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Volume 2.0 is here and with it brings more fantastic LGBTQ musical artists and entertainers. There have been a lot of internal changes here at Loud and Proud Online Entertainment. The biggest perhaps is the decision to take a big leap and venture out as our own individual small business. Although this was no easy decision, my passion and love for this has carried us in this direction. I never imagined that following my passion and chasing a dream of doing what I love would actually turn into my own business one day. Now that it has- neither I nor my team have any intention of slowing down. Along for the ride are my amazing Co-Founders; Kurt Schmierer and J Charles Ballew. These two are far more than just Co-Founders and business associates to me. While Kurt started as my boss and mentor at another local publication–he soon became one of my best friends and family too. Charles, I am very honored to say, is my beloved Husband. He is not only my love and biggest supporter but a muse to me as well. I cannot express enough what their help, support, encouragement and Love means to me and what is has done for me in terms of personal growth. I am eternally grateful for both of them. There are a lot of new things in Volume 2.0 that I am incredibly excited to show our readers. The wonderful Karmen Buttler tells us about her experience at the recent performance at Tri-Studios and shares footage of the entire show as well as her cover of a Grateful Dead song, “Stella Blue”. In this Volume we are graced with articles and interviews from several different local and national writers. The magnificent Jennifer LaRue provides a very detailed article on Piano Rocker Avi Wisnia. Avi is one of those multi-faceted artists who shows support for several different communities and is beaming with human compassion. It is this compassion that ultimately won me over and my decision to place him as the artist on the cover of this Volume. Sherry Miller met with Crystal Bowersox before her show here in Spokane and provides a great look into the authenticity of their conversation and Crystal Bowersox as an individual. Also in this Volume are interviews by Bryan Metz and Jason Salerno. Both of whom come from the wonderful people over at Project Publicity. We have received a lot of support and positive remarks from Jeff of Project Publicity and we are grateful to able to share their writers inside look into Billy Winn and Faith Michaels. Through the process of bringing all this together we found ourselves on a journey to push ourselves into new territory we have yet to explore. It is not only us as a team that makes Loud and Proud so special and unique but what it means to the artists as well. We strive to adapt and improve with the intent of providing a resource to our LGBTQA communities Musical Artists and Entertainers. So with great excitement but no further ado... LOUD AND PROUD VOLUME 2.0 Jeremy Price-Ballew Founder/Operator
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By: Sherry Miller
When you listen to an artist on pandora, itunes or maybe even an old school CD, sometimes you think: â€œYou know, I bet that artist would be amazing to hang out and talk to.â€? Crystal Bowersox is exactly that. She is real and authentic and easy to talk to. There is no carefully manufactured image, no publicist prepared speeches or canned answers to questions. She is as real and genuinely talented as they come. She has never been interested in falsifying an image, instead striving to make people feel like the could hang out and be on the same level.
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Many people know Crystal from her turn on American Idol Season 9 securing the runner-up spot. In the five years since the show she has recorded and toured steadily maintaining and building a fanbase across all genres; country, jazz, soul, bluegrass, rock- even recording with John Popper of the Blues Travelers. Getting to sit down with Crystal in the green room of the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane before her show felt like sitting down at my kitchen table talking to an old friend and catching up on life after not seeing each other for a while. She introduced me to her crew then curled up in a chair to answer all the questions I had for her- everything from the most embarrassing CD she owns (she still has the ex files in her digital library) to if she sings to her son (there’s a song in everything, of course she does). She tolerated my blatant attempt at a good juicy scoop- Lee DeWyze performing in the same town on the same night... an American Idol musical crush secret revival? Sorry, no dice. But yes, she did “meow” Ryan Seacrest in one of her final exchanges with him on the show- part shout out to Steve Lemme, part bet with a producer (and yes, the producer paid up). We talked about being a parent on the road- her little man not only travels with her but also checks all the seats in a venue first thing to make sure the audience will be safe
