Charlotte Pride brings national, diverse talent to the Queen City
Charlotte Pride’s festival is slated for Aug. 24-25. Their Wells Fargo Stage will be packed with national, regional and local entertainment, including unique acts from LGBT and LGBT-friendly artists Mýa, Judith Hill and New Orleans’ Big Freedia.
Grammy Award-winning artist Mýa will perform at Charlotte Pride on Saturday, Aug. 24. Many know her from her 2001 collaboration on “Lady Marmalade,” with Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim and P!nk, but Mýa has made a name of her own as an internationally-known and respected singer, songwriter, producer, dancer/choreographer, actress, designer, model, activist and philanthropist. In Fall 2009, Mýa entertained the world as the highest-scoring contestant on ABC’s Season 9 of “Dancing With The Stars.” Mýa, who released her first album in 1998, went on to release two more, including a 2003 album featuring hit singles “My Love Is Like Wo,” “Fallen” and the club circuit favorite, “Whatever Bitch.” The artist is a philanthropist, too. From 1998 to 2001, she became the spokesperson for Secret to Self Esteem. In 2005, she founded TMATF: The Mýa Arts & Tech Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing disadvantaged youth growth and opportunity through arts and technology education. Mýa is also an advocate in the fight against breast cancer; her mother is a 13-year survivor. In 2006 and 2007, she collaborated with the Lifetime Television Network in the Stop Breast Cancer for Life campaign, recording “My Bra,” a song sold on iTunes donating 100% of proceeds to breast cancer research. Mýa’s also been active in HIV and LGBT causes. In 2007, she was the internationally-featured artist in Heatherette’s Fashion Show for LifeBall in Vienna, Austria, to fight Global AIDS. That same year, she hosted a fundraiser for Skool’d to aid homeless LGBT youth and advocated equality by opening the Out 100 Awards. : :
Judith Hill, who came to national stardom as a contestant on this season’s “The Voice,” will perform on Sunday, Aug. 25. In addition to penning and performing her own material, Judith — who wrote her first song at the age of four — has backed such artists as the late Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Elton John. Hers is one of the stories told in the film “20 Feet From Stardom.” The film, which opened in select theatres across North Carolina on July 12, shines the spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. USA Today observed: “’20 Feet From Stardom’ features some of the catchiest and most memorable refrains, riffs and hooks sung by background vocalists, and tells the personal stories of some of the best voices in the business…in this film the stadium-filling rock stars play second fiddle.” Rolling Stone has praised Judith’s “stellar powerhouse vocals.” : :
Big Freedia (pronounced “FREE-da”) will perform at Charlotte Pride on Saturday, Aug. 24. Known as the Queen of Bounce, Big Freedia is at the forefront of the Bounce rap movement, a sub-genre of hip-hop born out of New Orleans and known for its call and response style and lightning speed booty-shaking dance. Big Freedia has gone from a local New Orleans phenomenon to a national one over the past two years. After appearing in two episodes of HBO series ‘Treme’ (as herself), Big Freedia, in 2010, released her debut EP, “Scion A/V Presents: Big Freedia,” produced by New Orleans’ BlaqNmilD. In June of 2012, she was featured on “Peanut Butter” with singer-actor-model RuPaul. This January, Freedia made her network television debut on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” : :
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Charlotte Pride will also feature three girls from “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” The performers — Alyssa Edwards, Detox Icunt and CoCo Montrese — are presented by The Scorpio, where they will also perform during Pride weekend. : :
A variety of other entertainers, artists, groups and more will be on stage this year, including: Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, Ryan Cassata, Ashley Jo Farmer Band, DJ Ghost, Dylan Michael, She-N-She, ShipRocked, Spiralfire, Eryn Woods and Josh Zuckerman. : :