Peppermint
New Janet Jackson dance tribute video of "Together Again."

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June 5, 2024

In celebration of Janet Jackson’s birthday as well as honoring the recent Transgender HIV Testing Day (April 18), Peppermint proudly releases another special video tribute for her all-time favorite pop artist and icon. Peppermint’s dance tribute video of Janet’s deeply personal song/video "Together Again" was a labor of love as Peppermint re-created the video almost frame-for-frame with costuming, dancers and all.

The “Together Again” video is Peppermint’s third dance video tribute and has extra special meaning tied to Janet’s original 1997 release which was written as a tribute to a friend who had recently died of AIDS as well as AIDS victims and their families worldwide. 

When “Together Again” came out I remember being captivated by the colors, the costumes, the choreography and the setting. Later,  I learned about the inspiration of the song and the message and that despite sadness and loss, we will be reunited with the people we love and the people who loved us. Janet talks about a friend who had died of AIDS and wanted to shine a light on communities impacted by AIDS/HIV and even donating proceeds to AIDS charities.

It's also not lost on me that the video takes place in a sort of dream version of Africa which continues to be disproportionately affected by AIDS/HIV due to lack of resources, funding and attention. This music video shows all types of people from all demographics connecting with each other, the land and the animals, the original music video even featured elephants and giraffes from Michael Jackson's personal Zoo.

It's important for me to use my platform to bring attention to communities that are still disproportionately affected by HIV in the United States including communities of color, black women and black Trans women specifically.

I've always been personally inspired by Janet Jackson and her artistry. Paying tribute is tough enough; recreating the videos with a fraction of resources was also difficult. Where we lacked in resources we overflowed in love. Learning the choreography and shooting the video in less than 24 hours thanks to an awesome crew and director, Assad. 

I hope people enjoy this video knowing that it was made with love and that no animals were harmed in the filming of this music video, that's because we couldn't afford to get any animals.” states Peppermint.

Revival, Peyton & GeO Gospel Choir
Release cover of George Michael’s “Freedom!” along with new music video

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June 5, 2024

Ahead of the beginning of Pride month, record label and artist collective Revival has released "Freedom" featuring vocalist and songwriter Peyton and the Geo Gospel Choir. The single is a cover of George Michael’s beloved “Freedom!” single off his 1990 album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1. The song is a powerful anthem of liberation and self-expression renowned for its candid lyrics that critique the music industry’s constraints and celebrate Michael’s journey towards personal and creative autonomy. Through soaring vocals and a modernized production, the collective’s powerful cover conveys the same urgency and timeless declaration of independence as the original track.

Popular for their dance-infused covers of iconic, classic songs, Revival has also released a music video for "Freedom" that gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the recording of the track and the incredible team behind it, including instrumentalists, vocalist Peyton and the GeO Gospel Choir

Boy Blu & Gregory Dillon
"2 Deadly" single & Mortal Kombat-inspired music

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June 5, 2024

Fantasy pop star Boy Blu has teamed up with electro pop artist Gregory Dillon for the release of his latest single “2 Deadly”via Sad Magic Records. Produced by Gregory Dillon, the song invites us to step into an arena where 2010 underground tech house meets the adrenaline-fueled sounds of a modern Mortal Kombat. Channeling their more uninhibited alter egos, Boy Blu & Gregory Dillon worked together to write a razor sharp anthem primed for fans that obsess over the cutting-edge fusion of pop and EDM.

About the inspiration behind his latest single, Boy Blu shares, “This song came from my passion for video games and my desire to create a song that made me want to dance. Gregory and I share an interest in the future of technology and how it can intersect with music. The inspiration for this song also comes from my personal insecurities; I envisioned it as a way to transform myself, to build confidence and present a more empowered version of me to the world. It's about feeling incredibly sexy and just ‘2 Deadly.’”

Our Lady J
Multi-hyphenate artist releases new classical music single “Future Of Us." Featuring the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus.

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May 22, 2024

Today, writer, producer, composer and performer Our Lady J releases “Future Of Us,the artist’s first major music release in a decade, when she put her musical career on hold to focus on television and filmmaking. Featuring sweeping, classical orchestrations and supporting vocals by members of the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, the composition is a meditation on the aftermath of societal chaos, and the responsibility artists have to steer us back towards creation. Our Lady J says, “The song paints a portrait of a world worn from mounting anxieties, building towards a revelation that calls for a return to LOVE.”

The recording of the song, written and performed by Our Lady J, was inspired by the artist’s personal journey of healing from the isolation of the pandemic, after which, she attended dozens of symphonic concerts to find community with other creatives and like-minded artists. In this period of inspiration, Lady J notes that “concert-going reconnected me with my roots as a collaborative musician and chamber pianist. I resumed my formal studies in classical piano at the Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles, and I fell back in love with the healing power of classical music.”

“Future Of Us” marks Our Lady J’s official return to music after the release of her 2013 debut album Picture of a Man, praised by Out Magazine for its “deeply felt vocals and highly trained expertise.” The singer took a temporary break from the medium to embark on a successful career in television where her credits include being a writer and producer on FX’s Pose and Amazon Studios’ Transparent

While "Future Of Us" is a classically inspired piece, Our Lady J is also releasing more music this summer that is more traditional singer-songwriter material. Her upcoming single “Little Queen, out this June in time for Pride month celebrations, is dedicated to all her trans and queer siblings in the LGBTQ+ community. 

Sofi Tukker Unleash Their Bold New Single
“Throw Some Ass"

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May 8, 2024

SOFI TUKKER, the GRAMMY-nominated duo comprised of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern, have unleashed their daring new single, “Throw Some Ass,” released today. LISTEN HERE“Throw Some Ass” is the first new track to be unveiled from SOFI TUKKER’s ambitious forthcoming new album, BREAD, available on August 23rd. Pre-order the album, including vinyl, CD & cassette HERE. BREAD’s acronym, “Be Really Energetic and Dance,” encapsulates the full album experience, inviting listeners into SOFI TUKKER’S pleasure-filled, immersive world.  

In tandem with the new single and album news, SOFI TUKKER have also announced their biggest U.S. headline tour to date, kicking off on September 18th in Austin, TX. Their live show described as “explosive” by Rolling Stone and “electrifying” per Entertainment Weekly, is a high-energy, not-to-be-missed spectacle. Tickets for the 22-date North American trek will be available via artist presale on Tuesday, May 7 (12PM local), followed by public on sale Friday, May 10 (10AM local). For more information visit https://www.sofitukker.com/tour. SOFI TUKKER will also be supporting J Balvin in Australia & New Zealand in September, and Kygo on an arena tour in Europe in November and December. See below for all SOFI TUKKER tour dates.

“Throw Some Ass” is a booty-shaking anthem that promises to liberate the mind and body through rhythm and movement. The lyrics are based on Sophie’s journey to seek a cure for her chronic back pain. After experimenting with doctors and various treatments, relief finally arrived when her Brazilian choreographer required her to throw some ass or "joga bunda.”

Sophie explains, “The more I studied chronic pain the more I learned. When the brain is anticipating pain, it creates more pain. Eventually my neural pathway of pain got so strong that, even when there was no structural reason for it, I became chronically in pain. The inverse was true too. When I told my body that it's safe and free, I was able to re-write the neural pathway. I was so mentally happy and free in the moments of throwing ass that my brain re-wired itself.”

Tucker adds more context to constructing the song, “’Throw Some Ass has a ton of Brazilian funk sounds and elements. The song started where I was working on some Brazilian funk-inspired drumbeats. This was right after we had spent some time in Brazil at Carnaval last year. At 6:00 AM, we went into this nightclub under the parade. Someone was playing a baile funk set, and I was blown away. The song really gives the vibe of that club, Carnaval, and Brazil.”

Accompanying the track is the visually dazzling music video directed by Aerin Moreno (who the band has previously worked with). The clip was filmed at the stunning residence of the Governor of Rio de Janeiro, Palácio das Laranjeiras, dubbed “The SOFI TUKKER Center for Asses That Don’t Move Good” for the occasion. Brazil made for the ideal setting where much of the song’s inspiration came from. Colorful and “cheeky” throughout, the final scene culminates in an uninhibited dance party. The band comments, “We made the ‘hospital’ itself completely ridiculous. Doctor Tucker wears ass-less pants and, in the water aerobics class, we use hand weights made of baguettes, a nod to our upcoming album BREAD. We wanted the whole thing to feel beautiful yet absurd.”

SOFI TUKKER elaborate on the narrative of BREAD, saying, “BREAD is a way of being. It says devour what you desire, it says, ‘Be Really Energetic And Dance,’ and do it in good company. All around the world, people break bread together to connect and come to common understandings. That’s exactly what we hope this album does for people. It’s an invitation to put down our differences and get back in touch with what is fundamental, the bread and butter if you will;). It’s a moment to abandon a scarcity mindset and dive into a state of abundance. It’s delicious, absurd, and a little naughty. Just like eating bread, listen to BREAD to get pure energy and resuscitate your insatiable appetite for life.” Special guests on the album include Kah-Lo, MC Bola and Channel Tres.

Lagoona Bloo Releases Debut Album
“Underwater Bubble Pop!"

