This out musician has released two CDs (“Out From Under” and “A Totally New Sensation”) to great reviews. He is spreading his music across the globe, having toured over 15 different countries. Along the way he has shared the stage with such artists as The Indigo Girls, RuPaul, Macy Gray, Joan Jett and B.B. King. His song “Out From Under” was the most requested song on Sirius Out Q for four weeks in a row and the video has consistently made LOGO TV’s “The Click List” and “New Now Next.” www.joshzuckerman.com.
Williams returns to Pride Charlotte by popular demand. Her warm-up rendition of “Amazing Grace” knocked Pride-goers for a loop in 2006. She performs all over the country in jazz clubs and at private functions with a style blending R&B, jazz, standards, blues and original tunes. www.katwilliams.com.
Reaves is a powerful vocalist and guitar player whose rock, funk and R&B-based sound has delighted audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe for more than a decade. In 1999, she won the Lilith Fair Talent Search for the Charlotte area and performed on the main stage with Sheryl Crow and Sarah McLachlan. In 2000, she was chosen to participate in a “Women of the Millennium” showcase and toured in England and France, including opening for Robert Plant. www.melissareaves.com.
Roland thrills audiences with a voice that recalls Luther Vandross. He knows how to get an audience up and dancing and has shared the bill with such artists as Patti LaBelle, The Village People and Joan Jett & The BlackHearts. His remix single “My Jamaica” is currently making an impact on dance charts across America. His live set includes original songs and covers, and he admits a fondness for www.disco.myspace.com/thejimmyroland.
This lesbian acoustic artist joins us again as an emcee and performer. She began performing professionally in 1991. After leaving her job as a marketing specialist in 1999, she started touring full-time at women’s music festivals, folk festivals, folk venues and churches. Christy’s diverse style of music has been described as both playful and spiritual, as she leads listeners on a path of empowerment, self-love and present-moment awareness. www.christysnow.com.
The Near Misses
This all-female quartet features some of N.C.’s finest vocal talent. The Misses perform an eclectic blend of originals, drawing upon American roots, rock, pop, contemporary folk, country and jazz influences. The group’s songs feature unforgettable melodies made complete by layers of gorgeous harmony. While each member is a gifted songwriter and musician in her own right, together they create a whole that is even greater than the sum of the band’s parts. www.thenearmisses.com.
One Voice Chorus
One Voice is the gay, lesbian and gay-affirmative Chorus of Charlotte. With its non-auditioned singing members from all walks of life, One Voice exists to present a face and voice of the LGBT community at a time when visibility and understanding are paramount. In fact, it’s the Chorus’ mission to use music to reach diverse groups in order to promote inclusion of LGBT people. Sotto Voce, an auditioned ensemble of One Voice, provides a “portable” element to the full Chorus, performing at a number of public events throughout the year. www.onevoicechorus.com.
The Queen City Outlaws
This offshoot of Southern Country Charlotte has made it their mission to support local charities and LGBT events while promoting country and western music and dance to the general community. The Outlaws are always popular at Pride and organizers are pleased to have them performing again this year. www.southerncountrycharlotte.com.
One Spirit Choir
Even without the spiritual context, the sound of the Unity Fellowship Church of Charlotte’s One Spirit Choir could
accurately be described as angelic. The choir performs regularly at church events and other community gatherings. www.ufccharlotte.org.