(Originally aired on April 18, 2013)
Carlos Santana describes Orianthi as a "seriously ass-whoopin'" player. Michael Jackson picked her as the lead guitarist for his This Is It concert series and YouTube footage of their rehearsals — shot just days before his death — is mind-blowing. So is Highly Strung, a video that features her dueling with Steve Vai in a white-knuckle, high-velocity duet. And she has her own PRS signature model electric ... clearly, this young guitar goddess is on a roll.
Orianthi's new solo album, Heaven In This Hell, is full of grinding riffs, catchy 6-string hooks, searing solos, and big beats — stadium rock at its finest. In our exclusive interview, Orianthi explains how she tracked her guitars and wrote the songs for Heaven In This Hell, and describes her musical roots in Australia. We'll hear cuts from the album throughout the feature.