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May 8, 2024

Trailblazing drag popstar Lagoona Bloo has released her debut album Underwater Bubble Pop. PRESS HERE to stream/download. A glistening, pure-pop celebration of individuality that swims in an ocean of self-love and self-discovery, Underwater Bubble Pop features Lagoona’s triumphant new sister singles “Underwater Bubble Pop” and Spanish version “Burbuja Pop” as she invites listeners to “save a seahorse, ride a mermaid.” The music video for “Burbuja Pop” which was directed by Austin Nunes (Troye Sivan) and moves you from the dance floor to the ocean floor for an iridescent rave at the bottom of the sea.

“My debut album, ‘Underwater Bubble Pop,’ is a little treasure chest of anthems about loving yourself unapologetically,” shares Lagoona. “These songs are my daily mantras and have become the bold Y2K dance pop album of my dreams — inspired by the music that was a safe haven for me growing up. Each song comes from a genuine place of speaking self-love into existence. I hope that when people listen to this album, they smile and sing and dance along. And feel good while they do it.”

Discussing the visuals of the project, Lagoona continues, “I have always claimed the title of ‘Mermaid Pop Star’ and with today’s release I have been able to show myself visually in a way I never had before. The birth of Venus was my inspiration which we contrasted with an edgy, sexy popstar. It was amazing to share my ideas with such an incredible creative team who helped me build this multidimensional world of all the different parts of Lagoona as, ultimately, ‘Underwater Bubble Pop’ is all about embracing what makes you who you are.”

The album also features new tracks “La Sirena” and “Mimosa,” which follow the recent release of “Tunnel Vision,” a driving, eighties-infused banger about only having eyes for yourself, and iconic, high-energy lead single “Elle Woods” about overcoming being underestimated and the power of owning everything that you are. “Elle Woods,” which received a star-studded, bubblegum pink music video featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race royalty Kerri Colby, Laganja Estranja, Marcia Marcia Marcia, and Olivia Lux, alongside TikTok star Julian Burzynski and surprise cameos from Legally Blonde screenwriters Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Karen McCullah, was followed by “Toys,” a bold, sex-positive anthem, and high-powered single “TMFO,” which was inspired by Lagoona’s own confidence-boosting mantra and the clarity she found during an acid trip while watching The Matrix. Underwater Bubble Pop also features the previously released cover of Vengaboys’ “Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!!featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race legend Alaska Thunderfuck.

Reclaiming the parts of herself she was taught to suppress while growing up in a conservative household, and the result of a hard-won journey that saw Lagoona overcome adversity to arrive at a place of self-love, Underwater Bubble Pop is redefining the intersection between pop and drag. Following its string of acclaimed singles, the album has already received praise from Rolling Stone, People Magazine, US Magazine, Out Magazine, Queerty, Pride.com, and more, for its polished hooks, platinum vocals, and shimmering melodies that keep you up and on your fins.

Lagoona recently wrapped the west-coast revival of DRAG: The Musical where she reprised her role as Tuna Turner, which she originated. Headed to New York City in the Fall, the wildly successful musical also stars award-winning actor and Broadway veteran Nick Adams and RuPaul’s Drag Race stars Alaska Thunderfuck, Jujubee, Jan Sport, and more.

David Archuleta
Premieres new video for "Hell Together" single.

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May 8, 2024

Singer-songwriter David Archuleta has revealed the official music video for his current hit single, “Hell Together.”

The video (directed by Lily Judge) is a simple concept to portray the emotions of leaving a place you once felt as your purpose and identity but now no longer do. You know you’re supposed to leave but also feel hesitant and scared to leave a place that was what you knew and was your world. The dancing (featuring dancer Oliva Cava who has graced the stage with a plethora of renowned artists, including Anitta, J Balvin, Young Miko, and Marc Anthony) represents the energy of love that propels you forward into the next chapter of your life. It also represents my mom’s love and passion as she herself is a dancer.” says David

 “Hell Together” written by David Archuleta, Ryan Nealon, Sam Derosa (lovelytheband, Kylie Morgan) and Jordan Sherman (Niall Horan, Lauren Spencer Smith) debuted at #5 on the iTunes all-genre chart upon release with various Tik Tok videos going viral including this one of David and his mom and another with multi-platinum violinist & Youtube sensation Lindsey Stirling. “Hell Together” with its massive popularity, has already proven to be one of David’s most riveting and most successful songs to date over his 15 year career.

Metro Weekly says - “Hell Together” is powerful and meaningful – qualities that are not always guaranteed when it comes to pop music. It shows a much more mature side of David Archuleta, who is not the young boy who appeared on everyone’s TV screens so many years ago. He’s a grown man, and one who is using his voice to expel his demons and help others with theirs.

David shares some insight about the evolution of the song - ""Hell Together" is inspired by what my mom said to me after I left my Mormon faith and religion altogether. It was a scary place to leave something that was all I knew and that gave me my purpose to live, but it was something I knew I needed to do as I felt a new sense and purpose for life. A few days after I publicly announced leaving the Mormon church my mom texted me saying she had decided to leave too. I was shocked as she was so devout. I asked what made her feel she needed to leave because she didn’t need to follow my example. She said - “If you go to Hell, we’re all going to Hell with you. We’re a family and we’ll always be there for each other, in good or in bad!” I was really moved by that.” 

"Hell Together" has a gospel vibe to it as it references the roots of church that are still very much a part of what has defined me despite the journey I’ve had of leaving my faith. It has an uplifting energy. Most people within the church would think you feel dark and lost leaving your faith, but that was not the case for me. I felt like I found myself! It’s meant to show the joy and how by leaving my religion is how I found a greater light. And, more importantly, how much it meant to still have a support system of family still there for me so I wasn't alone when at first I believed I was going to be alone.""

Just this past week David was invited back on American Idol to perform “Hell Together” marking the first time in a decade that he performed on the show.  Watch David’s triumphant performance  HERE

The narrative around the song, “Hell Together” is part of many topics and conversations that will be fully revealed in David’s forthcoming memoir with Dey Street Books, a division of the William Morrow Group at HarperCollins Publishers in his quest to find inner peace. Additionally, David recently won the prestigious GLAAD Media Award for “Outstanding Breakthrough Music Artist” 2024 alongside other winners Renee Rapp. David is currently writing and recording new music to be released throughout 2024

Kiesza Returns with her most unique single yet!
“The Mysterious Disappearance of Etta Place"

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May 8, 2024

Once again outdoing herself in sheer creativity, Kiesza releases one of the most unique songs yet. "The Mysterious Disappearance of Etta James" showcases her artistry as a singer songwriter with deep roots in the vast windswept plains of Alberta, Canada. Inspired by the real life and enigmatic west wild figure of Etta Place, who rode with infamous outlaws Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, and then disappeared into the mists of history and mythology, the track has a cinematic sweep, combining evocative spoken word, songcraft and cutting edge electronic beats. 

In Kiesza’s words, "I've met a lot of amazing people in my time, but few stand out as the purest and most authentic of them all. Clay Gibbons is one of those rare beings. We met on a dinosaur digging adventure in Wyoming, where, by chance, my friends and I stayed at his Airbnb. Clay was the heart and soul of our entire adventure. As a passionate historian, we spent our evenings listening to him recount tales of the outlaws who once roamed those lands. Later, he even took us to Hole-In-The-Wall, a refuge for outlaws, and walked us through the old ruins of cabins they once inhabited. It gave us a sense of what life must have been like for them in the lonely wilderness. Etta Place, known as the lover of the Sundance Kid, vanished and was never seen again after he and Butch Cassidy were shot dead. Subsequently, photographs surfaced of a woman who looked strikingly similar, living a whole new life. Clay's storytelling was so inspiring that I was determined to incorporate the essence of his deep passion for these outlaws and their wild adventures into one of my songs. Etta Place, somewhat of a female outlaw herself, and her mysterious vanishing act really sparked my curiosity. I wondered where she went after her lover was shot dead and decided to let that thread of inspiration write the song. This song marks the beginning of a shift in sound, where I introduce the folk and soulful storytelling influences of my prairie upbringing into my music, fusing it with dance. I’m truly excited for this new chapter to unfold, as it reveals a side of my artistry that I have yet to share until this very moment.“

Kiesza's latest music - Dancing and Crying: Vol. 1, out May 24 - effortlessly navigates the cross of dance, house, and electro-pop with the folk influences that have long shaped her songwriting. This fusion of genres reflects her artistic evolution since her award-winning debut single, Hideaway,” and its memorable one-shot video that launched her career.

Pre-save Dancing and Crying: Vol. 1 HERE.

With its release in 2014, "Hideaway" highlighted Kiesza's abilities as a songwriter, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and accomplished dancer, originating from her hometown of Calgary, AB. The track received extensive radio and video play and Top 20 chart placements across North America and Europe, three JUNO Awards, Gold, Platinum, and Double Platinum status in the US, UK and Canada, respectively, and launched her debut album Sound of a Woman.

Following the success of her debut album, Kiesza faced her life’s “hardest work” – recovering from a traumatic brain injury sustained during a car accident in 2017. During her recovery, which remains ongoing, Kiesza could only hope her journey led her to the future she’d been striving for. That experience influenced her forthcoming work, and also her sophomore album, Crave (2020), which drew critical acclaim, followed by a collaboration with deadmau5 that surpassed over 12 million streams.

In her new music, Kiesza embraces the extremes of her experiences and musical journey, bringing her exceptional talents to the forefront. As 2024 unfolds, it marks the next chapter in Kiesza's journey, with fresh music, performances, and other creative endeavors on the horizon.

