New York, NY (February 20, 2020) – Following 15 million Spotify streams on their collaboration “Raising Hell” and knockout television performances together on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, the American Music Awards, and Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the “Queen of Bounce” Big Freedia reunites with Kesha on the soulful and striking “Chasing Rainbows” out today. The empowering track, which touches upon the adversity Freedia faced growing up and rising above it, leads to a bright and bold refrain, “They don’t want to chase this rainbow.”
About the track, Big Freedia says: “To me, ‘Chasing Rainbows’ is a love anthem. It’s about how love will always conquer fear and hate. I’ve always been about celebrating who you are— no matter what anyone tries to tell you—and this song is meant to inspire people to chase their dreams, no matter what obstacles they face.”
To celebrate the single release, Big Freedia stopped by New Orleans’ WWL-TV this morning to forecast the weather and discuss her new single. Watch and share the clip HERE.
“Chasing Rainbows” marks the second single to be released off of Big Freedia’s highly awaited new EP, Louder, out March 13 via East West Records.
She teased out the project’s arrival with the title track and first single “Louder” [feat. Icona Pop]. Watch the “Louder” video HERE. Inspiring widespread critical applause, Rolling Stone dubbed it “dance-ready.” Billboard crowned it “catchy” and wrote, “Big Freedia makes her voice heard on ‘Louder’.” Consequence of Sound called it, “empowering.” Idolator put it best by predicting, “the ‘Queen of Bounce’ is ready to flourish as a hitmaker in her own right.”
As a whole, the EP shines a light on every side of her genre-blurring style. Steeped in Big Easy instrumental virtuosity, New Orleans staples The Soul Rebels lay down an unbreakable horn-powered groove on the opener “Pipe That” as our star volleys vocals back and forth with Icona Pop once more. It all culminates on the cheeky chant, “Ooh baby, I like that. Ooh baby, I’d pipe that.” The five-track set concludes on the sassy send-off “GTFOMF” [feat. Lil Aaron & Boyfriend]. Throughout every tune, she pushes a mantra of letting your personality ring out as loudly as you possibly can!
Big Freedia recently partnered with Facebook to star in their high-profile More Together Campaign commercial spot that aired during the 2020 GRAMMY® Awards. (Watch the commercial spot HERE). Emphasizing inclusivity, it spotlights Facebook groups and assures, “Whatever you are into, there is a group for you.” In the spot, the International Kazoo Players Association, appropriately joins Freedia for a wild kazoo rendition of “Louder” in the clip. The partnership between Facebook and Big Freedia to bring this spot to light was quite natural: her upcoming EP, Louder, reminds those who might be told differently that they should be proud of their passionate individuality and express it louder than ever.
About Big Freedia:
Renowned worldwide as the “Queen of Bounce,” Big Freedia made history as one of the architects of the influential New Orleans bounce genre. Her exploits have been chronicled everywhere from the popular television series Big Freedia Bounces Back to her own memoir, God Save the Queen Diva!, in addition to pieces in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, OUT, and the cover of PAPER MAG.
Freedia has appeared on tracks with the likes of Beyonce’s Grammy-award winning “Formation” and Drake’s “Nice For What,” to name just a few. Following fan favorites such as Queen Diva , Big Freedia Hitz Vol. 1 , and Just Be Free , she flipped the scene upside down with the 3rd Ward Bounce EP in 2018. The single “Karaoke” [feat. Lizzo] clocked 7.1 million Spotify streams and counting. Not to mention, she appeared as the official VOGUE correspondent for the 2019 Met Gala and appeared on The Wendy Williams Show and the BET Awards.