Kaycee Ortiz, Chicago rapper, musician, writer, and entertainer announced on Twitter via a retweet that she is the first announced speaker for the TEDxIndianaUniversity 2019: Entropy conference to be held on November 9.
Closing out a summer of Pride events and releasing new tracks, Ortiz isn’t slowing down and we are all the better for it. This Alabama born talent is showing that nothing can hold a trans woman down.
A southern girl with music in her blood and her roots, Kaycee was drawn to music at an early age. A local youth gospel choir called “The Buds of Promise” lead by her grandmother set the foundation for her current vibe. Empowering lyrics carry the futuristic pop-oriented sound of her current music that she clearly brings from her heart.
Ever the risk taker, Kaycee’s life reads like a collection of short stories. Her laundry list of past lives includes a stint in the United States Air Force, street time as a graffiti artist, a stretch behind bars, and stepping behind the camera as a photojournalist. Her music clearly reflects an inherent ability to pull the art from life and bring it to the pulpit. She makes no apologies for her connection to God and is inspired by her Christian upbringing.
Kaycee taps into her longing taste for “southern luxury” and struggles as a black transgender woman; and writes from her lived experiences to inspire her music and lift up other trans women. She tells Posture Media, “I’m at the point where I’m realizing a lot of my struggles were for me to be able to help someone else through it. When I’m writing, I always think of songs that help motivate and inspire me. Then I think from that point of view, like what did I want to hear…what would have helped me? I always tell my grandma I’m not just doing this for me. I know all these things weren’t for no reason. Somebody out there needs to hear it.”
With ongoing collaborations with VAM Studio, the recent release of “Heaven’s Highway” with LCD Soundsystem’s Gavin Rayna Russom, and her August drop of the single “Living Large” it’s clear that our ride with Ortiz is just beginning.
If this is your introduction to Kaycee, buckle up and prepare for the journey. The queen’s narrative is strong and bold and if her music is any indication of what she offers, we can’t wait for her TEDxIU talk.
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