Cher – Strong Enough

We could fill the blog with songs from Cher, but this, the second single from her 1998 album Believe, is a great gay anthem, and a prime example of her lasting appeal to the our community.

The album was heavily promoted through gay venues and she recorded same-sex versions of this and the title track specifically for clubs. More at gaynet.com.au.

But what’s your favourite Cher song, and why? We’d like to know…

Matt Ryanz – It’s Never Enough

Featuring adult star Derek Atlas, this is a 2012 video from New York’s Matt Ryanz.  Dance pop artist Matt has a solid musical background, having been in church choirs, high school musicals and more.

After receiving second place in the Illinois State Music Composition Competition, Matt quickly moved to NYC to study music at the prestigious New York University. While at NYU, Matt was the runner-up for the highly coveted Alan Menken Music Composition Scholarship

Danny Blu – Set Me On Fire

New York-based industrial pop singer Danny Blu told Queerty that this 2012 video, which tells the story of a bullied teenager, is aimed squarely at right-wing religious bigots.

“We took a jab at the right wing which uses religion against people,” Danny says. “(We) take that and use it as a weapon right back at them. We took the story of Jesus Christ and made him a modern day high school bullying victim, a perfect parallel.”

 

Eva Simons – Renegade

Dutch electro singer-songwriter Eva Simons used to go to gay clubs with her mother, who was also a singer, and was “mesmerised” by them. Now she has a growing gay fan base of her own on both sides of the Atlantic.

It’s always nice when people get you, especially in the gay community where they are so much about people being misunderstood. I totally understand that. (pridesource.com)

Mkiao – Summer Heart

This is from gay indie artist Mkiao’s debut album A Far Off Horizon, an accomplished and well-crafted mix of field recordings,ambient soundscapes, chillwave elements and electronic loops, dedicated to the memory of his best friend, Jennifer Perkins. Mkaio, aka Matthew Kammerer, recorded and mixed the whole thing in his spare bedroom in Utah. Share it, and make him a star….

Deep in the mountains of Hawai’i, buried under pine needles and brush, a cracked and worn cassette tape was found. The cover and tape were handmade, the design and packaging, faded and aged. The tape itself appeared to be a recording of a vinyl double-album, its contents using elements of past musical archetypes, and while the sound is dated, it seems strangely prescient – the work of an artist enveloping himself in the past while breathing in the present.