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TRANScendent Sounds Fest To Feature MJ Rodriguez, Abigail Pereira, Ryan Cassata & More

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TRANScendent Sounds Fest To Feature MJ Rodriguez, Abigail Pereira, Ryan Cassata & More

The online music festival is set to stream on Saturday, July 25 at 3P ET / 12P PT via YouTube

GRAMMYs/Jul 23, 2020 - 12:20 am

TRANScendent Sounds Fest, a new online music festival that is putting the spotlight on a diverse roster of Transgender music artists, is set to stream on Saturday, July 25 at 3P ET / 12P PT via YouTube.

TRANScendent Sounds Fest will feature performances by Abigail Pereira, Ryan Cassata, KC Ortiz, Ah-Mer-Ah-Su, Brody Ray and Peppermint, plus an After Fest DJ set by DJ Lina Bradford.

While the event is meant to serve as a celebration of the talented performer lineup, it will also meant to bring awareness to the ever present social hurdles of the community at large and the disproportionate levels of violence that specifically harm Black Trans women.

Watch the inaugural TRANScendent Sounds Fest in full as well as the individual performances below.

The fest will also feature special appearances from the following:

Bob the Drag Queen – Singer | Activist and Winner of "RuPaul’s Drag Race" (Season 8)
Monét X Change – Singer and Drag Queen
MJ Rodriguez – Actress/Singer and star of FX’s "Pose"
DJ Lina Bradford
Gizzle – Rapper | Songwriter
Neverending Nina – Singer
Raquel Willis – Writer | Activist | Director of Communications – Ms. Foundation
Devin-Norelle – Writer | Advocate | Model
TS Madison – Entertainer
Jason Carter – TV Personality
Alina Vission – Producer, Recording Academy
Justin Dwayne Joseph – Editor in Chief, GRAMMY.com

Abigail Pereira

“It’s an honor for me to help elevate and amplify the voices of the Trans community with this music fest," said fest producer Alina Vission. "We have such a talented and diverse group artists from every genre and I’m excited not only to showcase their talent, but also to raise awareness for the struggles the community faces."

"I created this festival as a much needed platform for Transgender musicians and artists to feel seen, to feel heard, and feel celebrated," said GRAMMY.com Editor-in-Chief Justin Dwayne Joseph. "I have personally grown to understand how Trans women and men feel neglected by the world at large and even by those within the LGBTQIA community. As Editor-in-Chief of GRAMMY.com, it was important for me to find a way to shift that narrative through music—which throughout history has always been a bridge. I am hoping that this festival will move people in the music community and beyond to learn, respect, support and champion Trans artists.”

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TRANScendent Sounds: Ryan Cassata & Hello Noon Perform "Hold On, You Belong (People Like Us)" And Send A Powerful Message To Trans Youth
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TRANScendent Sounds: Ryan Cassata & Hello Noon Perform "Hold On, You Belong (People Like Us)" And Send A Powerful Message To Trans Youth

With "Hold On, You Belong (People Like Us)," Ryan Cassata and Hello Noon share support to young trans people who are struggling to find acceptance.

GRAMMYs/Jun 29, 2022 - 05:09 pm

Earlier this year, indie rocker Ryan Cassata teamed up with alt-folk group Hello Noon to deliver an important message for young trans people: hold on, you belong.

In the final episode of TRANScendent Sounds — GRAMMY.com's three-part series celebrating trans artists while also putting a spotlight on the continuing social roadblocks faced by the trans community — watch an intimate rendition of their collaboration "Hold On, You Belong (People Like Us)," performed in front of a live audience.

The song's lyrics extend a hand to trans youth who are facing a lack of support from their loved ones, families or communities. Cassata brings his own journey to the forefront, as a message to those who may be earlier on in the process of coming out or transitioning. 

"Hold on, hold on, you belong, you belong/ I once was scared like you," he sings, backed by soaring strings. "And I held on so tightly, I told them off politely/ And the going, it gets easier the longer you push through."

That message is front and center in this performance, which fits in to both Cassata and Hello Noon's artistic identities. In addition to his career as an artist, Cassata is an activist, filmmaker and public speaker, and he visits high schools and universities to discuss gender dysphoria, bullying and his own personal story.

Meanwhile, Hello Noon — whose Facebook bio explains their mission statement of combatting negativity and furthering social change — frequently works in the fields of mental health, sexual identity and more. They regularly volunteer at homeless shelters and perform at correctional facilities, and have worked with organizations like the SoCal Special Olympics, the Best Buddies Foundation and Mattel Children's Hospital.

Press play above to watch the full performance of "Hold On, You Belong (People Like Us)," and check out more TRANScendent Sounds performances — including 2022 performers Lucia Lucas and Mila Jam — on GRAMMY.com.

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TRANScendent Sounds Returns In June For LGBTQIA+ Pride Month 2022 Featuring Performances From Mila Jam, Lucia Lucas, And Ryan Cassata & Hello Noon
(L-R): Mila Jam, Ryan Cassata, Lucia Lucas

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TRANScendent Sounds Returns In June For LGBTQIA+ Pride Month 2022 Featuring Performances From Mila Jam, Lucia Lucas, And Ryan Cassata & Hello Noon

An online music festival putting the spotlight on a diverse roster of transgender music artists, the third annual TRANScendent Sounds returns as a three-week performance showcase featuring exclusive performances.

GRAMMYs/Jun 13, 2022 - 11:21 pm

TRANScendent Sounds is returning to once again celebrate transgender artists and their contributions to music and culture.

