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Stepping up with Derek Jameson

by BeBe Sweetbriar
Thursday Apr 5, 2012

People got a different look at star-on-the-brink Derek Jameson when he performed at Ultra Suede's Cherry Pop party in West Hollywood on March 24th. It was at a venue where he's performed many times, but the Jameson the audience saw was one they were not accustomed to seeing.

It had an aerialist, a live drummer, dancers, and even costumed flight attendants giving the safety demonstration that you will need when enjoying the new dance and dub-step feel of Jameson's new EP A History of Heroes. Jameson describes it as "...a step up and a show product."

It was definitely a move in a different direction from the balladeer we heard on his debut album "The Invention of Love." "A History of Heroes"' songs are still full of message material we have grown to love about Derek's songwriting, songs of empowerment and self discovery set to a club beat.

The ethos the song evokes is something of a testament to Jameson, who is as much as a philanthropist and activist as he is a recording artist. I visited with Jameson to find out what sets his new EP apart from his previous music, what drove him to the dub-step sound, and what recent changes he has made to further his career.

Based out of San Francisco, BEBE SWEETBRIAR is the Omni Present Drag Chanteuse. As an entertainer and hostess, BeBe can be scene every week hosting and performing at countless events and parties in the San Francisco. One of the few drag personalities to sing live while performing, BeBe has literally graced every notable stage in San Francisco, bridging many gay sub-community gaps. She has also been the opening act for Destiny’s Child Kelly Rowland, "Ugly Betty’s" Alec Mapa and Dance Diva Kristine W. Adding recording artist to her list of performance accomplishments in 2008 with the release of her first single "Save Me", Ms. Sweetbriar will soon release her fifth dance single in 2012 called "Show It Off"..
As an actress, BeBe was introduced to film with a lead role in the independent film "Under One Sun" with her character dealing with religious, racial and gender issues. Additionally, she appeared in the campy musical "Devious, Inc" (Australian Film Festival, San Francisco Short Film Fest) also adding additional vocals to the musical soundtrack. Both of these performances led to her selection for a lead role in Aisha Media’s next short film series, "Con-tin.u.um" to be released in 2012.


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