Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915-73) gained popularity in the 1930s and 40s with gospel recordings on which she accompanied herself by playing electric guitar. She was the first great recording star of gospel music, a pioneer in the use of distortion on electric guitar, a precursor to the electric blues movement, and a significant influence on early rock and roll artists including Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Jane Ellen passionately shares her eclectic interests via the marvels of the internet from her home in Central Florida’s Space Coast. Specializing in all aspects of music and entertainment history, she strives to bring her subjects to life while seeking to make a deeper understanding of music accessible to all. Jane’s presentations benefit not only from her gifts as a storyteller, but from a lifetime of work as a scholar, performer, composer, and recording artist.