THE NEW CLASS
Mary Lambert had a whirlwind of the year when she was thrust into the spotlight with the song “Same Love.” The out Seattle musician leant her voice to the hook of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis‘s hit single which garnered MTV VMA awards as well as a Grammy nomination. Mary released a video for her “Same Love” offshoot “She Keeps Me Warm” and signed with Capitol Records for the release of her EP, Welcome to the Age of My Body.
The Voice continued to be one of the most queer-friendly singing competitions on television with out contestants Michelle Chamuel and Karina Iglesias. Although she didn’t take home the prize, Michelle and coach Usher made it all the way to the finals, winning fans over with her nerd-chic style and booming voice. Michelle is currently at work on her new album and has collaborated on a song with Mary Lambert.
Pansexual rapper Angel Haze spent the year prepping her debut album, only to have her label, Universal Records, push it back to 2014. The hype she’s received from remixes of well-known tracks from the likes of Eminem and Macklemore as well as a Twitter feud and kiss and make up with bisexual rapper Azealia Banks. While she has been asked about her sexuality several times, she often has the same version of answering. As she told The Guardian:
“Love is boundary-less. If you can make me feel, if you can make me laugh – and that’s hard – then I can be with you. I don’t care if you have a vagina or if you’re a hermaphrodite or whatever.
Out lesbian rapper Brooke Candy released four singles of her own in 2013, but her most high-profile move was appearing on the Kylie Minogue single “Get It Out of Here.” The eccentric performer was also used as the face of DIESEL’s accessories line and is prepping an EP called Freaky Princess.
DJ duo CREEP put out their long-awaited LP Echoes with vocals by other out singers like Romy Madley Croft of the xx, Holly Miranda, Sia and Nina Sky. Brooklyn-based Lauren Flax and Lauren Dillard maintained a steady showing in the Electronic music charts, piquing at number 8 when it was released in early November.
London’s SAVAGES has several queer members and was one of the hottest new bands of the year. The all female post-punk group put out Silence Yourself this past spring and were invited to perform at some on some of the biggest stages, including Coachella. They were also shortlisted for a Mercury Prize.
Lucy Wainwright-Roche is the half-sister of famous musicians Martha and Rufus, but her folk music stylings on There’s a Last Time for Everything helps her to stand alone. This year she toured with Neko Case and was a featured artist on NPR’s All Things Considered.
Austra‘s second full-length Olympia included the single “Painful Like” about being young and gay in a small town. The Canadian group spent the year touring all over the world. Out frontwoman Katie Stelmanis dedicated the song to the queer youth of her hometown, Toronto.