Launching Wednesday, June 15, at 10am PT / 1pm ET and airing on GRAMMY.com as well as on the Recording Academy's YouTube channel, Facebook page and Instagram page, TRANScendent Sounds 2022 will feature a thrilling array of exclusive performances by Mila Jam, Lucia Lucas, and Ryan Cassata and Hello Noon.

Presented and produced by GRAMMY.com, TRANScendent Sounds is meant to serve as a celebration while also bringing awareness to the ever-present social hurdles of the global transgender community. On top of that, it aims to highlight the disproportionate levels of violence that specifically harm Black trans women and transgender women of color.

For the 2022 edition, which marks the third annual installment of this initiative, TRANScendent Sounds is expanding from a one-day online festival to a multi-day online showcase featuring exclusive performances across three weeks during this year’s LGBTQIA+ Pride Month celebrations.

The TRANScendent Sounds 2022 schedule is as follows; all performances go live online at 10am PT / 1pm ET:

  • Wednesday, June 15: Mila Jam

  • Wednesday, June 22: Lucia Lucas

  • Wednesday, June 29: Ryan Cassata and Hello Noon

Premiered in July 2020, TRANScendent Sounds has featured performances and appearances by GRAMMY winner Billy Porter, Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actress and singer MJ Rodriguez (FX's "Pose"), Angelica Ross, Nomi Ruiz, Bob the Drag Queen, Monét X Change, and many others.

Tune in to TRANScendent Sounds 2022 to learn more about and support an important cause and to celebrate the artistry of transgender people worldwide.

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GRAMMY Rewind: Rosalía Thanks Female Trailblazers Who Inspired Her As She Accepts A Latin GRAMMY For "Malamente" In 2018
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GRAMMY Rewind: Rosalía Thanks Female Trailblazers Who Inspired Her As She Accepts A Latin GRAMMY For "Malamente" In 2018

As she stepped onstage to claim her Best Urban/Fusion Performance trophy at the 2018 Latin GRAMMYs, Rosalía thanked the women who came before her in the music industry — and proved that it pays off to go your own way.

GRAMMYs/Sep 30, 2022 - 07:49 pm

2018 was a banner year for Rosalía at the Latin GRAMMY Awards: She brought home her first Latin GRAMMYs at the ceremony — both for "Malamente," the first single off of her second album, El Mal Querer.

In this episode of GRAMMY Rewind, let's turn back the clock to that big night in November at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and revisit the moment when Rosalía's name was called as the winner of a Latin GRAMMY in the Best Urban/Fusion Performance category. 

The visibly stunned singer gradually made her way to the stage amid audience applause, and when she arrived at the podium, she was quick to thank those who helped her shape her sound.

"This is incredible. It's like a dream," she told the crowd in Spanish. "Thank you for all the love. Thank you for all this recognition."

Of course, fans and family were foremost on the list of people that Rosalía mentioned in her acceptance speech. Still, she also made special mention of some musical acts who've come before her.

Specifically, she wanted to thank the female artists across all genres who have inspired her, over the course of her career, to make music on her own terms. "I take pride in always leading in my projects and making music that represents me — taking risks, and sharing it with the world, and being here," Rosalía reflected.

"I want to thank women like Lauryn Hill, WondaGurl, Björk, Kate Bush, Ali Tamposi, Ninja," she went on to list. "All the women in the industry who've taught me that it can be done, because I'm here because of them. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. For real."

Press play above to watch Rosalía's full acceptance speech, and keep checking back to GRAMMY.com every Friday for more episodes of GRAMMY Rewind.

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Behind The Board: Alex Kline Traces Her Journey To Becoming An In-Demand Nashville Producer And Songwriter

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Behind The Board: Alex Kline Traces Her Journey To Becoming An In-Demand Nashville Producer And Songwriter

The Nashville-based songwriter and producer explains why working on music behind the scenes with an artist is her "happy place," and discusses the song she produced that made history at country radio.

GRAMMYs/Sep 30, 2022 - 06:59 pm

Songwriter and producer Alex Kline is one of the most in-demand collaborators in Nashville's country music industry today — but she says her career actually started when she fell in love with a Red Hot Chili Peppers hit.

"I picked up the guitar when I was 13 because I heard "Under the Bridge" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and something about that guitar intro made me wanna learn how to play guitar," Kline explains in the newest interview of Behind the Board.

Those early interests ultimately led her to Nashville, where she began to work with country legends like Ronnie Dunn and Reba McEntire as well as the younger generation of country stars, such as Mitchell Tenpenny, Cassadee Pope and Meghan Patrick. Her work with Tenille Arts, on Arts' single "Somebody Like That," even led her to a historic No. 1 hit on the Mediabase Country Music charts.

"We actually made history as the first all-female team to have a No. 1," Kline continues. "I was the first solo female producer in country music to have a No. 1. Which is kinda crazy, that it took until 2021 to have a female do that."

Kline says she loves the collaborative work that goes into producing an artist's music. "That's really my happy place — developing with an artist and creating the sound, going from the ground all the way up," she explains, adding that she's even learned to embrace compromise over the course of her career.

"I'll usually have an idea of something, and I'll think that a certain song sounds perfect, and then the artist will say, 'Oh, I want...' something that's maybe 10 percent different than what I would hear. And I sometimes don't necessarily at first think that they're right, but then I always usually come around," Kline continues.

"I think it's just good to be open and flexible," she adds with a laugh, "and as a producer, remember that it's the artist's name on the project, and not my name in big letters with my picture on it. So they have to be in love with it."

Press play on the video above to learn more about Kline's journey towards being a Nashville songwriter and producer, and keep checking GRAMMY.com for more episodes of Behind the Board.

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