Johnny Bloom’s “Roarin’ 20s” Harkens Back to a Bygone Era
It is a Swingin’ New Pop Single for the Modern Age

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April 24, 2024

Johnny Bloom aims to usher in a new age of jazz with his debut single, "Roarin’ 20s."  The song harkens back to a post-war era when young people danced the Charleston and the Shimmy.  It is fun and flirty, with an attention-grabbing groove that mixes elements of blues, ragtime, marching music and African folk rhythm.  “I’ve always been incredibly interested in American music through the generations, and the history of New Orleans street jazz, blues, and bandstand music, in particular,” says Bloom.  “My main purpose with ‘Roaring 20s” is to help revive a style of music I am passionate about, and to broaden people’s tastes in music. I have discovered that diversifying the music I listen to has absolutely changed my life for the better and I hope it will do the same for listeners.” Johnny Bloom’s “Roarin’ 20s” is being released by So Fierce Music and distributed by The Orchard/Sony Music.  It will be available on Spotify and all major music platforms on April 12.

Johnny Bloom was born and raised in small-town Auburn, Illinois. His parents divorced when he was six-years old and Johnny found solace in the vibrant world of the marching band and theatrical productions.  He learned to play the baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, and tuba and dreamed of a career in music.  However, before chasing the dream, he felt compelled to pursue a calling most people would not expect from him.

“Since I was a really young kid, I always wanted to join the Navy,” he says.   His grandfather, who helped to raise Johnny for a great deal of his young life, was a welder in the Navy during the Cold War. Johnny wanted to carry on his legacy.  After high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving as a nuclear reactor operator.  Johnny, who is openly gay, was out to his officers and fellow sailors.   “My grandpa passed away when I was 14, but I know he would be proud of the commitment to the US military that I made through him.”

Now that he has completed his service, Johnny has returned to civilian life with a renewed vigor to pursue music.    He aims to make his mark by presenting unconventional sounds inspired by music from the early and mid-twentieth century, but with a modern twist.    “I love the older feel from Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, and Marvin Gaye, but I’m also drawn to the rugged, belt-y voices of Miley Cyrus, Måneskin, Lady Gaga, Raye, and Adam Lambert,” he explains.

Johnny Bloom’s “Roarin’ 20s” was released by So Fierce Music and distributed by The Orchard/Sony Music.  It's available on Spotify and all major music platforms.

Ben Platt
“Cherry On Top" Co-Starring Fiancé Noah Galvin

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April 24, 2024

Ben Platt released the video to his new single “Cherry On Top.” Directed by Platt, the “Cherry On Top” video is a romantic romp through Los Angeles showcasing the love between Platt and his real life fiancé actor Noah Galvin. “You’re my sundae feeling, it’s a sweet life even when it’s not. Cause your love is the cherry on top.” 

Produced by 9x GRAMMY® Award winner Dave Cobb, “Cherry On Top” follows last month’s release of “Andrew.”  Both songs will be featured on Platt’s highly anticipated new album Honeymind, the platinum-selling artist’s most introspective and unfiltered project to date.  Honeymind will be released May 31 via Interscope Records. Honeymind is available now for pre-order HERE.

Last week Platt announced “The Honeymind Tour” playing across North America this summer.  Kicking off July 18 in Boston, MA and making stops at marquee venues including the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, two nights at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, and two nights at Massey Hall in Toronto, ON.  Brandy Clark, GRAMMY® winner and songwriter for the Tony®-winning Broadway musical Shucked, will support on all dates.  All tickets available at the general on-sale this Thursday, April 18th at 10am local.  For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit benplattmusic.com.

The North American tour will follow Platt’s exclusive concert residency at Broadway’s recently refurbished Palace Theatre. The residency, directed by Tony Award winner Michael Arden who collaborated with Platt on the 2023 Tony Award-winning revival of Parade which also earned Platt a Tony nomination, will play Tuesday, May 28 through Saturday, June 15 for 18 performances only. Tickets are on sale now HERE.

Micah McLaurin
“Don’t Give Up On Love”

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Micah McLaurin Releases New Single “Don’t Give Up On Love”

Rising pop artist Micah McLaurin has released his new single “Don’t Give Up On Love” via Casa Doce Music, a disco anthem that glimmers with the message that love is worth fighting for. The new song is accompanied by an effortlessly chic, behind-the-scenes rehearsal video that illustrates Micah’s own tireless journey as he steps away from the piano and onto the dance floor. The retro gloss-pop track is produced by PhD (Zedd, Kylie Minogue, One Direction), Nick Patrick(Seal, The Beach Boys) and Trevor Muzzy (Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj), and mixed by Josh Gudwin (Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, Justin Bieber) with timeless strings arranged by the legendary Larry Gold (Silk Sonic, Lizzo, Michael Jackson).     

Watch the visual choreographed by Leo Moctezuma (Madonna, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez) under the creative direction of Nicola Formichetti(Lady Gaga) that radiates the same Avant Garde magnetism that recently earned Micahheadlines for gracing the front rows of Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Ludovic de Saint Sernin, and more during Paris Fashion Week.    

“‘Don’t Give Up on Love’ started as a solo piano idea,” shares Micah on his new single. “My co-writer Aleena Gibson and I had a lot of fun writing it so, while the lyrics are meaningful, there’s a lightheartedness about them, too. The disco chorus comes smashing in with killer classic strings that Larry Gold arranged, and it has a victorious feel which fits the song. For me, it's all about not giving up on yourself and pushing until you find what you’re looking for.”

“I worked with Leo Moctezuma on the choreography,” Micah continues. “Although I haven’t danced before and my friends are probably laughing because I’m the person who perches in the corner at the club, I felt this song deserved a dance sequence. As a musician, it also helped me understand how to literally embody the music and stay present, which are things I strive for in piano and in my vocals.”

 The latest step in Micah’s mission to find his voice after growing up in a southern, religious family, “Don’t Give Up On Love” follows Micah’s debut pop single “MOONS” which was accompanied by a glittering music video inspired by the work of visionary queer photographer James Bidgood and directed by Luke Abby and choreographed by Max Cookward under the creative direction of Nicola Formichetti. PRESS HERE to check out the official remix, reimagined by Golden Globe-nominated producer Leland(Troye Sivan, Cher, Ariana Grande, Charli XCX).

Cub hip-hopper Bryce Quartz
Proud to be one of the raunchiest gay rappers in the hip hop scene!

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April 10, 2024

HIS MILKSHAKE BRINGS THE BOYS TO THE SHIPYARD 

Cub Rapper Bryce Quartz Releases New Single, “C*m Pirate”

The self-identified lil’ cub hip-hopper Bryce Quartz, is out now with “C*m Pirate”, the second single from his upcoming “The Sextape” EP.  With the rapper’s powerful vocal delivery and colorful lyricism set against simple instrumentals, the track evokes the barebone trap sound that had a chokehold on the rap industry from 2016-2018.  “The sexy rhymes are for the average listener and the bars are for the hip hop heads,” Bryce Quartz explains.  “I want to make sure everyone knows I’m a rapper first and a faggot second.”

“Oftentimes when I go into writing a song like C*m Pirate, I’m thinking how can I make cishet people (those who identify as cisgender and heterosexual) uncomfortable while simultaneously turning on the gay masses,” Bryce Quartz continues from his Queens home.    He reasons that if Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B can rap about their WAP, why can’t he ruminate on the sub groups of gay men he associates with - pups, cubs, bears, and daddies - and their kinks?    “Queer people have had to endure years of listening to the sex lives of hetero rappers.  It’s time queer fans feel seen and celebrate their authentic selves,” he says. “As long as consent is given, all should be empowered to explore their wildest fetishes.”

Bryce Quartz grew up in a small town in North Carolina.  His family were Southern Baptist Christians and he would attend church every Wednesday and Sunday and spend long summers in bible camps.  He recalls an early childhood socializing with church friends, and doing all the godly things his parents expected of him.  By middle school, he began to stick out from the rest of his peers.  “Kids would call me fat and gay.  They knew I was a faggot before I could even accept what I was.”  

When he came out to his parents, they broke down in tears and refused to even look at him for three days. They ended up taking him to family therapy, which was really a form of conversion therapy.  The therapist assured Bryce and his parents that he helped many gay and bisexual people conquer their homosexual urges and that a great number of his successful cases now had wives and children.   Feeling that he had little choice but to comply, Bryce lied to his parents and the therapist, assuring them that praying his gay away had worked. 

However, two years later, Bryce was on a date at Panera Bread, when his mother walked in for a sweet tea and saw her son holding hands with a man.  She forced Bryce into church camp, where he once again found God and made the “decision” to be straight. In the fall, back at high school, Bryce started a bible study club but it wasn’t enough. 

Fearing he wouldn’t last as a heterosexual, he decided to graduate a year early and enroll at Liberty University, a Christian college.  He arrived at Liberty when he was 17 and by spring break, before he turned 18, he told his family he was gay and that they had to get over it.  To this day, they have not.

“When I first started rapping, I was much more political and rebellious,” he reflects. He rapped about how much he hated conservatives and even filmed a music video on the Liberty University campus where he burned his student ID on Jerry Falwell Sr.’s grave.

