2019 Wells Fargo Stage

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Featuring local, regional and national talent across diverse and popular genres, the Wells Fargo Stage has entertainment scheduled both days of the Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade, Aug. 17-18, 2019.

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Special Wells Fargo Stage Events

Mark your schedules now for special events at the Wells Fargo Stage this year.

Opening Ceremony with Local Dignitaries
Saturday, Aug. 17, 12:30 p.m.
Featuring the official opening of the Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade weekend, with the presentation of the colors, interfaith moment, and special guests to be announced soon!

Champions Of Pride Awards
Saturday, Aug. 17, 5 p.m.
Charlotte Pride will honor this year’s Champions of Pride Award recipients, Charlotte Pride Scholars, Parade Grand Marshals, and a special guest speaker to be announced soon.

Charlotte Pride Parade Awards
Sunday, Aug. 18, 5 p.m.
Wells Fargo Stage entertainment winds down and closes out with the announcement and recognition of this year’s Parade Award winners!


Wells Fargo Stage Schedule

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17

12:30pm — Opening Ceremony & National Anthem
1:00pm — Youth Entertainment
1:30pm — The Charlotte Pride Drag Court
2:30pm — Nekeith
2:45pm — Basic Instinct
3:00pm — UNISEX
3:30pm — Courtney Lynn & Quinn
4:00pm — Chasers Drag Review featuring Abhora of Dragula Season 2
5:00pm — Champions of Pride Awards, Scholarship Recipients & Grand Marshals
5:30pm — Special Guest Speaker
6:00pm — Malachi and DJ Bryson
7:00pm — Asia O’Hara of RuPaul’s Drag Race
7:30pm — Kameron Michaels of RuPaul’s Drag Race
8:00pm — MAX
8:30pm — TT The Artist
9:00pm — Betty Who

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18

1:30pm — DJ SPK
3:00pm — Kotic Couture
3:30pm — Kristen Merlin
4:00pm — Gia Woods
4:30pm — Amara La Negra
5:00pm — Parade Awards


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Wells Fargo Stage Emcees

Delighted Tobehere
Malachi
Patti O’Furniture
Lolita Van Dank

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Delighted Tobehere

Delighted Tobehere’s entertainment career began February 2001 where she performed alongside The Armorettes – “The Infamous Camp Drag Queens of the South” – in the legendary nightclub Backstreet Atlanta. Since her momentous first performance, she has been a tour de force in the drag scene both on-stage and behind the scenes.

Delighted Tobehere was named as one of the funniest drag queens in America by the Huffington Post, and the internationally celebrated comedian Pam Ann says that she is “hysterical!”

In 2015, Delighted debuted on NBC’s America’s Got Talent to rave reviews and 4 Yes votes from the judges: “I loved the entire performance” – Howard Stern, and “[Delighted] just became the first country music dragstar!” – Howie Mandel.

A self described “Queen of all Trades,” Delighted combines celebrity illusion, vocal impressions, live vocals, lip sync, comedy, intelligence, and quick wit to wow audiences from corporate functions to pride festivals.

Delighted’s feature celebrity illusion is none other than Adele. London’s QX Magazine says that her impersonation is “something that has to be seen to be believed!” and Boy George said that it was “perfection!”

It’s not just about laughter. Anyone who has attended Delighted’s shows in the last few years, seen her TEDx talk, heard her speak at a university campus, or been an invited guest at one of her lectures has experienced what she considers her personal mission: “Encouraging self-discovery and acceptance of others through the lens of drag through laughter and thought provoking entertainment.”

Delighted continues to hear from those attending her shows, lectures, and speaking engagements who found clarity when their world was out of focus. Often they report having had revelations and “ah-ha” moments on how they view themselves and the world.

Hailing from the Carolinas, her southern upbringing lends a charm to her performances that makes everyone feel comfortable and welcomed, even in her new home of New York City! Within her first two months of living in The Big Apple, Delighted won the titles of “New York’s Best In Drag” and a live singing drag queen competition called “Sing, Queen!,” as well as securing weekly residencies at local nightclubs. She has performed over 100 shows in both London and LA and travels extensively across the nation.

Delighted was featured in the New York Times for her work as a top Broadway style live singing drag queen, and she has also performed two solo cabaret shows – High Heels and Low Notes, and Broadway Life Hacks – at New York City’s legendary Feinstein’s/54 Below, a cabaret space in the basement of the famed Studio 54.

