(PRWEB) January 03, 2012
Known for his musical artistry and LGBT affirming lyrics, award winning Caribbean soul artist Nhojj will kick off the festivities at a special “Out and Proud” Target First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum on January 7, 2012. Seating is limited, and people are advised to arrive 30 minutes early for Nhojj’s 5 p.m. show.
Thousands of visitors enjoy free programs of art and entertainment each month from 5 to 11 p.m. at Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturdays.
Along with Nhojj other featured performers, artists, and writers will include drag queen Peppermint, OMA winner Ariel Aparicio, artist Lyle Ashton Harris, folk rock singer-songwriter Melissa Ferrick, Hide/Seek curator Jonathan Katz, DJ Tikka Masala, author Charles Rice-Gonzalez, and Experimental punk band Three Teens Kill Four.
The Nhojj “Out and Proud” performance coincides with HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, the first major museum exhibition to explore how gender and sexual identity have shaped the creation of American portraiture. The special exhibition will be on display at the museum through February 12, 2012. During his performance, Nhojj will perform his latest singles "Adam & Steve" and "He & Him."
"I'm really excited about being apart of this historic Brooklyn Museum Out & Proud First Saturday, we've got excellent musicians, a great set, and a few surprises… I can't wait to share it" Nhojj explains. His band will include John Legend drummer - Swiss Chris, Keith Sweat keyboardist John F Adams, Clark Dark on Bass, and longtime guitarist Marcelo Cardozo. 3 background singers will complete Nhojj's band for the show.
Nhojj made OUTMusic Awards history in 2009 when his ballad “Love” was voted Outstanding R&B/Soul Song of the Year by the Alliance of LGBT Recording Artists & Performers. It marked the first time an African American male had won an OMA. In 2010 Nhojj broke yet another barrier when his “Love” music video climbed to the #1 position on MTV Music – the first time a gay music video topped the mainstream MTV Music chart.
Son of a church minister, Nhojj grew up in Guyana. When he was 5 he began singing in his father’s church with his older sister accompanying him on piano. In an effort to share God's unconditional love for all, last Easter Nhojj released the groundbreaking Marriage Equality “Amazing Grace.” It portrays a male inter-racial couple exchanging wedding vows and living in a committed loving relationship.
Both “Love” and “Amazing Grace” music videos have been selected for screening at the 1st Annual Out in the Desert International LGBT Film Festival to be held in February, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona.
"I'm so proud of Brooklyn Museum for honoring these artists and acknowledging the importance their work. Art whatever form it takes is speaks to who we are and we all affect and influence this world," he said.