Digital Pride 2017 is quickly approaching and many performers have already confirmed their participation.
Digital Pride is the world’s only online LGBTI event consisting of a week of events, videos and debates. Launched by Gay Star News, the aim of Digital Pride is to make it easier for the LGBTI community to celebrate Pride globally – even if they live in countries where it may be difficult to do so publicly.
This global LGBTI festival gives everyone the chance to celebrate equality, wherever they are in the world.
To help celebrate we have some fantastically talented LGBTI performers and allies who will be sharing their music with you.
Here is our current roster:
Jordan Redford Gossamer Gray is an English-born recording artist, actress, author, activist, and BBC’s The Voice UK semi-finalist 2016. She made TV history as the show’s first ever transgender contestant – and the first competitor ever to be asked back to the show within the same series.
Her Battle Round duet with Theo Llewellyn is widely regarded as not only the series’ emotional highlight but also one of ‘the most honest moments in reality television’.
She regularly tours the UK and Scandinavia. Until very recently, she performed exclusively under the stage-pseudonym ‘Tall Dark Friend’. Her 2016 ‘Pride Tour’ saw her main-staging solo at 40+ national prides and recognised festivals.
She also headlines occasionally in London with her band The Corridors. Hailing from Essex, she officially resides in Scotland and calls Sweden her spiritual home.
Her piano/synth-based, genre-hopping live shows comprise mind-blowing medleys and mash-ups, heart-stopping original tracks and covers from the 20s-to-the-teenies.
Her original material spans many genres and her voice and stage persona have been likened to Marc Bolan, Kate Bush, Michael Jackson, Freddy Mercury, David Bowie, Florence Welch and Tracy Chapman.
You can follow Jordan on Twitter.
Vangelis Polydorou was a finalist on BBC One’s The Voice UK. He was mentored by Boy George on the show and is now working with him on his debut album.
Vangelis was asked to perform at The British LGBT Awards and The Icon Diversity Awards last year and is an active performer on the pride scene. He was also named as one of the top 500 LGBTI Global Social Media Powerlist.
You can follow Vangelis on Twitter.
Lucy Whittaker’s punchy electro pop sound, teamed with her energetic performances are fast generating her a reputation as “one to watch” with a strong and rapidly increasing fanbase.
Her debut single reached #1 on the Hype Machine Popular on Twitter chart, and gained international radio play, whilst her latest release I’m Not Ever Coming Back Again hit 18K views within week one, and gained support from BBC Introducing in West Yorkshire.
Having performed at Eurosonic Netherlands 2017 alongside artists including Anne Marie and JP Cooper, 2017 is set to be a big year for Lucy. As an LGBT artist, Lucy is excited to get involved with Digital Pride to give something back to a community who works to hard to create a positive change.
You can follow Lucy on Twitter.
Now based in London, Valerio Lysander moved from Rome in 2013 and since then he has built his career in England and abroad, performing in prestigious venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, the Troubadour and Green Note in London and in high profile events such as the International Music Fair of Genova, Italy and the first Croydon Pride.
In 2014 he released his first EP, Tidal Mental Head, and in 2016 he released a new single, Ryan, a gay-themed song that will be included in his forthcoming album.
In 2016 he was also among the 10 nominees for Best Male in the Best of British Unsigned Awards and his latest single was broadcasted by BBC Introducing.
Valerio’s music has the aim of delivering a positive message of humanness and authenticity, and as a gay man himself, he is a strong supporter of the LGBTI community and a believer in freedom and equality for each and every human being.
Bahar Dopran is a singer/songwriter. Currently gigging in the London circuit and in the process of writing her debut album. Bahar is an LGBTI supporter through and through. Always surrounding herself musically and socially within the LGBTI community and making sure people know she is proud to be an LGBTI supporter.
Christopher Haul is a singer/songwriter and model originally from South Wales, currently based in East London.
Christopher always knew from a young age he would be a performer. Since moving to London, he has been writing and recording his music with the legendary production teams such as ‘Gros Soda’ (Ellie Goulding / Leona Lewis / John Newman).
He has had the pleasure of performing alongside some top names in the music industry and has been uploading his travels on his YouTube Channel.
As well as singing and writing he is a commercial model having worked on major campaigns such as Lucozade, Ted Baker, Perry Ellis and Virgin Media to name a few.
Christopher is to release his debut EP in June and he will be performing at over UK and Europe. You can keep an eye out by checking his website here.
Sara Newton is a Liverpudlian artist based in Fulham, whose music draws from influences such as The Staves and Newton Faulkner. Her self-reflecting songs comment on the subtle struggles of human existence, and combine guitar stylings that tickle the senses and vocal melodies that soothe the soul.
She is currently studying in Fulham for her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and hopes to have released her first EP before the course is over.
‘I have close friends and family who are gay, lesbian and bi but even if I didn’t, the right to love who you want is a fundamental human right that needs representing and protecting, and I am honored to be part of something that does so.’
You can find Sara’ music on her Facebook.
Originally from South Portland, Maine USA – Briggon is an actor living in Los Angeles, California. Along with credits on Showtime’s Masters of Sex and Nickelodeon’s Game Shakers, Briggon currently voices Caleb on the popular radio-drama/podcast The Bright Sessions.
Briggon recently released an LGBTI themed cover music video of Shawn Mendes’ Mercy.
