Be Steadwell is a singer songwriter from Washington DC. With roots in jazz, acapella and folk-Be
calls her music QUEER POP. In her live performances, she utilizes looping, vocal layering and beat
boxing to compose her songs on stage. Be's original music features earnest lyricism, and proud
LGBTQ content.​

As she pursued her career in music, she began a career in film. Shooting and editing her own music
videos, Be combined her love of music with narrative film. Her film Vow of Silence received
awards at film festivals around the world, including Black Star, QWOCMAP, and Fringe Fest UK.
This year, Issa Rae Featured vow of Silence in her Short Film sundays program. After receiving a
BA at Oberlin College, Be completed her MFA in film at Howard University in 2014.
In 2017, Be sang at The Women's March on the National Mall behind Maxwell and Janelle Monae in
Toshi Reagon's Big Lovely Band. The Astraea Global Arts Fund awarded Be a grant to produce her
next album, "Queer Love Songs". In September, Be had the opportunity to open for Big Freedia at
DC's Honeygroove Festival. The DC Commission in the Arts awarded Be the 2018 Artist
Fellowship. Be is currently touring her music and screening her film Vow of Silence internationally.

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