Hello lovely people!
I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend and their Tuesday doesn’t feel completely like a Monday. To continue my trend of “Tunesday” posts, but also give a nod to National Coming Out Day, today’s selections will be by some LGBTQ+ artists I enjoy.
Fame came overnight for Halsey with the release of New Americana which absolutely blew up. Openly and unashamedly bisexual singer/songwriter from close-by New Jersey. I had the pleasure of seeing her live with my sister in July and it was such an incredible show. Her latest full length album, Badlands, was released in August of 2015. Love her music, love her.
Openly gay (he came out in 2012) singer, songwriter and rapper. Ocean just released his latest album in August of this year and my favorite track is Ivy (only covers of the song are currently on YouTube, but check it out on Spotify)
Most well known in mainstream music for her female vocals on Macklemore’s “Same Love” track released in 2012 (her full version can be found here) but talented on her own as well. Fun fact: I saw her perform live at Boston Pride in 2015 and she was so good!
A former Disney Channel Movie star and the actress who played Velma in two Scooby-Doo movies is also a respected singer/songwriter. Although she has never publicly come out, she’s made mentions of songs (such as her latest release Gravel to Tempo) being about the crushes she had on girls in high school and a theme in her music videos seems to be that of having two girls as the main characters/love interests.
Tegan and Sara
Canadian identical twins who are both openly gay and very active supporters of the LGBT community. Their career is almost hitting the 10 year mark, but I just discovered them in 2013 and really like their indie pop sound.
California native singer/songwriter who has gained fame to her songs from her growing YouTube and Tumblr following. If you check out her YouTube page you’ll find a number of covers as well as her original music. Her first EP, Every Shade of Blue, was released to Spotify and Apple Music in September and the songs were highly inspired by her girlfriend Hope.
I think it’s important for people to have music they connect to, and sometimes it’s nice to hear a girl singing about another girl or a guy singing about another guy when we live in such a hetero-normative world. Music is something that connects us all and I hope you all enjoy listening!