Frankie C. is a Southern California native, who grew up surrounded by music and the arts, thanks to her father. She was the star of the Nickelodeon series, Just For Kicks, and studied opera and theater at the Los Angeles High School for the Performing Arts, and later the prestigious drama school at the University Of Southern California. Frankie C. gained success with her project Wild Style, and the hit song Take Me Home was played throughout the U.S.
In addition, Take Me Home was put in rotation at top 40 stations in the US, including 102.7 KIISfm and 105.9 Power 106 in the Los Angeles market. She performed live at Wango Tango, Pride Festivals throughout the US, and numerous club shows. Most recently, Frankie C. composed and performed Satellite for DJ Fenix, which was added to iHeart Radio. She also composed and performed F$CK Your Boyfriend with Ralphi Rosario, which climbed to #3 on the Dance Billboard Charts.
Frankie is very excited to start her solo venture. “After Wild Style, I just started writing all kinds of new music. I have so much to say, and now it’s just flowing out of me.” Frankie C. has been collaborating with LA based producer The Klassiks and has already released Please Hold Me, which features established Compton-bred rapper, Jo.]
Sofia’s debut album, Once Upon A Time, featured crowd favourite Mum, I Like A Girl which was awarded second place during her time at Berklee College of Music in Boston in the Songs for Social Change Competition.
In The City, her most recent album, was written during her time living and performing in NYC, featuring the debut single and music video for her song Ice Cold Love, premiering on Gigslutz.
As an out and proud androgynous singer and LGBTI activist, Sofia decided to take the recording process to Lebanon in order to record with her father and connect with the Lebanese LGBTQ community, making for a once in a lifetime experience.
Her latest music video, Let It Go, premiered on After Ellen, where the singer is dressed in traditional dhabke attire.
You can follow Sofia on Twitter.
Adam Roberts was born into a musical family, his father a singer/guitarist and grandfather in the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame, so it was inevitable that he’d follow suit and pursue his dream of performing onstage for the masses. He began working professionally at age 10 and went on to further his education, receiving his BFA in Musical Theatre from Coastal Carolina University.
After following his dreams of moving to NYC he made his Broadway debut in Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. Adam has also been seen in Pippin on Broadway, the National tour of Dirty Dancing, Off Broadway in Standard Time. and harmonizing with his own singing group, Apollo Link. He most recently finished co-directing and choreographing Broadway Backwards.
Lauren Shippen is a writer and actor living in Los Angeles. She is the creator and writer for The Bright Sessions, a science fiction audio drama that was named one of the Best Podcasts of 2016 by iTunes, Wired, Popular Science Magazine, and IndieWire. The show has been featured in Vox and Lauren has been invited to participate in the WNYC’s Werk It Festival which celebrates women in podcasting. When she isn’t podcasting, Lauren acts as one of the leads in the web series, Natural 20 (Escapist Magazine) and goofs off on her YouTube channel, According to Tumblr.
As a member of the LGBTI community, Lauren is always striving to use her art for good and is very excited to be taking part in this year’s Digital Pride!
Melissa Cavanagh was a contestant on BBC1’s The Voice UK in 2016 after Boy George picked her to be one of the twelve artists on his team.
Originally from Sunderland, she now lives in London and is pursuing her love of singing and musical theatre.
As a huge fan and supporter of the LGBTI community, she is honoured to have been asked to perform for Digital Pride.
Leah Allyce Canali is a Boston born, Toronto based singer/songwriter. Picture a cross between RuPaul, Bette Midler and Adele. Leah began her professional career as a vocalist at the age of 17 and has performed around the globe.
She has been a featured vocalist for many Pride celebrations including the main stage of Toronto Pride, 2016.
A participant in the Toronto Ballroom scene, under the name Siren Nuance, she is a member of the House of Nuance. She has a successful YouTube channel which features soul/jazz remakes of iconic stars such as RuPaul, Robyn, Britney Spears, Tina Turner and Prince.
She is currently working on her debut original album, Contoured, due out at some point this year. She is very excited and honored to be a part of Digital Pride 2017!
You can follow Leah on Twitter.
JLine’s music combines EDM beats, pop melodies and personal, self-written lyrics that explore all aspects of his musical personality. By joining forces with two powerhouse producers, Noisecatle iii (Daya, Dawn, Jojo) and Electropoint, his new album, Episode1, sets him in a category all his own. Hailed as a “piece of pop perfection” by We Run the Underground, the album explores the highs and lows of love and experiments with various musical genres and styles.
JLine takes his music and message a step further with his #istandwithjline concert, which has been seen by over 1 million students nationwide. JLine shares how he triumphed over his own experience with bullying by focusing on his love for music.
You can follow JLine on Twitter.
The Charles Project
Ben Charles & Danny Charles come together this year for their upcoming album The Charles Project, the two lads from London joined forces to record some of the most authentic, fresh sounding R&B, catchy soulful pop and house music.
Singing uplifting songs about life, love & heartbreak, their music is full of fiery vocals and lyrical content we can all relate to, this is definitely one to look out for!
The singles Pulling Me Down, Better, and All On You will be hitting the airwaves soon. The Charles Project will be available to stream/download on Spotify in early summer!
‘It’s great to be involved in this year’s Digital Pride, thanks for the support, stay true to yourself and remember that life is short, so be proud, be loud, but above all, don’t let anyone dim your light, or your right, to be who you are! Happy Pride everyone! Peace!’
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