In 2016, Delighted formed a relationship with Act II Stages in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, performing her live singing one-woman shows annually in residency in their Red Room Cabaret.

Delighted tours internationally with her featured cabarets DRAG 101, DIVARIETY (with Gigi Monroe), SIMPLY DELIGHTED, SHE HAW, and DELIGHTED’S DRAG BRUNCH.

You can follow Delighted Tobehere on social media @QueenDelighted (IG, Twitter, YouTube) and Like her on Facebook! You’ll be DELIGHTED you did!

Malachi

Malachi is a tour-de-force performer, musician, and comedian that originally hails from Charlotte, NC and currently resides in Atlanta, GA. Having performed locally for many years in small local bars and clubs, it was Charlotte Pride 2013 where he received his largest audience that really propelled him into dedicating his life to being a true masterclass entertainer. What started with nervous performances of LGBT-themed song parodies wearing shredded blue jeans and Timberland boots quickly evolved into a headlining career that showcases gender-bending performances of exhilaration, confidence, and finesse.

It wasn’t always an easy path for Malachi on his journey to establish himself as a unique act in a world where “drag” can oftentimes have a rather narrow definition. Many clubs aren’t always receptive to unproven, new acts that shake-up the status quo. He didn’t perform touting huge wigs or elaborate ball gowns. He didn’t lipsynch to timeless ballads by Whitney Houston or rely on effortless death-drops to astonish the crowds. How were promoters going to market this individual? Will gay bars even go for someone who sings live and doesn’t sashay around in heels? Fortunately, through much persistence (and strong audience reaction), Malachi’s performances quickly gained a cult following within the Charlotte LGBT-community and he soon started receiving regular bookings to energize the crowds in ways that few other local performers could match. Featuring an amalgamation of singing, comedy and engaging audience participation eventually solidified his position as a community staple. Malachi’s live performances weren’t just something to be witnessed – they had to be experienced.

However despite his many successes in the Charlotte region, this wasn’t the end of the journey for Malachi. Encouraged to branch out and try a new market to really push himself outside his comfort zone, Malachi relocated to Atlanta in the summer of 2017. With the support and mentorship of the Atlanta LGBT community, it was in Georgia that he really blossomed into the performer that we have today serving you the most incredible looks, body, and voice with unparalleled fierceness.

And if you see him and perhaps ask REALLY nicely, he still might just whip out those Timberland boots.

Patti O’Furniture

The Carolinas’ Queen of Comedy, Patti O’Furniture was born out of a dare from the students of college professor Pat Patterson in the fall of 1999 and has followed a very non-traditional path into female impersonation ever since. Called the “yard sale with legs” because most of her initial costumes were gifts from other entertainers and fans, her mix of professionalism and quick wit have earned her a spot as one of the most sought-after emcees in the region.

She first hit the stage on October 11, 1999 and has been entertaining audiences across the country ever since. From Los Angles to Boston and New York to New Orleans, she has worked at some of the most legendary clubs and with too many RuPaul’s Drag Race queens to count – but she’s a Southern girl at heart and will always be proud to call the Carolinas home.

For the past six years, she has been the show director at Dudley’s on Ann in Charleston, SC where she hosts her own weekly cabaret show. Last year, she began hosting a drag brunch at Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company in Charleston as well as a monthly staged theatre show, the Black Box Cabaret and drag bingo at Pounce Cat Cafe. In 2018, she launched the monthly SUNDAY FUNDAY drag brunch at the Comedy Zone in Greenville, SC. Patti can also be seen hosting the longest running drag show in Columbia, SC at PT’s 1109 on Assembly Street every Tuesday at 11pm. On Saturday nights, she hosts the SASSY SATURDAY Drag Show at the Bar @ 316 in Charlotte, NC where she has worked for the past six years.

In 2006 she was chosen as Miss South Carolina Pride but doesn’t need a title to support PRIDE where ever she goes. She is the official host and emcee for both the Charleston Pride and Upstate SC Pride Festivals. For seven years, she hosted the SC Pride Parade live on WXRY 99.3 FM in Columbia – and is thrilled to return to Wells Fargo Main Stage of Charlotte Pride for the third year.

One thing has remained consistent since that very first show: every dollar that Patti collects on stage gets donated back to the community. All of her tips are donated to causes including HIV/AIDS prevention and education, animal welfare, LGBT civil rights, the environment and a host of local arts organizations. To date, she has raised over $1.4 million… one dirty dollar bill at a time!

