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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

Melissa (QueenEarth) Smith

Melissa (QueenEarth) Smith

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Artist Work

Diversity in the Arts: LGBT Stories
2011
Music Performance
QueerCore: Behind the Music
2013
Promotional Video
GSA assembly at Arundel High School 2013
2013
Photograph

Artist Information

County
Baltimore County
Phone
4123100664
Artistic Category

Music, Other, Performing Arts

Artist Statement

QueenEarth finds the greatest joy when she can bring her experience together for education, music, and creativity.

Artist Bio

QueenEarth is a singer/songwriter, college professor, and creative professional. After earning a M.A.L.S. In Modern Studies from Loyola University, she worked as Student Activities Graduate Assistant at the College of Notre Dame. She was Promotions Director at WLOY Loyola College Radio and hosted a weekly program showcasing national artists and Baltimore's best local soul music and spoken word poets. In graduate school and as a full time professional, she organized and facilitated events for monthly campus wide multicultural celebrations at Goucher College and with summer programs at Johns Hopkins University. She has released 5 albums of original music, solo projects and collaborations, and her songs have been featured on independent radio stations in the US and UK. With over ten year of experience as a host/emcee, performer, and event planner, QueenEarth travels with her educational concert, QueerCore: Behind the Music, to share her songwriting stories for LGBT audiences and its allies. This evolving showcase has been offered as a workshop, retreat, open mic, and community event for cultural celebrations. Her commitment to social justice has taken her to many institutions including SUNY Oswego, University of Maryland at College Park, University of Baltimore, and Mission High School in San Francisco, and We'Moon land in Portland, OR. She has connected with colleagues for projects as far as the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom and performed on stages in Baltimore, London, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Her music has been featured in Queer Music Heritage, Lezbelib, and Baltimore OUTLoud. In addition to her sharing her music, she offers private and online instruction for creative coaching, writing/editing, and guitar students. QueenEarth finds the greatest joy when she can bring her experience together for education, music, and creativity.