2014 Headliners

The Utah Pride Festival is excited to announce Betty Who and Steve Grand as our Headliners for 2014. Click the images to head to their facebook pages. They will be performing on the Main Stage during the Utah Pride Festival.

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Who is Betty Who? You won’t be asking for long. The 22 year-old singer born Jess Newham is making waves with her debut EP, “The Movement” and its unstoppable single “Somebody Loves You.” Betty’s success is her ability to bridge past and future music trends, mixing classic synthpop production with her uniquely modern singing and songwriting voice.

Betty writes all her song lyrics solo. The beats so far have been crafted in collaboration with producer Peter Thomas, who has previously worked with Victoria Justice and Selena Gomez. Platonic soulmates since age 18, the pair operate under the motto that “making something good is easy, the challenge is making it right.”

They hit the mainstream this September when “Somebody Loves You” soundtracked the viral YouTube hit “Spencer’s Home Depot Marriage Proposal.” The choreographed flash mob dancing to Betty’s beats already has over 10 million views.  The dancing is great and the couple is adorable, but it’s “Somebody’s” infectious joy that really gets you. The track debuted at number 4 on Spotify’s most viral list.

“There’s nothing individual about recreating the sound of a past generation,” says Betty.  “When I create something I want to make sure it has a lot of substance, a lot of emotional depth that reflects my life and experiences. A huge part of what I do is taking influences from [past] music and mixing it in with the emotions I’m actually living through. We’re all secretly wrecks and we’re all in love and all being heartbroken. Combining those things for me has been a huge tool to get the sound I want.

 

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Not long ago, Steve Grand was a little-known singer-songwriter from a Chicago suburb. But that all changed July 2, 2013, when his self-funded music video, “All-American Boy,” posted to YouTube. It went viral instantly, accumulating more than 1.5 million views in the first two weeks, and more than 2.7 million today.

Within days, Steve landed on “Good Morning America,” CNN and other national media — hailed as a “viral sensation” and one of America’s “first openly gay country stars.” Buzzfeed ranked the video on its list of the “24 Most Brilliant Music Videos from 2013,” and Out magazine named Grand to its annual “OUT 100” list of the year’s most compelling LGBT people.

The song, set against a backdrop of country roads, an American flag, and friends around a campfire, struck a chord because it simply, beautifully tells the story of unrequited love between two men. Recently Steve released his second single, “Stay.”

In addition to being a musician, Steve has become an active figure in the equality movement. He has performed at Pride events around the nation — and has partnered with causes such as The Human Rights Campaign, The Anti-Violence Project, Bailey House, the GLSEN Respect Awards, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates and the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality.

Steve has produced a substantial catalog of compositions and recordings, some of which he plans to release in the spring of 2014 on his first full-length album.

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