Lagoona Bloo is a New York drag queen and mermaid pop star who’s been featured on an episode of Netflix's Nailed It! (where she and her teammate Selma Nilla won), as well as in commercials for Uber and Bubly Sparkling Water. This summer she released her first solo album, AQUA, featuring the hit singles “Hands” and “Greedy with My Love.”
Bloo grew up far from the bright lights of New York City, in Prairieville, Louisiana, located in Ascension Parish south of Baton Rouge where she says, “I grew up in the church and school choir all through my childhood and Christmas was a big deal!” Of course the singer adds that music was always the best part of the holiday season for her.
Bloo went to Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana and says, "one of the highlights of that tiny town and my theater program was the annual Christmas Gala. The entire music, theater, and dance programs would unite to put on a spectacle and people from all across the state would come and see it! Christmas music became an integral part of the holiday in my life,” she explains.
But the holidays lost some of their appeal as Bloo grew apart from her family and left small town life behind.
“My last few Christmases have been spent alone as I am very separated from my family,” she admits. “We have all heard Elvis croon ‘I’ll Have a Blue Christmas Without You’ and I have experienced quite a many of them.”
But her latest single, “Bloo Christmas” isn’t inspired by those sad days. Instead she says, “My single, however, is the antithesis of that! The main message in ‘Bloo Christmas’ is ‘My Christmas won’t be blue, because I have you!’ It’s about sharing the joy of being in love with someone over the holidays and how much of a game changer it is. Love truly is one of the greatest gifts we can give to one another!”
Bloo is learning this firsthand after falling in love this summer and preparing to spend the holidays in Kansas City with her boyfriend's family.
“Spending time with my new love and his family is something I’m very much looking forward to,” she says.
Filmed at The Q, a queer night club in Times Square, the music video for “Bloo Christmas” depicts a magic filled journey through an evening at a Lagoona Bloo holiday show.
“The video invites anyone and everyone to join in the holiday celebration,” Bloo says. “The viewer follows me through the piano bar, into a sexy Holiday Barbie dance scene and then to a Christmas concert spectacular!”
Bloo discovered her drag calling in 2014, and says through her “mermaid pop princess” drag persona, she has built the confidence she lacked growing up. She sees her persona as the Barbie doll that she never got to play with.
Lagoona is a member of the drag trio, Stephanie's Child, along with Jan Sport and Rosé, both of whom have competed on RuPaul’s Drag Race. The group has appeared on NBC's The Voice and America's Got Talent. They released their first EP, Christmas Dolls: Volume 1 at the end of last year.
Produced and co-written by SIXFOOT 5, “Bloo Christmas” is a joyous, up-tempo holiday jingle. The video production team was made up of queer artists from New York City, including director and choreographer Daniel Gold, producer Brian Blum and director of photography Mark Simakovsky.
Lagoona Bloo’s “Bloo Christmas” is available on Spotify, Apple Music and all streaming platforms. Visit lagoonabloo.com or follow Lagoona Bloo on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok @lagoonabloonyc.
The “Bloo Christmas” Music video credits:
Photos by @jwilson77
Wearing @realdominocoutureMusic Produced by @sixfoot_5
MV Directed & Choreographed by @djpgold,
Produced & edited by @briantheplum,
Director of Photography - @markdsim
Set design by @zach_serafinCAST @sarahjulietshaw, @1inamelion, @ulikaxx, @itsbexrobinson, @nick.nazzaro, @shaunaverywilliams, @j_mahal__ , @matthewaaronliotine