Stereoact feat. Kerstin Ott – Die Immer Lacht

Kerstin Ott – who appears as the photographer in the video – isn’t your stereotypical German pop star, but her song Die Immer Lacht (which she wrote 12 years ago) has been a huge 2016 hit in Germany, and the video has quickly gathered more than 50 million viewers.

Kerstin, who’s in her early 30s and has been out since she was 17, did a post-school apprenticeship as a painter and decorator, but her new-found success means she’s now a full-time musician. Her follow-up single hit the iTunes Top Ten within 24 hours..

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REINDIER – Cold Love

A song “about being so desperately in love with a boy that he makes you do things that aren’t human anymore”, it’s the work of Amsterdam-based musician Reinier van Harten, aka REINDIER.

Reinier told TGMB that “…since the beginning of writing my own songs, my love for other boys/men have been a huge influence on my creations. Music gave me the freedom to express myself, lyrically and physically.”  He cites Kate Bush, Björk, Jeff Buckley and Bob Dylan among others as having influenced his music.

Mika – Make You Happy

Mika’s new album The Origin of Love is scheduled for release in September 2012, and in the run-up to its release, he’s become much more open about his sexuality.

“If you ask me am I gay, I say yeah. Are these songs about my relationship with a man? I say yeah. And it’s only through my music that I’ve found the strength to come to terms with my sexuality beyond the context of just my lyrics. This is my real life.” Instinct Magazine

Cheyenne Jackson – Drive

Cheyenne Jackson is  best-known as a Broadway actor and for his appearances in TV series such as Glee, but on his 2012 debut single, he shows off his talent for song-writing as well as his vocal skills.

“I’ve always had a very, I guess you could almost say manic love of music and styles,” Cheyenne Jackson says. “Music is just everything to me.” (npr.org)