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