THE OUT LESBIAN SINGER ISN’T SHY ABOUT HER MESSAGE THAT “LOVE IS LOVE”; HOWEVER, HER MESSAGE IS NOT EXCLUSIVELY AIMED AT THE LGBT COMMUNITY
Tell us a little about yourself and your background in music.
When I was four, my parents enrolled me in the Yamaha School of Music, where I began to take piano lessons. I began playing music solely by ear and composed my first piece of music. The older I got, the more my talents continued to progress. At the age of sixteen, my godfather brought me to Cove Studios in New York City to meet with Richie Jones. At the time, he was recording with J.Lo, Celine Dion, Jessica Simpson, Marc Anthony, and many more. This was the beginning of a dream come true for me. I got to sing for Richie and he told me he thought I was talented. From that point I began vocal lessons with Don Lawrence. I realized that I wanted to learn to communicate with an audience through music. I enrolled in the SAE School of audio engineering in Manhattan, and from there I started working on scoring music on some independent films as well.
What was the motivation for this first single?
The motivation was my personal experience coming out. People of all ages feel they do not belong in today’s world because of their sexual orientation. I wanted to write a song that would speak to this particular issue, and reach out to these individuals who were frowned upon. My single allows individuals to understand that they are not alone and that it does get better. If my words and music can help the world know that, no matter the color, religion, or sexual orientation, love is love is love, then I have accomplished my goal.
Many of the topics in your video, such as homophobia, racism, and bullying are very hot right now. What are you hoping to add to the discussion?
I’m hoping to reach the hearts and souls of people who have been affected, or are being affected, by homophobia, racism, and bullying through my lyrics.
Do you consider yourself a gay artist?
I am openly gay; however, my music is not only aimed at the LGBT community.
Many artists, such as Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Macklemore have loudly spoken against homophobia and racism. Do you feel like being gay adds something to that message?
I commend, respect, and support these artists for taking a stand. Personally being gay adds a lot to the message, given the fact that I have gone through it firsthand. Therefore, I believe I add a fresh and more personal perspective to these particular issues.
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