Beverly McClellan can identify with the homeless LGBT youth who will benefit from Saturday night's AquaSounds concert at Grand Central in Miami. A Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors club veteran and Season 1 finalist on NBC's "The Voice," McClellan ran away from home at age 13 after coming out to her parents.
"This show hits home with me. I had no person to turn to when I left, really," says McClellan, 44. "I was in the middle of Tennessee. My dad was a hardcore Southern Baptist. So being a lesbian? Not cool."
McClellan will deliver a soulful swagger and blistering covers of Melissa Etheridge and Janis Joplin — two of her idols — as headliner for the inaugural charity concert, organized by the Aqua Foundation for Women to give displaced LGBT youth permanent housing in South Florida.
Saturday's show is likewise a platform to test out McClellan's new music, recorded over the three years since she left Team Christina Aguilera on "The Voice." She could not say how her setlist will take shape.
"I always go by heart," McClellan says. "I treat the stage like a living room. So if someone yells up a song, I love to connect with those people."
Joining McClellan will be Wilton Manors' A Girl Named Chuck, pop-electronica singer Jess Domain, folksinger Emily Sheila, drummer Elisa Seda, indie singer Es Oh and DJ Zehno.
The inaugural AquaSounds concert will run 7-10 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., in Miami. Tickets cost $25-$30, $20 for Aqua Foundation members. Call 305-576-2782 or go to AquaGirl.org.Copyright © 2015, South Florida