The month may be over but pride is forever

As the month of June comes to an end so comes the awful realisation that some people think the LGBTQ+ community disappears with it. To keep the rainbow flag flying here is a collection of songs either written about or by someone in the community. Whilst some highlight the hardships many people still face today, others are a celebration of all that has be won.


Queen – I Want to Break Free:

A huge icon in the LGBTQ+ world ‘I Want to Break Free’ encapsulates the struggle many homosexual people faced during British rock band Queen’s era as well as staying as a reminder of the fight still going on. The powerful vocals of Freddie Mercury penetrate to a personal level inside all of us to the desire that we all want more than what we have. The music video challenged social norms at the time by having all the band members dressed in women’s clothing to represent how people are made to be something they are not. When first released the song was controversial in America and banned by MTV but now can be viewed as a constant reminder of fighting against oppression.


Rocky Horror – Sweet Transvestite:

The 1975 cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a personal guilty pleasure of mine with its catchy tune and brilliant lyrics. The performance of Tim Curry perfectly portrays the famous Dr Frank-N-Furter as he reminds us all not to ‘judge a book by its cover’ in the sensual and sexual song. More than just a homosexual anthem, ‘Sweet Transvestite’ stands for anyone deemed “different” facing oppression with an ‘I don’t give a damn attitude’.


Troye Sivan – Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy: (Viewer discretion: there are scenes of physical abuse some may find upsetting).

When an artist creates a story it is impossible to isolate something that comes together so beautifully. Unlike the first two tracks mentioned this collection of songs does not hide its message of oppression in an upbeat rhythm. The raw and stripped back sound of the songs reminds us all that people cope with things in different ways but also sometimes it can be too much. The Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy follows the story of two childhood friends who grow up and apart, their friendship turning into something more that becomes too much for one. The shocking and upsetting message is a reminder of what can happen when people don’t have the right support and are lead to believe they will never be accepted.


RuPaul – LGBT:

RuPaul has famously been quoted with ‘if you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you going to love somebody else?’ The world famous drag queen has always been a spokesperson for the LGBTQ+ community and the song’s title speaks for itself with the message of accepting yourself before expecting others to do the same. With the lyrics following the belief that you can be who you want to be as long as you let me be me. The song calls out listeners to rise up and be themselves as RuPaul sings, ‘come on let me see you rock this town/come on let me see you tear it down.’ The message of always fighting whilst explaining the true ideal of the community: ‘LGBT you be who you wanna be.’


Kinky Boots – Raise You Up/Just Be:

Coming from another iconic LGBTQ+ musical Kinky Boots’ ‘Raise You Up/Just Be’ speaks of support and making sure to always look out for one another during hard times. The musical marked the debut of Cyndi Lauper as a musical song writer with her lyrics of ‘if you hit the dust/let me raise you up’ reminding everyone they are not alone. The whole production surrounds the message that no one should be left to struggle alone and everyone deserves a helping hand. The song also reminds those who have managed to make it through hard times that they cannot forget those still fighting their own battles. The summary of the song being that people can face whatever threatens them and beat it with help from others who understand and that giving up is never an option.


Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland:

When written for fantasy/comedy musical The Wizard of Oz who would have thought the impact the song would create in the LGBTQ+ community. The term ‘a friend of Dorothy’ became a way for gay men to identity to one another without revealing themselves during a time when it wasn’t safe. Since then the song has become a gay anthem of having faith for something better to come along, and keeping the hope that eventually it will. Although the lyrics originally related to a young farm girl’s dream of wanting to escape where she grew up the idea of ‘somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly/oh why, oh why can’t I?’ has become about not understanding how some people can be accept when others are not.


Christina Aguilera – Beautiful:

The pop and R&B ballad speaks of inner beauty and the importance of improving self-esteem over looks. The music video is a visual representation of the different kinds of people who exist in the world and how there is nothing wrong with them being themselves just because it is something others do not understand. With people still facing prejudice for things that harm no one ‘Beautiful’ is an emotional and uplifting song reminding people that they are accepted even if they don’t feel like it. That it’s okay if someone else thinks you’re “ugly” due to the way you are because they are wrong and you truly are ‘beautiful in every single way’. A true song for anyone struggling with accepting themselves no matter who they may be.


