In-person Pride events are back after a 2-year hiatus (thanks a lot COVID). The City of West Hollywood is hosting its very first WeHo Pride celebration with OUTLOUD: Raising Voices Music Festival produced by JJLA. The three-day musical event will feature a long list of entertainment that promises to be the best… or is it? I don’t know about you, but this Gen X-er had to look up most of the names on the lineup, causing a girl to feel old. But not to worry my darling readers of a certain age, I did the hard work for you, so you don’t have to be lost at the show (remember, Google is your friend).
OUTLOUD: Raising Voices music festival features three full days of incredible live music starting Friday, June 3, 4 p.m. – midnight, Saturday, June 4, 12 p.m. – midnight, and Sunday, June 5, 12 p.m. – 11 p.m. in West Hollywood Park, West Hollywood, CA.
Here is a who’s who and who does what for this year’s OUTLOUD: Raising Voices entertainment lineup:
- Lil’ Kim,
Kimberly Denise Jones, better known by her stage name Lil‘ Kim, is an American rapper and reality television personality. Lil’ Kim has been referred to as the “Queen of Rap,” as well as her alias “Queen Bee” by several media outlets. She has sold more than 15 million albums and 30 million singles worldwide. Her songs “No Time,” “Big Momma Thang,” and “Not Tonight (Ladies Night)” were each listed on Complex’s list of the 50 Best Rap Songs by Women. In 2012, Lil’ Kim was listed on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women in Music list at number 45, the second highest position for a solo female hip-hop artist.
Marina Lambrini Diamandis, known magnanimously as Marina and previously by the stage name Marina and the Diamonds, is a Welsh singer-songwriter. Her debut studio album, “The Family Jewels” (2010), incorporated indie pop and new wave musical styles. It entered the UK Albums Chart at No. 5 and was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry. The album’s second single, “Hollywood”, peaked at No. 12 on the UK Singles Chart. Her follow-up record, Electra Heart (2012), was a concept album about a character of the same name which became her first No. 1 project in the UK. Froot (2015), became her third top 10 album in the UK and her first top 10 entry on the US Billboard 200, where it charted at No. 8.
Years & Years,
Years & Years is the solo project of British singer Olly Alexander. Originally formed as a band in 2010, Years & Years’ music has been described as electropop, mixing R&B and 1990s house elements. Their biggest hit single “King” from Communion reached number one in the UK Singles Chart in March 2015, and peaked within the top ten of the charts in Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Ireland and Switzerland. Their single “Shine” from the same album reached number two on the UK Singles Chart
Jessie J, is an English singer-songwriter. Jessie J came to prominence following the release of her debut single “Do It Like a Dude”. Her following single “Price Tag” topped the charts in nineteen countries including the UK and was followed by the release of her debut album, Who You Are (2011), which peaked at number two in the UK. Other singles from the album included “Nobody’s Perfect,” “Who You Are,” “Domino” and “Laserlight,” all of which peaked within the top ten on the UK Singles Chart, making Jessie J the first British female artist to have six top-ten singles from a sole studio album. Jessie J is recognized for an unconventional musical and performance style that mixes soul vocals with contemporary R&B, pop, electropop, and hip-hop beats.
Ana Bárbara, is a Mexican singer, actress, television personality and model. She has become a prominent figure within Latin entertainment since her professional debut in 1994 and is one of the leading female figures in regional Mexican music.
Cassidy King is a singer/songwriter originally from Chardon, Ohio. Her new EP ‘Concrete Walls’ is available now on all streaming services.
Elizabeth Eden Harris (born May 31, 1997), known professionally as Cupcakke (often stylized as cupcakKe; pronounced /ˈkʌpkeɪk/), is an American rapper from Chicago, Illinois. She is known for her hypersexualised, brazen, and often comical persona and music, and has also included themes such as gay rights, female empowerment, and autism awareness in her music.
Dorian Electra Fridkin Gomberg (born 1992) is an American singer, songwriter, and performance artist. Their debut studio album, Flamboyant, was released in 2019, followed by their second studio album, My Agenda, in 2020.
Gina Chavez is an American bilingual Latin-folk singer, and songwriter who has been performing since 2004, releasing her first recording in 2007. Chavez’s parents are of Mexican and Swiss-German descent. Chavez’s father, Gene Chavez, is a second generation Mexican-American from the south side of San Antonio, Texas. Chavez holds a unique style of mixing the content of her music and visuals and is an eight-time Austin Music Award winner. She was named Austin Musician of the Year in 2015.
Greyson Michael Chance is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He rose to national attention in 2010 with his performance of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” at a grade school music festival which went viral on YouTube, gaining over 70 million views. Two of his original compositions, “Stars” and “Broken Hearts”, gained over six and eight million views respectively on his channel. Chance’s debut single, “Waiting Outside the Lines”, was released in October 2010 followed by his debut studio album, Hold On ’til the Night, in August 2011.
Isaac Dunbar is an alternative pop singer-songwriter from Barnstable, Massachusetts. He signed with RCA Records in 2019.
