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..
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.
British singer-songwriter Sam Smith won both the 2014 BRIT Critics’ Choice Award and the BBC’s Sound of 2014 poll even before the launch of his debut album Lonely Hour.
A mainstream success in the US as well as in his home country, he came out in May 2014.
This is from Sean Wood’s 2012 album, Sudden Love, co-produced by Grammy winner Mario J McNulty. Sean’s an out indie artist based in Brooklyn, New York, and his music deserves a much wider audience (we’ll be watching and listening out for him). Share this, and say you heard it here!
The dark sound of American avant-garde band Xiu Xiu, fronted by the openly-bisexual Jamie Stewart, is complemented here by a video starring German porn god and DJ Logan McRee.
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 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)