Are you one of those people who is always searching for new music to listen to? And I don’t mean ‘new’ new, I mean any kind of music, no matter how old or new it is. I, for one, am always on YouTube discovering new music (the thirst is real!). So guess what do I do when I find good music? I make it a point to share it with people I like. So, yeah, here’s a list of five LGBTQ music artists you need to listen to, like, right now.
- Ben J. Pierce
Ben (Benny) is an actor and YouTuber who is openly gay. He gained attention with his self-produced debut song Little Game, wherein, Ben talks about the forced enforcement of gender roles. My personal favourite lyrics of the song are “Play us like pawns and relentlessly confined into living up to gender roles and having absent minds. Don’t you think it’s funny how they tell us how to live?” Ben’s latest songs Boys Will Be Boys and Never Apart are amongst my favourites!
2. Hayley Kiyoko
Hayley is literally a gem of a person! Her songs are amazing and her music videos are diverse and beautiful. Hayley’s music touches on topics that are sensitive and need awareness. She’s openly gay and very supportive of LGBT community. The music video to my favourite song, One Bad Night, features a black boy and a transgender as protagonists; their life stories merging together beautifully. Hayley’s song, Girls Like Girls is the lesbian anthem. Her very latest song, Feelings, was released not even a week ago – just go, listen to that brilliant stuff!
3. Troye Sivan
If you are not listening to Troye’s music then what are you doing with your life? Troye’s debut album, Blue Neighbourhood, which released in 2015 is absolutely a lyrical masterpiece – literally, every song on that album is perfect. On Suburbia, Troye is rather nostalgic and talks about how he misses his town and his mother’s cooking owing to his busy adult life. His music is amazing – a perfect balance of melodies and well-written lyrics. His Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy is a complete emotional roller coaster (You have been warned!).
4. Angel Haze
Angel Haze’s debut album Dirty Gold was released in 2013. She gained fame when her song Battle Cry featuring Sia was released. Her lyrics are explicit and talk about fighting rape culture, depression, racism and queerphobia. She is openly pansexual and is proud of her sexuality. Haze has also covered multiple songs; one which I particularly love is the famous Eminem song Cleanin’ Out My Closet. She has covered this song while changing the original lyrics to narrate her real-life incidents of when she was sexually abused as a child. Her lyrics are powerful; she is the one female rapper you mustn’t miss out on.
5. Dodie Clark
Most of you probably know Dodie from YouTube. Her music is beautiful as is her voice. She has covered a lot of songs – Somebody Else by The 1975 being my favourite – and has also written and sung a lot of original songs. Her songs are just so soothing to listen to. You must totally listen to She. Dodie is an amazing person. She is open about her bisexuality. She talks about depression and other mental issues on her alternate YouTube channel.