Who is Nita Strauss?
Nita Strauss was born on December 7th, 1986. She is an American guitarist best known for her work with 'The Iron Maidens', all-female tribute band. Nita has worked with numerous high profile ensembles during the course of her career such as the band 'Femme Fatale' and the 'LA Kiss' musical backing group. 'Femme Fatale' is an American hard rock band who has released famous albums like 'Femme Fatale', 'One More for the Road', '1, 2, 3, 4' and 'ARCANA'.
In June 2014, she took the place of singer Orianthi in the band of American hard rock, musician Alice Cooper. Strauss at placed at the number one position on the list of '10 Female Guitar Players You Should Know' published by the Guitar World. Music runs in her genes as she comes from a long line of classical musicians. One of her ancestors on her paternal side is the Austrian composer Johann Strauss II. She has given us some famous songs like 'Wasted Years' and 'Fear of the Dark' while performing for The Iron Maidens. 'Wasted Years' was released in 1986 and 'Fear of the Dark' was released in 1992.
In June 2014, it was officially announced that Nita would replace Orianthi as Alice Cooper's touring guitarist. She continues to portray the role until today in 2018.
Strauss has appeared as the main guitarist on seven songs in Docker's Guild album called 'The Heisenberg Diaries – Book A: Sounds of Future Past' which was released on January 21, 2016. Strauss had met Docker through their mutual friend Jeff Gilooly.
On April 8, 2018, Strauss made an appearance at the WrestleMania 34. She had a live performance playing guitar in Shinsuke Nakamura's entrance theme.
Career of Nita Strauss
In early 2016, Nita Strauss appeared as the main guitarist on seven songs in Docker’s guide album, “The Heisenberg Dairies”. Her guitar skills were so magnificent that they empowered to do shows in US, Europe, South America, Africa, and across the world. Recently, she also appeared on the computer game “Heroes of the storm”.
Nita Strauss, born on 1986, started her guitar career at the age of 13. Then, she performed on a heavy metal show without taking any formal training and or attending Music college. In 2010, she also featured on a special series for Michael Jackson’s band in Africa. Nita was invited to perform with The Iron Maidens band in 2011 and later, she was invited to become a band member, in place of lead guitarist Dave Murray.
Strauss became a member of Critical Hit band in 2013 which was founded by World of Warcraft, Performing arrangement of Video game music. In 2014, she was officially signed as the lead guitarist for Los Angeles Arena. In the same year, she also joined Alice cooper band as a replacement for Orianthi for the 2014 Tour.
Nita Strauss’s guitar skills, passion, heavy metal knowledge and professionalism has attracted many brand endorsements including Ibanez, Dimarzio, Dunlop manufacturing, Bogner Amplification, Boss Corporation, Roland Corporation, GHS, Rocktron, Line 6, Krog and many others.
Nita Strauss has also featured in many worldwide commercial ads as wells as print ads. She also appears on a dozen on albums and soundtracks. She was ranked as the no.1 guitarist on “10 Female Guitar Players You Should Know”. Strauss has worked as hired guitarist for bands like Dreaming Dead, Lacey conner’s Halo, and Stabbing westward. '
She recently launched her Pandemonium music video. Written, produced and recorded entirely by Nita, Pandemonium showcases her extreme talents on both guitar and bass.
In an interview with the guitarist
For Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss, getting the chance to be a part of the 'She Rocks' album was a big chance and excitement.
“It’s really a dream come true for me to get to do something like this. I started playing guitar because of seeing Steve Vai,” she said in an interview, “So first of all, even to get asked to be on this album was a dream come true, and then to get to do it in this way, to showcase this awesome up and coming crop of female guitar players that are out there, it’s mind-blowing to me. All of my life, I’ve wanted to do an instrumental track or an instrumental album or do something, because that’s what I grew up listening to -- Vai, [Joe] Satriani, Paul Gilbert, all of the greats. So to get to contribute something, even if it just ends up being this one song, which I don’t think it will, but to get to contribute to that world is really, really awesome.”
Her contribution, "Pandemonium,” was written in about an hour, she says. "It definitely takes me on a journey emotionally. It tells a story, and I’m really curious to see what people make of what the story is. Because I think it definitely does take you on a journey.”
The guitarist did face an initial struggle growing up and aspiring to be a female lead guitarist who pens her own lyrics. But as perseverance and hard work paid off, today she is one of the best lead female guitarists we have in the world.
The net worth of Nita Strauss is estimated to be around $20 million.