Martha Wash was originally part of the group the
Weathergirls with whom she recorded the gay anthem "It's
Raining Men." She also sang with Sylvester, Black Box
and Two Tons O' Fun. Wash is a popular star within the
gay community and continues to record new music
including, "You Lift Me Up" - a fusion of gospel and
house, which was the first song produced on her own
label, Purple Rose Records. Wash performed in the
opening ceremony of the World's first OutGames in
Montreal in July 2006. She has also performed at
Human Rights Campaign events in the
is a new GLBT benefit weekend featuring over 12 events
during Presidentís Day Weekend (February 17 -21, 2011).
Fortitude includes a film festival, comedy night, live
concert, Womenís and Menís pool parties, sunset
cocktails, brunch, and nightclub/bar events. Martha Wash
is one of the premiere performers at FORTROCKS, an incredible One-Night
Only concert also featuring Deborah Cox, Taylor Dayne, Ari Gold, Halcyon, Brian Kent
and surprise guest performances at War Memorial
Auditorium located at 800 NE 8th St in Fort Lauderdale.
FORTROCKS is Sunday, February 20 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Martha Wash talked to Mark's List about the upcoming
What does it mean to you to
be a part of Fortitude Weekend?
I'm just honored that they
asked me to be a part of Fortitude Weekend.
What is the most important
thing to you about participating in an event like this
and what kind of message do you want
What is important to me is
that everyone comes out so we can raise a lot of money
for these organizations.
What are you hoping the
audience takes away from your performance and the event
as a whole?
I'm hoping that everyone
enjoys all of the performers who will be there, and that
the whole weekend is a smashing success.
Do you think events like
this spread a more positive message about HIV/AIDS to
the general public? How do you think the public's image
about HIV/AIDS has changed over the last few decades?
think the general public has become much more aware of
HIV/AIDS through all medias now. Decades ago, it
was a death sentence. Now you can live and live a
meaningful life (if you choose) with medications.
Some patients might say it's not much of a life taking
so much medicine, but you know the alternative!
Will you be a part of
future Fortitude Events?
I would be happy to support