Queen V got her start playing the New York City club scene, with performances at venues such as CBGB and Don Hill’s. Following the 2002 release of her EP, Critical, she and her band would embark on two high profile tours in 2003, opening for Twisted Sister and then Billy Idol. In 2005 the band won the WDHA Homegrown Spotlight Battle of the Bands which led to daily play on the station and a spot opening for Twisted Sister and Sebastian Bach at Rock The Park. The band would go on to win a number of other competitions including an XM Radio contest that earned them a spot opening for Bon Jovi at the Meadowlands and a 2013 Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands that awarded the group the opening spot at the Jones Beach stop of the Uproar Festival, playing alongside Jane’s Addiction, Alice in Chains and others.
Queen V has collaborated with a number of artists throughout the course of her career. Her 2013 Release, The Decade of Queen V, featured a guitar solo from Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine on the track “My Machine” and an appearance by Lemmy on the track “Wasted,” which he co-wrote with her. Prior to those collaborations Vernon Reid of Living Colour played a guitar solo on the track “One & Only” from her 2007 release Death or Glory. She has shared the stage with Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour, who also co-wrote “Say What You Want,” from V’s 2017 release, Bridges Vol. 2. She has also appeared with Camp Freddy featuring members of Jane’s Addiction, The Cult and Blink-182.
2016 saw V touring in support of the Bridges EP. The Summer leg of the tour made stops in New York, Los Angeles and Baltimore; including a performance of the National Anthem at Camden Yards before the Orioles took on the Yankees and a visit to Citi Field to perform “God Bless America” during the 7th Inning Stretch of a Mets game. Additionally, V performed in Pittsburgh, PA at the 2016 Summer Barn Bash, raising $30,000 in support of the Sewickley Valley YMCA.
On November 3rd, 2016 Queen V performed at the New York Asian Women’s Center benefit gala, giving her rendition of the Mr. Mister classic “Broken Wings.” As a long time supporter of NYAWC, now known as Womankind, V recorded the song during the Fall of 2016 in partnership with Conclave Studios, hoping to raise not only funds, but also awareness of the organization. The track is available via iTunes, QueenV.com and other digital outlets, and 100% of Queen V’s proceeds from the track will be donated to Womankind. V’s Bridges Tour made its final stop of 2016 on November 25th when she held her annual Black Friday concert at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC.
In 2017 V continued expanding her songwriting, focusing on the more mellow rock driven sound that she introduced on her Bridges EP. She recorded the EP’s follow up, Bridges Vol. 2, at The Sound Emporium in Nashville with producer Chad Carlson. Bridges Vol. 2 was released on November 17th, 2017 and V celebrated the night before with a show at The Cutting Room in New York City, with support from her friends and occasional writing partners, Jo Smith and Margaret Valentine. V returns to The Cutting Room, with Jo and Margaret, for her inaugural Spring Fling on April 20th. Tickets are available now!