If the name Bonnie McKee doesn't immediately ring a bell her songs most certainly will. As one of the most sought after songwriters in the industry, the plucky diva has penned hits for the likes of Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, and Jason Derulo, just to name a few. What's more, her songs have received 6 Grammy nods, and she’s won dozens of BMI awards.

 

But while writing ten #1 hits for other singers might satisfy most, the industry power house with her big voice and bright pop sensibilities is her own, unique artist. McKee has since put out her own single, "American Girl", as well as an independently released visual EP, "Bombastic", and has accumulated over 35 million views on her brightly colored, wildly original music videos.

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"St. Louis can expect a high-energy set full of familiar bops," said McKee of her St. Louis PrideFest debut closing out Saturday night on the Mastercard Entertainment Stage. "Every song in the set is online so fans can stream ahead of time and sing along!"

 

McKee is no stranger to PrideFest stages and admits they're among her favorite gigs to perform each year.

 

"I played Chicago Market Days festival and the crowd was incredible," she recalled. "I love meeting the die-hard fans and also making new ones. I’ve seen a few Bonnie McKee drag performances and that really makes me feel like I made it."

 

"Pride audiences are the best because they are such a liberated group," McKee continued. "They are very loyal, supportive, and they really know how to party! They’re not afraid to dance and really fan out and that’s a performer's dream."

 

In June 2017, McKee was asked to pen a love letter to the LGBTQIA+ community for Billboard Magazine where she credits a childhood friend's coming out to her with giving her the courage to do the same later on. She wrote, in part:

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'His openness inspired me to accept my own sexual identity -- and it wasn't so scary to say out loud that I myself am bisexual... My LGBTQI fans are the most fearless, fierce, and loyal bunch. The love that I've felt from them at Pride shows, online, and even just walking down the street is unmatched. Their enthusiasm and heartfelt messages and support of me through thick and thin has honestly kept me going at my lowest points.'

 

With a string of independent singles, McKee's electrifying live performances and carefully curated visuals have gained her a loyal online fan base, and she is currently working on her next effort, a highly anticipated full length album.

 

"Pride to me is most importantly about not just being yourself, but celebrating who you are, and in doing that, hopefully encouraging other people who may struggle with self worth or identity issues to do the same," McKee concluded of PrideFest. "To lead by example and be fierce, unafraid, and unapologetic about who we are."

 

Bonnie McKee will perform on the Mastercard Entertainment Stage at St. Louis PrideFest on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 6 p.m.

 

 

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