Learn more about her by following her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (or make an online donation via VENMO) at @allaboutpatti

Lolita Van Dank

Lolita Van Dank is Charlotte’s premier “Plus-Size, LatinX” Drag Queen. Starting her career in 2014, she started performing at many Charlotte venues and attempted many talent shows just for an opportunity to be on stage. Growing more from the experience, she was offered her first own show at a prominent lesbian bar called ‘L4 Lounge.’ After success in these shows, Lolita quickly moved to performing regularly at venues such as ‘Scorpios’, ‘Chasers’, ‘Azúcar’, and others.

In a small amount of time, she found herself drawing a love for competing and went on to win her first pageant, a small and now disbanded, pageant system. After her win, making great friends, and being featured in an unmentionable amount of YouTube videos, she quickly started grew and was offered to perform in venues in Florida, California, Georgia, and many cities in The Carolinas.

Lolita is currently the reigning Miss Charlotte Newcomer 2019 and plans on expanding into more bar titles, as well as the larger pageantry systems such as EOY, Gay America, and All American Goddess.


Wells Fargo Stage DJs

DJ Bryson Rider
DJ SPK

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DJ Bryson Rider

DJ Bryson Rider is spinning the tunes and keeping the stage pumping all day Saturday! Bryson is an experienced DJ and producer in the Charlotte electronic music scene. As a self-taught DJ and Producer, Bryson has spent the last few years mastering his craft and spreading his passion for music in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. His main goal is to create unique sounds through production and live mixing to provide the ultimate uplifting experience to his audience. Bryson pulls his inspiration from Dillon Francis, DJ Q*BERT, Riot Ten, Diplo, Deorro, DJ Craze, DJ Five, Derek Vincent Smith, Pharrell, Sonny Moore, Porter Robinson, and many more.

DJ SPK

DJ Bryson Rider is spinning the tunes and keeping the stage pumping all day Sunday! DJ SPK is an Open-Format DJ, producer, on-air personality, and creator/content-curator for StereoTypez. Creative Loafing’s 2017 Best of Charlotte Critic’s Pick, she has solidified a host of gigs nationally to include BMW, PRIDE, HighUp LA, Big Beat Fest, Microsoft, BOOM Fest, Mick Jenkins, Move Party ATL, resident DJ for FunkShun, and former RAW Artists’ resident DJ (clt). SPK is an official DJ of the revamped brand FuBU. As a DJ for Radio One’s 92.7 The Block, SPK is quickly establishing herself as a taste maker in Charlotte’s music scene. She also currently has a mixshow every Friday from 7pm-8pm EST on digital radio’s Flood 93.


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Betty Who


To understand where Betty Who currently stands in her career, it’s best to imagine her as she often stood as a kid: solo, in front of the bedroom mirror, belting out hits, dancing like everyone’s watching. Because as the Australian pop queen walked away from her record deal and into her first independent album, she had a single mandate: “I am going to be the most me I can be.” That is, in part, why her third full-length statement is simply called Betty. It’s pure her: a brilliant swirl of pop — ’80s, Y2K, and hyper-modern strains — that encompasses everything from intimate artful fare to darkly sexy bangers to full-on wedding reception shout-alongs. What’s more, these are songs about grown-woman emotions delivered by someone who rediscovered the drive and verve that fueled her rise through music in the first place. As Betty says, “It all came back to joy.”

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There’s a reason Betty was tapped to remake the Queer Eye theme song for the uplifting series’ second season. It’s the same reason she’s soundtracked Pitch Perfect and made the Glee cast swoon, and that a certain legendary flash mob proposal video went viral to the tune of her 2012 debut single “Somebody Loves You.” Joy has always been in the music, but for Betty herself the feeling had faded. “I didn’t understand how damaging it was to feel like I was never living up to expectation,” she says of her time on a major label. “When you’re in the middle of it, you think it’s driving you. When I came out the other side I realized, no, I was devastated.” She wanted to handpick her team, sink or swim by her own choices, and share music while it’s fresh. With Betty, she did all of that and made an album that, as she puts it, “I’m more proud of than I could possibly say.”

