Holiday Playlist To Keep Your Christmas Day Merry & Bright

Bringing you 10 holiday songs for your uber-gay Christmas Day.

All of these artists are proudly LGBTQ and celebrated for their artistry in their respective genres.

1. George Michael (back in his Wham! days) delivered unto us this now-required listening holiday pop gem, “Last Christmas,” in 1986.

2. Out country hunk Ty Herndon takes the iconic “O Come All Ye Faithful” into African rhythm territory here, and it totes works.

3. It doesn’t get any more camp than this: the first true bear band, Bearforce1, with their holiday mashup, “Christmas is here!”

4. Two-time Out Music Award winner Matt Zarley covered Mariah Carey’s “Miss You Most At Christmastime” to spectacular result as part of his ‘UnCOVERED’ cover song series.

5. Award-winning cabaret star Ann Hampton Callaway offers this uber-jazzy “Jingle Bells.”

6. Before winning an Emmy Award as an insane murderer on American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Darren Criss’ “Blaine” was singing and dancing the holiday classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” in high style with out actor Chris Colfer’s “Kurt” on GLEE.

7. Tony Award winner Levi Kreis (Million Dollar Quartet) gives you a little bit gospel, a little bit rockabilly on his new cover of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.”

8. Elton John released his “Step Into Christmas” in 1973 and it raced all the way to #1 on the Billboard Christmas Singles chart that year.

9. Handsome out smooth jazz saxophonist Dave Koz shared this cover of “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)” on his 1997 release, December Makes Me Feel This Way.

10. Bright Light Bright Light gifted us with this synth-pop version of the classic “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”


Pride Music: Ty Herndon “That Kind Of Night”

In November of 2016, hunky country singer Ty Herndon released his album House on Fire marking his first album release since coming out as a gay man in 2014.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Herndon said, “This album was a new education for me for my future, investing in my life as a songwriter and a producer and getting outside of my comfort zone. And lord knows I got outside of my comfort zone when I came out, but I came outside of my comfort zone to move into a life of pure authenticity. That was most important to me.”

The “What Mattered Most” singer’s first music video from the new album was the musical romp, “That Kind of Night.”

Check it out below.

Pride Music: Ty Herndon “What Mattered Most”

Ty Herndon

Sometimes, it just takes a while for some of us to embrace our authentic selves.

Country singer Ty Herndon, who had his first #1 hit in 1995 with the single “What Mattered Most”, has re-visited the song saying this new take – with male pronouns – is “the way I wish I could have sang it for you then.”

Watching the video is a deeply visceral experience as Herndon’s emotions are clearly front and center.

When you understand the journey we all go on to get to ‘here,’ the sense of freedom Herndon must have felt while recording the new version must have been palpable in the studio.

Herndon came out in People Magazine in 2014.

Country Hunk Ty Herndon Covers Whitney Classic “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”

After spending the past few months criss-crossing the country performing at various Pride events, out country music artist Ty Herndon recently hit the recording studio with DJ Little Steve to cut four songs for his dance floor fans.

“I have truly had the time of my life playing Pride festivals across America,” says the hunky country singer. “But, as much as the fans love country music, I noticed that I needed to bump up the party factor a bit.”

Herndon plans on releasing one track each week for the next four weeks beginning with his cover of the Whitney Houston classic, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.”

In addition to “Dance,” Herndon recorded to new versions of his own songs (“Living in a Moment,” “That Kind of Night”) as well as the Marc Cohn hit, “Walking in Memphis,” which became a big hit for Cher.

Herndon debuted the dance remixes this past summer at Market Days in Chicago.

It is interesting to note that Herndon says he was inspired by his Pride performances to record the remixes, but in listening to his cover of “Dance,” the openly gay artist omits the lyric “I need a man who’ll take a chance, On a love that burns hot enough to last.”

Instead, he chose to repeat an earlier gender-neutral lyric. Hmm…

Since coming out in 2014, the “What Mattered Most” singer has been a loud and proud advocate for the LGBT community partnering with several organizations, most notably GLAAD.

His annual Cancer for Love and Acceptance fundraiser for GLAAD features out musicians as well as LGBT allies. This year’s concert, hosted by Herndon and out CMT host Cody Alan, featured performances by Ty, country music icons Tanya Tucker and Vince Gill as well as out UK sensation Calum Scott and Michael Ray.

Check out Ty’s cover of “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” below.

Out Music: Ty Herndon “Fighter”

Out country star Ty Herndon shares the music video for his new single, “Fighter,” from his album House On Fire with this warning via Facebook:

WARNING- The version of this video contains strong and disturbing images. I wanted to share this version of the video #FIGHTER with you guys. We did this powerful imagery for my performance The Trevor Project Trevor Live. Some of you may find it disturbing. I know i certainly did. Most of you know me as a country singer. I am also a man who believes in the power of love not hate. And I often sing about it. When I was first approached about using these images, I rejected it. Then after much thought and prayer I realized that this is the truth for many young LGBTQ youth in the world today. I see it often when I travel around making appearances for organizations like GLAAD Human Rights Campaign LA Pride Dallas Pride & so many more. It is my greatest prayer that we can all stand together and love one another- No matter what color or shape our spots are. I know this one fact clearly- from my own journey- None of us are perfect. As my Maw Maw use to say, We are all just beautiful messes. So be strong and journey on with a big open heart – And pay it forward with grace- knowledge and love. Just a reminder that all proceeds from the download of this song go towards The Trevor Project.