From 2017-2021, Bryce Quartz released three American Queer mixtapes and a Drag Out the Vote single and music video with RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Brita Filter, titled “You Brita Vote, Kay?”   In 2021, he released “My Homies Bad” with xMetalMouthx and Big Daddy Karsten and “Goodmorningbq!”, a track that has amassed over a million hits on Tik Tok and Instagram.  

In 2023, Bryce Quartz appeared in “Bargasm,” an LGBTQ+ cypher that featured nine queer artists from around the world, including RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Aja.  Later in the year, he released “Sodomite”, his hit single with Big Daddy Karsten, the first release from his soon-to-be-released “The Sextape” EP.   

“C*m Pirate levels up the aggressively horny vibes that were first introduced in ‘Sodomite’,” Bryce Quartz explains.   Along with the “C*m Pirate” track, Quartz is releasing two versions of the music video: a safe for work version with tongue in cheek scenes featuring sexy bears and pirates, and an explicit, JustForFans exclusive, with scenes of Bryce in a sling engaging in activities rarely seen in music videos.    “C*m Pirate is everything my fans want and more from me,” Quartz insists.  “The song and videos also prove that I’m one of the raunchiest rappers in the scene right now.”

Bryce Quartz’s “C*m Pirate” is available now on Spotify, Apple Music, and all digital platforms.

Out singer Tom Goss
“Not My Problem”

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A Liberated Tom Goss Says “Not My Problem” to Real-Life Ex in His New Single and Music Video

Tom Goss is publicly and comically washing his hands in "Not My Problem," the second single from his ninth studio album, Remember What It Feels Like. The pop/rock banger is based on Tom’s true-life five-year relationship with a very impressive Englishman who was not all who he appeared to be. "I fell in love with a charming but criminal con man who is now in prison,” Goss says, explaining a painful experience in which he was gaslighted and manipulated into believing that it was his responsibility to help heal a man that he loved. “When his lies were finally exposed, I realized that the vast majority of his problems were fabricated to control and take advantage of me.” Goss is supporting the release of the single and video with concerts in San Francisco, Seattle, Palm Springs and other cities to be announced. Tom Goss’s "Not My Problem" is available April 8th on Spotify and all digital platforms.

“He still writes me on a regular basis,” Goss reveals from his Los Angeles home. “I have a year and a half of letters from a British prison in my house. I don’t read them, but I don’t throw them away either. It’s weird.”

He views the song and video as a “Dear John” letter to his ex; one that gives him the liberation—and last word—that he has longed for. The video is directed and styled by Michael Serrato, who Goss worked with previously on videos such as “Son of a Preacher Man” and “Nerdy Bear.” It was filmed on a prison set at Le Chalet in Los Angeles and in Tom’s own Sounds Awesome Studios in Inglewood. The video stars Goss, Dean Elex Bais as the lying ex, and drag queen Meatball as an overly amorous prison guard.

“Watching Meatball terrify Dean was a pure delight,” says Tom of filming the video. While the video is campy and comical, its message is a serious one. “It’s a declaration that my ex and his lies did not and will not break me. I’m resilient and strong and I will continue to believe in people and be a positive force in the world.” 

Tom Goss has been singing for more than 15 years, creating a large and varied body of work (nine albums, five EPs, 40 music videos) that tracks his development both as a man and as an artist. He has transformed the facts of his life—a troubled teen and college wrestler; a student studying to become a priest; touring the country as a gay singer-songwriter; falling in love and getting married; the heartbreak of infidelity and the challenges of an open marriage; and, now, being conned by a lover with a secret life—into songs of remarkable range, strength, and beauty. His songs have been featured on ABC, HBO, Disney+, and in several films. His music videos (including “Son of a Preacher Man,” “Breath and Sound” and “Bears”) have been viewed more than 20 million times.

His latest studio album, Remember What It Feels Like, reflects on where Tom has come from and where he finds himself today: a 42-year-old living in Los Angeles who cherishes all of his memories, both sweet and bitter, as essential parts of his story and identity. The album is an expansive 15-track collection of happy and light-hearted pop songs punctuated by beautiful ballads and raucous rock. Featured artists include comedian and musician Deven Green, hip hop diva Maya La Maya, wry chanteuse Anne Reburn and Goss's longtime collaborator de ROCHE.

"Not My Problem" is a bit angstier than other tracks on the album. It acknowledges the heartache and pain Tom Goss experienced after learning the truth about his ex’s largely fictional life, but also acknowledges that there is a day to every night, a peak to every valley. In true Tom Goss style, the singer manages to find a bright spot in the experience. “If there’s one positive thing I have learned from my ex, it is that reality is whatever you construct it to be. If he could create a fanciful life out of nothing, any of us can. It’s actually kind of empowering to believe that we can all dream big, take chances and risk it all.”

"If choosing to live in a distorted reality helps you to keep your spirits up, that’s fine. It’s not my problem. But don’t hurt people: that’s not cool. You can create whatever reality you want without being a douchebag.”

Ben Platt
"Andrew" is the first taste of Platt's highly anticipated new album Honeymind.

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Acclaimed singer, songwriter, and actor Ben Platt releases the tender new single "Andrew." Buoyed by raw emotion and a stripped-back approach, the folky track finds the multihyphenate delivering insightful lyrics and breathtaking vocals that effortlessly tug at the heartstrings. "Andrew" is the first taste of Platt's highly anticipated new album Honeymind, due May 31 via Interscope Records, and is accompanied by a stirring video.

Platt recently opened up about the creation of his new album, and how it got its name. "One day I ate some mushroom chocolate and went on a hike with the love of my life," he wrote. "I thought about how to describe to him that I was just so happy to be in love with him. That my love for him somehow softens things and slows it all down." After a moment of contemplation, he settled on "honeymind" as a suitable description for his state of bliss. 

As it turns out, matters of the heart dominate the album. "I wrote about finding real love," Platt explains. "About being grateful for it and tending to it, and all of the work we have to do as individuals to find security in who we are, so that we're ready for that real love when it comes along." Although this is the first new album from Platt since 2021's Reverie, the prolific artist never slowed down. Last year, he starred on Broadway as Leo Frank in the revival of Parade, earning him his second Tony nomination, and in the film Theater Camp, which he also produced and co-wrote.

"Andrew" — and the forthcoming Honeymind — begins the latest chapter of a storied career jam-packed with hits and acclaimed performances in iconic properties such as Dear Evan Hanson, Pitch Perfect and Parade.

Jagwar Twin
Bad Feeling (Oompa Loompa)

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Alt-pop sensation Jagwar Twin has released the cinematic official music video for his viral hit “Bad Feeling (Oompa Loompa),” out now via Big Loud Rock. Watch the vivid, big-top spectacle that sees Jagwar Twin becoming the ringleader of his own surreal circus. Playfully distorting the boundaries of reality backed by a troupe of dancers, the visual weaves together the song’s introspective musings on disillusionment to question what’s real as chess pieces tower to unimaginable heights while hypnotic spinning wheels and otherworldly carousels play backdrop to a dreamlike carnival that invites listeners to question their own realities.

Directed by visionary Ukrainian creator Ganna Bogdan and filmed at the iconic LA Circus as a commentary on how life is all a performance, “Bad Feeling (Oompa Loompa)” mirrors the song’s thematic exploration of looking beyond the surface to dare listeners to trust their intuition, instead of falling prey to societal pressures and outside influences.  

“I aimed to create something that transcends the everyday, a melody that invites introspection and challenges the listener to find depth in the mundane exploring,” shares Jagwar Twin. “The whole world is kind of like a circus where no one really knows what’s up or down, left or right, black or white… so Ganna and I wanted to make sure that symbolism was in the video, especially as Jagwar Twin is all about exploring polarities and where they overlap.”

“When Jagwar Twin suggested a Slavic circus concept, I was excited to make it happen,” adds director Ganna Bogdan. “I grew up in Ukraine loving the local circus and theater scene and most of my team is from Ukraine. The music video captures a mix of Eastern European circus, theater, playing with opposites, and surrealism, and of course adds elements of dance and glimpses of magic. I'm grateful for my talented team and for Jagwar Twin for delivering such a great performance on set.”

With over 100 million streams and challenging the conventions of mainstream music, “Bad Feeling (Oompa Loompa)” has landed on multiple charts including TikTok’s Viral 50 Chart, Global Spotify Viral 50 charts around the globe, and is currently climbing Billboard’s Hot Alternative Songs (No. 24) and Hot Rock & Alternative Songs (No. 36) charts. Showing no signs of slowing down, “Bad Feeling (Oompa Loompa)” has seen Jagwar Twin captivate audiences across TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube, and marks the beginning of a momentous year ahead.

The near-supernatural alter-ego of singer, songwriter, producer, and storyteller Roy English, Jagwar Twin boldly holds up a mirror to reflect humanity to the listener with his unique style of garage-rock guitars, grimy breakbeats, and vivid poetry combined with an electro-pop flourish and soulful R&B. Touching on the duality of life and the search for equilibrium, Jagwar Twin exists to find spirit in our shared humanity, venturing forward with encouragement to others to do the same work, while emphasizing what unites us. 

Zach Witness
Can't Get It Outta My Head

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Dallas-born, London-based multi-disciplinary artist Zach Witness is ready to be known for his striking and artistic solo work, unveiling his Defected debut ‘Can’t Get It Out Of My Head’ (out 16 Feb, including a remix from MK). 