before the show. Crystal loves to travel- a chance to be a stranger for a moment, be obscure in a new place. From Portland where she feels most comfortable and safe to Maine, Austin, Chicago, Atlanta- any venue where there is a chance to share and connect with people. While she looks forward to getting home to her cats, sleeping in her own bed, standing in her own kitchen, Crystal has no plans to stop touring anytime soon- perhaps a little less but not a stop. She is planning a move to Nashville soon as well as recording more music but still wants to be on the road for the long foreseeable future. Perhaps the most intriguing thing about sitting down to talk to Crystal is seeing how strong and confident she is in her skin. In the music industry it can be easy to sway to a specific image producers and managers want to sell, immeasurably so when your first major exposure is on national television via a reality show. Crystal has gracefully stayed true to herself through the growing pains of career and life in the public eye never shying away from being vocal or allowing her profile be a way to reach out and spread a message to people. She has never regretted speaking about her struggle with diabetes. Her decision to be open about her sexuality was not a big deal. To Crystal, it isn’t about her, it’s
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about who she can reach and who may garner strength from her voice. In that vein, she took her American Idol experience as a chance to try new things. Being one to make the form fit her instead of fitting into a pre-made form, Crystal took the chance to try new songs, new outfits, step away from the comfortable, but never let it change who she was or how she did things. That openness to new experiences has carried forward and will continue to carry forward. When asked what musical projects she would like to try in the future: Broadway? Teaching? Collaborations? A movie soundtrack? Her answer was simply YES. Whatever comes, she is willing and eager to try it all. Crystal is the embodiment of calm confidence, self assurance, positive talk. She is open about the process of learning to love and accept others by learning to love and accept herself first. She surrounds herself with quality people and maintains her core touchstone of positive self talk. She has worked to change the negative reel in her head, found the importance of forgiving herself and forgiving others. It shows in her performance, especially in Farmer’s Daughter- a song packed with raw emotion and experiences that she has tempered and amended the ending to as part of her growth.
Graciously accepting all the “should’s” that come with the spotlight as concern and care instead of hearing them as destructive criticism, focusing on making sure people enjoy every live show as much as possible and leave with a good experience instead of focusing on album and ticket sales are what make Crystal a special breed of successful artist. She is the artist that plays for the audience, not herself. It is in every aspect of her show: the simple set of instruments versus a huge production, the real banter with the audience, taking a selfie with the crowd before she starts playing,
leaving the house lights partially up to be able to see and connect with people, staying after the show to talk to every single last person that wants an autograph or a picture. Her goal is to make someone smile, laugh, maybe even sing along.
songs to classic Willie Nelson and even a bit of Meghan Trainor, Crystal has a range and power that make you want to listen to her sing and play all night long. Even three bonus songs after her final song weren’t enough.
Being able to back that up with one of the most pure, raw, powerful voices in music today doesn’t hurt either. On stage Crystal is a powerhouse. There is no need for theatrics, smoke, lights, flashy costumes, all the bells and whistles (although she does whistle quite well) when she sings the way she does. Everything from her own
Crystal Bowersox is an artist with staying power. She is authentic in an industry that can seem manufactured and cheap. Her positive energy, openness, accessibility and talent will keep bringing audiences for years to come. Keep an eye out for many more great things to come.
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By: Jason Salerno Faith Michaels’ first full-length album features a fine blend of inspirational dance music mixed with camp songs, comedy tracks, and some sensual fare. There’s even a hint of bitchiness, which is surprising coming from a queen who has made a name for herself being the ‘queen of nice’.
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“Believe it or not, I can be nasty.” She confirms, with a devilish grin. “True, it isn’t often that these fabulous claws come out but like a pussy cat, if I’m cornered, the side that needs to snap people back into place comes out.” Since bursting on the club scene three years ago, Faith’s beats have been celebrated on dance floors throughout North and South America and Europe. “Fetish” won music video of the year in Germany. “Neva Eva Eva” received nominations from Canada’s RightOutTV. And last year, her “Work That Body” club anthem hit the Top 40 on the iTunes dance chart.
interview dance floor diva Pepper Mashay. I told her about a song I had written ten years earlier (“Fetish”) and how I had tucked it away. She said ‘you need to dust it off and release it honey!’ Soon after, I presented the track to DJ Twisted Dee who produced it and POW! I was an instant music artist!
“Pop” is available everywhere digital music is sold. It includes Faith’s hit new single, “Crooked”, featuring drag superstars Nina Flowers and Power Infiniti.
I would always dress up as Wonder Woman or Charlie’s Angels with a splash of Bionic Woman when I was a kid. At about the same time, I bought my first cassette tape. It was Madonna! So I think both happened at the same time.
Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into the music/ entertainment industry. I was born in Phoenix, Arizona and grew up in Tucson. I moved to Key West in 2003 and started working for Aqua nightclub. I hosted a show where I had the opportunity to
So drag came before music?
