In his poignant music video, “Tilted Crown,” country recording artist Sam Williams comes out as gay (complete with an on-screen kiss with his boyfriend) and acknowledges some of the challenges of growing up as the closeted son of country music legend Hank Williams Jr. Continue reading “Sam Williams, Son Of Country Music Legend, Comes Out ‘Tilted Crown’”
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One of my favorite discoveries in 2020 while scrolling through the land of Twitter was finding this gem of a song, “Uncle Carl (Came Out On Christmas)” by country music artist Aaron LaCombe.
I’m re-upping my interview with LaCombe because I really, really encourage you to stop and take a listen. Also, LaCombe is donating 50% of all proceeds from the song this year to The Trevor Project. Continue reading “My Favorite Thing Today: ‘Uncle Carl (Came Out On Christmas)’”
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Country singer TJ Osborne celebrated the win by Brothers Osborne as the Vocal Duo of the Year by giving his boyfriend Abi Ventura a smooch – the first same-sex kiss broadcast from the CMA Awards. Continue reading “TJ Osborne Kisses Boyfriend After Win At CMA Awards”
As a follow-up to his viral summertime hit, “Backwood Bougie,” out country artist Hayden Joseph is “fallin” in love in Autumn via his romantic new single, “Fallin.” Continue reading “Out Music: Hayden Joseph Remembers “Fallin” In Autumn”
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Out country music artist Patrick Masse recently released his latest romp, “Let’s Ride,” conjuring up California dreams of chilling on the coast. Continue reading “Out Music: Patrick Masse “Let’s Ride””
RuPaul, the queen of drag, has teamed up with Tanya Tucker, iconic queen of country music for decades, for the new anthem, “This Is Our Country.” Continue reading “Two Queens Walk Into A Recording Studio ‘This Is Our Country’”
The new song showcases Hayden’s bright and effortless vocals amid modern country-pop production. The inspiring and forward-looking lyrics are a clarion call to be out and proud of who you are.
“Every artist needs an ‘I am’ song, and this is mine,” says Joseph about the new track. “At its core, it’s a track about celebrating who you are. For me, it narrates coming out and fully accepting myself, but the meaning will change depending on the listener.”
“I’ve sat on the song for 3 years because I didn’t want to ruffle country music feathers, but I have decided this Pride month is the time.”
Hit the play button below and bounce along to “Out.”
Hayden has been making waves as one of the few out-and-proud singers in the country genre for the better part of the last year, following the successful release of his 2021 debut album, Different (which has garnered over 300,000 streams).
He knows he faces an uphill battle as an openly gay male pursuing a country music career; it’s no secret that the genre hasn’t always been inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community. Despite that, he prides himself in the inclusive nature of his lyrics, and earnestly aspires to “write songs for everyone.”
Hayden strives to continue breaking industry barriers, just as he says in his new single: “Times are changing, uncovering new ground. The world is ready for how I’m speaking out.”