With his early work reaching Erykah Badu, who enlisted Witness’ help for her Motown mixtape Caint Use My Phone in 2015, the young visionary has worked with artists like André 3000, Frank Ocean, and Nile Rodgers. Discovering music through dancing, describing himself as “a dancer making music,” Zach made a name for himself in Dallas’ thriving hip-hop culture, particularly on the Dallas Boogie scene. Cutting his teeth as a DJ, playing at clubs, and putting together mixtapes, Zach says in the documentary: “It was kind of ironic to find myself as a gay white boy in the middle of a black, homophobic movement.”

Zach is now at a point of reinvention, with ‘Can’t Get It Outta My Head’ showcasing his abilities as an adept producer and a striking vocalist. 

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Defected Records presents a series of extra special collaborative releases Together, integrating talent from the label’s storied past and the stars of its future, as Zach Witness’ Defected debut ‘Can’t Get It Outta My Head’ receives a remix from Detroit legend MK. 

Marc Kinchen’s classic house sound defined the genre both in the US and across the pond, and his seminal reworking of Nightcrawler’s ‘Push The Feeling On’ and US No. 1 hit ‘Always’ featuring Alana cemented him as a 90s house maverick. His history with Defected is similarly signposted by acclaimed, chart-topping releases, including his remix of Storm Queen’s ‘Look Right Through’ and Route 94’s remix of ‘Always’. Now the revered remixer takes on ‘Can’t Get It Outta My Head’ by Dallas multi-disciplinary artist Zach Witness; by adding a heavy, rolling feel with deftly woven rhythms, MK makes the unmistakable sound of the eclectic original his own.

Slut Pop Miami
Petras has surprise-dropped another set of completely raunchy bops

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February 27, 2024

GRAMMY-winning pop icon, critically acclaimed songwriter, and total slut Kim Petras has surprise-dropped another set of completely raunchy bops - Slut Pop Miami. The 12-track, sex-positive EP is the sequel to her viral 2022 EP Slut Pop. The cock-in-cheek EP inspired by hedonistic trips to Miami which features deceptively sweet, ballsy banger “Head Head Honcho.”

Kicking off 2024 by appearing on the cover of Cosmopolitan’s The Sound of Now issue, Kim is currently on the European leg of her Live Nation produced Feed The Beast World Tour. After receiving rave reviews in North America, Kim is bringing her larger-than-life live show with a setlist of fan favorites from her acclaimed debut album Feed The Beast and long-awaited album Problematique to major cities across Europe, including Manchester, London, Brussels, Paris, Cologne, Amsterdam and Milan. 

Lagoona Bloo 
Trailblazing drag popstar Lagoona Bloo has released her high-powered new single “TMFO”

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LAGOONA BLOO Releases New Single “TMFO” from Upcoming Debut Album Underwater Bubble Pop.

Trailblazing drag popstar Lagoona Bloo has released her high-powered new single “TMFO,” inspired by her own confidence-boosting mantra (“I am the mother****ing one”) and the clarity she found during an acid trip while watching The Matrix. Built on the realization that, like protagonist Neo, Lagoona wouldn’t be the “one” until she believed it herself, “TMFO” is a reminder that we’re capable of achieving anything we set our minds to. PRESS HERE to listen to the single from her upcoming debut album Underwater Bubble Pop, a track that brims with the unshakeable energy we all need to be carrying with us in 2024

“TMFO is a mantra I’ve been saying to myself for the last two years!” shares Lagoona on the new single. “I have always believed that words have power, especially the ones we speak over ourselves. We create our own realities by believing the things we say and speak over our lives. So, the song ‘TMFO’ is an epic affirmation of owning how amazing YOU are! I like to play it in the mornings while I make coffee and dance in my underwear to remind myself that I’m TMFO.”

Kicking off an exciting new year alongside her electrifying headline show at New York’s Joe’s Pub, “TMFO” follows a breakout 2023 which saw Lagoona release a string of critically-acclaimed new singles including sex-positive “Toys” and iconic dance pop anthem “Elle Woods,” open for europop icons Aqua in New York to kick off their world tour, take to the stage at Kim Petras’ Feed The Beast album release party, feature as the first drag queen to be included in People Magazine’s emerging artists to watch list, and receive praise from Rolling Stone, Out Magazine, Queerty, Pride.com, and more for redefining the intersection between pop and drag with polished hooks, platinum vocals, and shimmering pop melodies.

Known for her trademark mermaid imagery, Lagoona’s upcoming debut album Underwater Bubble Pop is an ocean-dipped trove of self-love and self-discovery. Releasing a song in Spanish for the first time on “Toys” – a tongue in cheek reclamation of the parts of herself she was taught to suppress which arrived alongside English and Spanglish lo-fi, BTS visualizers starring award-winning actor and Broadway veteran Nick Adams (Priscilla Queen of The Desert, Fire Island) – Lagoona also made waves for her high-energy single “Elle Woods.” About overcoming being underestimated and the power of owning everything that you are, “Elle Woods” received a star-studded, bubblegum pink music video featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race royalty Kerri Colby, Marcia Marcia Marcia, and Olivia Lux, all playing different versions of Elle Woods alongside viral TikTok star Julian Burzynski. PRESS HERE to watch the video which was choreographed by drag icon Laganja Estranja who also makes an appearance alongside an unforgettable cameo from Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Karen McCullah, the screenwriters of Legally Blonde.

 Racking up millions of global streams since the release of her debut EP AQUA, which welcomed standout single “Greedy With My Love” and was followed by 90’s dance inspired pop bops “C U Tonight” and “Sticky Sweet ft. Lemon,” Lagoona uses music as a way to heal from growing up queer in a conservative, Mexican American household. Previously opening for Vincint and teaming up with RuPaul’s Drag Race legend Alaska Thunderfuck to release a cover of Vengaboys’Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!!,” Lagoona is quickly becoming one of the most iconic pop acts to emerge from New York City this decade.

Jaime Adrian 
Releases Debut EP "No Agenda" Featuring His Modern Re-imagining of the House Classic, “If You Could Read My Mind”

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Jaime Adrian’s explosive new album, No Agenda, dips into multiple genres of dance music from Latin beat to country twists, house tracks and euro pop.  “I didn’t want people to say it all sounds the same,” the artist reflects, with a grin.   Releasing with the album is Jaime Adrian’s cover of “If You Could Read My Mind”.  “That song was an anthem for me and my friends growing up,” he explains of the house music version, released in 1998 for the film 54.  “I jumped at the opportunity to record and put my own spin on it.  I hope I do it justice.”  Other tracks on No Agenda include “Jaded”, an original song about Jaime’s obsession with Jade Thirlwall from the girl group Little Mix, and “Belong,” a nod to Jaime’s self-described nerdy quirks.  “The songs I wrote are all based on my experiences or things I’ve seen people I love go through,” he explains. “Every song has a different attachment to me.”  Produced by Velvet Code, Jaime Adrian’s No Agenda is being distributed by So Fierce Music/The Orchard/Sony Music Entertainment and is available on Apple Music, Spotify, and all digital platforms.

“I’m excited to share my album with the world and get people moving and shaking,” Jaime continues from his Chicago home.  “I titled it No Agenda because I’m purposefully not shoving my views down anyone’s throat.  I’m not trying to offend, change politics minds, or push my lifestyle on anyone. I simply wanna make high energy music that fans can dance along to.”

If listeners pick up an early 2000s vibe in the album, it is intentional.  “I think my brain is stuck in the early millennium because that era of music was simply fun with no agenda and that’s the kind of vibe I live by.”

Jaime Adrian was born on the east side of Chicago.  His father passed away when he was 17.  His mother raised him and his little brother and sister on her own.   It was a Mexican and very Catholic neighborhood and kids often made fun of Jaime for being different.  They called his love of singing “not something a real man would do” and for years, they managed to silence his voice.   

Until The X Factor came calling.  Jaime Adrian flew to Kansas City and after performing for the preliminary judges, he learned he had made it to the live show auditions!

The show did not go as planned, however.  L.A. Reid called Jaime’s performance horrible karaoke.  Demi Lovato told Jaime that he was a good singer but that it was the wrong song choice.  He spent the rest of the day crying in his hotel room from embarrassment, determined to stop singing.

In 2020, Jaime moved back to Chicago where he met music producer Velvet Code.   “Velvet encouraged me to find my voice again,” Jaime explains.  “We started with one song, then another, and another.”

Their latest single, “Lollipop,” released this summer, won much acclaim for the young singer.   With its dark Latin/reggaeton pop beat, the track clapped back at the negative people who have tried to quash Jaime’s spirit.   It appears on No Agenda.

“If you would have told me before 2020 that I’d have a completed album in 2024, I wouldn’t have believed it. I worked my butt off all last year to complete No Agenda, saving and paying for it all out of pocket.”

“This journey has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done and I want Velvet Code and all of the people who have supported me to know how grateful I am,” Jaime continues.   “This didn’t happen overnight and no luck was involved. No Agenda has been years of blood, sweat and tears but in the end, I can attest that it’s worth it to take a chance on life and keep shooting for the stars!”

Roger Kuhn 
Kaleidoscope

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Indigiqueer Music Artist Roger Kuhn Releases Two-Spirit Anthem, "Kaleidoscope."

