From Broadway To Banjee, three “Drag Race” alumni move to the recording studio

Alexis Michelle on the CD cover
Alexis Michelle on the CD cover
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Alexis Michelle
Alexis Michelle vamped her way into the RuPaul’s Drag Race workroom during Season Nine. And while this Broadway baby didn’t snag the crown, she has gone on to headlining her own cabaret show at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City. That is a true bucket list check for any New Yorker with a dream.

Her new album Lovefool is exactly what fans expect from Ms. Michelle. It’s a bawdy and bluesy collection of tracks, many we’ve grown to love already. But now it has that patented Alexis Michelle stamp. The first single “Lovefool” is a Bossa nova-style take on this Cardigans classic, while “Call Me” is a brass filled rendition of the Blondie classic that would have Debbie Harry herself screaming from the aisles. Michelle truly shines though, where her heart lies, with the classics. “Have I Stayed Too Long At The Fair” is a smooth torch song with soaring vocals. “Follow Your Heart” from the Broadway hit Urinetown is sheer bliss in Michelle’s hands. “The Rainbow Connection” is one of the standouts on the album. There is a tone of hopefulness and purity in this rendition that sets it apart from others, and in today’s world, it’s beyond welcome.

Aja shows no sign of slowing down
Aja "In My Feelings" CD cover
Aja “In My Feelings” CD cover

She may have taken two walks through the workroom doors on RuPaul’s Drag Race in two years, but Aja shows no sign of slowing down. Her latest EP In My Feelings is available. Once again, Aja has partnered up with the divine Mitch Ferrino to help craft a package of tunes that are vintage Aja. It has a little banjee, very slick, and always filled with razor sharp lyrics. The first single “Brujeria” gives listeners a master class in Aja, slamming verses set up against a background of creative and smart musical accompaniment. “I Don’t Wanna Brag” shows Aja slowed down, but at her rap lyrical best, while “Bitch Im Kawaii” is a lighter Aja, but definitely laying down verses about things that other Ru Girls may not be singing about! Listen and see if you don’t agree.

“Ayo Sis” is one of the strongest tracks on the album. Featuring Mitch Ferrino, this track is a fantastic musical representation of Aja.  From current pop princesses to past LGBT icons, Aja pays homage to all of them. And Aja lets the world know that she is “a man, not a bitch”. We are here for all of it Aja.

Jiggly Caliente CD T.H.O.T. Process
"T.H.O.T. Process" CD cover
Jiggly Caliente on “T.H.O.T. Process” CD cover

For those that did not know New York City’s own Jiggly Caliente before her turn on RuPaul’s Drag Race – Season Four, they did not know that this lollipop loving and self proclaimed banjee girl was a skilled songstress in addition to her astounding skills on stage. Her new album T.H.O.T. Process puts everyone on notice. Ms. Caliente has something to say.

For starters, when RuPaul himself does the intro for your album (which he did with his patented “May I Call You Jiggly” tagline that he coined for her), you know we’re in for something special. “Damn” is a slick and sultry message to a potential suitor, while “Bougie” is an anthem relatable to so many about being just a little bit “extra.” One of the best treats about T. H. O. T. Process is the roster of guest stars she has on the package. It is a virtual who’s who of her Drag Race family. From Season Three finalist Manila Luzon Purong Pinay showing homeland sisterhood, while “I Don’t Give A F**K” has Season Four winner Sharon Needles guesting on this riot girrrl scorcher.

“Pretty Girl Anthem” features the smooth vocals of Season Nine finalist Peppermint. And “All This Body,” with All Stars 2 Winner Alaska Thunderfuck is the big girl anthem that everyone needs at one point or another. Caliente truly shines on “Beat Of My City” along with Season Four sister Jaremi Carey (Phi Phi O’Hara) checking in with an ode to the city that makes dreams come true. The camaraderie and sisterhood between these two is evident, and shows on this summer-perfect track.