Tomato Sass is a first of it’s kind community. An online platform where women can speak their minds, empower each other, and stand together as we navigate through the uncertain waters of the music industry. Through in-depth interviews, educational question and answer sessions, and a whole lot of positive conversations – Tomato Sass is committed to bringing awareness to the tools and issues that drive success. We want to help women realize that the path to independent freedom as a music professional is all within our reach.

For more information, or suggestions on women we should be talking to, please email us at info@tomatosass.com.


Autumn Haile | Co-Founder & Editor

1377255_10151905412764754_804381999_nA lifelong fan of music, Autumn spent her teenage years working at long lost record shops like Sam Goody and Virgin Megastore. She studied Music Business and Vocal Technique at the Musician’s Institute.  She joined the marketing department of Universal Music Group Distribution in 2005, working on campaigns for artist like Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and Jay Z. Since then, she taken her love of music across the country working in radio and marketing from  Los Angeles to New York and Boston before finally landing in Nashville. In 2013, she launched Jukebox Mixtape, a website that covers up-and-coming Nashville-based artists, and began contributing to Rare Country in 2015. She’s covered major events like the CMA Awards, ACM Awards, Stagecoach and the Pilgrimage Festival; interviewing artists and capturing the essence of live performances through written word. It was in conversations with female artists and industry professionals that she realized her passion for empowering other women in the pursuit of their goals. Tomato Sass began as a small dream to help the women of country music and has morphed into a much bigger vision about educating women throughout the industry worldwide. Outside of writing, she dabbles in artist development and social media marketing, helping emerging artists find their way through the industry.


Kristin McKinney | Co-Founder, Writer, Community Engagement & EventsKM Headshot

With over 20 years experience as a professional recruiter, working with some of the most innovative technology companies across the country, combined with over 10 years experience in the music industry partnering with independent artists like the Blackfoot Gypsies, Love Trucker, The Ramblin Jaks, Factory Girl and others; Kristin brings her desire and passion to help young women build and sustain their own careers. Having successfully launched Nashville Girl Geek Dinner in 2014, an organization focused on bringing awareness, education and support to young women who aspire to work in technology, she witnessed the incredible impact it has had in the tech community. It was in this experience, her desire to extend this to her other passion, music, manifested itself. She recognized the need to build a platform where women in music can come together to learn, share stories, and be a part of creating a foundation for success.