Out Music: Justin Utley ‘Underneath My Skin’

Justin Utley in his music video "Underneath My Skin"
Justin Utley in his music video "Underneath My Skin"
Award-winning singer/songwriter Justin Utley (screen capture)

Out artist Justin Utley’s new music video, “Underneath My Skin,” is a powerful, gut-wrenching musical paean to the end of a relationship.

“It’s about deep heartache and betrayal; an experience I had that was so intense the only way to express how it felt was to embed it in this song,” says Utley. “It’s deeply personal and emotional, I think it resonates with anyone who has been at the difficult end of a relationship’s rope.”

The piano-driven power ballad begins simply, but beat by beat, verse by verse, the passion in play build. By the time the military drums kick in, the song has become a visceral runaway train of emotion.

I close my eyes and count to ten, breathing out and breathing in
Letting go of what we’ve been, and then I see your face again
I’m not ok, I can’t pretend, it hurts too much to be your friend
I can’t go back to where we’ve been, get out from underneath my skin

Justin Utley in his music video "Underneath My Skin"
Justin Utley (screen capture from ‘Underneath My Skin’)

“Underneath My Skin” is the fifth release from SCARS, Utley’s third studio album.

The piano ballad is something of a departure from the rest of the album which lies primarily in a pop/rock sonic landscape.

But versatility is a hallmark of Utley’s catalogue. From his early recordings with a modern country feel (“Stand For Something”) to his recent holiday release (“All Is Bright”) which had a Mumford & Sons sensibility, to his rock-centric action hero music video “American Hero.”

“Underneath My Skin” and the rest of SCARS is available on iTunes and all digital download sites.

Podcast: LGBTQs Named For Biden White House, New Holiday Music & More

In this episode of The Randy Report - France bans conversion therapy, Florida Republicans push "Don't Say Gay" bill, bad news for Ellen DeGeneres, Adam Rippon has good news, and the award-winning Western short film STEAM! premieres on Revry.

The Randy Report podcast delivers the week's top stories in a quick, convenient podcast - 'the 60 Minutes of gay news - only shorter'

In this week’s podcast:

• The Biden/Harris transition team has named LGBTQ White House veterans to prominent roles in the incoming administration

• The murderer of a transgender teen has been sentenced to life in prison

• Homophobic high school teachers in New Jersey were caught dissing a queer colleague during a Zoom class

• Award-winning singer/songwriter Justin Utley released his first holiday single, “All is Bright”

• First Lady Melania Trump planned to light the White House in rainbow colors during Pride Month but the idea was shut down

• A new poll shows LGBTQ voters did NOT turn out in record numbers for Donald Trump after all

All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report podcast

Music Video: Justin Utley Is The Action Hero We Need In ‘American Nightmare’

Justin Utley

Today I’m chatting with OUTMusic Award-winning singer/songwriter Justin Utley who just released his new music video and single, “American Nightmare,” where he plays a Jason Bourne-like action hero taking aim at conversion therapy and the current state of our union’s blind allegiance with political parties and religion.

The single, which features an edgy rock-centric sound, is a different genre for the handsome singer who first rose to prominence in the country/pop/Americana realm. Justin explains, “This whole album has been about exploring edgier, darker themes that I’ve always wanted to take on but hadn’t because I was told to stay in my safe zone.”

The music video is an adrenaline-driven roller-coaster ride; the track is a powerful rock anthem that perfectly frames Utley’s muscular vocals.

I first interviewed Justin back in 2012 when he had just won two OUTMusic Awards for his debut single, “Stand For Something.”

He’s a highly sought-after performer who’s appeared on stages across North America and Europe. Along the way, he has shared the stage with top international acts including Dan Reynolds, Icona Pop, Tegan & Sara, Margaret Cho, and Billy Porter.

Justin Utley (photo: Ryan Bakerink)

In addition to taking stages by storm, Justin has also been an outspoken activist for the LGBTQ community working to outlaw so-called conversion therapy which seeks to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity through debunked pseudoscience. Thanks in great part to Justin’s efforts, his state of Utah became the 19th state to prohibit the harmful practice.

Justin has appeared as a guest contributor on CNN, NPR, SiriusXM’s OutQ and MSNBC. He is a two-time recipient of the FBI’s “Inspiring Citizen of the Year” award, and “Artist of the Year” by SiriusXM’s OutQ Radio.

This past fall, Justin Utley released his third studio album, Scars, a brutally honest, thought-provoking collection of songs.

Hit the play button below and listen as I chat with the oh-so-talented Justin Utley.

Out Music: Justin Utley “Survivors”

Two-time OUTMusic Award winner Justin Utley releases his new single, "Survivors," a clarion call to stand up against conversion therapy.
Justin Utley

I interviewed out singer/songwriter Justin Utley some years ago when I was co-hosting the online radio show, The Candi & Randy Show.

Candi and I both just fell in love with Justin’s talent and his deep passion for speaking out against so-called ‘conversion therapy,’ having been subjected it its dangers for two years as a young Mormon in Utah.

Happy to say the two-time OUTMusic Award winner has a new music video, “Survivors,” from his upcoming album, Scars.

Justin recently told my Instinct Magazine colleague Michael Cook, “’Survivors’ is about facing and overcoming insurmountable odds and learning to thrive in the face of adversity.”

“It’s about survivors of abuse in all forms and how it takes a great deal of effort to move forward in life while carrying the heavy burden of trauma,” added the hunky singer.

