5 Pride Picks: Aja, Siena Liggins, Gess and More

Jessica Xie
Aja photographed at Billboard on May 8, 2018 in New York City.

Pride Picks is a new weekly column where we choose five songs, events, shows and other items of interest that showcase the talent from the LGBTQ community. Check out our five picks for this week (July 30) and stay up to date by following Billboard Pride on Instagram and Twitter.

Track to Queue Up

“I wanted to write a song that encapsulated the high feelings of sex with someone untouchable because girls like to have sex, too, and sometimes it’s just a beautiful mess,” Detroit-based songwriter Siena Liggins explains of her debut track as a solo artist, “Flowerbomb.” The summer-ready stomper is filled with flirty lyrics like “Girl let's make love in the morning/Right before you leave/I’ve got the keys to keep you coming…back.”

Music Video to Obsess Over

“I Don’t Wanna Brag” is Aja’s latest In My Feelings cut to receive a video treatment and it’s a spectacle. The clip celebrates the Brooklyn rapper’s non binary identity, as they rock lewks across the gender spectrum. Drag Race sisters Violet Chachki and Trinity Taylor also appear in the epic visual.

EP to Check Out

On the topic of Drag Race, Shea CouleĆ© makes a brief cameo on LA-based singer/songwriter/producer GessPlastic City. “Writing this EP was like staring into a mirror for 12 months. When I moved to LA last April 2017 I felt very alone. I was craving company and affection. Intimacy. But looking for it in places it was clearly unavailable,” the R&B crooner explains.

Performance to Peep

Last night (July 30), Taylor Bennett made his late night debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The Chicago-based performance and brother to Chance the Rapper brought his high-energy “Rock ‘N’ Roll” to viewers. Bennett is set to perform at the Billboard Hot 100 Fest on August 18 and 19 alongside LGBTQ favs Kehlani, Halsey and Kim Petras.

Theater To Take In

Critics are loving Broadway’s latest jukebox musical Head Over Heels, with Billboard’s own Joe Lynch deeming it the “queer Elizabethan fantasia Broadway didn't know it needed.” Soundtracked by The Go-Go’s catalogue, the show is the first Broadway play to feature a trans woman, Peppermint, in a principal role and also features a coming out story, lesbian lovers and a cross-dresser.

Check out past editions of Pride Picks here: July 23 | July 16