RESPECT! a Virtual Concert

WHAT A SHOW! The musicians, dancers and poets really outdid themselves. If you missed the show live, you can still watch the full show on YouTube. You can also re-watch your favorite performances by tuning into our YouTube channel and listen to each song individually.

The Initiative was the beneficiary of the concert 2021. To learn more about how they work with victims of abuse and/or you would like to donate to this non-profit, please visit The Initiative.

We want to send a special thank you to all performers and people behind the curtain that made this concert possible. As this year's event is over, we start the journey toward 2022. If you have anything to offer and/or in some way want to be a part of RESPECT! next year, don't hesitate to reach out. Contact us by filling out your information in our contact form

BACKGROUND

The original RESPECT! concert was arranged in Alingsås, Sweden in 2020 by the rocking boss babe Ninna, who is a good friend of ours. The show was performed by women to honor and support other women and all the proceeds went to a local women's shelter. Seeing this strong and passionate show inspired us to bring the concept over to the USA! With 2021 still being a year where large group gatherings are advised against, we decided to make the full concert available virtually instead. As for the beneficiary we chose The Initiative. With COVID limiting our time outside of the home and domestic abuse raising in numbers, we felt a need of supporting an organization that brings awareness to and tries to prevent domestic abuse. As this is a free concert a donation to The Initiative is warmly suggested and appreciated. To be able to connect our love for music with a cause close to our hearts feels like such a great opportunity and we are so proud and grateful to be the co-host of this event filled with local talents!

Meet The Performers of 2021

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My name is Sofie Woods and I have been performing for as long as I can remember. I majored in music in high school in Sweden where I was born and raised. After high school I traveled and performed with the international org Up With People. I travelled the world for 1.5 years and then settled down in Colorado in USA. Today I mostly perform in the living room with my 2 kids and I am very excited to get to sing and play something other than “the wheels on the bus” for this show! 

 

Read full bio and watch Sofie's RESPECT! performance.

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I’ve been singing since my mom put me in church choir when I was seven. I fell in love with the arts through really established music and theatre programs in my high school and community. I now teach high school performing arts, singing with a local tribute band, have my own private voice studio and produce with a New York based theatre company, 

Tier5 : A Theatre Company!

Read full bio and watch Diane's RESPECT! performance.

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Stephanie (Steph) is a 1st generation, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural Latina currently residing in Denver, Colorado! She works in the education field advocating for migrant families, and manages school based health programs and projects. Steph's love for performing started in musical theatre performances in high school, becoming a classically trained mezzo-soprano/contralto vocalist, and singing mariachi with her family. She was a lead vocalist for local Mariachi bands in Colorado. As far as performing goes, Steph has been performing since she was 8 years old.

Read full bio and watch Steph's RESPECT! performance.

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My name is Kaz Alien (they/them), I'm from outer space! I have been playing music for earthlings for over ten years. Music has always been a passion and vital outlet of mine. Singing is my favorite form of self expression; it allows me to pour my heart and soul into a single sound, a single line, a single moment.

Read full bio and watch Kaz Alien's RESPECT! performance.

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Magic Mo (they/them) is a multiracial non-binary musician, activist, and intuitive from Denver, CO. They are passionate about social change and encouraging accountability, sustainability, and accessibility, finding avenues for musical collaboration to uplift movements for social change. Everything in our lives is intersectional and the creation and exchange of art is no different.

Read full bio and watch Magic Mos's RESPECT! performance.

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I'm Cammie, and I have loved singing and performing for as long as I can remember. I grew up singing in choir, performing in musicals, and playing/writing my own songs on guitar. I continued to perform in college while earning a degree in music education, and even got to sing some opera! After college I travelled with the group "Up with People" where I got to go on the road and perform all through the US, Mexico, and Europe. When I'm not performing, I'm teaching elementary school music and working with Centerstage Theater Company to inspire and nurture passion for the performing arts by providing theater opportunities for all ages and abilities.

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Leslie (she/her) has been dancing, tumbling and smiling on stage since she was in preschool. Leslie believes dance is her medicine, as it is where she can lose track of time, worry, doubt. She loves spreading that joy to others by teaching GROOV3 and other fitness styles.

Read full bio and watch Leslie's RESPECT! performance.

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Colorado native by default. Meaning I was born in Durango Colorado, completely raised in Farmington New Mexico, and currently live in the Denver area with my husband and son. I love both of the states dearly and glad to call them both home.

My entire life I’ve found ways to perform. At school, at studios, at home. It was clear at a young age that I loved to dance and it was something I became dedicated to quickly. That passion grew into many years of classical training, competitions, teaching, and traveling as dancer. My local News paper even wrote an article on me titled “Angela can’t stop dancing” and that feels super relevant to this performance.

Read full bio and watch Angela's RESPECT! performance.

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SolSatellite is a name with many layers, Sol being the sun, a solfege pitch, and a play on the word “soul”, and Satellite referring to both a celestial body which revolves around a planet and an artificial body which is put in place to orbit the Earth. SolSatellite is the embodiment of this idea through music by combining powerful, soulful vocals with funkadelic rock-based instrumentals and orbiting an eclectic fusion sound. Each member of this five-piece band draws from a unique musical background with a multitude of influences in order to pioneer a new genre, coined nu-soul funk. The same way SolSatellite brings elements of several musical styles together, the band also aspires to bring people from all walks of life together to share in their pursuit of music, dancing, and spreading the love. Solsatellite begun with the longtime friendship of bassist Mo Ellis and vocalist Eve Jennings. Having been in a previous musical project together, it was a no brainer to join forces yet again after the nudge from drummer Todd Bills to start a band together. Soon after, the band became whole with guitarist Patrick Unruh and keyboardist Sean Galansky joining us. In 2018, the group released their first self-titled EP with 4 contrasting yet symbiotic tunes. Last year, Solsatellite released their newest single, sharing yet another side of their eclectic musical influences.

Read full bio and watch Solsatellite's RESPECT! performance.