SunQueen Kelcey with Sonny Miles
April 11 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm$8 – $10
In the Crown at the Carolina!
SunQueen Kelcey has three things at the center of her music: body positivity, self love, and sexual liberation. These are more than ingredients to her lyrics, they are her soul; and she has such a strong calling to these tenets that watching her at the mic is more than a concert. Her musical style is a genre-bending collage of hip-hop, soul, rock, and contemporary R&B, call it soul-rock. She is the center of a universal sound that aims to unite her listeners over a shared experience.
On her new single “Around” now available on all streaming platforms – she uses sultry, intimate lyrics like, “You might think you’ve been around, been around the world before but baby it’s my turn to make your world go ‘round” to put a spell on her listeners. That magic is only enhanced by a heavy bass line that is dripping with sensuality, dreamy tones on the piano and clean drum hits to make your heart stop.
She began her performance career with Dalton Village, a group that blended R&B and rap. As their lead vocalist, she gained experience performing live, but after the band broke up she was launched on a solo career. She decided to create a backing band for her music with the former guitarist of Dalton Village, Kolin Robinson, and called it SunQueen and the Soular Flares. The band has two guitarists (Malcom Dickens & Kolin Robinson), a bassist (Darion Jones), keyboardist/trombone player (Tyrissa Swilley) and drummer (Jamese Moses). Every member is multi-talented, either bringing other instruments into the mix or by adding to the group through graphic design. The band grooves and together they add flare to the original lyrics created by Kelcey and accomplish dynamic covers.
Kelcey is set to release her first album with Durham-based indie label Smart Mouth Records LLC in 2020. She is devoted to improving the space she is in, from organizing group events, to lending her talents to her countless friends. She is a rock star and a hometown hero.
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In May of 2014 with a high-school diploma and no direction, just three months shy of starting undergrad, Sonny Miles decided to learn how to play the acoustic guitar. After honing his skills that summer, he performed at an open mic for the African-American symposium at NC State; it was good enough to land him a performance spot in front of hundreds in Packapalooza. Sonny Miles is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer from Winston-Salem. He fuses the worlds of southern Pentecostal church, Soul, and Hip-hop to create genre-binding hooks, arrangements, and songs. At 19, he released his debut EP “The Beta Project” about one month before being given the opportunity to open up for Tori Kelly at the Ritz Raleigh. A year later he opened for T.I. in Reynolds Coliseum in front of 3,000 people.
He’s been given performance spots on public radio, college campuses, and regional venues such as Cat’s Cradle, The Pour House, and Motorco. In 2019, he released his second EP “Gamma”, earning a spot on INDY Week’s 50 favorite albums and songs of 2019. He also released the co-single “Raleighwood Hills” with fellow artists Jaxson Free and Lesthegenius earning them a spot on former President Barack Obama’s Favorite Music of 2019. Sonny Miles is an exciting act to witness, surpassing heights even he couldn’t consider all while remaining dedicated and true to his craft.