Was Boy George an early influence? I remember seeing a video of Boy George when I was a kid and he got into a rocket ship and winked at the camera. I told my brother ‘I love her! She’s beautiful!’ He said, ‘That’s a guy.’ I had to process everything for second and then I said, ‘I don’t care, I still love him.’ If
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truth be told, I loved him so much more! You’re often labeled a drag diva. Is that an accurate description of who you are as a performer? If a drag diva is someone who works hard and looks fabulous doing it, then yes. That about nails it. Do you worry your drag may hinder your chances to break into mainstream? I don’t know if it will help or hinder me. All I know is the costumes are beautiful. What image does your music convey? I would say it’s a little bit of everything: a little sexy, a little camp and a whole lot of dancing.
“Crooked” has been getting a lot of press. Congratulations! Oh, thank you. I so appreciate all the support and love. It means the world to me.
I listened to Adore’s album just yesterday and I love it! Alaska’s “Your makeup is terrible” is brilliant. It’s done so right! Competition in drag has become fierce. Is it because of RuPaul?
Do you know a lot of crooked queens?
Competition in drag has always been fierce. RuPaul just let the rest of the world know it. I love the I can think of some. When show! It helps the average person I first started doing drag, in on the fun while also showing I quickly realized I do not them that this is our job. This is our have time for drama and life. This is us. craziness. I know some people live for that and How did you manage to bring Nina love it but I’m not one of and Power together for Crooked? them. I couldn’t! All of our schedules Do queens support one are so insane. It was impossible another or is it every to get us all in the same room at queen for herself? the same time. We recorded our tracks separately and the fabulous The queens who have been producers brought them together. doing it for a long time Thank God for technology! support one another. It’s those newbies that can be, Why did you decide to make you know, crooked. “Crooked” the first release from your album? How do you feel about all the reality queens coming It was originally supposed to be out with albums? the only song. Then we started recording a few more singles and the next thing we knew, we had an album. Brandy Page Photography
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Why did you name it The Pop Album? Mainly because of the Pop photo on the cover. I knew I wanted it for the cover. What is your favorite song on the album? That’s like asking which of your kids do you like the most. I love them all. C’mon, every parent has their secret favorite! (Laughing) Ok, ok. “Panties”. It’s a fun song to sing and it mixes sensuality with camp. It’s very me. What song is the most fun to perform? “Crooked” because it’s got just enough bitchiness that makes audiences go mmmmm, she went there… and she’s right! What song on the album will be the fan-favorite? Probably “Outta My Way” because we all need a pick-me-up to help us reach our dreams. What’s next? We are working on the remix album. Nina Flowers is finishing up a new remix to crooked. After that, I’m ready to take a short break from the music. The queen’s gotta catch up on her beauty sleep!
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By Bryan Metz
As a boy, Winn was often bullied because of his voice. Kids would say he “spoke like a girl and acted gay.” At the time, he had no real idea what they meant but he associated ‘Gay’ with something that was wrong. He tried to speak in a lower register and was careful not to use effeminate words that might trigger ridicule. Unfortunately, the teasing didn’t stop. Luckily, he was able to lean on a large family who appreciated their imaginatively artsy kid and did not try to stifle his creativity. In fact, they persuaded him to stand out– something he works hard to do today.
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“There are so many artists out there who look alike, sound alike, and make the same kind of music,” he says. “I don’t want look or sound like anybody else. I don’t want to be the next anyone. I want to be the first Billy Winn.” The first two new singles, “He Won’t Do” and “Cruel Intentions” are out now.
music. I’ve played around with rock influences in the studio, so doing a rock song is definitely on my to do list.
What does it take to make it as an artist today?
(Laughing) Would it be pretentious to say I want to be one of the biggest names in the world?
I think the one thing it has always taken to make it as an artist is having a solid sense of who you are and being able to convey that in a way people can understand and relate to. I also think it’s important to use technology and social media to your advantage in order to get your work heard and gain exposure on a global scale.
Would you ever consider competing on a reality show? (Laughing) When I think reality shows, I think about the Housewives and shows of that nature. If I were to compete, though– I think I’d be best suited for The Voice, because I like how hands-on the coaches are during the competitions.
If you could have any established artist (living or even dead) as a coach, who would you choose? Prince! Listening to Prince always makes me want to dig
deeper and push beyond what I feel like my limits are. Also, his longevity in the business, and his ability to mix and cross genres while maintaining his own identity are things I would love to study up close.
