Copper Wimmin, met in a childrens chorus at the age of twelve. Sophia Mallie, Tenaya Wallach and Alyx Benham grew up best of friends and began writing and performing their own songs in their late teens. The group's name "Copper Wimmin" originates from the book "The Daughters of Copper Woman" by Anne Cameron. The book is a collection of creation legends from indigenous peoples of Canada. According to one legend, the first woman on earth was Copper Woman.
The vocal trio from the San Francisco bay area was officially formed in 1994 and they released their first and second CDs in 1998, and 2001. They were finalists in the Lilith Fair Talent Search, silver medallists at the 2003 Harmony Sweepstakes, and semi-finalists in the 2003 Independent Music World Series. Recently they were featured on Amy Goodman's national public radio program "Democracy Now".
These three vocal virtuosos leave audiences large and small with the sense of having witnessed something extraordinary. Moving mountains three pebbles at a time aptly describes the ever-changing, pulsating vibrancyof their fiery brand of social consciousness. They continue to be committed to building a community, sharing a message of healing and helping to ignite social change.
While comparisons to Ani DiFranco and
Sweet Honey in the Rock are flattering, diverse influences and taste dictate a sound that is
unparalleled in current folk and popular music.