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ANGELICA VILA # SAT. 6/29 4:20 P.M.

STONEWALL MAIN STAGE PRESENTED BY BAYER

 

New York based singer Angelica Vila is thrilled to make her St. Louis PrideFest debut courtesy of HOT104.1. The Latina songstress takes the Stonewall Main Stage presented by Bayer on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 4:20 p.m.

 

Born and raised in the Bronx, the 20-year-old diva began singing at an early age, and in her teen years, she started pursuing a career with the support of her family.

 

"Growing up, my mother used to play a lot of Alicia Keys, a lot of Selena and Whitney Houston," Angelica told We Are Mitú of her musical inspirations. "My sister is 25, and I was also always listening to her playlists and loved her songs by artists who were more popular at the time. I also had my own favorites, like Hannah Montana. I was inspired by all of it."

 

In 2016, Angelica began releasing original music, starting with a single called "Making Up My Mind" and a viral response remix to Justin Bieber's hit "Sorry."

 

While "Sorry" was more of a novelty than an arrival, it set the stage for the R&B singer's original music to gain an audience and was followed shortly by her debut EP 1998. The five-song collection paired Angelica's powerful voice with sharp hip-hop production, offering a strong platform for her autobiographical songs of love and betrayal.

 

Angelica spent this early phase of her career trying to build up her audience and reputation, opening shows for artists like Future and Trey Songz. She followed her 1998 EP with two singles released over the course of 2017, the heartbroken "Where Are You Now" and "Talking About Us," which began with a guest feature from rapper Elijah the Boy. In 2018 she caught the attention of veteran rapper Fat Joe, who championed her talent and guided her toward a record deal with the Roc Nation label. In the spring of the next year Angelica issued her first new music with the label in the form of the jubilant single "More in the Morning."

 

With over one million views on YouTube in less than one month, Angelica’s “More in the Morning,” proved to be a hit. The Cool & Dre-produced track, which samples Shyne’s 2001 song “Bonnie & Shyne,” that itself a sample of Grace Jones’ 1977 cover of “La Vie en Rose,” enjoyed wide play across radios in the Northeast before making its way throughout the nation.

 

"Just be who you are. You shouldn’t be afraid to be comfortable in your own skin,” says Angelica of the freedom she felt doing the sensually-choreographed "More in the Morning" video. "A lot of women are coming into the industry and we are starting to get that equality now. I think before there was a lot of men, but more women are speaking up, doing what they believe in and having a voice."

 

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 PrideSTL.org.

 

 

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