Out Music: Kentö, Shea Diamond, Cade Bittner, Harrison Barnes, Sarah Barrios

Shea Diamond (promo photo)
Out singer/songwriter Kentö releases his new single 'Silhouette'
Out singer/songwriter/producer Kentö (promo photo)

Lots of new music to unpack for your Pride Month listening pleasure and there’s something for everyone here – synth-pop, dance music, rock and more.

First up, singer, songwriter and producer, Kentö, is authentically himself with the release of “Silhouette” this week.

Kentö’s warm, languid vocals are a perfect match for the shimmering synth-pop production as he sings, “Make it good, make it last so they never forget your silhouette.”

The artist, a cancer survivor who identifies as being LGBTQI+ and on the autism spectrum, says those aspects help make up his “superpowers.”

“I think pop music tends to have trends that all sound like one thing, and then someone comes along and shakes things up with a timeless sound,” says Kentö. “That’s the kind of music I want to make.”

You can follow the handsome artist on Instagram here.


Shea Diamond (promo photo)
Shea Diamond (promo photo)

Soul chanteuse Shea Diamond throws down serious dance beats with her new single, “Smile.”

With a funky bass line, bright sassy horns and Diamond’s signature groovy vocal goodness, this track is a winner.

Set in a roller rink littered with glitter and disco balls everywhere, the boys twirl for life on the floor (or find some private time in the men’s room).

“This song reminds me that I’m not the victim society deemed me; I’m a survivor,” Shea said. “I wanted a song that captured the roller coaster of emotions and experiences we go through in life.”

“With the pandemic mostly over I wanted a song of triumph and celebration, one that encourages you to get up, get out, and dance!”

Follow the diva on Instagram here.


Cade Bittner's latest single 'Dancing In My Own Light'

Since its debut earlier this month, the latest track from Cade Bittner has seen his new single, “Dancing In My Own Light,” run up the charts in the UK and hit #3 on the iTunes Dance Chart.

The vibrant dance-pop track has a buoyant bounce that definitely brings a taste of the Pride rainbow.

“I wanted to write a song that made people feel happy and dance,” says Bittner. “It has been a hard year for so many… and although the message is universal, I wrote this as an anthem for my LGBT+ community. It’s about loving who you were born to be.”

Bounce down to that play button and enjoy. You can follow the Minneapolis-based artist on Instagram here.


Cover image for the new single from Harrison Barnes 'Call My Name'

Las Vegas-based singer/songwriter Harrison Barnes serves up his latest sexy pop bop, “Call My Name,” about a ex coming back for another round.

The moody, intoxicating electro-pop soundscape is matched with a shadowy, abs-out, wet and wild dance video that reminds us how fun music videos can be.

“Call My Name” in an infectious track made for summer pool parties. Follow Barnes on Instagram here.


Sarah Barrios drops her latest single "IH8EVERY1"

Singer/songwriter Sarah Barrios penned her latest track, “IH8EVERY1,” as part of her “You Ask, I Write” series on TikTok with a short snippet initially shared on May 3rd of this year. After its viral response on TikTok with over 3 million plays and over 650k likes, she knew she had to release the full version.

The rock-tinged single is full of sass and cheeky unfiltered fun as Barrios delivers an authentic, audacious turn reminiscent of Cyndi Lauper.

“Fairytales are hard to believe sometimes, especially if your prince or princess charming doesn’t turn out to be who you hoped them to be,” shares Barrios. “It’s easy to give up on love and hope altogether and can make you feel like it’s you against the world. But every once in a while, you meet someone you don’t mind being around, and you start to feel that small sliver of hope. That’s what this song is about.”

“HAPPY PRIDE FROM UR FAVE MESSY BISEXUAL!” wrote Sarah Barrios on her Instagram at the beginning of the month. “Took a few years but I finally made it!!! This is my first pride out of the closet and my god does it feel good.”

Podcast: The Best Of LGBTQ Music, Movies & Pop Culture

What? You thought I wasn’t going to count down and recap the year that was 2018?

Fat chance.

Here’s my take on the best that the year had to offer in terms of LGBTQ music, movies, television and pop culture moments, as well as the stories that resonated most with my readers.

Please kick back, pour a cocktail, and take a little journey on the way back machine as I review 2018 in terms of the LGBTQ community.

And, as always, I would muchly appreciate it if you would share The Randy Report podcast with your friends.

So, here we go. Let me know in the comments what you thought I might have missed.

See you all in 2019! Thanks to all of you for visiting The Randy Report. It totally wouldn’t be any fun without you here.

Out Music: Shea Diamond “American Pie”

Trans recording artist Shea Diamond uses her own personal story to empower herself as a woman and artist, encouraging others to live in their full truths as well. Check out her new single, ‘American Pie’ from her upcoming EP, Seen It All.

“’American Pie’ is my hope for a slice of the American Dream: I want love and I don’t need money!” says Shea. “I want things to change since we’ve been stuck thinking in an antique mindset and it’s time for something new. Who’s going to say what I want is not a need? We all can have a slice of American Pie.”

Unapologetic and disarmingly honest, Shea’s ability to live out loud coupled with a deep and rich talent is changing the musical landscape.

But don’t take my word for it:

“12 LGBTQ Artists To Discover During Pride Month” – Billboard

“Shea is a glorious talent, a legend in the making, a soldier who has fought hard to be where she is today” – OUT Magazine

“Shea Diamond cannot be denied”— Refinery 29

“Shea Diamond is already an icon” – PAPER Magazine

“Keisha Complexion” is a sultry celebration of self, sung in Diamond’s notably rich voice. – TIME Magazine

Take a listen to ‘American Pie’ below.