I wanted to make as a first record. With the next record I’m going to make, it’s going to be a little heavier, a little rockier. Still really commercial but just edgier, and I’m really excited about it.

Full Transcription at Guitar International Magazine

Orianthi Interview: PRS Guitars, Michael Jackson and Hendrix

By: Jason Saulnier from Music Legends 2010 was a big year for Australian guitarist Orianthi. Her debut solo album helped launch her to international stardom, which was first ignited after she appeared in the Michael Jackson film This is It.


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