SunQueen Kelcey spells it out in the first song on her debut album: “My Black Girl magic put a spell on you.” Her powers as a singer, songwriter, guitarist and emcee dazzle audiences, and they’re at full strength on “The SunQueen,” a collection of nine songs available now.
Her musical style is a genre-bending collage of Hip-Hop, Soul and Folk – call it “Soul-Folk.”
The North Carolina artist uses the album as a platform to sing about her favorite subjects: Self Love, Sexual Freedom and Social Justice. “I just like to empower women to love themselves, empower people to love each other,” Kelcey says.
Self Love and Empowerment 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 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.
Kelcey grew up in a small North Carolina town called Southern Pines, absorbing a broad range of music, from Mary J Blige and Boyz II Men to Joan Jett and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. In middle school she joined the choral ensemble and quickly fell in love with classical music, which influences her vocal arrangements to this day. But a series of traumatic events when she was 13 knocked her off course for awhile: Kelcey’s father died and the family’s house burned down, destroying her first guitar.
She got back on the track at age 21, buying a new guitar and trying her hand at songwriting. Soon after, she joined a band called Dalton Village that blended R&B and rap. As the group’s lead vocalist, she gained experience performing live and collaborating with other musicians. The band broke up after three years, launching Kelcey 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. Together they deliver a high-energy performance with powerful vocals, killer guitar riffs, smooth bass grooves and songs that quickly become crowd favorites. She finds peace on stage and her charisma makes her an artist to watch.
- by Eddie Huffman, Freelance Journalist for Greensboro News & Record, 1808 Magazine, GoTriad
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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 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