Portland, one of the least diverse cities in America, may not seem like the likeliest home for an emerging queer, Puerto Rican pop star. But after overcoming the initial shock of the city’s constant rain, she found friends and allies in the city’s deep-rooted artistic community. And on many levels, Simone is a quintessential Portlander: she reads tarot cards, she carries crystals in her pocket.
Her vision is confident and fearless — especially for an artist just getting started on her musical journey — and she’s eager to share the credit with Luna. Sharing the stage, they create something both powerful and vulnerable, soulful and radical. “We are each other’s biggest fans,” Simone says. “We champion each other and we push each other. We have big dreams, and together we know we’re truly unstoppable.”
Frankie Simone is a High Priestess of Pop: the stage is her pulpit, and her message of love and acceptance is universal.