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Nita Strauss performing with Alice Cooper in 2017
|Also known as||Mega Murray, Hurricane Nita, The Hurricane|
|Born||December 7, 1986|
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Genres||Heavy metal, hard rock, tribute music, instrumental metal, deathcore|
|Instruments||Guitar, backing vocals|
|Labels||Sumerian Records, Powerslave Records|
Nita Strauss (born December 7, 1986) is an American rock musician. She is the current touring guitarist for Alice Cooper and has a successful career as a solo artist. Strauss was the first female signature artist with Ibanez guitars and is regularly featured on the covers of worldwide print magazines including Guitar World and Guitar Player. She was ranked No. 1 on Guitar World's list of "10 Female Guitar Players You Should Know."
Strauss started touring with her own band as a teenager, leaving high school in her junior year to pursue music full time. Although initially known for her work with Iron Maiden all-female tribute band The Iron Maidens, Strauss’ career has included performing with several rock ensembles including Consume the Fire, Femme Fatale, and the video-game supergroup Critical Hit.
In 2014, Strauss was the official in-house guitarist for the Los Angeles Kiss (LA KISS), the arena football team owned by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS. The house band played the national anthem and provided additional music during the games.
In April 2018, Strauss launched a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign for her debut solo record Controlled Chaos. The campaign was successfully funded in two hours and eventually raised eight times its initial goal. Strauss produced the record herself and did the majority of the engineering, as well as playing all the guitars and bass on the record.
After the record was completed, Strauss signed with Sumerian Records to release and distribute the album worldwide. The first single "Our Most Desperate Hour" was released in September 2018 along with pre orders for the record on both CD and vinyl, with the vinyl completely selling out before release. Controlled Chaos debuted on the Billboard charts at No. 1 Top New Artist, No. 3 Label Independent, No. 4 Top Hard Music, No. 8 Top Rock, No. 8 Top Internet, No. 20 Top albums, and No. 7 on the iTunes Rock chart. The album's second single, "Mariana Trench" was chosen by WWE as the official theme for NXT TakeOver: WarGames (2018).
Strauss started performing live at WWE pay-per-view events in 2018. In April 2018, Strauss played Shinsuke Nakamura’s entrance music at WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans in front of an audience of 78,000 fans and millions more who watched the worldwide streaming event. On October 28, Strauss performed with Lzzy Hale at WWE Evolution. Her original song "Mariana Trench" was chosen by Triple H as the official theme for NXT TakeOver: WarGames.
In January 2018, Nita Strauss became the first ever female Ibanez signature artist with her own model guitar, the Ibanez JIVA10. DiMarzio later released their Pandemonium humbuckers, signature pickups that were developed especially for her JIVA Ibanez guitar.
Teacher and mentor
Nita Strauss is one of the most sought after clinicians in the industry and has done extensive teaching tours across multiple continents. She has taught guitar clinics in the United States, Canada, UK, Europe, South America, and Asia.
She is a counselor at Rock ’n' Roll Fantasy Camp and was featured in the 2018 documentary Rock Camp: The Movie.
Health and fitness
Strauss is passionate about health and fitness. She works out daily, both strength training and practicing Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. She uses her wide social media reach to teach and inspire musicians (and others) to maintain healthy lifestyles while traveling on tour. She has been featured in Muscle and Fitness and Bodybuilding.com. In 2019, Strauss launched Nita Strauss: Body Shred fitness challenge, with a companion e-book titled “Body Shred: Your Guide to Feeling and Looking like a Rock Star.”
Straus has been sober since 2015 and uses social media channels to advocate sobriety and healthy living.
She is currently dating Josh Villalta, who is her manager and played drums on her Controlled Chaos album.
Nita Strauss has recorded with Alice Cooper, Jamie Christopherson, Critical Hit, Docker's Guild, FB1964, Metal Allegiance, Kane Roberts, and We Start Wars. She has been featured on albums by Maxxxwell Carlisle, Tina Guo, Angel Vivaldi, as well as the all-female compilation album She Rocks. Strauss has played on dozens of albums, trailers, and soundtracks, including Heroes of the Storm (Blizzard) and the Grammy-nominated Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. Strauss released her first instrumental solo album Controlled Chaos on November 16, 2018.
|2013||Consume the Fire||—||
|Maxxxwell Carlisle||Full Metal Thunder||
|Jamie Christopherson||Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance||
|Critical Hit||Volume One||Guitar|
|2015||Glenn Stafford and Jason Hayes||Heroes of the Storm||Soundtrack||Guitar|
|Maxxxwell Carlisle||Visions of Speed and Thunder||
|Tina Guo||Cello Metal||Lead guitar|
|Docker's Guild||The Heisenberg Diaries, Book A: Sounds Of Future Past||Guitar|
|2017||We Start Wars||—||
|She Rocks||Volume 1: A Collection Of Kick-Ass Guitar Goddesses||
|Alice Cooper||Paranormal||Guitar, backing vocals|
|2018||Alice Cooper||The Sound of A||Guitar, backing vocals|
|A Paranormal Evening With Alice Cooper at the Olympia Paris|
|Metal Allegiance||Volume II: Power Drunk Majesty||
|Nita Strauss||Controlled Chaos||Guitar, bass|
|2019||Kane Roberts||The New Normal||
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- Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp | Rock Camp: The Movie on IMDb
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