Festival Entertainment

stageschedule-01Over 20 musical acts, dancing groups, and speakers, across multiple stages, will provide an exciting 2013 Mid-South Pride Festival. Look for announcements soon regarding the line-up. If you or your group would like to perform at this year’s festival, email us at info@midsouthpride.org for consideration

coco-01JC Jones

jcjonesSince his appearance in EBONY Magazine as one of “America’s Top Black High School Seniors”, Justin “JC” Jones has been on an upward path and has not looked back; carving his own lane into “Young Hollywood.”

Hailing from Shreveport, Louisiana, his rise to fame has been consistently growing, taking the television, film and now music industries by storm.
JC has been featured on award winning shows such as FOX TV’s “GLEE”, TNT’s “The Closer”, and CBS’s “The Bold and the Beautiful.” JC is now starring in the new MTV/ LOGO/OUTTV Original Series “DTLA” which premiered October 24, 2012.

JC made his big screen debut with Justin Timberlake in “The Social Network” and “In Time.” JC is also featured in the new Diesel Fragrance Campaign “Lovererdose.” JC has worked with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Karmin, Kim Kardashian, 50 Cents, Keyshia Cole, Busta Rhymes, DJ Tiesto, Lil Wayne, Tamar Braxton, Toni Braxton and many more.

JC’s new electrifying live “production” and unique style of music, blending of R&B/Soul and Dance/Pop which he coins, “SOUL POP,” makes JC a force to be reckoned with in 2013. 

JC’s music offers a broad and varied range allowing listeners to find their own personal selves in the music. The music is created with a broad market in mind and the aim is to satisfy many different tastes and requirements, while remaining true to the core of who JC is as an artist. 

Now, JC is embarking upon a national and international tour entitled, “Simply Complicated.” 

A portion of the proceeds from the tour will be donated to a non-profit charitable organization that promotes tolerance and acceptance for all, especially creative LGBT youth (to be announced).
JC believes in self-expression, tolerance and love for all.  Whether in front of a camera or behind a microphone, JC Jones is clearly in his element when performing, acting, or singing.  With various projects in the works, this fresh, new face with undeniably raw talent is without a doubt one to watch.
His single “Let Me Love You,” and the “DTLA” Soundtrack, which features two (2) tracks from JC, are available on iTunes, Amazon MP3 and wherever music is sold.

Brody Ray

brodyI’ve played the guitar since I was 8 years old. In college, I worked towards a music business degree, but just wasn’t happy with life, so I dropped out with a semester left to start my transition to male and focus on writing and performing music as a career. I formed a band after moving to Omaha, and played shows in the area. Soon after, I reached out to the TLC network and was cast and filmed for a show called Strange Sex. They showcased my life as a trans man, focusing on my relationship with my girlfriend at the time, the support I received from my friends and family, the procedures I would undergo to complete my transition from female to male and my music and band performing. A few months later, I decided to audition for American Idol where I had a chance to sing in front of the celebrity judges in Aspen,CO October 2011 after making it through 4 auditioning rounds, but unfortunately didn’t make it to the show that day due to many factors. I will be auditioning again this year August 11th in Omaha, NE!
In January 2013, I had the first of three stages of my genital reconstruction surgery done in Belgrade, Serbia. As soon as all surgeries are complete, I will be moving to Nashville, TN to further my career in music. I am currently living in Kearney and playing shows around town at local bars and venues. I have been traveling and playing Pride Festivals all over the US this Spring and Summer and have many more to come this fall. I have been signed to Dream Machine Productions, and I am recording and writing with amazing artist and producers in Nashville, TN currently. My first single was released on country music radio stations 4 months ago, and I have been recording my new alternative Rock/Pop EP in Nashville over the last several months that is due to comes out August 27! ‘LIKE’ my page “Brody Ray” on Facebook.

She-N-She

bandwebphotoIf by now you still have not heard of the band She N She, then you’re in for a treat! She-N-She is truly one of the hottest groups in and around the area of Augusta, GA right now. Not only are they a group of extremely talented female musicians, but they have such a professional and polished sound that it’s hard to believe they’ve only been playing together over a year. Most bands play for years before they work out all the kinks to their sound or even reach a modest level of respect and notoriety within any music scene. She N She, however, are expeditiously making an indelible mark on people. Brandy, Drea, Kate and Rae perform like they have a mission.

What is that mission? If you have ever seen them live you would know they are there to rock your socks off and they’re certainly not messing around. That isn’t to say that they don’t have lot of of fun on stage, but they are, indubitably, focused on giving their very best performance each and every time. Not only has She N She been recipients of a number of Lokal Loudness awards with titles like the David Bradberry Award for “Favorite Rock Band”, the Science Friction Award for “Favorite New Band” and not to mention the Dorian Truss Award for “Favorite Album”, but they just took home the title of Champions for the first annual Columbia County Amateur Series which is a local version of shows like America’s Got Talent and American Idol. As part of winning the competition She N She won a huge prize package deal that included the chance to open up for a Eddie Money and Starship on Oct.12th of this year and these ladies are just getting started! The group is getting ready to finish up their second full length album that it set to be due out by the end of 2012.

Charlie Hawks

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Simply complex are the best two words to define this multifaceted artist.  As an actor and musician, Charlie has appeared on many stages from Memphis to Los Angeles to Florida.  He was signed to a minor record label in 2002 in the ethnically diverse boy band Remix and appeared on many TV shows from 2001-2005 including Angel, Crossing Jordan, Jag, and Sun of the Beach.  His last gig in L.A. was as a fill in pianist for Rod Stewart. After a family illness brought him home to Tennessee in 2005, he spent a large majority of his time writing songs in his home studio.

Faith has played a large role in his life and as such, Charlie has either been a choir director or musician for many churches.  Currently, he is the music minister for Holy Trinity United Church of Christ.  In addition to leading the music program at Holy Trinity, he is also finishing production on a film titled “Frayed Wires Touching” that he co-wrote with his life-partner, Thomas,  in which many songs from his catalog will be featured.  The film is set to be released in winter/spring 2014.  He is also in production on an original Christmas Musical which will debut at Holy Trinity this December 13th, 14th, and 15th.

 

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