2019 Boston Pride Concert Entertainment
Multi-talented singer, rapper, actor, director, choreographer, and YouTube personality, Todrick Hall rose to prominence on American Idol. His popular YouTube channel has over 2.7 million subscribers and 510 million views notably for original songs, choreographed flash mobs for Beyoncé, musical collaborations, and appearances on RuPaul’s Drag Race as a guest judge. Hall distinguished himself as a Broadway star, completing a successful run of Kinky Boots and two successful tours of Straight Outta Oz, both of which were highly acclaimed by fans and critics alike. Recently, he appeared as a backup dancer in Taylor Swift’s video Look What You Made Me Do. He recently toured the United States and Europe on his Forbidden Tour.
Born and raised in Queens, New York, Robin began singing at the age of five in a church choir. Blessed with a genuine talent to entertain, she took up vocal training at the age of eight under the direction of the legendary Brook Alexander. At the age of fifteen, Robin joined jazz and cover bands in the New York metropolitan area, performing at dinner clubs, lounges, and other venues. During her tenure as a member of the band Top Shelf, she met the owners of Homeboy Recording Studios. They immediately realized that they found the perfect accent to their music and began laying demo tracks for Robin’s vocals.
“Show Me Love,” Robin’s first Gold single in the United States and Platinum in Europe, introduced her as one of the premier vocalists of the early 90s. The chart-topping single, punctuated with energetic remixes from Stonebridge Productions of Sweden, originally gained popularity in Europe on Champion Records in 1993. The success of the record caught the eyes of executives at Big Beat Records and Robin S was on her way to fulfilling her dreams.
Robin’s debut album on Big Beat/Atlantic Records, Show Me Love, immediately broadened her fan base. The diverse sounds of the record, which changes between beautiful lush ballads like “What I Do Best” or “Who’s Gonna Raise The Child,” and bold toe-tapping rhythms, were created by a variety of producers, including Junior Vasquez, Nick Martinelli, and David Morales. “Love For Love,” another chart-topping track from Robin’s debut album and a fiercely hypnotic track filled with syncopated beats, propelled her to the elite list of dance divas.
Currently touring and performing internationally, Robin’s new singles debuted in January 2019 with such notable producers as Carl Cox, Eric Mobley, James Worthy, David Anthony, Freeze, Paris Toon and Mothers Favorite Child.
Beth Sacks hails from New York City, where the International House Artist has been working with International Circuit Remixer and Producer DJ Aron since 2012. Her hit tracks, played around the world at many major circuit parties, include: “Let’s Burn It Out,” “I Came To Work,” “Let the Music Use You Up 2K14 remix,” “Tonight Is Forever” (special song for Forever Tel Aviv Pride), “What’s Up,” and recently “Imagine.” Her current hit with DJ Aron, “Hey Hey Hey,” is sweeping dance floors around the world. She has recently headlined major European events in Greece, Austria, Germany, and France, as well as New Years celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Along with DJ Aron, Beth Sacks headlined the main event at the 30th annual White Party Palm Springs, presented by Jeffrey Sanker.
ALL EYES ON ME
All Eyes on Me is an indie pop quartet based on the songwriting of Christopher James Martin, harmonies by Mary Lee Desmond and Susannah Baron, and the dynamic drumming of Corey Aaron Dobson. The band’s sound is informed by 80s pop, 90s R&B and rock from the early aughts. Their forthcoming record is due in 2019.
Taija New, a.k.a. the Newbian King, is an all-around Rhythmic Pop entertainer from Massachusetts. In 2016, Taija embarked on a short tour called “The Pride Tour,” where she performed at three major Pride Festivals in the US. She is currently on her second tour named after her sophomore album, The Heart on the Stage Tour, which kicked off in Toronto, ON, Canada. The second single off the album, “Headstrong,” was also featured on Zachary Campbell’s Bop or Flop Friday.
The Spots is a predominantly female queer band, comprised of teachers from Boston who are committed to social change and making people smile! The band donates all proceeds from their biannual “Rock Out With Your Cause Out” concerts to different organizations in and around Boston. They play a range of music from rockabilly originals to pop cover sing-along songs. Think Springsteen meets Dolly meets Paula Abdul… something for everyone to dance to!
Pop singer/songwriter Kat Kennedy has toured extensively from Alaska to Brazil, sharing her compelling blend of acoustic and electronic sounds. After graduating from Berklee College of Music, her collaborations with other artists and producers piqued the interest of fans and labels alike. Her 2016 TrapNation release with producer Channels, titled “Flare,” amassed over six million plays across streaming platforms. Kat has released a series of singles surrounding her first full-length album which will come out this year.
FIRST LADY SARITA
First Lady Sarita is a female MC from Boston, Massachusetts, born into a family that loves music and playing instruments, from gospel singers (the Helen Hollins singers and Milton Hollins) to rappers (Tony Rhome of RSO and Frankee Lu). In 2002, she debuted her career by joining Living Room Entertainment, then Keep It Moving Entertainment in 2004, of which she became Director of Artist Development. She has opened for many artists, such as Ed O.G, Norreaga, Raequan, Rah Digga, Styles P., Tabi Bonney, Black Moon, Smif and Wessun, and Freeway. She currently hosts talent showcases at the Dublin House on Tuesday nights in Dorchester. She is also working on a new album entitled The Rebirth, to be released in the fall of 2019.
Established in 2016, QWAM (Queens With A Mission) champions self-confidence across the Boston dance scene and the greater LGTBQ community. As a diverse, all-male dance crew, QWAM is a family that expresses and experiences dance in a colorful variety of genres. The crew encourages everyone to embrace their royalty across the East Coast, including in QWAM’s very own showcase Reignbow, a showcase of queer and ally talent. •