Boston Pride is #wickedproud to announce that Grammy-award winner Estelle will be headlining the 2015 Boston Pride Festival! Additional artists and performers will include Kevin Yee, Billy Gilman, Johnny Blazes and The Pretty Boys, Mary Lambert, Nhojj, and Jack Romanov. They will take all the stage on Saturday, June 13th at the Boston Pride Festival. The event is free to the public. Meet & Greet tickets are now available – don’t miss an opportunity to meet Estelle, Mary Lambert and Billy Gilman!
Estelle first burst onto the scene in 2008 with the double-platinum hit song “American Boy” featuring Kanye West, and quickly became an R&B sweetheart. The international chart-topper was a Billboard Hot 100 smash hit and won Estelle a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Her first two studio albums ‘Shine’ and ‘All Of Me’ came soon after, earning Estelle both critical acclaim and pop success. Most recently she announced the launch of Established 1980, Inc., an independent label in partnership with BMG, and gives fans a full dose of her deeper identity with her recently released fourth full length album “True Romance.”
Meet Estelle! Get your meet & greet ticket now, click here.
Kevin Yee’s original comedy songs have been making people giggle across America and beyond! He tours to clubs, colleges, and festivals. He is a recovering Broadway chorus boy (Mary Poppins, Wicked, and Mamma Mia), and a former member of Quincy Jones’ boy band Youth Asylum. Additionally, Yee has several viral YouTube music videos, recently hitting the front page of Reddit with his AMA: I am a former member of a failed 90’s boy band. Yee shares his sassy coming out story in the official “It Gets Better” book.
Billy Gilman burst onto the national stage in 2000 releasing the hit single “One Voice.” His debut album was certified double platinum in the United States, and he was included in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the youngest singer to ever reach #1 on the Billboard Top Country Album charts. He has sold five million albums worldwide and garnered awards and nods from the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association, Billboard Magazine, and the American Music Association. Gilman made headlines this past fall when he came out as a gay man in a YouTube clip.
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Johnny Blazes and The Pretty Boys
Johnny Blazes and The Pretty Boys was formed in 2011 by vaudevillian performer Johnny Blazes as a way of bringing the traditionally pre-recorded, karaoke or lip-synching art of drag into the realm of live music, The Pretty Boys give audiences classic soul and funk songs with an unapologetically glittery flamboyance. The band also uses its powers of soul to cover songs in other genres, including artists that range from Frank Zappa to Spinal Tap, and to re-define those tunes with their own horn-heavy sound. In their first year of existence, The Pretty Boys have been honored to perform at the first ever North Shore Gay Pride Festival in Salem, MA, at The Hynes Convention Center as part of First Night Boston, as well as at clubs, theaters, and fundraisers throughout the Boston area.
Before Mary Lambert achieved “quasi-stardom” (as she puts it in her typical self-deprecating way) for writing and singing the hook on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ marriage equality anthem “Same Love,” the Seattle native was an aspiring singer-songwriter who also worked as a brunch waitress and bartender. After years of struggling both financially and personally, Lambert suddenly found herself signed to Capitol Records, releasing an EP (Welcome To The Age of My Body), getting nominated for two Grammy Awards (for “Song of the Year” and “Album of The Year”), and making history performing on the Grammy telecast with Macklemore, Lewis, and Madonna, while Queen Latifah memorably married 33 couples.
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Nhojj’s mission is to “make the world better one song at a time”. Nhojj brings his joy for life and innate sense of rhythm and beauty to the world of music. Nhojj’s singing spans many styles, ranging from R&B to Jazz and has shared the stage with icons such as Norah Jones, Regina Belle and Diana King. He was the first gay Indie artist to reach #1 on the MTV Music chart with his same gender loving video, Love. In late 2009, Nhojj opened doors when he became the 1st Black male to win an OUTMusic Award, the Alliance of LGBT Recording Artists & Performers voted “Love” OUTStanding R&B/Soul Song of the Year.
Jack Romanov band formed back in 2012 after meeting at Suffolk University. Made up by Nick Aikens on vocals, Michael Mirabella on guitar, Esteban Cajigas on bass, and Nico Renzulli on drums, the band first started practicing at the school’s practice rooms. Jack Romanov self-released their debut “Get Some Sleep EP” in 2013 and followed that up by signing with Naked Ear Records the next year. Their collaborating with producer Zach Bloomstein led to the band’s first album “Sincerely, Jack Romanov.” The album featured heavy blues and garage rock influences with “Words” serving as the first single.