Meet this Midwestern music sensation! After building up a cult-like fanbase over the past year with a steady wave of irresistible album singles, Midwestern darling and imminent pop star Chappell Roan delivers her highly anticipated debut album The Rise and Fall of a Midwest Princess.
This year, Chappell was named Amazon Music’s Breakthrough Artist of 2023. Through her punchy bangers that combine fantastical narratives and heart-bearing self-reflection, the LA-based singer, songwriter, and performer received well-deserved traction in both the digital and live music world paving the way for The Rise and Fall of a Midwest Princess and more live shows coming this year.
A technicolor celebration of self-discovery and transformation, The Rise & Fall of a Midwest Princess tracks Chappell’s cinematic journey of falling in queer love for the first time, while embracing all the messy and imperfect moments in-between. Penned by Chappell alongside Daniel Nigro (Olivia Rodrigo, Guts), the project’s early 2022 singles like “Naked in Manhattan” and “Casual” have been praised for their “coming-of-age exuberance” (NPR) and “biting candor” (Pitchfork). The album touches every genre from the euphoric dance-pop of “My Kink Is Karma,” introspective acoustic guitar ballads like “Kaleidoscope,” the country-pop “Red Wine Supernova,” and the punky singalong charisma “HOT TO GO!”
Her synth-pop smash breakthrough, 2020’s “Pink Pony Club”, set the tone for Chappell’s evolution into her own version of pop stardom: a small town rhinestone cowgirl delivering euphoric, heartfelt bangers, and a queer icon for a generation.
About her debut album Chappell says, “After 4 years in the making comes my 14-song album holding stories of unearthing my true self and fearlessly embracing queerness. My whole project is a rebellion to how I was raised. I want what I never had—a safe place to dress, sing, and dance however you want to, and be who you truly are. I think the album encapsulates the whole process of birthing a new me and then ultimately abandoning it. That push and pull is a perfect example of me obsessing over my dream but despising it at the same time. The music made me evolve. With the contrast of my Midwestern upbringing and living in one of the biggest cities in the U.S., The Rise and Fall of a Midwest Princess mirrors the rollercoaster of becoming the pop star I always wanted to be.”
Leading up to her North American headlining Midwest Princess Tour, already sold out in 23 cities including two Brooklyn Steel shows, Chappell celebrated the album with a free show in her hometown on September 20 at Springfield, Missouri’s Gillioz Theatre, complete with a pageant for fans, a red carpet entrance, themed drinks and more—all in support of local LGBTQ space The Glo Center. The subsequent Midwest Princess Tour will scale up her intoxicating live show experience across the US and Canada.Additionally, a limited number of tickets will be awarded as show “scholarships” for fans facing financial difficulties in an effort to keep attendance affordable and shows accessible across the wide-spanning tour.
An electrifying performer, Chappell wrapped her debut headline Naked in North America tour in March, selling-out all tour stops including New York (Webster Hall), Los Angeles (The Fonda), San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto and more. Featuring opening sets from drag queens, each night incorporated a different dress theme (like “homecoming dance” and “goth, grunge, and glitter”). The ecstatic shows earned universal praise for Chappell’s exhilarating performances and for creating a “glamorous safe space,” and “disco dance party where everyone can feel like the most fun, the most free version of themselves,” in rooms bursting at the seams with energy.
The Rise & Fall of a Midwest Princess is a courageous, semi-autobiographical statement allowing Chappell Roan to continue to connect with her growing fanbase by championing open and honest expression of identity and unapologetic sexuality. With her bold pop hooks, sex positivity, honest songwriting, and expressive style and spirit, she has already earned press nods from Pitchfork, NPR, MTV, Vulture, Billboard, V Magazine, Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue and more.
NORTH AMERICAN MIDWEST PRINCESS TOUR DATES
September 27 — The Depot, Salt Lake City, UT SOLD OUT
September 29 — Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO SOLD OUT
October 1 — First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN SOLD OUT
October 3 — The Rave/Eagles Club – The Rave Hall, Milwaukee, WI
October 4 — House of Blues, Chicago, IL SOLD OUT
October 5 — House of Blues, Chicago, IL SOLD OUT
October 7 — Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville TN SOLD OUT
October 8 — Deluxe at Old National Centre, Indianapolis, IN SOLD OUT
October 10 — Saint Andrew’s Hall, Detroit, MI SOLD OUT
October 11 — The Opera House, Toronto, ON SOLD OUT
October 12 — Théâtre Fairmount, Montreal QC
October 14 — The Fillmore Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
October 15 — House of Blues, Boston, MA SOLD OUT
October 17 — Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY SOLD OUT
October 18 — Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY SOLD OUT
October 20 — 9:30 Club, Washington, DC SOLD OUT
October 21 — 9:30 Club, Washington, DC SOLD OUT
October 22 — The Underground, Charlotte, NC SOLD OUT
October 24 — Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta, GA SOLD OUT
October 25 — The Beacham, Orlando, FL
October 26 — Revolution, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
October 28 — Joy Theater, New Orleans, LA
October 29 — House of Blues, Houston, TX
October 31 — House of Blues, Dallas, TX
November 1 — Scoot Inn, Austin, TX SOLD OUT
November 3 — The Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ
November 5 — 24 Oxford, Las Vegas, NV
November 7 — The UC Theatre, Berkeley, CA SOLD OUT
November 9 — Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR SOLD OUT
November 10 — Hollywood Theatre, Vancouver, BC SOLD OUT
November 11 — Showbox, Seattle, WA SOLD OUT
November 14 — The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA SOLD OUT
November 24 — Liberty Hall, Sydney, AUS
November 25 — MELT Festival, Brisbane, AUS
November 26 — 170 Russell, Melbourne, AUS
November 27 — Soundbox, Melbourne, AUS
December 3 — LARK, Berlin, DE
December 5 — Melkweg, Amsterdam, NL
December 6 — Les Etoiles Theatre, Paris, FR
December 7 — Heaven, London, UK