Within the last two weeks, Willis has been to the West Coast to perform at L.A. Pride, down to Alabama, and back up to Nashville all while releasing a new single, "The Struggle is Real." But with a first-time performance at Nashville Pride Festival on the horizon this weekend, the classically trained vocalist has plenty of energy running through her veins.
"I really couldn’t be prouder and more excited and more fired up to celebrate with everybody at Nashville Pride," says Willis. "Especially because it's coming from a place of love and everyone is there to support each other. I’m just fired up and I think everybody else is too."
In the wake of the tragedy in Orlando, Willis says Nashville Pride Festival will provide an opportunity for people of all different backgrounds, beliefs and orientations to come together and unite.
"The energy is so fierce right now in light of everything," says Willis. "I think everybody has got Florida on their minds and the fierceness is not out of anger though, it's love."
Festivalgoers will no doubt feel that love through Willis' "The Struggle is Real," which carries a beachy, reggae-inspired sound.
"It ties in really well with how I feel about with this weekend and it’s kind of an empowerment song as well," she explains.
Along with debuting new material at Nashville Pride Festival, Willis will also be performing tracks from her latest EP, Get It.
When she plays on Saturday, Willis will be launching fresh new t-shirts from East Nashville's Star Struck Vintage into the crowd that fans can get their hands on. The shirts will have a "pride theme" and were specially made for Willis and her band.
Nashville Pride Festival kicks off Friday at 6:30 p.m. The celebration continues on Saturday with the Equality Walk at 10 a.m., followed by live music. Willis performs on the main stage at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday.
After this weekend, Willis sticks around town to play The Basement East on July 9 and Mercy Lounge on July 30 before hitting the road again for a show in Colorado.
For the full weekend lineup, visit nashvillepride.org
Find more about Daphne Willis at daphnewillis.com