The world got a taste of that with Betty’s first independent single “Ignore Me,” an uplifting ode to moving on set to warm, indie-tinged electropop. Likewise, synth-streaked dance cut “I Remember” takes on something sad — the dissonance that can bubble up in a relationship — and finds the sweetness therein as Betty coos, “I don’t want perfect, I want you.” Our heroine not only split from her label in 2017, she got engaged, and the thrill of realizing you’ could spend your life with someone rings out on “Marry Me.” The song’s exuberance was inspired by the unabashed pop (namely Katy Perry) Betty loved as a teen. Meanwhile, the vintage JT-evoking “All This Woman” addresses a would-be lover but is really about Betty’s acceptance of her own body: “This is me saying to the man or woman I’m standing opposite, ‘This is what I want and you’re crazy if you don’t want it too.'”

These songs spilled out with a similar assuredness — among them, early teaser “Taste,” which Betty has described as “a little rock ‘n’ roll with just a touch of vampire fetish,” and Betty’s first official single, the achingly up-close, acoustic-powered “Between You & Me.” The process began in sessions between runs of her famously vibrant, intensely choreographed tour. She’d planned to write more when she came off the road, but instead realized she already had an album’s worth of songs she adored. So rather than iron them out in high-profile studios around Los Angeles, she absconded to a rental in Palm Springs with her two of her best friends, artist/producer Pretty Sister and decade-long collaborator Peter Thomas. They finished Betty in 10 days between shared meals and streaming sunshine. “It was one of the best times of my life,” recalls Betty. “I swear I’ll never make a record any other way.”

But that setting conjures the beginning of Betty Who, when the woman born Jessica Newham studied cello at Berklee during the week, then took the first train out to Providence so she could spend all weekend inventing her sound at classmate Peter’s family home. And that hustle itself mimics a theme of Betty’s childhood in Sydney: while her classical training began at age 4, she devoted every free second to Britney, Christina, *NSYNC, and MJ. The voices, the moves, the lyrics, the spectacle — she ate it all up, especially that feeling the best pop gives you: “When you hear it,” says Betty, “and go, ‘Oh my God, you literally wrote this about me.’ I’ve wanted to make music like that ever since.” In that spirit, Betty gives us what we need most right now: an excuse to dance in the mirror, license to trust our instinct, and knowledge that joy is never too far away.

 


 

Amara La Negra


Amara is the embodiment of the woman of today who was created with a hint of the past and a twist of tomorrow. With a Spanish and Caribbean background, the songstress describes herself as eccentric, vibrant, and ambitious. Amara La Negra, born Diana Danelys De los Santos, is an international entertainer, singer/songwriter, actress, model, and esteemed philanthropist. She is a woman of dimensions who feeds her soul with the love and passion she inhales from performing across the world. In the Dominican Republic, the country she proudly represents, she’s mainly known for her 2012 dembow hit entitled “Ayy” feat. Jowell & Randy, Los Pepes and Ricky Lindo. Yet Amara La Negra’s career expands beyond this one song.

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From performances with some of Latin America’s music legend’s like Celia Cruz to the rising sensation who are capturing fans in today’s musical arena. Other performances include sharing the stage with Gloria Estefan, Oscar de León, Johnny Ventura, Los Hnos. Rosario, Tito Puente, Tito Nieves and Milly Quezada. Amara La Negra performs all kinds of musical genres, particularly rhythms hailing from the Caribbean including Dembow, Reggaeton, Tropical, Soul, Dance, Pop, R&B and Soca. September 2017, she was featured in Zawezo’s song “No Me Digas Que No,” and excelled in yet another genre that further celebrates her heritage, Afrobeat. Amara La Negra also enjoys performing for benefit concerts including for The American Cancer Society, and she prides herself on being enabled to give back to those who are experiencing uncontrollable circumstances. Her love of life and inspiring energy invites her fans to celebrate themselves and reach their fullest potential.

Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Amara channels the sunshine state for inspiration as musical direction to connect with her fans globally. She conveys a vibrant collage of Spanish and Caribbean experience while channeling a R&B and Hip Hop inspired concept in delivery. Amara has a formal educational background in performing arts, dance, modeling, and acting. Amara’s approach in her life and its obstacles that attempts disruption in her light remains to be unstoppable. She is of Dominican and Italian descent. Though her mother, an immigrant who arrived in the United States via the Mexican border, had to play the role of a mother and head of household; she supported Amara La Negra’s career by any means necessary. Her mother took her to auditions, and supported her as Amara La Negra went on to win the Sabado Gigante’s contest “Miss Chiquita” in 1994. This contest was the performer’s first international exposure. Amara La Negra went on to be featured in commercials for brands like Hawaiian Punch, Oscar Mayers, and Walt Disney World just to name a few. She has been a part of Premios Lo Nuestro, Latin Grammy, Premios Juventud, Latin Billboards, among others notable special engagements broadcast around the world.

