Amy Ray Takes Your Questions

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There are probably few people in the world who know Amy Ray better than her fans. The out musician

has had a dedicated base of them for decades as one half of the Indigo Girls, the iconic folk duo comprised of Ray

and Emily Saliers. As the founder and owner of independent label Daemon Records

and as a solo star, Ray has connected with a younger queer generation as an

edgy, indie rock musician who doesn’t shy away from self-expression.

In 2001, she released her first solo album, Stag, to positive reviews, and followed

that with 2005’s Prom and 2006’s Live From Knoxville. On Aug. 5, her fourth solo album, Didn’t It Feel Kinder, will be released.

The album highlights a different side of Ray’s vocal talents. Fans will be

likely be mesmerized by the sexy song “She’s Got To Be” and Ray’s

ability to write pop gems like “Cold Shoulder.” It’s a fun side of

Amy Ray that can arguably only be seen when she’s on her own.

Recently Amy Ray agreed to take questions from her fans on

AfterEllen.com, and she was pleasantly surprised with the creativity and

thoughtfulness of each inquiry. Here are your questions and her answers.

Q: With the change in label for the Girls, what will become

of the Live at the Roxy video filmed

in Atlanta last year? Is there any chance of that being released for sale

independently, or does Hollywood [Records] own the rights? I’d love to be able

to buy the DVD. — Mandy

Amy Ray:
Now we’re trying to negotiate

getting it back, and it’s not going to be a big issue. So we’re just figuring

out how, and we plan on releasing it in some way this year.

Q: Is there an issue

that you are passionate about that you haven’t had the time to focus your

attention on, or anything you may become a part of in the future? — Chelsea


AR: I think, for me, I haven’t had

enough time in my own community that I live in. I’m doing so many things

regionally and in other areas and with environmentalist issues that I spend so

much time outside of my community. I think that’s the one thing I really long

for … when I’m home for six months or something, to get involved with kids. I

live in kind of a rural area, and I think a lot of the teenagers really don’t

have enough do. I want to get involved somehow, some way, with teens and engage

them more.

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