Aiden James – On The Run

Not new, but it’s the song which made us instant fans of Aiden James. He’s a singer-songwriter of considerable talent, and his latest album, Trouble With This, has deservedly hit the Top 30 in charts on iTunes in the US.

Me being successful, it’s not only about me but there’s something else behind it now with everything that’s going on fighting for LGBT rights and equality. (advocate.com)

Murs – Animal Style

California-based Nick Carter, better-known as rapper Murs released this bleak and ultimately shocking portrayal of internalised homophobia in July 2012.

“Animal Style is a song I did for many reasons…..The first was to be an advocate for people close to me who are out, and those who have yet to come out. It’s also a love song, which is nothing new for me. But with this one I wanted to challenge the listener to ask themselves: Is the love shared by two people of the same gender, really that different than the love I have for my partner of the opposite sex? And finally, I just felt it was crucial for some of us in the hip hop community to speak up on the issues of teen suicide, bullying, and the overall anti-homosexual sentiment that exist within hip hop culture. I felt so strongly about these issues and this song that I had to do a video that would command some attention, even if it makes some viewers uncomfortable. Even if it came at the cost of my own comfort.”

Sergio Cuho – Cara a Cara

He caught national attention competing to represent Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest,  and this 2010 release from Barcelona-based Sergio Cuho reached number 2 in digital download dance charts. He’s well-known to Gay Pride audiences in his home country.

“I never want to be identified just as a gay artist, but I ought to say that thanks to gay audiences I am living my musical life with much greater intensity than I was before and with a warmth from the public that I never had in the world of house music…” (formspring)

We Are/She Is – Puzzles

They are Merilou Salazar and Jessie Meehan, from Orange County, California, and are making a name for themselves as a distinctive indie pop/dance duo, influenced by bands like The Killers and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs.  And like many indie artists, We Are/She Is don’t rely on an army of promoters to reach their audience, but put in the hard work themselves.

We’ve done a lot of self-promotion. We go to the different gay-pride festivals. And we pick up a pair of headphones and put them on people’s heads, so that way, hopefully, they’ll buy a CD. We sold 500 or 600 copies of our EP like that. (ocweekly.com)

We’re not surprised. Listen to the other tracks on their EP Young and Pretty Clean, and you may well find yourself hooked.

USA:- Gay choruses head home after a GALA week

Gay choruses from across America have been gathered in Denver for the past week for the GALA Festival. The event featured 45 ensembles, 130 choirs and 200 performances; over 6,000 delegates have been talking, performing, networking and partying.

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus closed the official proceedings with this performance of two Stephen Schwartz songs.