The FIERCE Project.
Starring Ultra Naté & Angelica Ross ft. Mila Jam
from press release
“Fierce” is an electro pop anthem that invites everyone to “Pose!” “Sashay!” and “Walk!” for change. The empowering bop was designed to bring further awareness to the steadily increasing number of hate crimes and murders against Black and Latinx trans women. 2020 was the deadliest year on record for transgender and gender non-conforming people with an epidemic of violence disproportionately affecting women of color. This charitable release initiative – funded with a grant from Pop Culture Collaborative – aims to enlighten, educate and celebrate the trans community, its mission and their allyship through song.
A portion of the proceeds will be gifted to:
- The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (@sylviariveralawproject) – https://srlp.org
- The Marsha P. Johnson Institute (@mpjinstitute) – https://marshap.org
- The GLAAD Transgender Media Program (@GLAAD) https://www.glaad.org/transgender
“Fierce” is an engaging, propulsive and danceable rallying cry bringing together the formidable talents of Acclaimed award-winning actress and host Angelica Ross, (@angelicaross), International dance pop diva and DJ Ultra Naté (@ultranatemusic), and features the beloved NYC advocate, activist and performer, Mila Jam (@themilajam). Produced by hit factory A2 Productions (@lindalmusic and @iamanthonypreston), this life-affirming banger takes its cues from the many literal and figurative ballrooms and runways the world over. Everyday is another opportunity to feel Fierce!
bio from ultranate.com
Ultra Naté hard for Baltimore, Maryland, and she’s a world-renown singer, songwriter, DJ, producer, label owner, and promoter. She’s released nine studio LPs [1990-2017] and travels the globe performing and spinning live for a variety of audiences. From horse races and the fashion elite to house parties and dance festivals.
Ultra states, “I’ve been writing my own songs since the beginning of my career. This was pivotal in establishing me as an artist with a distinct style all my own. I was one of the first artists in house/dance music signed to a major record deal with Warner Brothers in the UK in 1989 and I have more than 25 years of experience making groundbreaking music – having collaborated with a wide array of artists such as: The Basement Boys, Nellee Hooper, D-Influence, Mood II Swing, Nona Hendryx, Lenny Kravitz, Frankie Knuckles, N’Dea Davenport, DJ Class, NERVO, Tony Moran, StoneBridge, Todd Terry, David Morales, Michele Williams (of Destiny’s Child), Boy George, 4 Hero, Deee-lite, Masters at Work, Roger Sanchez, Morgan Page, Chris Willis, Quentin Harris and others!”
In Ultra’s nearly three decades of making music, she has remained a musical chameleon, embracing a variety of sounds. Her sound embraces a variety of genres, including house, soul, disco, electro-pop, R&B/hip-hop, and rock. Ultra is honored to be considered an icon of the Dance and LGBTQ communities worldwide. She was recently named one of Billboard Magazine’s “Greatest of All Time” *Top Dance Artists (#12) along with having three entries in the industry bible’s respective “Greatest Of All Time” *Top 10 Dance Club Songs including the perennial, platinum-selling #1 anthem, “Free.”
Ultra’s most recent album collaboration, ‘Ultra Naté & Quentin Harris as Black Stereo Faith’ reached Top 5 on I-Tunes and has spawned the Billboard Top 10 single and video, “I’m Too Sexy (Touch This Skin)” – a spirited alt-funked out cover of Right Said Fred’s classic. Ultra Naté, your original ‘party girl’ keeps bringing the party right back to you.
bio from missross.com
From the board room, to film sets, to music, and the White House, Angelica Ross is a leading figure of success and strength in the movement for trans and racial equality. Named, “1st Foot Soldier of the Year” in 2015 by Melissa Harris Perry, Angelica Is the founder of TransTech Social Enterprises, a company that empowers trans and gender-nonconforming people through on-the-job training in leadership and workplace skills. Angelica tours nationally, speaking her powerful mission into action with business leaders, educators, and the President of the United States.
Since studying theater at Florida Atlantic University, Angelica has been featured in film, television, and live theatre. Miss Ross is the breakout star of the upcoming series Her Story, which explores the deeply moving lives and loves of two trans women in LA. For over ten years, Angelica has directly engaged her communities in order to create opportunities for independence, freedom, and success through social work, entrepreneur and leadership development, business building, and education.
Angelica continues to engage leaders both at home and abroad, teaching, entertaining, and consulting for organizational change that creates space for the rich experiences of trans people and people of color to speak, share their value, and create lasting success. As a devout Buddhist, Angelica walks with compassion and believes that all people have worth — it is only a matter of helping each person find it for themselves.
bio from themilajam.com
A legendary YouTube Sensation turned Original NYC Pop Artist, Mila is known around the world for her unforgettable stage performances & one-of-a-kind music videos.
Mila has toured internationally with the Broadway musical RENT; performed alongside James Brown, Mark Ronson, Laverne Cox, Travis Wall, Jody Watley, Lady Kier(Deee-Lite) & Natasha Bedingfield. Appearances include the BBC’s The Lilly Allen Show, MTV & MTV NEWS with special features on The Huffington Post, MTV.com, OUT.com & Perezhilton.com.
She is the Odyssey Nightlife Awards Breakthrough Artist (2015), the GLAM Nightlife Awards Best Video & Dance Artist (2013), and the talk show host of an original YouTube Talk Show Series titled ‘I’m From Driftwood’.