Holly Near, born in 1946 in California, started singing publicly at the age of eight. She has appeared on stage, on television and on film. Near decided on a career in the music industry in order to connect with audiences about the social conditions of the world. She chose to do this by starting her own independent record label, a very unusual career move for artists at the time especially women. She used this label as a medium through which to produce and promote politically conscious music and artists. She is considered to be one of the founders of the "women's music" movement. With her years of music and social activism behind her, I'm sure tomorrow's Brown Bag will be informative and inspiring.