During the month of July 2019, all proceeds from “Survivors” will be donated to the Born Perfect Campaign, a survivor-led movement working to end conversion therapy. The song is available on most digital download sites like iTunes.

Oh, and as you can see, Justin is waaaay easy on the eyes, too 😉

 

 

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Justin is performing at Bristol Pride today and in London on July 18. More concert dates below.

Out Music: Justin Utley “Survivors”

I remember discovering out singer/songwriter Justin Utley’s music in 2011 when he was nominated for several Out Music Awards for his debut album, Nothing This Real

I was totally blown away then, and with his latest single, “Survivors,” he reminds that he’s the real deal.

The uptempo, dance-centric track features Justin’s trademark muscular vocals and empowering lyrics that remind us we have the power to overcome obstacles when we live the best version of our authentic selves.

This track took Justin into serious contention for the Eurovision competition for 2018.

Glad to see Justin making new music. You can read my 2012 interview with Justin here.

Oh, and did I mention Justin’s also very easy on the eyes? 🙂

News Round-Up: November 13, 2015

Some news stories you may have missed:

• Would you date someone who looked like your twin? A lot of people do.

• Jessa Duggar – sister of Josh Duggar – has shared with the world her first of what will undoubtedly be dozens of babies. And the child’s name? Spurgeon. Yes, that’s right – Spurgeon.

• According to Gallup polling, there are now approximately 486,000 same-sex marriages in the U.S., compared with approximately 390,000 four months ago.

• The Pentagon says it is reasonably certain that “Jihadi John” – who took part in the video executions on behalf of ISIS – was probably killed in a drone strike last night in Syria.

• If you hit it and won $15 million in the lottery, would you share with your homophobic parents who shunned you as a teen because you were gay?

• Congrats to Randy Report fave singer/songwriter Justin Utley on his very romantical proposal to bf Craig Neilson via flash mob in front of Lincoln Center. (p.s. Craig said “yes”).

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This is what true love looks like …. So humbled & blessed to be apart of this #justinlovescraig
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Justin Utley – “Funny How Time Flies”

Randy Report favorite Justin Utley makes a fun point posting this pic on his Facebook page with the text – “..and I’m still wearing a white shirt and tie.. Kinda.”

Uber-talented singer/songwriter Utley has famously spoken out about the negativity he experienced at the hand of the Mormon Church growing up in Utah. Thus, the”white shirt and tie” comment.

I have to say, while he’s always been a good looking guy, the more recent pic on the right is serious heat 🙂

Make sure you check out Justin’s Facebook page here, and his music on his official website here.

Great guy, terrific talent.  AND, easy on the eyes.

Award-winning singer/songwriter Justin Utley’s powerful testimony to Utah legislators on LGBT equality

Watch the powerful testimony of OutMusic Award winner Justin Utley to Utah lawmakers at a meeting organized by Utah state senators Steve Urquhart (R) and Jim
Dabakis (D), and attended by a group of legislators from both sides of
the aisle to begin a dialogue between lawmakers and the LGBT community
in search of tolerance, understanding and protected rights.

Justin spoke to the crowd about experiencing discrimination first hand
when he lost his job after an employer found an email he sent about the
death of his gay partner. “She (his employer) said that had they known I
was gay during the interview process, they would not have hired me.”

But Justin’s view of the future for his home state remains hopeful.
“There is a spoke in the wheel of this state that needs to be fixed. My
hope is that together, from this moment on, we can build that bridge of
understanding and we can begin to work together to build a state that
we can all be proud of.”

Justin’s OutMusic Award-winning song “Stand For Something” was born from his own desire to motivate community action towards securing LGBT equality in America.

Watch his full testimony below:


Singer/songwriter Justin Utley speaks to Utah lawmakers about LGBT discrimination

Award-winning singer/songwriter Justin Utley speaks to legislators and community members
in Salt Lake City regarding LGBT equality.

In late February, Salt Lake City hosted a meeting organized by Utah state senators Steve Urquhart (R) and Jim Dabakis (D), and attended by a group of legislators from both sides of the aisle to begin a dialogue between lawmakers and the LGBT community in search of tolerance, understanding and protected rights.

GOP Sen. Urquhart is the sponsor of SB100, an anti-discrimination bill for the state of Utah which will not be voted on this year due to an uncertain outcome regarding the appeals process currently underway regarding marriage equality.

The state’s voter-approved ban on marriage equality was ruled unconstitutional by a U.S. District Court judge in December and has since moved on to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

But the point of the evening’s gathering was not about marriage but understanding LGBT lives on a personal level.

One of those sharing his own journey was openly gay singer/songwriter (and native Utahan) Justin Utley.   Justin spoke to the crowd about experiencing discrimination first hand when he lost his job after an employer found an email he sent about the death of his gay partner. “She (his employer) said that had they known I was gay during the interview process, they would not have hired me.”

But Justin’s view of the future for his home state remains hopeful. “There is a spoke in the wheel of this state that needs to be fixed. My hope is that together, from this moment on, we can build that bridge of understanding and we can begin to work together to build a state that we can all be proud of.”

You can watch Justin’s full testimony below:

Looking back on the event, Utley told The Randy Report, “It was incredible to be there and see senators and state lawmakers in Utah’s capitol with a heartfelt interest in moving forward with a LGBTQ non-discrimination bill in my home state. It was a huge step forward, and the start of something big. It was an honor to be part of the discussion.”

Justin’s OutMusic Award-winning song “Stand For Something” was born from his own desire to motivate community action towards securing LGBT equality in America.

Watch KSL TV’s report, featuring Justin Utley, below:

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