Why did you choose dance music? I started going to clubs when I was 15. I remember just watching how the crowd reacted to the music. How excited everyone became when their song would come on. I remember how infectious it was, once I started dancing. To this day I still get that same feeling whenever I hear good dance music and it’s the kind of feeling I want to give people with my own songs.
Washington is big on rock… would you ever consider dabbling in rock music? Absolutely! I love pop and dance music but there’s a freedom in rock– an expressiveness that you don’t really find in other types of
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What do you hope to achieve as an artist?
How do you feel about gay artists who hide their sexuality? I think each of us has to do what we feel is best. As tolerant as the world may seem to be becoming with sexuality, it is still a huge taboo for a lot of people, so I can understand why some people choose...not to hide it per se, but just not talk about it.
Why did you decide to be loud and proud about yours? There was a time when I tried to hide it and pursue a career as a recording artist. I was miserable and I wasn’t getting anywhere. The moment I decided to just be me, just be Billy, things opened up in more ways than one. Making dance records definitely helped influence my decision too, because I feel free in the music, and it speaks to who I am.
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Do you worry it may limit your audience?
What are you exploring in your songs?
What do you like to do after a long day in the studio?
I don’t really think about it. I just create music and art that is true to me and hope that there are those out there who get something out of it.
I love writing about the gray areas of relationships. Like not being together but not totally being broken up, or continuing to see someone that you know is bad for you. I tend to write about things I’m trying to understand.
I’m usually in the studio for ten hours at least and don’t get out until 3 or 4 in the morning so I go straight to sleep.
Who are some out artists that you admire? Interestingly enough. The artists I admire most are people that I grew up thinking were gay and out. Artists like David Bowie and Grace Jones. They gave a visual experience as much as they gave you a musical one and they blurred the lines of sexuality and gender. I also admire artists who aren’t afraid of a bit of controversy in their work; Prince, Madonna, Janet Jackson…
What is something that makes you mad?
Do you write all of your material?
(Laughing) I do have a celeb crush but if I tell you then it won’t be a secret anymore!
When my time isn’t valued.
What is something that makes you happy? Coffee in the morning.
Who is your secret celeb crush?
Yes and I also take a huge part in the production as well.
Would you date a fan? I can’t say I wouldn’t but I think it would be difficult, especially if their attraction is to who they see on stage. I am not necessarily the same person behind closed doors. If we could get past that however... I don’t see why not.
What’s one piece of advice you live by? To always be myself, and to not apologize for it.
Where do you see yourself five years from now? Five years from now I see myself having released a few albums, touring the world and doing all the things I’ve always dreamed I’d do.
Billy Winn’s “Cruel Intentions/He Won’t Do” double single is available on iTunes from Ferocious Music/Kaleidosphere Records. For more information, visit BillyWinn.com or follow him on Facebook.
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Something Is Happening this June 11, 2015 In Spokane
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By: Jennifer LaRue
Life is a bowl of wisnias; sweet but also containing pits; pits and falls yet also nourishing. Singer, songwriter, and performer Avi Wisnia’s favorite color is cerulean; a radiant blue like the clearest sky you’ve ever seen; so beautiful and full of hope and wonder and yet, so overwhelming at times that it could almost swallow you. You cry and smile simultaneously; blue yet optimistic. Life goes on and all cherries have pits, and, though Avi does not feel that, as a performer, he has a duty or a message of a grand scale, he does feel that it’s important to tell stories honestly and in ways others can relate so they can, in turn, express their own truths; pits and all.
