This article was published on July 22nd, 2014
From the moment she stepped on the TD Welsey Stage at World Pride, the entire crowd knew it was going to be one hell of a show, and Jully Black did not disappoint. Jully Black sang her heart out at World Pride 2014 in Toronto, as the R&B soulstress, threw every ounce of passion she had into her 30+ minute performance, which left the ocean of concert-goers amazed at her power and energy. In a word, Jully Black was more than a diva, she was FIERCE!
Performing at World Pride held a special place in Jully’s heart. The youngest of seven kids, and the only one who was born in Canada, Jully knew the meaning of the term gay from a very young age. While she was born in Canada, she grew up in Jamaica. She vividly recalls when she was just 13 years old when her sister’s best friend, who was gay, passed away from HIV. It was an emotional time for her, and her entire family.
Years later, Jully would again be faced with a similar situation where a close friend of hers who was living in New York found out he was HIV positive. Her friend was afraid of the stigma and told people he had cancer. It was hard for Jully.
For Jully, performing at World Pride was an opportunity for her to show people in Jamaica and around the world, to see her on stage, celebrating gay rights, and showing people that it’s ok to be who you are.
“The Olympics of gay prides of the world” is how Jully described World Pride 2014 in Toronto, Ontario. This was her first time performing at this kind of event. She took the opportunity so seriously that she even commissioned her very first custom made gown from a Vancouver, BC designer, specifically for the performance. And it dazzled! She looked fabulous!
Later this year, Jully Black will be releasing a new album, MIC, which was originally short for Made In Canada. She’s since shortened it to MIC, like mic, short for microphone, as a symbol to giving a voice. A touching tribute from an artist who has been honoured as one of Greatest Top 25 Singers in Canada Ever!
Jully truly appreciates every single one of her fans around the world, old and new. Every new Like on Facebook and follower on Twitter excite her. She’s genuine, had a heart-of-gold, and judging by her incredible performance at World Pride, could easily out-do Beyoncé in a heartbeat!