2007 Year in Review: Music

 
 

Vocalist and pianist Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls, one of the artists on the True Colors tour, came out as bisexual while doing press for the tour dates.

Another band on the tour, The Cliks, fronted by transgender vocalist and guitarist Lucas Silveira, released their first album, Snakehouse, on Tommy Boy’s gay subsidiary, Silver Label, in April. The Cliks also includes bisexual band members Nina Martinez, Jen Benton and Morgan Doctor. The video for their single "Oh Yeah" stayed on Logo’s Click List for most of the spring and summer.

The Cliks’ "Oh Yeah"

Continuing her reign as the most well-known lesbian musician of the past two decades, Melissa Etheridge received a different kind of recognition this year: She was awarded an Oscar for her song "I Need to Wake Up" from Al Gore’s documentary An Inconvenient Truth. When she was announced as the winner, Etheridge kissed her partner, Tammy Lynn Etheridge, later telling the press, "I was kissing her because that’s what you do, you kiss your loved one when you win an Oscar, that’s what I grew up believing."

Etheridge kept a busy schedule for the rest of the year, performing at Live Earth on July 7, 2007, and later releasing her first post-breast cancer album, The Awakening, along with a live performance DVD. She co-hosted a CBS special My Night at the Grammys in November alongside Alicia Keys and Faith Hill, and performed her Oscar-winning song at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in December.

Melissa and Tammy Etheridge

Also working with stars like Alicia Keys was out songwriter Linda Perry. Known for the No. 1 hits she wrote for Pink ("Get the Party Started") and Christina Aguilera ("Beautiful"), Perry wrote tracks for Keys’ 2007 album, As I Am, as well as Celine Dion’s Taking Chances, Vanessa Carlton’s Heroes and Thieves and Gina Gershon‘s In Search of Cleo. Alicia Keys’ album debuted on the Billboard charts at No. 1, and Celine Dion’s album peaked at No. 3.

The end of 2007 signified awards season, and two out female musicians were recognized for their talents. Kaki King was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Score for her contributions to the film Into The Wild. She also played on the Grammy-nominated Foo Fighters album, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace. Meshell Ndegeocello was nominated for a Grammy for Best Urban Alternative Performance for “Fantasy” from her album, The World Has Made Me the Man of My Dreams.

Meshell Ndegeocello

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