Big Freedia (pronounced “Free-da”) is the undisputed “Queen Diva”
of Bounce Music, and performs six or more times a week in various
venues throughout her home town of New Orleans.
is an original urban music rising up from the challenging yet
fun-loving nature of the New Orleans housing projects which dominate
the city’s street culture, and Freedia performs a derivative of Bounce
reserved for self-proclaimed “Sissies” (a locally used name for
biological men with varied and ambiguous sexual identities) that has
risen to prominence in recent years and features explicitly gay and
cross-dressing musicians and themes. Big Freedia, like other “Sissy”
artists, has achieved mainstream success with several New Orleans hit
singles such as “Gin in My System” and “Azz Everywhere!” from her albums
“An Ha, Oh Yeah” (1999) and “Queen Diva” (2003). Freedia began her
musical career almost 15 years ago at the Walter L. Cohen High School in
New Orleans, where she was enlisted as choir director from her
Sophomore to Senior years. She sees her performance as a Bounce artist
as an extension of this work, often interacting in a call and
response/teacher and student fashion with her audiences.
also running a successful decorating business (for which she has
counted the Mayor’s office as a client), Freedia has begun traveling
outside the city regularly with her dancers, The Divas, and live DJ,
Rusty Lazer, playing to sold out audiences from the East to the West
Coast alongside (or onstage with) artists such as Spank Rock,
Ninjasonik, Monique, The Rapture, 7 Seconds, Snoop Dogg and many more.
2011 has been a banner year for the Queen Diva as she's begun to travel
to Europe and beyond, headlining shows in Paris (Social Club),
Amsterdam (Valtifest), Milan (Nike Stadium) and London. Freedia will
perform at Meredith Festival in Australia this December, followed by a 4
city Austalian tour, then returns to the Big Easy to put the finishing
touches on her next album which will include collaborations with New
Orleans' most prominent rappers and beatmakers alongside the work of
unique producers and performers from around the world.