Project Armageddon's lead singer and bassist Alexis Hollada is having, for want of a less enthusiastic term, a pretty fucking great year. She's the first transgendered woman to be nominated for a Houston Press Music Award in the Best Female Vocals category, and the band as a whole is up for Best Metal as well.
They were also recently invited to participate in the Midi Musical Festival in Shanghai this October, and are currently working on raising the money to make the trip.
Oh, and Friday, as declared by the mayor herself, is Alexis Hollada Day! The proclamation reads...
Whereas Alexis Hollada has been an advocate for the GLBT community for many years, counseling other transgender individuals while they cope with transitioning. Her selfless acts of care have become an inspiration to many and...
Whereas Alexis Hollada is a transgender lead vocalist in the heavy metal band Project Armageddon and also plays bass guitar in her band, providing music for all heavy metal rock fans in Houston, and...
Whereas Alexis Hollada, interviewed by OutSmart magazine and supported by the Transgender Advocate publication, was nominated as one of the best female vocalists by the Houston Press Music Award poll in October of 2012, and...
Whereas the City of Houston recognizes that Alexis Hollada, for her dedication and contributions to our GLBT community and the musical diversity of our city, and extend best wishes on all future endeavors.
Therefore I, Annise D. Parker, Mayor of the City of Houston, hereby proclaim July 5, 2013 as Alexis Hollada Day in Houston, Texas.
Mayor Parker isn't a metal fan herself; her office responded that she favors Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, and classical music. Nonetheless, Hollada's work in the community, as well as her prominence as a transgender musician on the rise in the metal scene, prompted the proclamation.
The initial submission for a proclamation came from Project Armageddon's manager Herman Garcia, who broke the news to Hollada onstage at a gig at Shifter's Saloon. Garcia made a small speech about Hollada's music and advocacy work before presenting the proclamation to her.
"I was stunned speechless," says Hollada via email. "A surge of emotions hit me so hard! I remember I almost cried but I stepped back a moment into myself cause, you know it's a metal show and I had to perform.
"The audience response definitely hit me too," she continues. "Everyone cheered and that hit me at the same time. I just couldn't believe it! After the show I actually asked Herman if 'that thing was real?!' I was just so floored by being considered for something like that and to have the metal community there and expressing their support... it was just so unbelievable."
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