Center Stage with Chel: STL PrideFest 2019 Headliner


CHEL # SAT. 6/29 3:40 P.M.

Pop artist Chel can't wait to start the party on the Stonewall Main Stage at St. Louis PrideFest with her fun and inspiring set.

Chel is a multi-faceted artist with an indie soul spirit threading through her music. The St. Louis native's freshman single, “That Fire," earned impressive play on social media, and just four years later, now in Los Angeles, the entertainer has amassed a Facebook fan-base of over 1.1M followers and her music videos have surpassed 16M views. Chel was even hired to host her own prime time radio show on DASH X Radio. The EDM/POP show features other up and coming artists and the latest in pop music.

A champion of body positivity, Chel was told for most of her life that she did not have the body type or look to succeed in the music industry. She was ridiculed, insulted, and even bullied, and is keenly aware this is a struggle shared by many in the LGBTQ community, particularly young people, and urges them to redirect their attention.

"What we see immediately affects what we think," says Chel. "If we are constantly subscribing to people who tell us we are wrong for the way we look, dress, feel, or just who we are, then we will believe that. Sometimes the things we believe to be our biggest flaws are some of the most beautiful and unique things about ourselves."

Chel last performed at St. Louis PrideFest in 2017. It was right about the time she uprooted her life to move west and chase her dream.

"Everything has changed since then," Chel explains. "Being vulnerable meant having to trust myself. After two years, I feel the most confident I ever have and I am making the best music I ever have as well. I am so excited to share it with you."

"PrideFest audiences come with open arms," she continues. "It’s so beautiful. It doesn’t matter your race, religion, size, or gender, the people at PrideFest are there to spread love and that’s a very special thing."

Having experimented with a few different sounds and styles of music in the past few years, Chel has recently found her voice and writes about the challenges and barriers that life puts in your path. Her last single “My Name” received a rave review from Billboard, was featured in the “New Music Friday” on Spotify, and continues to garner positive press and attention.

The LGBTQ community, and fans, continue to play an important part in Chel's life.

"The LGBTQ Community is all about love and acceptance," says Chel. "I grew up as an overweight kid who wanted to be a singer in a small town in the Midwest. I was also raised Jewish in a predominantly Cristian/Catholic area. All of this being said, I know what it feels like to be judged for who you are. I feel very strongly about fighting for equality and acceptance. I also feel very strongly about spreading light and love. Pride is the epitome of that."

The 40th Anniversary St. Louis PrideFest will be held the weekend of June 29-30, 2019 in downtown St Louis. Past attendance has seen over 200,000 people in Soldier's Memorial Park and at Sunday's annual Pride Parade presented by MasterCard (on Market Street from 8th to Union Station at 12 noon). More information can be found at