SunQueen Kelcey has three things at the center of her music: social justice, self love, and sexual freedom. These are more than ingredients to her lyrics, they are her soul; and she has such a strong calling to these tenets that watching her at the mic is more than a concert. Her musical style is a genre-bending collage of hip-hop, soul, rock, and contemporary R&B, call it soul-rock. She is the center of a universal sound that aims to unite her listeners over a shared experience.
On her debut album “The SunQueen”- now available on iTunes- she sums up her talent, “My Black Girl magic put a spell on you;” and that magic is only enhanced by her musical accompaniment- The Soular Flares. Together they have undeniable charisma, and they become the favorites of any lineup.
Kelcey began her performance career with Dalton Village, a group that blended R&B and rap. As their lead vocalist, she gained experience performing live, but after the band broke up she was launched on a solo career. She decided to create a new band with the former guitarist of Dalton Village, Kolin Robinson, and called it SunQueen and the Soular Flares. The band has two guitarists, a bassist, keyboardist and drummer. Every member is multi-talented, either bringing other instruments into the mix (like the trombone) or by adding to the group through graphic design. The band grooves and together they can accomplish dynamic covers, and add flare to the original lyrics created by Kelcey.
Kelcey grew up in a small North Carolina town called Southern Pines, absorbing a broad range of music from Mary J Blige, Nina Simone, and Boyz II Men to Joan Jett and Alanis Morissette. In middle school she joined the choral ensemble and quickly fell in love with classical music, which influences her vocal arrangements to this day. A series of traumatic events when she was 13 affected her greatly. Kelcey’s father died and the family’s house burned down, destroying her first guitar, and deterring her from her goals. She has overcome a series of obstacles to get to where she is now, rising above loss and personal setbacks to find her own voice and pursue her artistic dreams.
“I just like to empower women to love themselves, empower people to love each other,” Kelcey says. Her commitment to empowerment is what helped Kelcey earn a Bloc Award for R&B Artist of the Year and land an ongoing monthly gig at Joymongers Brewing Co. in Greensboro, her adopted hometown. She is devoted to improving the space she is in, from organizing group events, to lending her talents to her countless friends. She is a rock star and a hometown hero.
Winner of Best R&B Artist of the Year, The Bloc Awards – 2017
Joymongers Brewing Co., Greensboro, NC
The Crown at Carolina Theatre, Greensboro, NC
The PourHouse Music Hall, Raleigh, NC
The Blind Tiger, Greensboro, NC
The Van Dyke Performance Space, Cultural Arts Center, Greensboro, NC
Club Orion, Greensboro, NC
221 Lounge, Greensboro, NC
EarthGirls Festival, Greensboro, NC
Sofar Sounds, Greensboro, NC
Levitt Amp Foundation, Barber Park, Greensboro, NC
Bla/Alt Music Festival, Camp North End, Charlotte, NC
WhoDat Festival, Greensboro, NC
Petra’s Lounge, Charlotte, NC
NPR Radio, Triad Stage, Greensboro, NC
Black 2 HipHop Festival, Greensboro, NC
International Civil Rights Museum, Greensboro, NC
Churchhills Cigar Bar, Greensboro, NC
Greene Street Nightclub, Greensboro, NC
The People’s Perk, Greensboro, NC
The Artist Bloc, Greensboro, NC
Elsewhere Museum, Greensboro, NC
Ribfest, Winston Salem, NC | Greensboro, NC
Bulls Tavern, Winston Salem, NC
PB & Java, Greensboro, NC
The Shed, Durham, NC
The Food Bank, Southern Pines, NC
Radio Appearances: WNAA 90.1 FM for NC A&T State University, WUAG 103.1 for UNCG, GateCity Podcast, NPR UNC Radio
UnitedWay GSO and Fanatic, Community Album Project to End Poverty, Greensboro, NC
Artists4Justice, Greensboro, NC
Fundraiser for Hurricane Matthew, Greensboro, NC
Put Your Money Where the Art Is - Fundraiser for NoDAPL, S.O.N.G. Greensboro, NC
Hunger Action Month, Aberdeen, NC