KIA ORA, AND CONGRATULATIONS ON COMING OUT!
Maori singer-songwriter Anika Moa came out this week during
an interview on New Zealand’s TV 1, hot on the heels of coming out to the New
Zealand Herald a couple of weeks ago (thanks to Surfing Betty for the tip!).
Moa’s sexuality has apparently been common knowledge in the music industry,
but she has refused to discuss it before now.
“I had to cover it up, because I didn’t want anyone to judge me, or think, ‘Ooh, she’s dirty,’" Moa said. "This is the first ever interview where I’ve admitted that I’m gay and I’m willing to talk about it. So we’ll see how the album sales go.”
That album is In Swings the Tide, released Oct. 8. It was written while she was going through a difficult breakup with her partner of five years.
Visit Moa’s MySpace page to listen to some songs from her new album. I recommend “Hangin’ Around.” (Nothin’ to do but frown … oh, wait, wrong singer.) And here’s the video for “Good in My Head,” a song from her album Thinking Room:
YOU CAN FEEL IT ALL OVER
Out singer Kirsten Price has been compared to Janis Joplin (but without the self-destructive tendencies and the Holding Company). Her music has been featured on The L Word, and she’s getting gigs nationwide. Here’s the video for her new single, “Freedom”:
“What am I going to do with my freedom?” Go to a Kirsten Price concert, for starters. I think I have a new crush. And hey, remember that Lee Jeans commercial with that kick-ass version of Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke”? That was Kirsten too.
Shopping for new jeans: That’s the other thing I’m going to do with my freedom.