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Amazon Music Announces Month-Long Celebration of Pride

Amazon has put together a jubilant slate of content to honor the month, aimed at supporting queer folks around the world through music

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SEATTLE, WA. – On the first day of Pride Month, Amazon Music announced its own contribution to the annual global celebration of LGBTQIA+ liberation. 

The music streaming service has put together a jubilant slate of content to honor the month, aimed at supporting queer folks around the world through music. All month long, Amazon Music’s Pride activities include new Amazon Original songs, donations, live streams, Alexa features, playlists, music videos, and other content from LGBTQIA+ artists like serpentwithfeet, Tegan and Sara, Rostam, St. Panther, Mykki Blanco, Melissa Etheridge, Kim Petras, Christian Chavez, Ira Madison III, Yungblud, and more.

R&B artist Jermaine Stewart courtesy of Universal Music Group

Among the highlights:

  • Jermaine Stewart, Streaming for the First Time – Amazon Music has worked with Universal Music Group to bring the Virgin catalog of trailblazing R&B artist Jermaine Stewart to streaming. A talented artist taken too soon, Stewart paved the way for innumerable LGBTQ+ artists who followed, with hits like “We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off” and “Say It Again.” Fans will be able to revisit – or discover for the first time – his previously unavailable catalog, including the albums “Say It Again,” “The Word Is Out,” and “What Becomes a Legend Most.”
  • New Music and Playlists for Pride Celebrations – Amazon Music has relaunched PROUD, the global playlist spotlighting new music from LGBTQIA+ artists, and introduced Orgullo, a brand-new playlist dedicated to Latin LGBTQIA+ artists. Both playlists will continue beyond Pride Month, celebrating queer artists throughout the year. Featuring original artwork from graphic artist Leandro Assis, both playlists will be available to Prime customers, as well as subscribers to Amazon Music Unlimited and Amazon Music HD. PROUD will also be the home to a series of brand-new Amazon Original tracks from LGBTQIA+ artists for Pride Month – including the first Pride-themed Amazon Original, an emotive cover of Labi Siffre’s “Bless the Telephone” from critically acclaimed R&B artist, serpentwithfeet, as well as a brand-new Pride-themed music video for St. Panther’s Amazon Original song, “Real Love Takes Time,” both available now. Other upcoming original debuts include new tracks from Chloe Moriondo featuring dodie, Claud, and Rostam.
  • Pride History – Amazon Music is also expanding Pride History, a collection of narrated playlists that share stories and music from the history of LGBTQIA+ liberation around the world. The first audio narrative to feature the stories and music that powered the global movement for LGBTQ+ liberation, Pride History is narrated by artists like Kim Petras, Yungblud, Tegan and Sara, Melissa Etheridge, and Christian Chavez; it’s comprised of more than 50 important and inspirational accounts across nine different countries, from global artists like Liniker (Brazil), Eddy de Pretto (France), David Blank (Italy), Wilhelmine (Germany), Lido Pimienta (Canada), Ricky Merino (Spain) and more.
  • Group Thread, Hosted by Ira Madison III – Every Monday at 2pm PST, Amazon Music’s Twitch channel will also debut new episodes of Group Thread, Amazon Music’s ongoing live stream series of conversations between artists and creators from around the world. Hosted by Ira Madison III (Crooked Media’s “Keep It!” podcast), the Pride episodes of the series will premiere on June 7th and feature candid conversations with LGBTQIA+ artists and industry professionals. Upcoming episodes will feature a screening and discussion of “Love Me Like You Should,” Amazon Music’s mini-documentary on legendary disco artist Sylvester, and a guest appearance from pioneering artist Mykki Blanco.

Besides helping us all celebrate Pride, Amazon Music is also stepping up with support for key LGBTQIA+ organizations that support and defend the rights of queer people around the world, nominated by the artists participating in the campaign. The streaming giant will be contributing financially throughout the month to organizations such as Rainbow RailRoad, a global not-for-profit organization that helps queer people escape state-sponsored violence; SAGE, a national advocacy and services group supporting LGBTQIA+ elders; and Born Perfect, a campaign to end conversion therapy around the globe; and more.Thanks to Amazon, your soundtrack for Pride is ready and waiting. All you have to do is click and play.

Or just ask Alexa to do it for you.

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Adam Lambert closes out Pride Month kickoff concert

The Pride Month kick-off concert ran for three days at the LA Memorial Coliseum, and was the first live event of the season

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Adam Lambert on stage at OUTLOUD: Raising Voices June 6, 2021

LOS ANGELES – Queen frontman and vocal powerhouse Adam Lambert hit the stage Sunday, belting ‘I Want to Break Free’ with trans German pop star Kim Petras, closing out a whirlwind weekend at the OUTLOUD: RAISING VOICES concert. The Pride Month kick-off concert ran for three days at the LA Memorial Coliseum, and is the first live event of the season – generating an unforgettable energy in the crowd and from the performers on stage. 

