“Emotional and anthemic … with a fearless punk edge”
“A journey of roots, punk and glitter twang…fierce, whip-smart and all kinds of profound. Each song is a masterpiece.”
“A trailblazer … an artist who cuts the path she walks on”
“Alternately sweet and bawdy, delighting in wordplay and blunt … poignant”
“Shawna Virago is more punk than the punks”
“A voice that exudes a sonic aura of lethal expertise … her lyrics portray an intellect in full control of itself”
“First and foremost [Virago] is a superb lyricist, a balladeer who can please and accuse.”
Shawna Virago is a transgender music pioneer celebrated for her striking lyric-based songs. Her music twists together folk, punk and trans-americana, offering raw observations about survival in a predatory world, queer love, sticking up for the underdog, and gender rebels. Virago has performed as an out transwoman since the early 1990’s.
Virago’s live performances are celebrated for their compelling mix of original songs, storytelling and standup. Her music has been profiled in many publications, including No Depression, the Huffington Post, Paste Magazine, Louder Than War, The Big Takeover, Bitch, The Advocate and Curve magazines and on left-of-the-dial radio.
Shewired named Virago as one of the nation’s “Top 25 Hot Femmes.” The Advocate named Virago’s song ‘Objectified’ as one of the nation’s top transgender anthems. Virago is the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival.
Virago’s music video Transsexual Dominatrix has screened at more than 30 film festivals throughout North America and Europe, and was awarded Best Music Video at New York’s CineKink Festival.
Virago is a published writer and her work appears in Gender Outlaws: Next Generation and in the anthologies Trans/Love: Radical Sex, Love & Relationships Beyond the Gender Binary and Take Me There. Virago has been featured in documentary works on PBS and NPR. Virago composed original music for choreographer Sean Dorsey’s acclaimed dance theater work Uncovered: The Diary Project, about pioneering transman Lou Sullivan.