A Guide to Charlotte Pride 2022: Artists to Check Out

A view of the Wells Fargo stage at the 2019 Charlotte Pride festival (Photo by Grant Baldwin)

Charlotte Pride returns to Uptown for the first time since 2019, with thousands expected to attend the festivities taking place on Saturday and Sunday August 20 and 21 in the PNC Bank festival area on South Tryon Street between Fourth Street and Good Samaritan Way.

The 2019 event drew more than 200,000 visitors over the weekend, with organizers expecting to top that number this year.

Without the ability to do so last year, Charlotte Pride celebrates this year a milestone of 20 years since the first festival in 2001 and 40 years since the first local Gay Pride Day in 1981.

There will be all kinds of festivities throughout the weekend, and here’s a look at the performances to expect.


On his new project The difference, 22-year-old singer-songwriter, Daya presents the latest and boldest chapter in an already phenomenal career. Since breaking out at age 16 with her first double-platinum single “Hide Away,” the Pennsylvania-born multi-instrumentalist has scored such triumphs as winning a Grammy Award for her nine-time platinum collaboration with Chainsmokers “Don’t Let Me Down,” which earns gold certification for her debut album Sit quietly, be pretty, opening for Carly Rae Jepsen and MARINA, and headlining her own national tour. After taking time to recharge and rediscover herself as an artist, Daya now returns with a magnetic body of work that allows listeners to experience her inner life more fully than ever.

Daya has also been a strong advocate and member of the LGBTQ community, performing at major Pride events like the 2019 WorldPride Opening Ceremony in New York.

Singer Daya lying in a white shirt on a black background

“I want to do everything I can to normalize gay relationships and gay stories, and help lesser-known gay artists get more mainstream exposure,” said Daya, who also works with GLAAD and the Trevor Project. . “When I came out I was blessed to have family and friends who were really supportive of me, and now I want to help move the needle for anyone who may not have it too. easily than me.”

When: Saturday August 20; 8:45 p.m.

Siena Liggins

In two years, Siena Liggins has gone from an unknown songwriter to one of Billboard’s Top Ten LGBTQ+ Artists (2021), sharing stages with Lizzo, Doja Cat, King Princess, Baby Tate and Tkay Maidza.

Music artist Siena Liggins holds up a peace sign
Siena Liggins

Siena’s highly anticipated debut album, Mrs tonight, arrived complete with fast-paced sensory overload visuals for each song. Coverage of The FADER, Buzzfeed, Refinery 29 and Earmilk sparked a first album experience in Atlanta, and the record has now surpassed 2.5 million streams with features on playlists across all streaming platforms, including Spotify’s New Music Friday, Fresh Finds and coverage of Tidal’s Rising: Pop Playlist.

The title of the project is an affirmation of Siena’s arrival, a celebration of her identity, and a warning to those not ready to imagine the next generation she represents. “There are no pop stars who look or sound like Siena Liggins – and she is well aware of that,” Paper Magazine wrote.

When: Saturday August 20; 8:10 p.m.


Kalifa, formerly known as Le1f, is a musician and performer from Times Square, New York, who has gained attention for his cutting-edge music and performance styles. Her training in ballet and modern dance earned her a degree in choreography.

Musical artist Kalifa poses with one leg up against a white background.

After an introduction to the world as an electronic music producer, Kalifa became an openly gay rapper figure with the success of his underground pop-rap banger “Wut” in 2012. His debut album was released on Terrible/XL Recordings in 2015 .

When: Saturday August 20; 7:30 p.m.


Using aspects of rock, pop, alternative and indie to create their unique modern indie-pop sound, Galloway consists of Lawson Galloway (vocals), Robert Redfield (guitar), Luca Amedeo Wilber (guitar ), Nick Williams (bass) and Daniel Crump (drums). The group was created in the summer of 2017 as a solo project for singer-songwriter Lawson Galloway. In the following months, Lawson recorded his first EP, titled 404which was released in January 2018.

Band Galloway stand together while holding one of their bandmates in the air

In the summer of the same year, the solo project grew into a full band, adding four members and releasing one single and two EPs since. With the release of american failure EP in June 2022, Galloway strives to write songs about homosexuality, love and mental health, with the intention of creating music that everyone can enjoy and relate to.

When: Saturday August 20; 6:35 p.m.

Johnàe you egyptian goddess

Johnàe Thee Egyptian Goddess hails from Liberty City in Miami. A professional dancer, recording artist, television personality and model, she also began mentoring some of the biggest names in the industry, including Aisha Francis, Danielle Polanco and Yanis Marshall. Johnàe was featured on Oxygen Channel The prancing elite projectwhere glitz and backstage glamor inspired her.

Musical artist Johnàe Thee Egyptian Goddess poses stoically while wearing Egyptian-style headphones and jewelry
Johnàe you egyptian goddess

In 2019, Johnàe became a cast member of The ON! chain Beautiez & Bikerz from Charlotte, a reality show that follows the lives of Johnàe and several other artists as they perform all over the East Coast. Johnàe released his first single, “Pwussy Bill Due”, in January 2020, and went viral after inspiring a TikTok dance and being added to the rotation on Hilltop Radio.

When: Saturday August 20; 7:15 p.m.

Joe Ralli

Joe Ralli is a Raleigh-based singer-songwriter from Maryland (coincidentally, that’s how you pronounce his name). His style draws inspiration from classic country and American artists like Willie Nelson and John Prine, as well as modern country musicians like Sturgill Simpson, Brent Cobb, Tyler Childers and many more.

Joe Ralli plays guitar
Joe Ralli

These influences can be found in his lyrics dealing with struggles regarding mental health, finding his voice, and accepting who he is and who he loves.

When: Sunday August 21; 2:05 p.m.

Dexter Jordan

The son of a music minister and a Baptist alto, local soul singer Dexter Jordan has spent his entire life exploring and expressing himself through music. In 2019 Dexter released their debut album, BLUEthat delicately unravels layers of grief, growth, coping and resilience through masterful musicality.

Since leaving BLUEDexter opened for Grammy-winning artist Anthony Hamilton, was featured on Spotify’s I Love My Neo-Soul editorial playlist, and became a background vocalist for Grammy-nominated artist Ari Lennox. .

When: Sunday August 21; 3:55 p.m.


Having graced the cover of our 2019 Pride Guide, Nekeith is an American hip-hop artist, model, dancer, and actress. In 2018, Nekeith released his debut EP titled New era and played on BET Free Friday, where she was crowned a top 10 finalist. The rising star caught the attention of Lee Daniels, creator of Fox’s Empire and director of Precious — who chose her to be part of his company’s creative workshop. In 2020, Nekeith released a hip-hop anthem called “Bad Bitch Walking”, which gained popularity on social media and many blogs such as The Neighborhood Talk.

Music artist Nekeith raises his hands while wearing a light blue outfit against a black background

Recently, Nekeith released three singles titled “Shake That” and “Point Em Out” and “Who Got That”. She is currently on GLOW Tour 22 promoting her singles for her upcoming album which will be released in the summer of 2022. With over 250,000 stream views and downloads, Nekeith is just beginning her legacy.

When: Saturday August 20; 2:50 p.m.

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