Fueling diversity in her appeal to crossover to the American musical industry, Amara re-introduces her passion in music with the anthem entitled “BAM BAM” produced by Most Wanted. The track embraces the love of feeling good as the woman that you are, in your own skin, and reflects the essence of a woman’s uniqueness in a funky dance melody. If there was ever a comparison to exemplify the diameters of Amara as an entertainer, it would be identical to the energy given by international musical starlet, Shakira. Amara’s musical inspiration hail from the ambiance of Beyoncé, the bold direction stemmed from Rihanna, and the soft inviting presence of Bruno Mars.

Amara expresses her personality fashionably with a bold, undefined, classy, infused with a vibrant wild style. She defines her approach based on the energy she transcends at that time: with some days as elegant, high couture and a look of vogue, as well as, other days there will be loud, colorful mix open to the volume that fashion gives the world. As presented in her musical background, Amara defines her own style and trends with a mix of fashion, style and confidence.

Spring 2017, Amara introduced her fashion keen in a new clothing line “ALN” which infuses a vibrant fashion-forward swimwear line made for every woman of the world. The fashion collection will also introduce stylish tee-shirts, sweaters, hats, and sexy body garments moving forward as a trendy, affordable apparel brand. ALN clothing line’s mission is to make every woman no matter their race, age or size feel fabulous, confident and sexy. More information on the brand can be found at www.alnclothingline.com

Recently, the songbird announced a multi-album record deal between Fast Life Entertainment Worldwide and BMG. In the last year, BMG’s share of the top 100 radio songs (from Billboard’s quarterly publisher rankings) reached 10 percent, after spending 2014 hovering around half that, at 5 to 6 percent. Upon the signing, Amara La Negra has been recording continuously on new material for her fans worldwide with producers that include Rock City, Supa Dups, Jim Jonsin and more to create the sound and direction that transcends from the multi-dimensional performer.

Adding to the depth of Amara, fans will be able to watch the rising star in the debut of Love & Hip Hop: Miami in January 2018. Amara takes viewers on a journey of her determination and love for her musical artistry, attacking obstacles to crossover into the American entertainment scene, and highlights the relationship she has with her mother who she continuously credits as her foundation to succeed. The newly anticipated series will take viewers into her personal battles of love, growth, triumphs, struggles, and becoming the woman behind the entertainer. Amara is the pivotal highlight of the Miami Afro-Latina culture combined with a sassy infusion of beautiful on the show.

“I’m just so happy because I’ve worked so hard for a moment like this, I’ve worked really hard, even though people have been judging me and saying whatever their thoughts may be of me, I’ve worked so hard, and things are about to change, and it’s about time” –Amara La Negra adds.

Following the recent height of Amara La Negra’s career in music and entertainment, the performer signed with United Talent Agency Worldwide also recognized as “UTA Music.” The United Talent Agency is identified as a premiere global agency that represents esteemed figures in entertainment and media including film and television. With offices held in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, Miami and international hubs that include London, Malmo, and Sweden.

Amara La Negra’s stage name unapologetically celebrates her blackness; a form of defiance in the region of Latin America where some countries view the word “Negra” as pejorative. Society where black women are oversexualized, the public often only recognizes Amara La Negra for her unapologetic sexual prowess. What is missing in this narrative is that Amara La Negra is in fact owning the way in which she is perceived, her message is that of unapologetic strong ambience while also exuding joy in other ways: she encourages supporters to reach their fullest potential via social media messages, she’s an entrepreneur and allows the world to witness her own struggles, and she’s always ready to speak up and speak out for her own rights and that of Afro-Latinas. She isn’t afraid to be break the mold in every possible way. As there are some who are only able to see her flaunt her figure while ignoring how she flaunts her voice and inspiring messages reflects a society where a woman can’t be both sexy and intelligent: Amara La Negra is all of this and more!

 


 

Gia Woods


Gia Woods breaks every rule. The 21-year-old queer Persian songstress can provoke one moment and comfort the next. Casting a striking and exotic presence, her undeni-able sex appeal translates beyond music and into each performance and visual, while thoughtful songwriting and impressive instrumentation threads the vision together. En-amoring the LGBTQ community out of the gate during 2015, the singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist now stands primed to become breakthrough talent in 2019. Her 2019 debut EP for Disruptor Records introduces a singular style representative of her enigmatic experience and bold persona.

