100 Women We Love 2015

We are thrilled to present this year’s 100 Women We Love—an incredibly diverse group of out entertainers, athletes, artists, activists, business leaders and elected officials.

LAURA CHEADLE

Singer-songwriter Laura Cheadle´s tough breakup at age 16 inspired her to connect with people through her addictive, bluesy-funk music. Now a little older and wiser, Cheadle is the vocalist and rhythm guitarist in her family band with her dad Jim, a veteran soul and jazz producer, and her twin brothers. The Laura Cheadle Band has grown its fan base by playing shows and festivals around Philly and New York, for which they´ve won a slew of awards by fan vote; competed on the NBC/Cozi reality series The Next Great Family Band; and opened for national acts like The Jonas Brothers, Sister Hazel, Spin Doctors, Ryan Cabrera, Kasim Sulton, Terrence Simien, Garland Jeffreys, John Oates of Hall and Oates and the Average White Band. Her fans seem to connect with the groove as well as her honest lyrics. “I have learned that the more I am completely myself, the more successful I become,” Cheadle says. “My song about equality, ´It´s Not Okay,´ has received fantastic praise from my fellow LGBT community, and I love that I am able to perform it with my amazing, open and accepting family band.” What´s next for the Cheadles? Catch them June 27 at the Sidewalk Café in NYC. -KL