Roger Kuhn’s new single, “Kaleidoscope” - his first since signing with music label, So Fierce Music - is a dance song rooted in classic house and progressive EDM that asks listeners: what do you believe? and what does it mean to be free?

For the artist, freedom is pursing his dreams and living his truth, which is why after working as a psychotherapist for the past decade, Kuhn decided to take time away from his practice and prioritize his creative expression once again.  “I love being a music artist,” explains the singer-songwriter whose breakout single from 2008, "What's Your Name," was crowned Song of the Year by the Stonewall Society for the Arts. “Even the lyrics in “Kaleidoscope” reflect on my joy,” Kuhn continues.  “I sing about flying through the sky, never being so high, and how I can’t believe I’m not falling.  That’s who I am when I am performing live or writing songs.  I am living my ultimate purpose and celebrating my authentic self.”

Roger Kuhn’s real self includes being a bi-racial, bi-cultural, Two-Spirit Indigiqueer artist.  His father was of German and Russian descent and his mother is a Poarch Creek woman.   He recalls his childhood in rural North Dakota as being a mix of curiosity and wonder where he would spend hours meandering through the forests on the family farm, singing and writing songs.  Sadly, there were moments of horror, too, as his father was an abusive alcoholic who terrorized Roger’s family.  The pain was further exacerbated by the young boy’s feelings of isolation as he began to question his gender and sexual orientation.

“I always knew I was different from the other kids my age,” Roger Kuhn reflects today.  “I never felt like a boy, nor did I feel like I girl.  I grew up loving He-Man, Thundercats, Barbie, and She-Ra.  I used to pretend I was Madonna and David Bowie at the same time.”

It wasn’t until his mid 20s when he discovered what it meant to be Two-Spirit.  Coined by Dr. Myra Laramee of the Fisher River Cree Nation in 1990, Two-Spirit is used to signify male, female, and intersexed individuals who combine activities of both gender traits. In most tribes, they are considered neither men nor women; they occupy a distinct, alternative gender status.

Roger says his gender is best described as circular, meaning he is not on a fixed binary.   It is the same with his sexuality.   “Gender and sexual orientation can be seen through a kaleidoscopic lens,” he explains. “When you peer through a kaleidoscope you see multiples shapes, colors, expressions, and beauty, which is what life is like if we allow ourselves to see beyond the ordinary.”

Kuhn sings about it in “Kaleidoscope,” a song he co-wrote with producer Velvet Code and recorded at Mix Recording Studio in Los Angeles.    Its accompanying music video was shot in Toronto.  Directed by Joey Arrigo, edited by Director of Photography Phil Kim and produced by Velvet Code, with make-up by Lady Nova, the video features multiple bursts of colors with AI elements interspersed throughout to exemplify the kaleidoscopic ways of seeing life.   Like the song, it is meant to depict coming out of a dark period, finding inner strength, and celebrating liberation.   

“I have come to learn that the foundation for liberation is pleasure,” Roger Kuhn sums up.  “Pleasure heals.  That is why finding happiness and satisfaction is key in life.”

In 2022, Roger Kuhn was featured in the Levi's Pride campaign, underscoring his pivotal role in promoting awareness and acceptance within the Two-Spirit community.  Last year, he released a songwriting anthology called Mvto (the Muscogee word for ‘thank you’).   Crafted over the span of two decades, it is a captivating journey through Kuhn’s artistic evolution that demonstrates his remarkable ability to capture hearts and minds with his music and activism.

Roger Kuhn’s “Kaleidoscope” is being distributed by So Fierce Music/The Orchard/Sony Music Entertainment and will be available on Apple Music, Spotify, and all digital platforms on Friday, January 12:  orcd.co/kaleidoscope2024

Shygirl 
Releases music video for "thicc," one of her final offerings before officially ringing in the new year.

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Shygirl shares the music video for "thicc," one of her final offerings before officially ringing in the new year. Directed by Jacob Erland, the trance- inducing visual follows Shygirl and featured artist Cosha into a rave-like wonderland bursting with color.

Filled with kaleidoscopic visuals, the music video highlights her deep-rooted affinity for club and electronic music as viewers follow Shygirl into her imagined club scene. "thicc" sees Shygirl’s vocals weave in and out of the song against the pulsating beat, hypnotizing and inviting the listener to let go of their inhibitions. Billboard described as, "a straight hit to the listener’s pleasure center."

Speaking on the track Shy explains: "[This was] originally a song we’d made around the same time as some of the album tracks but I decided to hold this one back. I’ve enjoyed teasing this one at festivals and shows while still in demo mode for over a year already with the idea of somehow infusing the energy of the crowd into this final version of the song - 'thicc' is fun and carefree and definitely a tease - all the classic traits of club shy."

Earlier this year, Shygirl’s debut album N ymph was shortlisted for the 2023 Mercury Prize Albums of the Year and saw Shy receive the AIM UK Independent Breakthrough award. The musician also opened up for Beyoncé for her Renaissance stop in London and released N ymph_o, a deluxe version of her well-received debut album. Nymph_o, features Björk, Tinashe, Arca, Erika de Casier, Eartheater, Fatima Al Qadiri, and more. Fusing experimental pop and deconstructed club music, Shygirl's debut album Nymph was praised for its intimacy and emotional depth. The album included the tracks "Shlut," "Nike, "C   oochie (a bedtime story)," " Come For Me" and "F   irefly," all of which showcased Shygirl's innovative approach.

Sam Campbell 
Reveals Their Unfiltered Self in Debut Single, “Where Do I Go”

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Meet Sam Campbell, a 30-year-old singer/songwriter.   Sam's life has been an intricate tapestry of passion and struggle. Music has been a constant companion since their earliest memories, offering solace during the relentless battles with mental illness. From a young age, Sam found solace in the written word, channeling their emotions into poems, lyrics, and personal reflections. Putting their pain on paper became a vital outlet, allowing them to navigate the tumultuous seas of life.

Sam's approach to matters of the heart has always been open-minded. While they primarily dated men, they also occasionally shared affection with women, which initially made it challenging to neatly define their sexual orientation. Eventually, they fully embraced their bisexuality, discovering an equal affinity for both genders. Sam's coming out journey was remarkably smooth, thanks to the understanding and acceptance of the people who matter most in their life.

Their relationship with alcohol began at a young age, and the concept of moderation remained elusive. Sam's journey through life was marked by various adversities, including sexual abuse, tumultuous relationships, and internal torment. They lost control over time, allowing their mind and body to be battered by external traumas and the numbing embrace of alcohol.

Seeking a fresh start, Sam moved to Alberta, Canada, hoping to escape their traumatic past and redefine themselves in a place where nobody knew their history. However, their struggle with addiction continued as they fell deeper into the world of substance abuse and self-destructive behavior.

During this tumultuous time, the call of music grew louder in Sam's heart. Their words transformed into emotions given life, and their voice became a vessel for pain to dance upon. Watching live bands and connecting with musicians ignited a passionate dream of sharing their own music with the world.

Despite their persistent struggles, Sam sought help and was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder. Six months into sobriety, they decided to return to PEI to rebuild the life they had torn apart. However, the path to recovery was anything but smooth, marked by accidents, mental health diagnoses, and a rollercoaster ride of emotions.

But Sam's determination and resilience shone through. They embarked on a journey to find the right combination of medication, therapy, and support, eventually leading them to a life that, while not without its share of challenges, is filled with moments of happiness and beauty.

Today, Sam runs their own cleaning business, explores modeling and photography, and tirelessly works towards making their music dreams a reality. With the support of Velvet Code, their team, and the You Do You Foundation, Sam is closer than ever to sharing their music with the world and connecting with those who resonate with their unique journey. Sam's story is one of strength, self-discovery, and the pursuit of artistic dreams against all odds.

Sam Campbell’s  “Where Do I Go” is being distributed by So Fierce Music and Sony Orchard and is available on Apple Music, Spotify, and all digital platforms.  

Parralox 
Goodbye Berlin

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“Goodbye Berlin”, the new single from Parralox, the electronic pop band fronted by out singer John von Ahlen, is a synthpop-retrowave track about running away from a lover.

It’s darker and more introspective than the band’s recent release, “Tears of Faith”, but like its predecessor, is also based on real life.  “I wrote the song after a tense visit with a friend in Berlin,” von Ahlen explains.  “It got to the point where I literally had to get the hell out of Berlin as quickly as a I could. I mean, I just didn’t want to be there.”  Some of the lyrics are taken directly from text messages von Ahlen sent to friends at the time, including the song’s opening line:  I spent three days walking in the rain. “I escaped to London a few days later where I wrote the song in a day, taking elements of what happened and turning it into a bitter-sweet love song,” the singer-songwriter says.   

Johanna Gervin, who sings the lead vocals on ‘Goodbye Berlin’, scored the opportunity by being at the right place at the right time.  “A few days after writing the song in London, I was in Manchester for a gig,” John von Ahlen continues.  “Johanna lives in Manchester, so I asked her to record the vocals.  She nailed it with a sound that exudes that sense of isolation and detachment I felt in Berlin.”

“I was actually pregnant when we recorded the song and boy oh boy, I didn't realize how out of breath I would get carrying my daughter,” Gervin laughs.  “It did, however, give John wanted the vocal quality he was after.”

