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Posted: May 18, 2012 07:51 pm (-05:00)
Michael Shinafelt
Freelance Writer
Introducing: Raquel Redd

What's the in color this summer? Why, Redd of course, as in Raquel Redd. Redd is a one-of-a-kind performer with a hot new single and video for her latest club hit, "Right On Track," featuring Debby Holiday and re-mixed by the ubiquitous Scott Anderson.

So when someone tells you to "Get Redd" this summer, they are not wishing you sunburn or heatstroke - they are wishing you a rollicking good time! Without further adieu, here she is, "Right On Track" to stardom, Raquel Redd!

RR: I just read your email that said this is your land line and you are going to record this?

MS: Yes.

RR: I am driving to Atlanta right now. Is the sound ok?

MS: It'll work, you sound fine. By the way, I love that you went to The Berklee College of Music. It's an amazing place that turns out really good talent.

RR: Yeah, I actually went there by accident (laughs). My high school chorus teacher said I should go there, and I ended up getting a vocal scholarship. I didn't know what it was until I got there, and then I was like, oh this is kind of a big deal. (laughs)

MS: A lot of my friends who are great musicians went there, it is a big deal! Let's get into you cross dressing. That seems to come from an artistic place, am I wrong?

Raquel Redd | Right On Track

RR: Oh, no, most definitely it does. It's a whole different shade of my personality as an artist and a person when I get into drag and come out as Raquel. It's a lot of fun! I can get away with murder. (laughs)

MS: So, this is performance art for you, I take it?

RR: Correct, there is a whole other side to this that is not normally common in the drag world.

MS: When I listened to "Right On Track" I found out a friend of mine, Debby Holiday, backed you on it.

RR: Yeah, she was the black girl element that we needed. (laughs)

MS: (laughs) She's such a game girl, always up for anything.

RR: I love her, she's really, really cool.

MS: Since you "get away with murder" as Raquel, how did she evolve for you?

RR: It all really happened by accident. I was always going out to the clubs doing boy glam. When I moved to Los Angeles, CA about four years ago I was working at a MAC Cosmetics store. Once I went to work in drag for an event, and I sent a picture of it to a friend of mine. He said: "You need to be doing this". I'm like, "yeah, yeah, whatever" (laughs). After that I went out for Halloween in drag, and then other Drag Queens in West Hollywood invited me to come do shows and stuff, and I think "Wait a minute, I can do this" which was a lot of fun! Then it just kind of snowballed.

MS: Awesome! You're good. I actually thought you might be a transsexual from the video footage I saw of you. I wasn't sure.

RR: You're not the only one who thought that. I have to tell people it's all an illusion. No, I'm not in transition or on hormones. (laughs) A lot of people want to know how I get my boobs to look real like they do. I tell them that information costs extra! (laughs)

MS: Did you hear Lance Bass got taken to task for use of the word "tranny," by the way?

RR: Really? People always ask me what they should call me, and tranny is fine with me. It's just a word and I don't have time to be offended. (laughs) It says more about the people who are offended by it than it does about anyone else.

MS: I agree with you. So how far do you want to go with your music career?

RR: Music is something I have always loved. I'm taking as it comes right now and having fun with it. The minute I stop having fun I'll stop doing it. Wherever it takes me, Im really fortunate to have been given the reception I have gotten so early into it. There are a lot of people in West Hollywood still beating the block and trying to get in shows. Here I am being contacted by clubs who are asking me to host shows, so I am very fortunate for that, too. For Billboard DJs and people like that to take note of my music is pretty awesome. I am very grateful.

"Get Redd" at www.raquelredd.com.

Michael Shinafelt
Michael Shinafelt has covered pop & dance music since he first burst on to the writing scene, interviewing everyone from pop icon Olivia Newton-John to pop artist E.G. Daily. Not to mention the many dance divas (male and female) who he has crossed paths with. Other interviews of note are Pamela Anderson, Heidi Fleiss, as well as cover stories on Margaret Cho and Kathy Griffin. Peace.
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