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One of the first songs Avi wrote is called “Sunday Afternoon” that came to fruition after a day spent with his first boyfriend in Central Park where they spread the blanket and reached with their eyes to the sky. “New Year” was spurred by a friend’s suicide attempt. In it, he croons, “They found him with his open hands. He was learning to let go. He had enough but was not full. He found it hard to swallow,” going on to urge listeners to remember that “this is a new year” and, in another song, he puts others at ease by reminding them, “It’s only me. No need to raise the alarm.” Avi’s eyes are wide open; embracing optimism in the face of strife and sorrow in front of audiences across the globe. Avi began his rhythmic journey when he was about 3-years-old and banging on pots and pans with a set of chopsticks. At the age of 5, he began studying piano, enjoying improvisational beats over sheet music. The son of a rabbi (and the grandson of a cantor), Avi watched his father in front of his congregation, conveying his messages and sentiments, and imparting his ways unto Avi who is comfortable with authentically pouring his heart out in front of a crowd. His decision to make his passion a career came in 2005 when he performed in a small café in the West Village in New York. The performance was for his senior thesis (he earned a bachelor’s degree from Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU) and the response was immediate; the café owner asked him, and his band made up of friends, to return. He gained a following and, a couple of years later, he released his debut EP “Avi Wisnia Presents:” and so it began. On his website, his biography is summed up: Award-winning singer/songwriter Avi Wisnia presents an eclectic mix of refreshingly original songs and inventive covers, finding inspiration in Brazilian bossa nova, acoustic American folk, 1950’s west-coast jazz, and contemporary pop. Avi’s clever lyrics give a knowing nod to his contemporaries, while his smooth vocals and deft piano skills assure you that this is truly something new. Avi has toured the country with his dynamic ensemble and his debut full-length album, Something New, performing in prestigious venues across the country – from The Kennedy Center to The Philadelphia Museum of Art, giving a TED talk about “The Nature and Nurture of Bossa Nova” and even spending a month performing in Brazil. Avi has performed alongside artists such as The Roots, Ani DiFranco, Arturo Sandoval, and Maroon 5, and his music has been featured on TV and in featured films, with a more in-depth bio describing his awards, shows, passions, as well as a blog that documents snippets of his experiences including a recent trip to Auschwitz with his grandfather, a Holocaust survivor.
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Photography by Thomas Hitchcock Avi is accredited with a long list of high-5s to prove the breadth of what he has accomplished but what is really important is simply what he does; connect with audiences. “We need to be more engaged and community oriented. We need to get to know our neighbors; the similarities and the differences with tolerance, openmindedness, and compassion,” he says. His way of doing this is by interacting with others through music and storytelling in a unique and unexpected mix of styles; a Jew from Jersey, Avi breaks stereotypes with Bossa Nova influences. He simply cannot get “Girl from Impanema” out of his head. “That song was a gateway drug into the world of Bossa Nova” (From Avi’s Ted Talk “Nature and Nurture of Bossa Nova”), a simple yet deep and complex genre that he describes as “paradoxically happy and melancholy.” Perhaps similar to that feeling you get while looking up at the cerulean sky and considering how life is like a bowl of cherries. Besides lifting others up with his music and musings, he is also philanthropic. From his website: Giving back and creating community through music has always remained a priority. In 2008, Avi created The No Brainer Benefit Concert with his family (his brother, also a musician, died from a brain tumor a few years back), which continues to raise funds and awareness for The National Brain Tumor Society. He has organized and hosted events like
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the annual Make Music New York Festival, The Bent Compass Party (for LGBT artists) and The House of Tribes Fundraiser (for Habitat for Humanity). Avi works with students, from high-schools to pre-schools, encouraging a new enthusiasm for music through discussions, workshops and interactive performances. Avi is also the creator of and ensemble director for The New York Megaphonica. When asked what the common theme or message is in his work, he responds, “I respond to life which is all about self-discovery, connecting with others, and being honest and true to yourself and others.” Avi’s future plans include the release of a new single this summer called “Sky Blue Sky” recorded via-satellite in Brazil, working on a new full-length album, hitting the road again for a tour (check his website’s calendar), and looking up at the big cerulean sky while humming a ditty. www.aviwisnia.com
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The first time I was introduced to Karmen Buttler was when I stumbled across a simple YouTube video. It was titled “Go Back Home” (“Something Great” on Daze of Love) and was set to simple footage of roadside and travel scenery that had me yearning to travel back to my hometown and family; a very bittersweet emotion for someone missing home. Seeing Karmen perform this and many of her other beautiful songs feels like a very personal, in-home experience and we are grateful for her and the folks at Tri Studios for letting us share this experience with you. As a small town boy who grew up listening to my Dad and other family members get together to pick some strings almost weekly, this shared performance with her father calls to a very special place in my heart and childhood memories. Karmen Buttler is one of those artists that connects with her listeners on a very genuine and emotional level. She is more than a singer/songwriter; in her interviews and in my communications with Karmen, I soon realized she was just as earnest as her music. Collected, sincere, and even wise, Karmen Buttler is a rare gem among artists. We are all honored to be able to share her beautiful live performance at Tri Studios with her Father, Dan Buttler, so you can see it as well. Jeremy Price-Ballew Founder Loud and Proud Online Entertainment
