VIDEO: Robin de Jesus and Blake Pfeil Release 'Queen' Music Video for NYC Pride
Songwriter Blake Pfeil and two-time Tony-nominee Robin De Jesus have released a music video of Pfeil's song "Queen." The song was written in honor of the victims of anti-LGBT violence for 2013 New York City Pride. The video, which was produced and directed by filmmaker Ben Cadwallader, features Mr. De Jesus on vocals, Mr. Pfeil on keys, and cellist Bobbie L. Crow, III of the iconiQ String Quartet. Click below to watch the video!
The video was recorded live at the Gibson Showroom in New York City on Thursday, June 20th, 2013. LA drag queen star Laganja Estranja and her alter ego, LA-based choreographer Jay Jackson, are the inspiration behind "Queen."
"I grew up scared of myself," says Pfeil. "After the recent amplified publicity regarding anti-LGBT violence in New York City and across the country, I woke up one morning and said, 'This is outrageous. Someone needs to say something, do something.' I have so many friends and colleagues who grew up and still are afraid of themselves. It's 2013 -- that's not right."
Pfeil cites Laganja Estranja and Jackson as his inspiration and role model on how to live a life unafraid. "I wrote this song about her, and about him [Jay], and for everyone out there who is afraid. Hatred and violence didn't stop those guys sitting in the Stonewall back in 1969 from fighting back, and it sure as hell shouldn't stop any of us now. I think that's part of the mentality we have to keep in focus."
Pfeil's music has been featured at Joe's Pub, New World Stages, (le) poisson rouge, 54 Below, and alongside fellow songwriters Drew Overcash and Zoe Sarnak, will be featured this August at the Highline Ballroom.
For more information on 2013 New York City Pride, visit their website at http://www.nycpride.org, and for more information on Pfeil, visit his website at www.blakepfeil.com.
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