Marshmello’s star continues to rise as the famously masked artist breaks boundaries across the industry. With chart-topping singles and collaborations with the likes of Bastille, Selena Gomez, Migos, Khalid, Logic and more, Marshmello has clocked a staggering 2+ billion streams across Spotify alone and with over 40 million monthly listeners on the platform, he’s the fourth most streamed artist in the world on Spotify. His smash single “Happier” with Bastille topped the charts around the world, with cumulative streams nearing one billion. Certified Double Platinum in the U.S., “Happier” held the No. 1 position for three consecutive weeks on Billboard‘s BDS and Mediabase/Top 40 Radio Airplay chart. The song also topped Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Streaming chart and Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales chart. His hit “FRIENDS” with Anne-Marie peaked at #2 at Pop radio and spent over 25 weeks on the Top 40 Charts. Certified double Platinum in the U.S. and U.K. and certified triple Platinum in Canada, “FRIENDS” ranked #1 on both iTunes and Shazam’s worldwide charts, with over 500 million overall streams. 2017’s “Wolves” ft. Selena Gomez peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart and #5 at Top 40 radio, and Marshmello himself ranked #4 overall on Billboard’s 2018 Dance List.
Marshmello made headlines recently when he partnered with Epic Games to throw the first ever in-game concert, inside Fortnite. The groundbreaking event drew millions of excited players who tuned in to watch the live concert at Pleasant Park, within the game. The Verge described it as an “unprecedented moment in gaming” and Forbes called it “a triumph.” Recently featured on the cover of the Forbes magazine “30 Under 30” issue, the world-renowned DJ / producer has won numerous awards, including two iHeartRadio Music Awards, an American Music Award and an MTV EMA Award.
Every once in a while, a woman comes along and flips everything upside down. When it comes to pop music, Zara Larsson is that woman. The 20-year-old Swedish singer and songwriter quietly ascended to the forefront of modern pop with undeniable talent, uncompromising attitude, and unbelievable songcraft. As a result, she made history. Her RIAA gold-certified 2017 full-length, So Good, holds the distinction of being “the second most-streamed debut on Spotify by a female artist ever,” eclipsing five billion streams. Among a bevy of smashes, “Ain’t My Fault” went gold, “Lush Life” went platinum and “Never Forget You” with MNEK went triple-platinum. Among numerous accolades, she has won favorite Swedish Star at the Nickelodeon Kid’s choice awards 2016, 2017, and 2018! She also landed best newcomer and worldwide act at the 2016 MTV EMAs. She notably took the stage at the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Concert to perform “Symphony” alongside Clean Bandit. Meanwhile, she achieved four Swedish Grammis Awards (2018), including “Best Song,” “Best Album,” and “Artist of the Year.” Zara snagged spot’s on TIME Magazine’s “30 Most Influential Teens of 2016,” and Billboard’s “21 Under 21” of 2017, Maxim’s Hot 100 of 2018. Additionally, she has received nominations at the Teen Choice Awards, MTV VMAs, and more.
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 channel views consisting notably for original songs, choreographed flash mobs for Beyoncé, musical collaborations, and appearing on RuPaul’s Drag Race as a guest judge. Hall distinguished himself as 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. Early this year Todrick Hall wrapped his Forbidden Tour in the US and Europe.
Calum Scott: Born in the port city of Hull in Northern England, Calum Scott is disarmingly direct — a quality that informs his self-penned, ripped-from-the-soul songs and that’s apparent even when he is interpreting another artist’s material, as his poignant cover of Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” demonstrates.
My name is ShaGasyia “Shea” Diamond, singer/songwriter from Flint, Michigan.
I committed a crime in 1999 and was sentenced to 10 years in a men’s prison. While incarcerated, I began writing “I Am Her” as a statement to a world that said I shouldn’t exist. I wrote it as an anthem for all those that felt shunned for simply being who they were.
“I Am Her” means that no matter how the world treats me, no matter if I’m rejected, accepted, denied or misunderstood, I will continue to live out my truth as Shea Diamond! It was in losing the world that I found myself & the will to keep living as the woman I am proud to be.