Jake Wesley Rogers,
Jake Wesley Rogers was a singer and guitarist/pianist act from Season 7 of America’s Got Talent. He was eliminated in the Quarterfinals, but he returned for the Wild Card Show, where he was eliminated again. Jake Rogers is a musician from Ozark, Missouri. Performing since he was five, Jake can play guitar and piano and has a unique ability to interpret songs and make them his own.
Kornbread “The Snack” Jete is a drag performer and one of the contestants of the 14th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Madison Elle Beer is an American singer and songwriter. Born in New York, she began posting covers to YouTube in early 2012. Beer gained substantial media coverage when Justin Bieber posted a link to one of her covers. She released her debut single, “Melodies”, in 2013.
Mari, Mila Jam
Mila Jam is an American transgender singer, songwriter, dancer, actress and LGBTQ activist.
Mo Heart, previously known as Monique Heart, is the stage name of Kevin Richardson (born May 22, 1986), an American drag queen, reality television personality, and recording artist best known for competing on the tenth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race (2018), the fourth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars (2018–2019), and the first season of RuPaul’s Drag Race: UK Versus the World (2022).
Muna is an American electronic pop band consisting of Katie Gavin, Josette Maskin, and Naomi McPherson. They released two studio albums with RCA Records, About U and Saves the World, before signing with independent label Saddest Factory Records. Their self-titled third studio album will be released on June 24, 2022.
Mykki Blanco is an American rapper, performance artist, poet and activist. She has collaborated musically with artists including Kanye West, Teyana Taylor, and Blood Orange.
Ninel Herrera Conde is a Mexican singer, actress and television host known for her performances in Rebelde, Fuego en la sangre, Mar de amor and Porque el amor manda.
Saucy Santana, is an American rapper. After beginning his career as a makeup artist for the hip hop duo City Girls, he started rapping in February 2019, and released his debut single “Walk Em Like A Dog” that same year. After becoming a recurring guest on the reality television franchise Love & Hip Hop: Miami, Harris gained further prominence in 2021 when his singles “Material Girl”, “Walk” and “Here We Go” spawned viral challenges on TikTok.
Samuel Tsui is an American singer, songwriter and video producer. He rose to fame as an internet celebrity known for doing covers and musical medleys of songs by pop artists. He has since released original songs and expanded to mashups.
Scarlett BoBo is the stage name of Matthew Cameron, a Canadian television personality and drag queen most noted as a finalist in the first season of the reality competition series Canada’s Drag Race in 2020.
Shaun Ross is an American model, recording artist, and actor. He is known for his work in the fashion world as the first professional male model with the congenital disorder albinism, which makes him appear white despite being of black ancestry Ross has worked with various fashion designers, magazines and campaigns, including Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, Vogue, GQ, Nylon and others. In 2018, he collaborated with designer Nina Athanasiou for the “In My Skin” clothing line to bring awareness to albinism. He has also appeared in several videos from music artists, including Beyoncé’s “Pretty Hurts”, Lana Del Rey’s short film Tropico, and Katy Perry’s “E.T”.
ShaGasyia “Shea” Diamond is an American singer, songwriter, and transgender rights activist. Her music is chiefly soul and R&B, and includes elements of blues, rock, hip-hop and folk. Her songwriting ability has been described as “demonstrating a rare gift to portray raw, dynamic emotion in a way that moves the body as much as the spirit” Her influences include Whitney Houston and Tina Turner.
Catherine Grace Garner, known professionally as Slayyyter, is an American pop singer and songwriter from St. Louis, Missouri, currently based in Los Angeles. She started her career independently through SoundCloud. Her single “Mine” reached number 38 on the iTunes pop chart. The song was included on her self-titled debut mixtape which was released in 2019. Her debut studio album, Troubled Paradise, was released in June 2021 under Fader.
Taylor Matthew Bennett is an American rapper. He released an album titled Broad Shoulders featuring artists such as Donnie Trumpet, King Louie, and his older brother Chance the Rapper.
The Aces are an American alternative pop band from Provo, Utah. The band has four members: guitarist Katie Henderson, bassist McKenna Petty, and sisters Alisa Ramirez and Cristal Ramirez.
Ylona Jade Garcia is a Filipino-Australian singer, songwriter, actress, and television personality. Garcia rose to prominence after joining as a housemate in the first part of the second special season of ABS-CBN’s reality show Pinoy Big Brother in 2015 where she finished as first runner-up at the end of the competition.
With special appearance also include Kalechi, Madison Rose, Kaleena Zanders, Freddie, and NoSo, Raye. Hosted by Hannah Rad, Ryan Mitchell, Shar Jossell, Arisce Wanzer, Billy Francesca, and Tina Burner.
OUTLOUD: Raising Voices is the marquee attraction for WEHO Pride, the City of West Hollywood’s first, self-produced Pride celebration. OUTLOUD champions LGBTQ+ musicians and the community. The three-day experience will include the ticketed music festival and free community programming, all taking place on San Vicente Boulevard and culminating with WEHO Pride’s exciting community parade on Sunday, June 5 at 12 noon.