A Mississippi native, Thelma Houston is a dedicated music creator and philanthropist who started out in the 1960s performing gospel music with the Art Reynolds Singers. In 1967, Houston signed to Capitol Records, and had her first hit song with “Baby Mine.” Houston released her first solo album, Sunshower, on ABC Dunhill in 1969, which was written and produced by the legendary Jimmy Webb.
After this critically-acclaimed album was released, Houston accepted an offer from none other than Hitsville, U.S.A. – Motown Records. Always a pathbreaker, at Motown she claimed the top of the pop, R&B, and dance charts with her signature rendition of “Don’t Leave Me This Way.” This Gold Record classic gave Houston the distinction of being the first solo female artist at Motown to win the GRAMMY Award for “Best R&B Female Vocal Performance.”
Houston is known for her charitable causes and tireless efforts in the battle against AIDS. In 2003, the City of West Hollywood proclaimed January 29 as “Thelma Houston Day.” Houston has contributed her talents to numerous causes, including Divine Design for Project Angel Food, AIDS Project Los Angeles, and the Minority AIDS Project, to which she donated her $20,000 winnings from the TV show Hit Me Baby. She has been active with the NAACP and is a longtime supporter of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Learn more about Thelma Houston Here.
In 2004, recording artists Nicole and Natalie Albino better known as Nina Sky blazed the music scene with their unique sound; a fusion of hip hop, r&b, pop and reggae. The identical twin’s infectious debut song, “Move Ya Body” and follow-up tracks “Turning Me On,” and “Oye Mi Canto,” not only became club anthems, but propelled the group to Billboard chart success and collaborations with Grammy Award-winning artists and producers including Bruno Mars, Diplo, Major Lazer, Rick Ross, Betty Wright, Aventura, Sean Paul, and Salaam Remi.
Following the success of their major label debut, Nina Sky, the New York City-based Puerto Rican duo have been traveling the world touring and garnering global recognition while perfecting their artistry. For the last decade Nicole has honed her skills as a producer and notable DJ—curating music and spinning for some of the world’s most iconic brands including Nike, Opening Ceremony, Christie’s, The Glaad Media Awards, and Cavalli.
The group was recently enlisted by London-based producer TroyBoi for his 2015 smash hit, “Afterhours,” which also features Diplo. With experience, self-awareness, the twins reconnected with their fans on a massive level with their 2016 single, “Champion Lover” via Tommy Boy Records. The group continues to record new music, host a radio show on Apple Music Beats 1, and tour worldwide both performing live and DJing.
It’s Derrick Bitch! Derrick Barry gained international attention as a Britney Spears impersonator on “America’s Got Talent”. Growing up in Modesto, CA, Barry knew he was born to entertain. After competing as a gymnast for 7 years, he fell in love with the theater. He performed in every single production in high school & college.
Barry has performed on the Las Vegas Strip for over 15 years & has been featured on the cover of almost every single Vegas magazine publication. His spot on impersonation even led him to roles in Joseph Kahn’s music videos for Katy Perry & Eminem. His most recent cameo includes Olivia Newton-John’s #1 hit “You Have To Believe”. He’s traveled the nation following Britney’s “Circus”, “Femme Fatale” & “Piece Of Me” tours and performed in dozens of countries.
Derrick continues to display his facets in many lights. Just like a crystal, he shines in everything he does. He may be known for being Britney, but it’s time the world gets to know Derrick Barry.
As the lead singer of SNAP! she took the world by storm. The first single, Colour Of Love, soared into the top 10 across Europe and re-established SNAP! as a force with which to be reckoned. Thea played venues from Italy to Germany, Turkey to the Red Sea. The second single Rhythm Is A Dancer, was even more successful, taking a firm grasp on the #1 position on numerous Billboard charts, including the Euro-chart, Hits of the UK charts and in Germany, Italy and other nations with the video landing at MTV Europe #1. In 1993 Austin began working with other Dance producers and Niki Harris took over in the group.
Her voice was featured on Heart Attack‘s single Eye Of The Tiger. She also did background vocals on Engelbert Humperdinck‘s album The Dance Album.
Overall, she’s garnered multi-platinum, five gold albums and over 10 singles on Billboard Top 200 and/or Top 100.
Prince Poppycock, who specializes in musical theater and opera, is a “roguish operatic dandy”.
Poppycock came to national attention in 2010 when he competed on the fifth season of America’s Got Talent. On September 15, 2010, he was voted fourth place in the final four.
That night, he finished in fourth place. A day after the finale of America’s Got Talent Poppycock made an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in a segment called “The Ross Report” (with Ross Mathews) which he mentioned and posted pictures of on his Twitter page. The top ten finalists performed in a 25-city tour of the US in October and November 2010.
He returned to AGT as a guest artist in August 2011.
“There are some people who were simply born to be the life of the party, and nightclub fixture Lady Bunny appears to be one of them,” wrote Vogue magazine.
The internationally known drag icon, comedian, recording artist and jet-set DJ is as famous for her big-banged bouffant and her notoriously naughty wit as for her ability to get a dancefloor jumping. A Manhattan gal since the early 80s, Lady Bunny shares Atlanta roots with fellow drag star and former roommate, RuPaul, and is most famous for co-founding and emceeing Wigstock, the annual New York City Labor Day outdoor drag festival that ran for nearly 20 years.
A living drag legend, international sensation, razor-witted comic, fab DJ, and one kooky queen, the Lady Bunny experience can be summed up in her own words from V Magazine’s “Thought Leaders” issue: “My humor is outrageous, my look is over the top, and my politics are in your face. That’s just the way I am!”
Carmit & The Pussycat Boys
Carmit is an American singer, dancer, model, actress and showgirl. She was an original and longest member of the hit pop/R&B group, the
Pussycat Dolls and one of the main vocalists, along with Nicole Scherzinger.
In 2002, she brought her friend Gwen Stefani to perform at the Pussycat Dolls show. Stefani brought along Interscope’s Ron Fair and Jimmy Lovine. Later, the Dolls got signed at Interscope Records.
In 2006 and 2007, she toured with the Dolls in support of their multi-million selling album PCD. She was one of the three lead vocalists in the group, and had lead parts in the songs “Beep”, “Buttons”, “I Don’t Need a Man”, “Hot Stuff (I Want You Back)”, “Right Now” and “Tainted Love”, “Fever”, “Whole Lotta Love”, among others.