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“I really know what I want to say, and the songs fit my personality and what kind of artist I want to be,” she affirms. “I want people to listen to my music and feel empowered—like they can come to me for support. I want to represent for young adults growing up and figuring out who they want to be. I think I can be their voice.”

She certainly positioned herself to do so. Raised in a traditional Persian family, she gravitated towards music. She went from playing violin in school orchestra to learning piano, guitar, and drums. Rifling through her older sister’s music collection, she be-came obsessed with artists such as Madonna, Green Day, Björk, Prince, and Radio-head. A self-described “loner in school,” she spent countless hours playing guitar as a child before joining choir in senior year. Encouraged by a friend, the shy talent per-formed at a local open mic night and attracted management as a result. Choosing the moniker Gia Woods, she assumed a newfound confidence and charisma. “Gia” after iconic model Gia Carangi and “Woods” for “growing up in Hollywood,” she built a strangely soulful sound carried by the grit of her raspy delivery and organic instrumen-tation.

2015 saw her make headlines with the breakout “Only A Girl.” Not only did it generate millions of streams, plays, and 10 million views and counting and earn praise courtesy of Billboard, its cinematic video would also be her “coming out.” In the aftermath, she performed in front of thousands of people at LA Pride as her first-ever show.

“In my culture, people don’t come out to their families as quickly as I did,” she goes on. “They also typically don’t do music. The culture can be very closed off. The video was actually how my parents found out.”

As Gia quietly attracted a following, she wrote and sang on Matoma’s 2017 hit “Heart Won’t Forget,” which generated over 32 million Spotify streams. Along the way, she crafted her first proper body of work. Embracing meditation throughout the process, she attained a deep level of clarity. It informed the likes of 2019 single “New Girlfriend.” Backed by handclaps and a funky strut, the track builds towards an immediately irre-sistible refrain as she croons, “I like your new girlfriend more than you.” Taking the reins, Gia steered the music video’s creative, handpicking the cast and upholding an unwavering vision.

She goes on, “There’s a playful attitude, but a lot of honesty as well.”
Lead single “Jump The Fence” leaps off percussive snaps into a driving cadence dur-ing an energetic chant, so allow the anticipation to build as Gia continues to release music this year.

In the end, Gia tosses the rules out the window and arrives as the subversive voice pop music desperately needs, by simply being herself.

“My biggest thing is being genuine, and always being honest with who I am and what I’m about,” she leaves off. “There are so many people who put on a façade. “People need to be reminded to embrace themselves.”

 


 

TT The Artist


From church to the club, Baltimore’s Club Queen TT The Artist creates a well-blended sound of Baltimore club, Miami bass, hip hop, and electronic dance music. On the rise to the world music platform, the Baltimore transplant born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, FL​ has worked with influential djs and producers in the dance industry such as grammy award winning producer Diplo, Anna Lunoe, Baauer, Gladiator, Steve Aoki and more! Her collaboration with Diplo on his single “Dat A Freak,” was later sampled by J Lo on her hit single “Booty.” Following her debut guest performances at 2016 Coachella, Made In America and SXSW music festivals, she was hand selected as a supporting act for electronic musician and performance artist Peaches worldwide tour. She has also opened up for the legendary Dj Uncle Luke and the Nola queen of bounce music, Big Freedia for Red Bull Music United States of Bass series. Her songs have been featured in major tv, film and commercials such as Netflix’s ​Nappily Ever Afte​r and HBO’s hit series ​Insecure​ season’s 1-3 landing her a feature with Emmy nominated actress Issa Rae. There are no limits to her vibrant, party-starting, cross between melodies and fiery raps. Eyes set on new horizons, TT The Artist paints a new spectrum of colors to the music scene through her upcoming record label ​Club Queen Records​, a black owned, independent, women focused record label and premier platform for women of color in hip hop, pop, dance and rnb genres. Today, she expands her talents to directing and filmmaking as she prepares to debut her first feature length film Dark City Beneath The Beat, a musical documentary about the rising Baltimore club and dance culture.

