Queen Fest is an all-inclusive Women’s Empowerment event celebrating and highlighting diverse local female creatives, business owners, and community leaders who have attributed to making Upstate SC a better place. Everyone is welcomed to attend.
2020 LINE UP
AVK Dance StudioHi my name is…
Arialle V. Kennedy and it’s been argued that I’ve been dancing since I was in my mother’s womb; however, technically I was trained at Ballet Spartanburg under the direction of Carlos Agudelo and Lona Gomez. To further my studies, I moved to New York City and trained as a fellowship (scholarship) student at The Ailey School. For three years I immersed myself into this hub for the Lester Horton technique and was enriched by the diverse dance curriculum.
Salti RaySalti Ray is a Charleston, SC based band founded by members and life long friends Mary Norris and Noelle Taylor.
Self labeling as "Not Your Father's Indie Rock Band", Salti Ray blends a myriad of musical styles including folk, blues,
and pop, in their traditional rock influenced roots.
Kimbi TiezKimbi the Goddess aka Kimbi Tiez is a one of a kind spiritual entertainment performance artist. Delivering a multidimensional experience through song and spoken word by utilizing elements of Hip-Hop, Soul, Blues, Classical and Jazz influences. The master mind behind the name Say What?! and the "Upstate Rah" chant, former co-artistic director and co-host of the award winning Say What?! Open Mic series and Slam (branch of Wits End Poetry). Kimbi has hosted and performed over 300 events.
Belle RouletteThey are Belle Roulette - A fresh band based in Spartanburg SC. With a sound
that is unique to their age, with added elemental sounds of Guitar and banjo
mixed with all-out amazing vocal talent, Belle Roulette sets out to let others enjoy
what they love so much about what they do.
Leeda Lyric JonesKnown for her soulful sound..
Leeda “Lyric” Jones, best known as Lyric is a singer-songwriter, guitar player, music teacher, and DJ. L is a Western North Carolina favorite and she holds several Mountain Xpress “best of” awards including, but not limited to: best funk band, best vocalist,
best lyricist, best r&b/soul singer, best singer-songwriter, and all around favorite that gives back to the community.
LYRIC has backed American Idol Winner Candice Glover and shared the stage with legends
Monogamy MusicCurtis Lavon & Shakira Mitchell met summer 2017 and became friends instantly. They announced their relationship to the world March 2018, and decided to combine not only their love but their gifts of song and poetry. Their 1st single off their couples album "Monogamy" is entitled "Good Thing", a message to the world that Love still exists and is here to stay.
Sharon DonaldsonSharon Donaldson was born in Spartanburg South Carolina where she developed her love for music. Growing up with in a family of singers influenced her to become a singer herself. Sharon Donaldson is currently a award winning gospel recording artist with hit singles such as “Push”, “He’s Done Enough” and “Holy Ghost Girl”. Sharon has also shared the stage with recording artist Tasha Cobbs, J Moss, Todd Galberth and many more.