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A Memorable Night at Tri Studios Provided by Karmen Buttler
In February we had the distinct honor of performing at TRI studios in San Rafael, Ca. before a live studio audience. The show was filmed by the renowned Justin Kreutzmann and included ten original songs as well as one tribute cover of “Stella Blue” by the Grateful Dead. For those of you who don’t know, TRI is the musical playpen founded by Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead. It’s an amazing state-of-the-art studio that’s outfitted for high-end audio recording as well as video production and live streaming web production. It’s also where we recorded and mixed Daze of Love last year. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention one stand-out highlight from the evening- which was the attendance of Bob Weir himself. This is a guy I grew up listening to and as musician my Dad, Dan Buttler, has been a fan of and respected for years. We had a blast playing for Bob and the entire crew and crowd, and I’ll never forget Bob saying afterward that the show was beautiful and at times exquisite. A memorable night indeed.-
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Singer-songwriter Steve Grand remembers the first time he realized how powerful music could be. At a young age, riding in the car with his dad, listening to the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and the Beach Boys, he saw how a song could transport someone through time and space to a moment in the past. It’s a feeling he’s now given countless people himself with 2013’s release of “All American Boy,” his debut single. The song became a smash, viral hit, thanks in part to the self-produced and self-financed video, which went from zero to a million views on YouTube in a matter of days, all without the help of a label, a manager, or an agent. The imagery was pure Americana— campfires, American flags, country roads, whiskey, and hunky, shirtless men. But there was a twist.
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CLICK IMAGE Gay rocker Derek Bishop just released his sophomore album Bicycling In Quicksand, which seamlessly blends disco, euro-pop, and 80,s new wave. The ten-song album features Derekâ€™s trademark energy, showcasing bona fide grooves that harken back to the days when the music was funky and the beats were undeniable
My Gay Banjo is Owen Taylor and Julia Steele Allen on guitar, banjo, uke and vocals. Singing homespun gay-themed duets and occasional queered-up mash-ups, My Gay Banjo plays songs for you and your kind.
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Hailing from Portland, OR, Towering Trees was founded in 2007 by Ariel Carpenter. The band plays guitar-heavy rock songs with simple, catchy melodies and prominent bass lines and stop-and-go danceable rhythms. Towering Trees has self-released 2 EP’s (2010’s Proto and 2012’s Towering Trees EP).
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Matthew Ebel is a piano rocker, a voice actor, an author, and a goofball. His sciencefiction-themed performances and albums put him deep into Geek territory, yet his writing style remains approachable by all walks of life (human or otherwise).
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RYAN CASSATA is a singer-songwriter & transgender motivational speaker who – all by the young age of 21 – successfully cut 8 records, toured the States nationally, performed at some of the world’s biggest Pride Festivals, won Bay Shore High School’s first-ever Harvey Milk Memorial Award, became the youngest keynote speaker for the largest transgender conference in existence, appeared on TV several times, and starred in internationally screening documentary “Songs For Alexis.”
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Blending piano-driven original pop with elements of rock, soul and theatre, James Panther brings passion and a highly emotive presence to the stage. After years of refining his pop songwriting chops, this former choirboy is exploding onto the live music scene with a powerful message inspired by radical queer politics and art.
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After a couple of years of playing in the experimental, rock band, Wikkid, Busy Gangnes and Melissa Livaudais decided they had grown tired of live “rock” guitars and drums. Both members quit the band and formed Telepathe. Telepathe initially started out as effected, improvisational ‘shoe gazey’ style music which they recorded as Farewell Forest, an EP released on the Brooklyn label The Social Registry.
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With “FROOT”, Marina And The Diamonds’ first new noise since the death of alterego Electra Heart in 2013, Marina Diamandis has made a grand statement of intent. It’s a cathartic rebirth in nearly every way, and sees her veer away from the last LP’s stylistic and thematic intentions, instead returning to basics for a new chapter in her career and life.
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Burrowing into liminal space, that forgotten zone between the organic and the inorganic, reality and surreality,that’s the place Bluetech calls home. Boundless cosmic beats stretch out across sprawling ambient soundscapes. Melodic strings pluck and shimmer;echoing voices expand and contract over the electronic landscape. You can’t pin down Evan Bartholomew, and there’s no sense trying.
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Published on Jun 1, 2015
Published on Jun 1, 2015
Loud and Proud Volume 2.0 is here! Featuring Articles and Interviews on LGBTQA+ Musical Artists and Entertainers. Featured in this Volume...