 


 

MAX


As an iHeart 2019 ‘Best New Pop Artist’ nominee, MAX has been labeled by Billboard as a top pop-star to watch and a “Young Pop-God” by GQ. Born in New York City, the multi hyphenate artist, actor and dancer has toured the world multiple times over, been featured in a Dolce and Gabbana campaign with Madonna, and starred in critically acclaimed films and television shows. With the breakout success of his 2016 full-length album, Hell’s Kitchen Angel, MAX yielded an inescapable smash in the form of his hit-single “Lights Down Low”. The song generated half a billion streams globally, earned double platinum certifications in the US and Canada, gold in Holland and Australia, the song soared on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, reached #7 at Top 40 radio, #1 on Shazam, and #1 on the Billboard Adult Pop Radio airplay chart.

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As the track took off, MAX delivered seismic renditions of the song on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Live with Kelly and Ryan, Good Morning America, and TRL. “What people loved about ‘Lights Down Low’ was the story, I’d never been more honest. It just clicked. I only scratched the surface on Hell’s Kitchen Angel, though,” he goes on to add, “I’m taking even more risks on my next album, House of Divine. I want to be as authentic as possible whether it is about losing people in my life or just who I am as a person. The new music continues to dive deeper into spreading a message of being true to who you are, wearing what you want to wear, loving who you want to love, and being accepting.” With his sophomore album on the way and a world tour in the works, 2019 is shaping up to be a huge year for MAX.

 


 

Asia O’Hara


Asia O’Hara is one of the most multi-talented drag queens working in the industry today, able to turn her hand to costume design, dance instruction, performance and pageantry. In 2018, Asia competed in Season 10 of the hugely popular TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race. She made an impact with her elaborate and imaginative looks, including a TweetiePie-inspired yellow feathered costume, and an avant-garde mermaid outfit with a fish mask. Asia has won many accolades throughout her career, including the coveted title of Miss Gay America 2016. This role saw her performing all over the country, working on community projects, and projecting a positive image for the LGBT community. Taking inspiration from glamorous Aztec and ancient Egyptian goddesses, Asia O’Hara always exudes a strong sense of legacy and power. An expert entertainer, Asia has toured extensively, commanding the attention of audiences worldwide with her powerful performances and striking looks.

 


 

Kameron Michaels


Kameron Michaels was born Dane Young in Massillon, OH and soon moved to Nashville with his family as a child. Growing up in a rural area gave Kameron the drive and cabin fever required to become the crazy queen she is today, with her journey beginning at the tender age of 18 at the Cabaret: Episode 2. There, Kameron went from go-go dancing to hosting her own shows with Nashville regulars. She’s traveled throughout the Southeast, preaching her message of unadulterated fun, self-acceptance, and personal growth and is always looking for the next adventure drag will take her on!

 


 

Kristen Merlin


Kristen Merlin is a Nashville based singer/songwriter who has been taking the musical world by storm with her energetic performances and powerful vocal abilities. She was on NBC’s Emmy award-winning show The Voice – Season 6 –  finishing fourth overall. After touring across the US with The Voice post season, Kristen went into the studio and released her debut EP – Boomerang. This 5 song collection soared to #2 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart. Kristen’s brand new album – Humans Being – reached #4 on the charts and brings a new vibe to the country music scene. Along with being a hit on National television, Kristen has had the pleasure of joining major artists on stage such as – Kellie Pickler, Sugarland, Bryan White, Kristian Bush, Ty Herndon, Billy Gilman, as well as International Superstar – Shakira. She is surely one to watch as she rises to the top!

 


 

Kotic Couture


Kotic Couture is an emerging rapper from Baltimore City via Maryland’s Eastern Shore, with influences from a broad range of artists such as Missy Elliott, Lisa “Lefteye” Lopez, and M.I.A, it’s clear to see Kotic wasn’t built to fit a mold. Growing up outside of Baltimore it was the world-famous dance club “The Paradox” that gave Kotic their introduction to Baltimore and the music scene. Couture’s sound is hard to categorize into a genre; just think if the underground house music scene and hip hop’s founders had a child, it would be Kotic. Opening for artist such as Azealia Banks, Cupcakke, Dai Burger and TT The Artist and being a featured performer on the Main Stage at Baltimore Pride twice (2014 & 2018) and performing at Baltimore’s biggest art festival Artscape; Couture is no stranger to the big stages. Lydia Woolever of Baltimore Magazine was quoted saying “There are few artists in Baltimore these days with better lyrical finesse than Kotic Couture.”

 


 

Courtney Lynn & Quinn


Courtney Lynn and Quinn’s worlds collided in Los Angeles for a brief time in the summer of 2012. The musical sparks began flying, but it wasn’t until 2015 when the two met again in Phoenix where late night writing sessions would quietly lay the groundwork for their musical future. With growing confidence in their abilities, they traveled further east to Charlotte, NC in 2016, with a promise to delve deeper into their musical pursuits.

