Out Music: Kat Cunning ‘Boys’

Kat Cunning drops their new single “Boys” (promo photo)

Non-binary singer/actor Kat Cunning has released a powerful new song titled “Boys” via LAVA/Republic Records.

The track is their third single of the year and is an encouraging and personal love letter to the first transmasculine person they ever met and fell in love with.

The imminently danceable pop track showcases Cunning’s most essential musical qualities – honest, authentic songwriting and vocals that soar in a clarion call to love ourselves.

Unzip your skin and let me in
We’re the last ones, the last ones, the last ones here
Don’t be afraid I know a place
For the last ones, the last ones, the last ones here

“This song is a love letter to to the queer community and anyone who has had to look beyond their back yard to find their community,” reads Cunning’s note on the YouTube page. “It’s a spotlight on the trans masc angels that are some of my true heroes, changing what it means to ‘be a man’ for the better.”

Cunning shares via press release, “Since writing ‘Boys’ three years ago, I have come out as non-binary (transmasculine-leaning) and I use they/them pronouns. Unknowingly, I wrote the song as a letter of acceptance to myself, and I hope it applies to our community at large.”

“I want this song in the hands of every young queer person, in fact every person who has not yet found the place where they belong.  It’s for anyone who has had to look outside of their own back yard to find a place where they are seen for who they truly are.”

You can download/stream the track here. Spotify has included the song as part of their Out Now playlist featuring the newest songs from LGBTQ artists.

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Out Music: David Hernandez & Benji Schwimmer Dance It Out In ‘ILY.’

Benji Schwimmer and David Hernandez in "ILY."
Benji Schwimmer and David Hernandez in "ILY."
Benji Schwimmer and David Hernandez in “ILY.”

Former American Idol David Hernandez drops his new summer anthem, “ILY.” with an powerful message of how vital it is that we love one another for who and what we are.

“ILY. is not pronoun specific and that was intentional,” Hernandez points out. The initial pre-chorus was written as “I wouldn’t be the man I am if it weren’t for you.” Hernandez changed the line to “I wouldn’t be who I am, if it weren’t for you.”

Hernandez, who has been a force in pop music since he hit the national spotlight on American Idol in 2008, sings his face off in “ILY.” Leaving no corner of his vocal range and power untouched, the 37-year-old is brimming with joy and passion. This is a real singer, folks.

In the music video (by Arno Diem), Hernandez and his co-star – Benji Schwimmer of So You Think You Can Dance fame – play a couple struggling with each other’s shortcomings and insecurities.

They visit a therapist, played by trans actress, Alexa Abraxas, and discover that through the heartache, they share a common thread of love for one another and that for many, it’s the obstacles we overcome that make a relationship stronger.

Benji Schwimmer and David Hernandez in "ILY."
Benji Schwimmer and David Hernandez in “ILY.”

“Talent is a funny thing,” says Schwimmer, who also choreographed the artful and nuanced movement for the video. “It sometimes means you have to deal with personalities that aren’t the easiest to get along with because it goes hand in hand with one’s genius. That was not the case with David.”

“Here you have an artist who not only can sing the roof off but also was on time for every rehearsal, practiced till we both were hot sweaty messes and never stopped seeking the best solutions to the project at hand,” continued the dancer/choreographer.

Benji Schwimmer and David Hernandez in "ILY."
Benji Schwimmer and David Hernandez in “ILY.”

In addition to American Idol, Hernandez’s numerous TV appearances include The Ellen Show, The Today Show, MTV’s TRL, EXTRA, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, Teen Choice Awards, Idol Tonight, and FOX-TV’s Idol Gives Back.

His previous single, “Beautiful,” released in 2016 became a Billboard Top 200 Dance Chart hit – and I named the track one of the Top 5 LGBTQ singles of 2016.

By the way, hit that link to my Best of 2016 podcast – wow, what a great year in LGBTQ entertainment that was!

Cover art for David Hernandez's new single "ILY."

With this release, Hernandez says it’s important that we normalize the LGBTQ experience, and instill in everyone that love is love, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation.

“Growing up, I was only taught the dynamic and gender roles between a man and a woman,” Hernandez reflects. “There was never any rule or guide book on how two men can coexist in a romantic relationship. Navigating it on my own has been challenging, especially when many people in the world still continue to view same sex relationships as not normal.”

“We are all beautiful and intricate beings that just want to love and be loved,” he adds. “This Pride season, be who you are unapologetically and authentically. Break free from judgment and live your best life! ILY.”

Hit the play button below to take in “ILY.” You can also check out my coverage of his recent releases – “Kingdom” and “Boomerang.”

Out Music: Sylas Dean ‘Shine’

Out recording artist Sylas Dean
Out recording artist Sylas Dean
Out recording artist Sylas Dean (photo: Brett Stanley)

Queer hyper pop artist Sylas Dean drops his debut EP American Dreeming, where he explores longing, love and heartbreak with a vintage glam rock influence.

The lead single for the synth-pop collection, “Shine,” is a glossy, summer-ready romp with an irresistible beat and muscular vocals.

Armed with a shimmering dance-driven sound and an eye for dreamy imagery, Dean looks and sounds ready to roll.

Follow him on Instagram here.

New Music Video: P!nk ‘All I Know So Far’

The latest music video from P!nk includes cameos from gay icons Cher and Judith Light
The latest music video from P!nk includes cameos from gay icons Cher and Judith Light
International pop star P!nk

P!nk’s latest music video, “All I Know So Far,” not only features the pop star, but gay icons Cher (as a regal goddess) and Judith Light (as the singer’s mother).

The video opens as P!nk begins a bedtime story for her daughter. Along the way, P!nk shares some of the life lessons she’s learned up to now.

The music video prefaces P!nk’s upcoming documentary P!nk: All I Know So Far, which chronicles her life as a mom and a pop star on the road during her Beautiful Trauma tour.

The doc film will launch globally on Friday, May 21 exclusively on Prime Video in over 240 countries and territories.

Since her debut in 2000, P!nk has released 8 studio albums, 1 greatest hits album, sold over 60 million albums equivalents worldwide, 15 singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (four at #1) and has sold out arenas all over the world.

In addition, she is the recipient of three Grammy Awards (twenty nominations), one Daytime Emmy Award, seven MTV Video Music Awards (including the 2017 Vanguard Award recipient), two People’s Choice Awards, and was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year in 2013.

Podcast: Olivia Newton-John & Chloe Lattanzi Chat On New Single “Window In The Wall”

Olivia Newton-John and daughter Chloe Lattanzi
Chloe Lattanzi said in a recent interview she wouldn't get the coronavirus vaccine which led some to wonder if she's an anti-vaxxer and Trump supporter
Olivia Newton-John with daughter Chloe Lattanzi (photo: Michelle Day)

In this podcast episode, I’m speaking with four-time Grammy Award-winner Olivia Newton-John and her daughter, singer/songwriter Chloe Lattanzi who recently released their new duet, “Window in the Wall.” Continue reading “Podcast: Olivia Newton-John & Chloe Lattanzi Chat On New Single “Window In The Wall””