The music video was filmed late at night in Manchester, UK and depicts von Ahlen and Gervin, dressed in black, walking alone in the city center. John von Ahlen chose locations that looked moody and bleak, in order to fit the sentiment of the song.   “I’ve been directing music videos for over two decades, and it can be jarring when you have to step into the role of director with people you are close with, as I am with Johanna,” von Ahlen reflects.  “Luckily, Johanna’s a real trooper, a professional who takes direction and never complains, even when it’s two in the morning and freezing cold, like how it was on the shoot for Goodbye Berlin!”

“Goodbye Berlin” is the second single release from Parralox’s Genesis album.  “Genesis is more mature than anything we’ve ever produced, especially in terms of its songwriting,” von Ahlen contends.  “When the band first started, we borrowed a lot from the 80s. We still do today, but to a much lesser extent. We’re finding more of our own style and exhibiting our own unique perspective.”

Parralox launched in 2007 when, on a whim, John von Ahlen collaborated with vocalist Rowena "Roxy" Martin for a track he had written, “I Fell in Love with a Drum Machine”. The song became a hit and led to the duo recording their first album together, Electricity.

Now in its fifteenth year, the band has experienced several shake-ups.  It currently features John von Ahlen as the band’s lead vocalist and female vocalists Johanna Gervin, Jane Badler, and Louise Love.  Ian Burden (formerly of The Human League) rounds out the band in the role of guest Bass Guitarist.

“I hope fans enjoy our new sound,” John von Ahlen continues. “It’s been a while since we released original material, and it’s really so awesome to get this out there. It never ceases to amaze me when we get feedback on social media about the songs and videos, and it’s really rewarding when people say they are inspired by the songs.  It’s the ultimate compliment.”

“Goodbye Berlin” is available on Spotify and all digital platforms.  

Christmas
Cher's First-Ever
Christmas Album

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October 25, 2023

Cher has made our holiday wishes come true with the release of Cher Christmas – available now via Warner Records.

Christmas, Cher’s first new studio album in five years, includes 13 songs - several holiday classics and four originals. It also has a star-studded list of musical besties including Darlene Love, Stevie Wonder, Michael Bublé, Cyndi Lauper and Tyga.

 “I never say this about my own records but I’m really proud of this one. It is one of the most amazing highlights of my career,” commented Cher.

The Guardian raved, “The catchy dance track, ‘DJ Play a Christmas Song,’ evokes a night that’s anything but silent.” And Consequence added, “‘DJ Play a Christmas Song’ is a rebel’s anthem for anyone whose parents told them Santa Claus would skip their house if they didn’t go to sleep”

“DJ Play A Christmas Song," the first single, was written by Sarah Hudson (Dua Lipa, Katy Perry, Troye Sivan) and her team who contributed four new songs for the album. 

Recorded primarily in LA and London, Christmas was produced by longtime collaborator Mark Taylor (“Believe”). Songs include beloved superstar duet classics “What Christmas Means To Me" with Stevie Wonder and "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" with Darlene Love. (Darlene first recorded the song with Phil Spector and a l7-year-old Cher singing background vocals); in addition to a haunting version of “Home" written and sung with Michael Bublé. 

One of the many highlights is a duet by Cher and Stevie Wonder of Stevie’s “What Christmas Means to Me." Commented Cher, “Every time I hear that harmonica, I’m a teenager again. It’s a personal dream come true for me to record this song with Stevie.”

Two other standouts include an unexpected pairing with Tyga on another Sarah Hudson song called “Drop Top Sleigh Ride” produced by Alexander Edwards, Mike Crook and Ryan OG, and the magnificent "Angels in the Snow" plus "Put A Little Holiday In Your Heart" with Cyndi Lauper.

Cher is also celebrating the 25th anniversary of her multi-platinum Grammy-winning "Believe” with the release of Believe 25th Anniversary (Deluxe Edition) on Warner Records.

CHER CHRISTMAS TRACK LIST:

1.    DJ Play A Christmas Song
2.    What Christmas Means To Me (with Stevie Wonder)
3.    Run Run Rudolph
4.    Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) [with Darlene Love]
5.    Angels In The Snow
6.    Home (with Michael Bublé)
7.    Drop Top Sleigh Ride (with Tyga)
8.    Please Come Home For Christmas
9.    I Like Christmas
10.  Christmas Ain’t Christmas Without You
11.  Santa Baby
12.  Put A Little Holiday In Your Heart (with Cyndi Lauper)
13.  This Will Be Our Year

Baby Tate Presents
Sexporation: The Musical

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October 25, 2023

Rising star and pansexual artist Baby Tate shares the official trailer for her anticipated new EP Baby Tate Presents – Sexploration: The Musical. The project arrives Friday, October 27th, via Warner Records.

The cheeky one-minute clip hints at what to expect from this variety show-style five-track body of work. With bright colors, wild choreography, puffy wigs, and lots of double entendres, Tate promises “love, self-discovery, and SEXPLORATION,” inviting viewers to “embark on a journey.” Emphasizing inclusivity, celebrating all body types, flaunting gender diversity, and upending sexual standards, it serves as her most provocative, passionate, and powerful project to date.

This is the sex-positive musical Gen-Z has been waiting for. With production by Justin Tranter, the Atlanta native holds nothing back with lusty lyrics, head-turning hooks, and her one-of-a-kind flows. 

Last month, she introduced Baby Tate Presents – Sexploration: The Musical with “Jersey,” which has already tallied over 1.4M streams. Immediately, Billboard named it among “R&B/Hip-Hop Fresh Picks of the Week.” This week, Tate covers The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, who proclaimed that she’s one of the “women rappers shatter[ing] Atlanta’s hip-hop ceiling.” They also said, “Baby Tate’s carved her own lane that blends pop, rap, R&B and dance music as if they’re one genre.” 

With the release of Baby Tate Presents – Sexploration: The Musical next Friday, her star power will undoubtedly continue to rise. Watch as she puts all her talents on full display with scintillating style and authentic embodiment of self-love.

This is the sex-positive musical Gen-Z has been waiting for all along. As for the EP itself, Baby Tate holds nothing back with lusty lyrics, head-turning hooks, and her one-of-a-kind flows.
 

Paul David 
Twin Cities Queer Musician Releases New Single

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October 25, 2023

We are sitting down today with Twin Cities queer musician, Paul David, to talk a little bit about his career and his new single.  Welcome Paul David!  Tell us a little about yourself?
Wouldn’t it be amazing if I were raised by gypsies in a small Eastern European country and smuggled out during the purge only to find out I was the son of the ruler of Taygete in the Palladian system hiding on earth for my own protection?   Yeah, well I cannot confirm or deny that storyline—the official story is I grew up a suburban boy in right here in the Twin Cities.  Bloomington was my stomping grounds for the first 18 years of my life. My Dad, James, was a draftsman and mom, Joan, worked for the high school my sister, Rachelle, and I attended.  

My Dad instilled us with a strong work ethic and a drive for perfection, while my mom balanced that with an understanding that it is OK to sit back, relax and read a book. I thank her for my appetite to read.

We were a happy family who got along with each other.  My aunt and uncle owned a 50-acre horse ranch in Stillwater, Minnesota, and weekends and summers were spent playing with our cousins—riding horses, running through the forest playing our made-up game of “Logan’s Run” (based upon the ‘70’s movie and TV series) or using $1000 of my uncle’s precious lumber to build free standing house-forts in their forest.

My sister, my cousins and I would spend time inside writing books and were self-published well before that was a thing: “publishing” them by gluing the typed pages into a piece of folded cardboard covered in old wallpaper.  My cousin, Anna, and I were close in age, and we have a cooking show and would combine things we found in the kitchen and make our younger sisters, Rachelle and Sarah, try our creations then clean up our mess.

I started piano lessons in elementary school and drums in the 6th grade. I sang in our church choir and in the high school swing choir…. I was drum major for the marching band when not playing snare drum.  I did all the school plays and competed on the speech team.  All those experiences have informed who I am and how I do what I do in this life.

Why did you decide to write and record music in the first place?
When I was a kid, I loved singing and dancing along to records in my living room (it’s surprising I didn’t become a drag queen… I was pretty good at it).  Music was something that made me feel alive—I loved singing and dancing.  When it came time to go to college, the only thing I could think to do was music. I applied to several colleges and Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, gave me an impressive scholarship. So, I set my sights on being a school music teacher.

While at school, I was one of the only drummers at the time and kept getting pulled to all the ensembles to play—and I found I really didn’t like kids much—so I changed my major from education to performance.

I fell in love with a large cousin of the xylophone, the marimba, and spent hours perfecting my craft.  I was going to be the first world class marimbaists with a purple mohawk.  It was the 1980’s and I loved messing with my hair.  For my junior percussion recital, I had finished directing my church choir for the morning, went to the mall and had them shave my hair into a mohawk and color it purple.  I walked on stage with a purple mohawk in a black tuxedo—I thought it was stunning.  It was a good thing I could play, because the classically focused faculty was not thrilled with the theatrics. The jazz and pop teachers were more supportive.

During college, I shed my protected, suburban background and began to discover who Paul David was—or was supposed to be. I, quite by accident, discovered my sexuality was not what I thought it was going to be.  At college, I met my soul mate and tussled with my queerness bouncing from girlfriend to boyfriend as I discovered who, and how, I loved.

I truly loved my college experience.  It was everything college should be.  However, when I graduated, I found not everyone was beating down my door for a purple mohawked classical marimbaist.