Pink – Raise Your Glass:

Like Christina Aguilera’s ‘Beautiful’, Pink’s ‘Raise Your Glass’ supports the differences in everyone in this song of celebration. Asking you to ‘raise your glass if you are wrong in all the right ways’ because there is no wrong way to be you. Pink’s music has always been about staying strong and understanding who you are so others cannot tear you down. ‘Raise Your Glass’ rallies everyone who has ever faced oppression because of who they are in a toast to them for not letting people tear them down. The simple and comical lyric of ‘what’s the dealio?’ questions those who see the differences in others as wrong and embodies the whole idea that prejudice has never made sense and will continue to be beaten.


Cyndi Lauper – True Colours:

Already having one on the list for her inspiring writing in Kinky Boots, Cyndi Lauper lends her own voice to the song ‘True Colours’. A beautiful and moving song about not only being accepted because of your differences but being loved because of them too. ‘True Colours’ encourages people to be who they are because they will always find love with those who understand and accept them. The song also embodies the idea that you should never hide who you truly are because ‘your true colours come shining through’ and you should never try to darken yourself to please others.


Lady Gaga – Born This Way:

The pop artist Lady Gaga has been an outspoken supporter for underdogs through her entire career and has always put forward the belief that we are made to be who we are. The song born this way challenges those who believe that some people are made unnatural by saying, ‘I’m beautiful in my way because God makes no mistakes/I’m on the right track, baby, I was born this way.’ Gaga sings about how as long as you are being who you were born to be there is nothing you are doing wrong.


Whether you belong to the community or are a supporter, continue to always love and support each other no matter what.


By Skye W.Winwood

Introducing: Music Theory

It can be frustrating as a music fan when you come across a new artist and you love their music, but you can’t seem to find out much information on them. Perhaps they’re up and coming and haven’t really hit the scene yet, but you still want to be able to gain a little insight into the person behind the music; what drives them, what inspires them and where they’ve come from.

Pop music fans will have no such problem with emerging talent, Music Theory, though. The Egyptian artist has begun writing a blog to supplement the release of his latest song ‘Down The Aisle’, a pop-centric love ballad with a hugely catchy nature.

Read Music Theory’s blog ‘The Journey’ here:

By regularly updating us on his story, Music Theory gives his fans a look in to the complex world of the music industry which may seem all glitz and glamour, but can be hard work at times too.

Inspired by classic acts such as Maroon 5, Michael Jackson and Usher, Music Theory is hoping he can emulate his influences, starting with ‘Down The Aisle’.



‘A Light From The Other Side’ by Lisa Richards

Australian singer-songwriter, Lisa Richards released her new album, A Light From The Other Side, on 17th April – a record that looks introspectively into Lisa’s life and experiences.

Normally when you listen to new music, you can instantly place it into a genre-defining box, but this simply isn’t the case with Lisa Richards. It’s not unusual for an artist to straddle a couple of styles but Lisa’s music takes on a number of influences from all over the musical world including, folk, blues and jazz, plus elements from many more. Lisa admits this saying: ‘My music is difficult to pigeonhole stylistically, my voice is hard to pin down, it demands attention and yet it is unruly. My songs don’t quite fit anywhere’ yet this is the beauty of what Lisa is doing.

Personally, if you’re listening to an artist that you can’t even begin to categorise, you know that they must be good as they are pushing boundaries and defying the conventions in music that have already been laid down.

The talented singer-songwriter was born and raised in North Queensland, Australia, where her mother, who had previously worked as a concert pianist, had moved to for Lisa’s father. Her childhood was unstable to say the least, which eventually led to her flying the nest in search of a career in music in the city.

Track Listing: A Light From The Other Side

  1. Frank Sinatra
  2. Water Needs To Fall
  3. Milk and Honey
  4. Mr. Happiness
  5. You Got The Power
  6. Summer Afternoon
  7. Walking Woman
  8. Weather
  9. Where My Heart Used To Be
  10. What Lying Does
  11. Friends Out Of Strangers



Jo Cooper’s beautiful video for ‘Broken’

Having performed on Australia’s no.1 breakfast show, ‘The Morning Show’ and also singing at half time for the SOuth Sydney Rabbitohs rugby league team, talented singer-songwriter Jo Cooper has dropped the beautiful and haunting video for her single ‘Broken’.

