Drag Artist Jade Elektra Wows Toronto AIDS Vigil with Her Version of ‘Undetectable’

This weekend, our Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is hosting a tribute to Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole. Their songbook is on my mind or in my ear, I suppose.

So this video caught my eye when I was browsing My Fab Disease:

Mark S. King writes

After performing the song publicly once or twice, Jade was invited to sing at the annual AIDS Vigil, on the site of the City’s AIDS Memorial. She didn’t know what was coming. “In our sensitive time of political correctness, I definitely did not want to offend anyone” Jade said. “But they really wanted that song. So I said yes.”

Her performance melted the crowd, and the internet followed.

“Looking out over all those faces was amazing,” Jade recalls. “And hearing their reaction to the first word was magical! My fear melted away and it was on to channeling Marilyn Monroe as much as possible. Because after all, I may be HIV positive but Jade is a sexual being and unapologetic about it. I hadn’t decided what I was going to say in the instrumental break so I just let what came to mind come out.”

The video brought tears to my eyes as well. You can follow Jake Elektra on Facebook if you like. And read more of her interview with Mark S. King as his blog.