So I got a day job and made music on the side—mostly in church settings, where I was very comfortable.  I also found I had something to say. And in my heart, I was really a rock and roll baby.  While working for the Metropolitan Community Church in Minneapolis, I sold my marimba and bought an electric keyboard that I could program with percussion, bass, horns—all the things I needed to take the music ministry I was working with to a higher level.  In fact, that is still my main keyboard 25 years later in my home studio.

While working with the church, I got to write and arrange a lot—and work with volunteers.  I polished my skills in not just composition and performance, but team building.  That career path resonated with my soul.

However, the Universe decided it was time for Paul David to grow.  I left that role for financial reasons and over the next two years, all I knew in my personal life was to be torn down to make a new creation.  I ended a 15-year relationship when my partner got into drugs.  That adventure ended up with losing not only my relationship, but my home.  The music went dormant for a while too.  I was playing in a few pit orchestras, but the personal music creating was put on hold until I was asked by the local LGBT orchestra to write something for them.  2006 saw the birth and world premiere of “Emergence”—a tone poem inspired by the coming out process written specifically for the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra.  Shortly after that, I met the man who I would marry, Tom.

As we put our life together, I began writing again and took a role with another church in their music department.  When the pandemic hit, I had a lot of time to work in my studio and began churning out the music I am releasing today.

You just released a new single.  Tell us about it.
Show Me the Sizzle is just a great line!  It’s about the “Je ne sais quoi” that takes something from ordinary to extraordinary.  We all possess the ability to do this.  We just need to dig deep and find our version of it and have the courage to bring it forward.

I was listening to “Get Me Bodied” by Beyonce in my car recently and loved the way the claps in the song acted as the percussion.  And her quasi chant of the lyrics intrigued me.  Now run that through the filter of big band and ‘70’s easy listening and boom: Show Me the Sizzle was born!  It’s a confection, let’s be real. This is not a song that is going to save anyone’s soul, but it is a catchy, fun bop.  You get to the bridge and I had WAY too much fun recording that.  

Who are your inspirations in the music industry?
Being from the Twin Cities, and a child of the 1980’s, Prince was an enormous influence on me.  I never met him personally, but I have had the privilege of working with and getting to know several of his side musicians.  

I am also inspired by innovators outside of the mainstream music industry.  One of my biggest influences was my jazz professor at Coe College, Dr. Paul Smoker. He was an avant-garde jazz trumpeter who taught me to learn the rules, then break the rules. He helped open my mind to finding music in all things.  There are generally sounds in my work generated from unique sources.  In “We Can B Free” I used a take of my dog barking at me while I was recording and layered it with claps. I did a virtual overdub for the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus small group, OutLoud and their recording of a song called “You Are Enough”.  I used a large dildo as the snare drum sound (processed, of course) because what could be funnier than a group of gay men singing “You are Enough” to the sound of a dildo being played?   In my song, “Karen Wants A Reservation” I use found audio of a disgruntled customer who wanted a reservation but couldn’t use restaurant.com to make one. In “Sunshine (after the Rain)” she makes another appearance with “God Bless America” after every one of my “funny” quips. 

How do you go about writing a song and what is your process?  
Well, it depends on where the muse leads me.  The music needs to go where the music needs to go.

I usually begin with the whisp of an idea…perhaps a groove idea…perhaps a chord change… perhaps a great line.   I may sit at my drums to find the groove or perhaps I find a sound on my synthesizer and see where that takes me.   Sometimes the music comes first… sometimes the lyrics come (and those just generally sit in a pile until I need something to match to the music). Sometimes the whole thing comes along together or sometimes it comes in chunks.  I have stacks of “works in progress” that may never be fully realized songs.  BUT, all those stacks are resources if I get stuck while writing. 

What are must haves when you're in the studio working?
I always scent my home studio with Palo Santo.  It is a wooden stick you burn as incense from South America.  It clears the air and puts me in the creative mood.  I also have my crystals and lupus lazuli to inspire creativity. 

What is the best piece of advice in this business you followed?
You do you, boo. Be who you are, do what you do for YOU, not for fans, or a label or anyone else.  Do your art for YOU. Ignore those that don’t “get” you.  

What artist have you had the pleasure of working with and what was it like?
In 2013 I worked on my single “Superhuman (feat. Dr. Fink)” with Matt Fink of Prince and the Revolution.  This was around the time Prince was getting Third Eye Girl ready to tour and while we were in the studio working, Prince took a playful shot at Matt, and I was there when he read it.  Needless to say, working with Matt, who is an amazing person as well as musician, was a bucket list thing.

Do you think your music is mostly enjoyed more for the beats or for the lyrical flow and content?
As a drummer, the groove is super important to me.  But generally, I pay great attention to my lyric content.  My hope is that the groove catches you, but the lyrics keep you coming back. 

What's your all-time favorite song? 
Do I have to pick just one? I would say “A Little Less Conversation” by Mac Davis (yes, I know Elvis recorded it too, but I am talking about Mac’s version—who wrote the song—on his “Sound Painter” LP).  Funky, minimal and fun. 

What was the last album you listened to?
Troye Sivan’s new one, “Something to Give Each Other”. 
Who have been some of your favorite artists that you’ve been able to work with? 

What is your main goal as far as music?
To touch as many people as possible through contact with my music.  I believe I have hope to give.  I believe I have inspiration to provide.  I believe I can get your butts shaking and your feet moving.  I want people to hear, listen and be inspired by what I offer the world. 

What separates you from other artists? (What makes you different?)
My perspective.  As with every artist, I am using the same 12 notes in various octaves colored by the tamber of instruments I chose.  My words are composed of the same 26 letters as every other artist. It is just my perspective on how to combine those letters, those notes and those sounds that make me unique. 

When you're not in the studio, what do you like to do for fun and relaxation?
I love hanging out with my husband and our dog Paris.  But in my free time, I read Tarot Cards for clients.  I guess it’s time to come out of the closet as a psychic!  I have always been drawn to the paranormal, and post-pandemic I wanted to do more with my gifts.  I mean, I have always known there is something more than we are taught to believe.  And I know my music comes from somewhere outside of me.  Tarot card reading is just an extension of that.

What can we expect from you in the future? Music! I also play a drum called a Rav Vast, which is amazing for meditation. I have a new song completed to be released in the upcoming months called “The Persistent Motion of Water” which is a very minimal piece, but super interesting. I also am working on the most positive song ever written called “Affirmation”. I am REALLY excited to get this one out. It is all about self-talk and believing in yourself. 

Where can the fans check out for your music? While I am on all social media platforms, the best way to stay abreast of the new music coming out is via my website. I even have cool merch! 

Queen Sir Jet 
Genderfluid Singer Mixes Muscle and Fem

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October 11, 2023

The genderfluid, introverted muscle fem pop singer Queen Sir JET hopes her new high energy dance single, “Male Femininity,” will inspire listeners to shun society’s ideas of what they should conform to and embrace their true selves.  “My parents never had a problem with their son being homosexual, but they had a huge issue with him being gender queer,” the artist explains.  She says the music industry has too. “I have been told over and over again that my image is not relatable to audiences,” she says, adding how the idea for “Male Femininity” came from the criticism she has received.   “I cannot control how people feel. I can’t make them like me.  I have to accept me and be happy with who I am: a soft- spoken feminine man who enjoys wearing lingerie and dresses over his crazy, big muscles.” Produced by Velvet Code and being distributed by So Fierce Music, Queen Sir JET’s “Male Femininity” is available on Spotify on all major platforms.  

“Growing up, my mother insisted everyone was either male or female,” Queen Sir JET recalls from her home in Los Angeles.  “My father tried to convince me that souls were gendered, and therefore no matter my outer appearance, my gender was fixed and could not change. I knew both of them were wrong because I’ve never quite felt totally male or female.” 

Much of Queen Sir JET’s music today is about her long journey to accepting her gender and learning to love herself.  “My songs tend to be about my struggles with self-confidence.  I tend to doubt every decision I make; constantly wondering if my choices are right.   Will the future lead to happiness or am I destined to never reach my life’s full potential?”

Queen Sir JET grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and later Scottsdale, Arizona with her two parents and older sister.   She was a two-year-old male who wanted to play with dolls and wear sparkly leotards that grew into a teenager who despised his body hair and his changing voice.  A doctor diagnosed her as having a mental disorder, gender dysmorphia, and put her on anti-depressants.

“It wasn’t until I was 28, living on my own in Hollywood, when I began to understand it was safe to come out of hiding.”  Queen Sir JET modeled for an eccentric designer who encouraged her desire to wear female clothing and paint her nails.  She bleached her hair like her idol Marie Fredrikkson of Roxette, and shestarted doing photoshoots with her own lingerie creations.

She was thrilled to finally escape the heteronormative world, and she embraced her new identity in her music, releasing her first EP dedicated to her gender fluidity, Shout-out to the Lonely, in 2012. The title track featured an elaborate video directed by Madonna’s former back-up dancer, Carlton Wilburn. In 2020, Sir JET, as she was known at the time, released her first full-length album, Empowered Bottom.  The video for the title single paid homage to famous gender-fluid singers who embody the spirit of empowerment. Last year, she released the single “Alive”, her first collaboration with producer Velvet Code.  It was the first to be released under her new moniker, with “Queen” added to her name.  “Male Femininity” is Queen Sir