The Sunday concert featured a star-studded lineup, including ‘Black and Gold’ singer Sam Sparro, the electrifying VINCINT and a surprise performance from Pose star MJ Rodriguez. Additional performers included country star Chely Wright, R&B singer Zhavia Ward and The Voice contestant Angel Bonilla. The evening concert was peppered with video messages from LGBT+ icons and allies including Demi Lovato, Conchita Wurst and Yungblud. It was as a Pride concert should be, filled with dazzling vocals, flashy choreography and plenty of sparkle. 

Adam Lambert was at his usual best, decked out in a bedazzled kilt ensemble and belting notes from high heaven. However, the two standouts were MJ Rodriguez and VINCINT. MJ skipped out on stage accompanied by a group of dancers with the charisma and stage presence of a super bowl headliner. Effervescent and energetic, she set the tone for the evening and brought the daytime crowd to its feet.

As the sun went down, VINCINT strutted out on stage – also accompanied by two denim-clad dancers. With his signature riffs and flawless vocals, he was joined by Parson James, Qveen Herby and Ty Sunderland for an unforgettable set. After his group number, and a stunning dance break to Rihanna, VINCINT dedicated one of his last songs to his father who recently passed away. It was an incredibly moving moment – a reminder of the tremendous loss so many suffered in the past year, and of the gratitude felt by all those attending that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. 

The event was produced by LA events organization, JJLA, who partnered with Pride Live’s Stonewall Day on behalf of the Feel Something Foundation. To reach audiences worldwide, JJLA added an exclusive streaming partnership with Twitch – and connected with over 3 million viewers over the weekend. It was the perfect beginning to an incredible Pride Month.

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OUTLOUD Raising Voices concert kicks off Pride 2021 at the Coliseum

The celebration also connected with a global audience through an exclusive streaming partnership with Twitch.

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Shea Diamond at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum June 4, 2021 (Photo Credit: JJLA)

LOS ANGELES – June 5, 2021 – OUTLOUD Raising Voices kicked off Pride Month 2021 last night at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum marking a return to live events in downtown Los Angeles with the start of a three-day concert (June 4 – 6, 2021).

The event commenced with introductory remarks from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and had more than 1 million global views of the premiere day’s 8-hour exclusive Twitch live stream.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (L) and Jeff Consoletti (R), co-creator of OUTLOUD: RAISING VOICES on June 4, 2021 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the opening night of the award-winning LGBTQ concert series that celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride month. The 3-day in-person event featuring more than two dozen queer and allied artists and performers is also streaming exclusively on Twitch.tv/OfficiallyOutloud. (Photo by John Viscott for JJLA)

OUTLOUD continues tonight, June 5, with performances and appearances by headliner Hayley Kiyoko, Brooke Eden, Madame Gandhi, La Doña, Crush Club, Kaleena Zanders and Bronze Avery.

This year, OUTLOUD joins forces with Pride Live’s Stonewall Day, a global campaign that elevates awareness and support for the Stonewall legacy and the continued fight for full LGBTQ+ equality. In partnership with Stonewall Day, each day will profile and support various LGBTQ+ charities, namely Stonewall Day’s annual beneficiaries Trans Tech Social and Trans Lash, and OUTLOUD’s PRIDE partner cities from around the nation.  The celebration connected with a global audience through an exclusive streaming partnership with Twitch, the interactive live streaming service. 

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster and fans who cannot make it in person can stream at Twitch.  

  

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Greyson Chance on new EP & tour, post-pandemic life and looking ahead

Following his critically acclaimed album “Portraits”, Greyson steps out, post-pandemic with his new song, “Hellboy”.

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Greyson Chance (Photo credit: Broderick Bauman)

HOLLYWOOD – Once upon a time there was a boy who sang Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” for a talent show.  The video of the boy went mega viral, and he found himself in the national spotlight, on the Ellen show, and with a recording contract.  Then it came crashing down.

That was then.  This is now.  Greyson Chance, a proud out singer-songwriter, a fully actualized man and artist, has emerged on the scene.  His voice is exceptional, his music intriguing, exciting and deep.  Following his critically acclaimed album “Portraits”, Greyson steps out, post-pandemic with his new song, “Hellboy”.

Rob Watson the host of RATED LGBT RADIO and Los Angeles Blade Editor Brody Levesque chat with Greyson.

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