A single taken from Justin Utley’s 2011 album Nothing Is Real. Though interviews and online biographies tend to overplay the fact that he was once something of a poster-boy for Mormon-approved music, he’s had a blue-chip musical theatre career, as well as winning awards for his post-LDS music and praise for his defence of LGBT rights.
Marcus Collins is openly gay and was one of the finalists in the 2011 run of the UK version of The X Factor. He’s been lucky enough to have the support of Take That’s Gary Barlow both as a writer and as a mentor as he builds his post-show career. His first single is a cover of a 2003 release by The White Stripes.
Jay Brannan is an openly-gay singer songwriter from the US, who grew up in a conservative Baptist family. He’s built a strong fanbase and his career as a performer using the internet and social media.
Not all his songs have a gay theme, but this – from 2008 – clearly does!
You can sense Will Young’s growing maturity and confidence as a singer-songwriter in this track from his album Echoes.
Matt Alber is a much-loved and much-respected singer/songwriter in the US, and when the death of Whitney Houston was announced, he recorded this tribute, writing “this song was often sung at the top of his lungs by a gay boy in St. Louis who wanted to grow up to be a singer. I miss you already, W.”
We suspect that his version is likely to be often requested from now on at his live gigs.
Ari Gold, now usually known as Sir Ari, has made this the third single release from his albumBetween the Spirit & the Flesh.
This video dreamscape finds Sir Ari searching for love through ritual and symbolism amid old temples and churches. Traditional religious garments turn fetishistic and fetish becomes a religious experience. Ari soon discovers an unexpected relationship, which helps him to overcome obstacles in re-discovering his spirituality and sexuality.