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Courtney would go on to record her first solo record “Wander Years,” a diary of her life growing up fast in small-town Indiana and her wanderlust across the country. The album opener “Side Roads” evokes an adventurous spirit, with driving violin parts and confident, layered vocal melodies. “Wandering Soul” ends the album on a bittersweet note, expressing the vulnerability of leaving love behind with flowing harmonies and a sincere emotional complexity.

Channeling inspiration from songwriters like Brandi Carlile, the vocal harmonies of groups like Joseph, and the soulful grit of bands like Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, the group honed their sound in The Queen City. Their bright personalities, riveting live performances, and captivating songwriting have been garnering the attention of industry talent nationwide. Recently they’ve been featured as a standout artist on NPR’s Charlotte music playlist ‘Amplifier,’ featured in Queen City Nerve, performed on NBC’s ‘Charlotte Today,’ and won the national Songwriter Universe Contest for their original music. The band maintains a busy performance schedule across Charlotte and The Carolinas, with plans in motion for regional and national tours. The group is also deep in the recording process for their debut album – a darker, grittier, and more soulful expression of their sound and growth as a band.

 


 

Chasers Drag Review


Featuring the best of the best drag entertainment from Chasers! With Abhora, star of Boulet Brother’s Dragula Season 2 and Current Reigning Drag Queen of The Year, Vegas Van Dank, Misster, Skylar Michele Monet, Erica Chanel, Angela Lopez, Riley Malicious, and Rosè Zaye.

 


 

Nekeith


Nekeith is an American hip hop recording artist, songwriter and dancer. While being raised in High Point, NC he began his career at the age of 15. He released his first mixtape ‘Unbelievable’ in 2012 under the stage name of Newprettyboii and performed in multiple venues to broaden his artistry. Nekeith graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with honors and is the founder of D.O.P.E (Dreams of pursuing entertainment) an organization at UNC Charlotte. On March 8, 2016 Nekeith released his debut single and music video titled ‘Bank’ and released his “Brutally Honest Mixtape” in December 2016. Nekeith opened for singer K. Michelle and highlighted his LGBT Rap at the 6th Annual Hip Hop Festival in Atlanta Georgia. In the Fall of 2017 Nekeith Released his second mixtape titled “No Homophobia” that featured a remix of the smash hit “Rack It Up” by Yo Gotti and Nicki Minaj. The music video for the remix to “Rack It Up” went viral gaining over 100k views and brutally provoking conversations about the LGBTQ community in Hip Hop. In 2018 Nekeith released his first EP album titled New Era and performed on BET Freestyle Friday and was crowned as one of the top 10 finalist. Recently on June 25th Nekeith released his new album titled Androgynous Queen.
With over 100k Views and stream downloads, Nekeith is just getting started on his legacy.

 


 

UNISEX


UNISEX is the only LGBTQ+ rock cover band in Charlotte. Delivering a tasty variety of tunes to the Carolinas and beyond. We are all about diversity, unity and bringing folks together that just wanna ROCK! Founder, hairy beast and proud trans man Mac on vox. Lost hippy child, smooth character and Rainbrow Brite fashionista Froman Howard on bass. Andi, proud trans woman and raunchy rocker chick with a wicked sense of humor on Lead Guitar. And last but not in the least, brother pastor church aka Bruce Vayne aka the Batman on drums. We are UNISEX and we are FEARLESSLY AUTHENTIC!

 


 

Basic Instinct

Basic Instinct is a dance group based out of Charlotte NC. The group consists of three members Dee Smith from Brooklyn, NY, Gereme McConnahughey from Charlotte, NC, and Stephon Fonseca from Washington, D.C. Basic Instinct has danced for artists like Dawn Richard (member of Danity Kane), Fantasia and Teairra Mari along with meeting these artists, dancing granted them the opportunity to meet and interact with artists such as Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Tinashe, Christina Milian and Lil Mama just to name a few. All three members have individually accomplished things like performing at the world famous Apollo theater, opening for acts like Trina and Rkelly. The members’ background consists of attending performing arts schools, graduating college and even recently being involved in the W.E tv series “Angel Brinks The Real Bling.” These three best friends came from three completely different walks of life only to come together to do what it is that they all have a passion for and to make people smile along the way.