Shea Diamond was discovered in early 2016 by Justin Tranter. Justin, who has evolved from lead singer of glam pop band Semi Precious Weapons into the writer behind some of the biggest hits of the last 2 years and is a passionate advocate and campaigner for LGBTQ rights, says of Shea: Shea’s Debut Album is set to release next year through Asylum Records.
Born in the port city of Hull in Northern England, Calum Scott is disarmingly direct — a quality that informs his self-penned, ripped-from-the-soul songs and that’s apparent even when he is interpreting another artist’s material, as his poignant cover of Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” demonstrates.
Shortly after Scott self-released “Dancing On My Own” in March 2016, the song went viral in over 34 countries on Spotify, peaking at No. 2 on the Global Viral 50. The single charted at No. 1 in more than six countries, including the U.S., and ranked in the Top 10 in over 20 countries on Spotify. “Dancing On My Own” has charted in iTunes’ Top 10 in more than 12 countries and has now spent four weeks in the Top 40 of the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart hitting #27 and climbing. The accompanying video is also a viral hit, with views exceeding 23 million.
“When I recorded ‘Dancing On My Own’ in my bedroom, I never thought for a second that it would reach as far as it has and bring this level of support from literally all over the globe,” says Calum Scott. “I’m so excited about the next chapter because there is so much to come!”
Now signed to Capitol Records, Scott is currently working on his debut album. He was a finalist on the 2015 season of “Britain’s Got Talent.”
Hi, I’m Nina.
Welcome to my world — a colorful, candy-coated wonderland where dreams come true. Oh yea, guess what? I am also a contestant on season 11 of RuPaul’s Drag Race! I can’t wait to go on this journey with you. Let’s sissy that walk together!
Hi, I’m Andrew.
I have been performing in central Ohio and around the United States for the last 18 years, doing regional theatre and of course, drag. As Nina West, I’ve produced over 35 main stage production shows and raised over two million dollars for local and national charities through my charitable fund The Nina West Foundation. I love all things Disney, cheese, and puppies- particularly my super-pooches, Edgar and Felicity.
“It’s mind-blowing to know how giving people are. It’s just amazing to me. Columbus is a really giving community and it speaks to how close-knit and tight our LGBTQ community is. One of my favorite things about what I do, now more than ever, is making a connection with families, kids, and LGBTQ families and their children,” Andrew said. “Giving families access to the art of drag is pretty powerful and awesome.”
The Nina West Foundation.
Nina West, the drag persona of Andrew Levitt, has grown into a legendary figure, creating a platform to lift up and support LGBTQ organizations. He’s done thousands of shows, participates in hundreds of appearances each year, and has given generously in time, talent, and treasure to the community. The charity performance he does at the end of each big show averages about $1,500—an incredible testament to his passion, and the generosity of his audience.
Big Dipper is the ultimate big boy of rap. His playful and raunchy music challenge typical hip hop tropes and his fat boy style brings all the boys to the yard. BD’s exciting live shows make crowds dance all over the world and his videos have viral written all over them.
Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon
Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, born in Alexandria, LA., is a singer-songwriter based in Baltimore, Maryland. He first started writing songs in Lynchburg VA, eventually performing them at the Lynchstock Music Festival for three consecutive years. Harmon’s self-titled EP, released though Virginia based record label Harding Street Assembly Lab, is a psychadelic folk-jazz fusion project recorded in his old living room with producer Chris Schlarb (Psychic Temple, Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet) who compared its sound to that of Stevie Wonder’s “Innervisions”. “It’s hard to pin down musician Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, in part because he’s constantly transforming himself.” says Emma Schkloven from local Lynchburg paper, The Burg. With a vocal ability that has been described as possessing “a cross between Jónsi, Jeff Buckley, and a soulfulness that is uncommon to his complexion” (Marcelo Asher Q), Harmon delivers a collection of uniquely crafted songs that are “simultaneously transcendent and reserved” (Marcelo Asher Q). Jeremiah’s most recent projects include the release of his latest single “Learn to Love” recorded live at the Glass Village Studios in Lynchburg, VA, as well as becoming a household name on season 17 of American Idol and winning praise from Sir Elton John.
Celebration 2019 Events
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