Be Steadwell is a singer songwriter from Washington DC. With roots in jazz, acapella and folk-Be transforms a soulful blend of genres into what she calls queer pop. In her live performances, she utilizes loop pedal vocal layering and beat boxing to compose her songs on stage. Be's self-produced albums feature her earnest lyricism, proud LGBTQI content, unapologetic silliness, and the art of the simple love song. As she pursued her career in music, she began a career in film. Shooting and editing her own music videos, Be combined her love of music with narrative film. In 2014, Be completed an MFA in film from Howard University. In 2016, Be was selected to be a Strathmore Artist in Residence and the DC commission on the arts awarded be the artist fellowship. Be started 2017 off as a vocalist in Toshi Reagon's Big Lovely Band at the Women's March on Washington and the Astraea Global Arts Fund awarded be a grant to produce her next album.