Shea Coulee Soundtracks Her Own 'Digital Dystopian Thriller' With a Quarantine Playlist

Shea Couleé
Broderick Baumann

Shea Couleé

For just about anyone, bringing your social life to a complete halt in the midst of a pandemic has been challenging, to say the least. But drag superstar Shea Couleé has decided to take a different look at their time in isolation.

"Being isolated and having to sit tight while the world heals has allowed me to gain some perspective," Shea tells Billboard. "It has its highs and lows. Sometimes I love it, and sometimes I hate it. But I’m learning how to better connect with others through social distancing, and achieving a lot more focus and clarity now that I have had time to slow down."

With that newfound sense of clarity, Couleé put together a playlist for Billboard Pride that's helping them get through these tough times. Jam-packed with everything from old-school R&B classics to modern pop hits, Couleé says they wanted to make a playlist that served as "a reflection of my own personal taste."

Couleé also has another kind of "taste" that they're ready to serve up on Friday (April 3) morning, as  part of PEG's brand new Digital Drag Fest, a weeklong series of 30-minute live-streamed shows from some of your favorite drag queens and artists. For their show, Shea isn't giving fans the typical lip-synch experience that they've come to expect, but is instead taking fans into their kitchen for "Cooking With Couleé."

The star says that many fans don't know about their culinary skills, and wanted to give them a peek into another one of their many talents. "Anyone who knows me, knows that I love to cook," Shea says. "I’m glad I can share another part of myself with my fans in a whole new interactive way!"

In the meantime, check out Shea Couleé's brand new self-isolation playlist below, and see why they chose each song.

Jay-Z & Kanye West, "No Church in the Wild"

I tend to imagine things in the context of a movie. So in this case, "No Church in the Wild" is title track for this digital dystopian thriller ... set in Chicago, which has become lawless land where people have given up on the establishment and are working to rebuild their own future.

Luther Vandross, "Never Too Much"

If "No Church in the Wild" is the title track, "Never Too Much" is the opening track. This feel-good song was a staple in my house growing up; it's great to start your morning to. Think thoughts of gratitude while you do your morning routine.

Chicago, "Street Player"

This song is a great one for getting out of the house. Going to the store, getting provisions for your social distancing and isolation.

Gnarles Barkley, "Crazy"

This one is great for your midday breakdown. Take a deep breath, open a window, and let out a bloodcurdling scream like Meryl Streep in Big Little Lies. Hmmm, maybe you should binge-watch that?

Kylie Minogue, "Come Into My World"

This one's great for when you've calmed back down and have found some good selfie lighting somewhere in your safe, self-isolated space. You take a few for good measure, find your favorite, throw on a filter ... and voila! A social media post fit for a queen!

KAYTRANADA feat. Tinashe, "The Worst in Me"

This one is targeted at that inner saboteur that's telling you that you don't have to work out because the gym is closed. Use this one as a sarcastic start to a cute at home workout. This mid-tempo bop is great for stretching and doing mild resistance work -- or maybe just groove in the living room?

Teena Marie, "I Need Your Lovin’"

Let's kick it up a notch, shall we? Teena Marie was another staple growing up in my home. No matter what, when she came on, me and my family got moving. So let's have a little indoor dance party, shall we?

Hercules & Love Affair feat. John Grant, "I Try to Talk to You"

This is for when you try to FaceTime your crush to join you for your at home dance party, only for them to ignore your call ...

SZA, "Prom"

No awkward romantic encounter would be complete without a sad girl anthem. This bop off of SZA's debut album, CTRL, has got to be my favorite off of the album. This one's dedicated to all the f--k boys, f--k girls, and f--k they/thems out there.

Dua Lipa, "Be the One"

OK, so they returned your call. (They were in the shower.) Thank God you didn't make that embarrassing status update. You're instantly reminded that though apart, you can still find ways to be with the ones that you care about most during this crazy time.

Prince, "Doves Cry"

This one is for when you have your second breakdown of the day. It's OK to cry ... you're a dove, baby. But Prince is giving you the strength you so need to make it through this tough time.

Tears for Fears, "Everybody Wants to Rule the World"

This has to be one of my favorite songs ever. Brilliantly written, and I think it sums up the state of the world and how a lot of us are feeling at this time.