Ty’s new album, House On Fire, available here.

I previously shared the first single from the album, “That Kind of Night,” here. It was also one of my Top 5 LGBT songs of 2016.

GLAAD & Interscope Records Release “Hands – A Song For Orlando”

Via press release:

GLAAD and Interscope Records today released “Hands,” a musical tribute to the victims of Orlando, featuring Mary J Blige, Jason Derulo, Tyler Glenn, Selena Gomez, Halsey, Ty Herndon, Imagine Dragons, Juanes, Adam Lambert, Mary Lambert, Jennifer Lopez, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, Kacey Musgraves, MNEK, Alex Newell, P!nk, Prince Royce, Nate Ruess, RuPaul, Troye Sivan, Jussie Smollett, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, and Meghan Trainor.

Proceeds from the sale of the new tribute single in the United States will benefit Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida, and GLAAD.

“Orlando’s broken hearts have been lifted by the outpouring of love and support from people near and far,” said Equality Florida Executive Director Nadine Smith. “There has been beauty in the midst of our grief and we are grateful to these talented artists, producers, and GLAAD for helping us mourn and laugh and cry and sing together.”

“The horrific attack on the LGBT community in Orlando has left us devastated, but not defeated,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “As we continue to mourn the crushing loss of 49 Americans, the majority of whom were Latino and whose lives were lost to hate, we stand resolved in paying tribute to their memory, supporting the victims and families, and working together to achieve full acceptance once and for all.”

“This senseless tragedy is a call to all of us to stand together and face down hatred, intolerance and violence…and having grown up a short drive from Orlando, it really brings it right to my doorstep,” commented John Janick, Chairman and CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M. “We all know music has the power to heal, and I’m honored and grateful to be a part of whatever our business can do to help.”

Listen below. Available on iTunes here.

Out Country Star Ty Herndon Makes First Public Appearance With Beau At TrevorLIVE

Walking the red carpet at the TrevorLIVE benefit in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Palladium, recently out country star Ty Herndon appeared for the first time in public with his beau, Matt Collum.

From Advocate:

The annual event marked 16 years of life-saving work by The Trevor Project, which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning teens and young adults. It also marked the first time Herndon made a public appearance with the man who has been his partner since 2008.

“So many times in my life and career I’ve had to do these things alone, and leave the person I love at home sitting on the couch because I wasn’t brave enough to bring him and I wasn’t out,” Herndon emotionally tells The Advocate. “So this is monumental for both of us tonight.”

Herndon helped LGBT visibility in country music take a monumental leap forward when he revealed he is a gay man in a November interview with Entertainment Tonight. The 52-year-old singer says he immediately received support from several country music artists, including LeAnn Rimes — who recently spoke to GLAAD about why she’s proud to be an LGBT ally.

“When I watched him come out on TV, I texted him right away and said, ‘I’m the proudest son of a bitch there is,'” says Herndon’s partner, Collum. “I was, and still am. I am so proud of this man.”

Newly Out Ty Herndon Comes To Las Vegas

With No. 1 hits like “What Mattered Most” and “Living in a Moment,” country singer Ty Herndon is set to perform several of his classic hits as well as several new songs from his new upcoming album at The Cheyenne Saloon (aka The Adrenaline Sports Bar & Grill) tonight in Las Vegas.

Ty is in the middle of his first concert dates since publicly coming out last month, and I’m sure he’d love to see his Las Vegas fans to come join him.

WHO: Country super star Ty Herndon

WHEN: Thursday, December 4th 2014 // 9:00PM

WHERE: The Cheyenne Saloon (also known as The Adrenaline Sports Bar & Grill); 3103 N. Rancho Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89130

Out Country Star Ty Herndon: “Like The Weight Of The World’s Been Lifted Off My Shoulders”

Just a week after coming out to the world, country music star Ty Herndon says he’s overwhelmed by the reactions and support he’s received – including from celebrities like Ricky Martin, Kristin Chenoweth, Lance Bass and LeAnn Rimes.

“My life feels open,” the artist, 52, tells PEOPLE. “It feels free, like the weight of the world’s been lifted off my shoulders.”

Since he shared the news of his sexuality with the world he’s had two public appearances, both of which were overwhelmingly positive.

Currently touring with friends Jamie O’Neal and Andy Griggs, Herndon says he had no idea what to expect from the audience of his sold-out show in Robinson, Illinois, on Saturday.

“We always circle up and pray before every show, but I think the prayer circle lasted a little longer with this one,” Herndon, 52, says. “They gave me a standing ovation and were just amazing and loving and kind … I got very emotional.”

The second public appearance was at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville for The Charlie Daniels Band’s Christmas 4 Kids benefit concert.

“Walking out on that stage as an open, free, happy, godly gay man is not something I thought I’d see in my lifetime … We knew that history was being made up there, and it was humbling.”

Clearly he has a lot to celebrate this Thanksgiving. “What a Thanksgiving it is,” Herndon reflects. “I’m sure there’s some challenging days to come, but today I’m just gonna sit and take this in and know that I’m a much stronger and better person because of all the support and love.”