“Everything That I Got,” Kristine W’s first single from her soon-to-be-released “New and Number Ones” dance album, speaks to anyone who has had to overcome adversity.

“The song sums up how people are feeling today,” explains the celebrated dance artist who has recorded 16 number one Billboard dance hits and currently ties Mariah Carey for most consecutive Billboard Club Play number ones. “It’s about persevering; not giving up. We are all working everything that we have to make a dollar in this challenging economy.”

Even Kristine admits she has experienced hard times in these last few years.

“It is the toughest time in history for anyone trying to make it in the recording business,” she says. “There are few brick and mortar music retailers left and half as many dance clubs as there were 10 years ago.

“To be a recording artist today requires that a performer wear multiple hats. He or she must be the manager, the marketing exec, the band leader, the video producer…all with no financial support system other than what is in his or her own wallet. Pretty trying times for performers.”

One of the most powerful lyrics Kristine sings in “Everything that I Got” is “I still got my pride.”

“Most people do not understand the commitment and dedication I have to my music,” she continues. “I have confidence in what I’m contributing to the world. ’Everything that I Got’ is my story as well as anyone who has ever strived for greatness in any field of work.”

“Everything that I Got” is on iTunes now. For more information, visit kristinew.com. : :

Unity Party set to roll out the red carpet

Organizers for the Unity Party have spent the past few weeks putting the final touches on what they hope will be a perfect extravaganza welcoming LGBT and straight ally Democratic National Convention delegates and guests to the Queen City.

Craig Snider, a sponsor and organizer, says the event is expected to draw a large crowd of visitors and locals. He aims to highlight Charlotte, its community and its people.

The evening begins with an expo of community organizations. Throughout the night, entertainment as diverse as jazz and soul sounds and electro-dance music and comedy will be interwoven with special speakers and even a dancing aerialist. Kristine W will headline the event with other entertainers including singer-songwriter Lindsay Katt, comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer, DJ Justin Ryan, The Carrie Marshall Band, jazz artist Noel Freidline, dance artists from the Tryptych Collective and DJs Little Betty and Billy Waters.

For more information on the event, visit unitycharlotte2012.com. Be sure to log on to goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com/dnc/ for special coverage of the party and other DNC activities, including photos, video and more. qnotes is a media sponsor of the Unity event.

Community leaders pictured (left to right): Jerry Ancrum, MeckPAC, Committee Member; O’Neale Atkinson, The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte, Operations Manager; Cate Eble, The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte, Programs Committee Chair; Gil Croy, The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte, Art Chair.