Vixen Noir is a singer, songwriter, recording artist, performance artist, producer and director of theatre, erotic cabaret and video. This multi-talented Artiste has wowed audiences from San Francisco to Sydney Australia with her powerful, in-your-face, sexy-as-hell brand of entertainment. She burst onto the music scene in 2013 with her debut single, Dangerous, to rave reviews from her fans whom she adoringly refer to as SupaStars! A self-proclaimed SupaStar herself, Vixen explains, “SupaStars live true to their hearts and souls no matter what! We don’t let anybody stand in our way, not even ourselves!” Vixen then dropped her follow up single, Lusty Lady, in 2014 and her debut EP, DANGEROUS, in 2015. As she steadfastly works on her 1st mixtape, currently titled, Rebirth of a Vixen, she’s kept it coming with the release of her pop-soul track Tightrope in 2016 and her latest single, dropped this past August 2017, the rock-inspired, hard-hitting MothaFucka!
Vixen describes her musical sound as “alternative pop dance soul.” Her musical inspirations include the likes of Nina Simone, Grace Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Queen, The Police, Billie Holiday, Madonna, Eurythmics and Amy Winehouse; more current artists include Pink, Rihanna, Alice Smith and Sia. Vixen also finds powerful inspiration in Deep House music, from Chicago to New York to Detroit House! No stranger to working the dance floor, Vixen says, “Dancing to House music is like my church! I get completely lost in the music and reemerge cleansed, open and rejuvenated! I want people to be affected by my music, the way House music affects me.”
Tinged with influences of burlesque, striptease, dance, theatre, cabaret, spoken word and poetry, Vixen’s performances (like her music) are bold, unapologetic, artistically compelling and range from sublime to raucous, sensual to raunchy, provocative to humble, scintillating to palliative. Vixen is dead set on using her artistry to build bridges across racial, social and economic divides and to inspire others to celebrate the diversity of gender and sexual expression.
From 1997 – 2006, Vixen was the founder and Artistic Director of liquidFIRE Productions, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization dedicated to the authentic representation of lesbian and queer women of color on stage. She was the mastermind behind the organization’s always sold-out queer erotic cabaret, WET; and the theatre company, The liquidFIRE Project, whose original productions inspired the cast and audiences to awaken and embrace their “erotic power. As Artistic Director of Luna Sea Women’s Performance Project from 1995 - 1998, Vixen produced and directed the festivals Women of Color Month which featured Juke Joint, Sistahs Singin’ and the first incarnations of The Liquid Fire Project; Disputed Territory, featuring performances that addressed gender identity and the sex work industry; and the play, Skin: the Black and White of It in which African American and White lesbians explored racism.
In 2006, to respond to community demand beyond the Lesbian and Queer women of color community and to further her vision of empowering women in their sexuality and creativity all over the world, Vixen founded Unleash Your Fire Performance Academy for Women. The academy uses a performance-based experimental approach to help women, with a specific focus on up-and-coming female Artists, to tap into, reclaim and ultimately utilize their “erotic power” as a viable resource for healing, transformation and creative empowerment. Vixen even produced a version for teen girls called The L.I.F.E. Theatre Project, which teaches performance skills as a vehicle for addressing issues such as peer pressure, body image and self-esteem. She has taught workshops, some with culminating performances, throughout the USA and Australia.
Vixen hit the road with her first self-produced music tour, BLACKESQUE: The QueEROTIC Music Tour, in 2015, stopping in major west coast cities. BLACKESQUE is the first and only music tour featuring Black Queer music and burlesque artists sharing the same stage. The tour also featured musical talents Kevin “Kaoz” Moore of Minneapolis and Kim Tillman of Los Angeles. In 2009, Vixen toured her one-woman show, “Sweet Deliverance”, up and down the east coast of Australia, receiving rave reviews from audiences and the media. She’s been featured in the Australian magazines: Slit, Scavenger, Dirty Queer Magazine, BNews and made the cover of Cherry Magazine. In the U.S., she’s been featured in Curve and Girlfriends magazines and on Q TV.