The video, which was directed and edited by visual storyteller, Simon Smith, and filmed by Ed Reiss, was shot in an old theatre which Cooper had come across during her tour to promote her debut album, ‘Wildfire’.

Cooper attended an exhibition at the theatre and instantly fell in love with the atmosphere, knowing it would provide the perfect location for a music video. However, the venue was all set to be demolished  after the exhibition so Jo got a move on and quickly arranged to film the video there the very next day.

Once the exhibition had come to an end, an artist named Mayonaize decide to paint the whole floor, creating a stunning backdrop for the visuals to Jo’s track.

Jo’s emotional lyricism is perfectly reinforced in the video by the chemistry of the couple dancing and the evocative lighting used.

Find out more on Jo Cooper here:




‘Turn U On’ by Kadi

Having worked alongside other talented musicians such as Moorish Delta 7, producers like Baby J and supporting Omar, KADI is an artist looking to change the game with her new single, ‘Turn U On’.

Creating a substantial message is of detrimental importance to KADI and the female rapper does this whilst fusing an infectious brand of R’n’B, hip-hop and pop. She is aiming to push a new agenda in the genre, empowering women, rather than portraying the often sexist image that is depicted in hip-hop.

She believes the industry in general shows that “having a big ass or showing your breasts gets you attention” but she wants to succeed by being only herself. ‘Turn U On’ was based on when KADI lived in NYC and most of the producers told her she had to be sexual to get far, but she believes she can “turn people on with my clothes on”.

Consequently, KADI is keeping her music sexy, but classy with a powerful message too. Inspired by the sophisticated style and flow of Lauren Hill, KADI’s ‘Turn U On’ allows her moral principles and undeniable talent to shine through. Well worth a listen.

Find out more on KADI here:


Track Review: ‘After Eve’by Warsaw Radio

Warsaw Radio were founded in 2013 after front-man Brian McNamara read about the siege of Warsaw in 1939. The Warsaw Radio Orchestra kept playing their music throughout the siege until their transmitter was destroyed by an artillery shell. Such an inspiring story led to the incarnation of the band.

Consequently, Warsaw Radio take on the orchestral vibe of their inspiration with sweeping string sections combined with pop-rock hooks and the enticing vocals of McNamara.

‘After Eve’ has possibly one of the most interesting stories behind the lyrics: it takes on the perspective of Adam, after Eve and himself have been banished from the Garden of Eden. It imagines the situation of the pair separating after this key moment. It isn’t often that you come across a group with such original starting points for writing songs and it makes a refreshing change from the typical love songs that you hear in the majority of popular music.

The strings build a sense of sonic tension along with Brian’s warming vocals that are then accompanied gradually by the rest of the band. As the texture builds, so too does the emotion of the song. Even without knowing the context behind it, it’s the kind of song that tugs on the heart strings.

There’s an easy listening nature to the track, but this would take away from the quality musicianship at play from Warsaw Radio. ‘After Eve’ is crafted with poignant lyrics and delicate melodies that evolve into something much more powerful by the end of the song.

As a group W.R take influence from the likes of Wilco, Fleetwod Mac, The Waterboys and The Frames. They are all set for UK and Ireland dates from February, kicking off with a home town head-line show at Komedia Brighton on February 8th.

Overall, ‘After Eve’ is a beautifully put together piece of songwriting that draws on folk stories whilst adding a modern musical edge. This is the definition of ‘quality’ music and songwriting. Well worth a listen.


Corinna Jane Returns With ‘Echoes Of My Mind’

Talented songstress, Corinna Jane, has returned after releasing the rock infused ‘Three Faces of You’ with the beautiful ballad, ‘Echoes of My Mind’, also taken from her upcoming EP, Hard In Love.

Having grown up in the 90s MTV generation, Corinna was enthralled by music from a young age. At just five she had taken up piano and singing lessons, then soon began composing her own music and establishing herself as a singer-songwriter in her teenage years

With a strong idea of what proper pop music should sound like, Corinna has developed her own brand of piano-led music that’s made unique with an alternative rock edge. Not only a singer, but a keen actress, model and radio presenter too, Corinna has earned herself airplay on BBC Radio 6, Amazing Radio and BBC Introducing. She even made the top 5 solo artist at the Rock The House Competition.

‘Echoes Of My Mind’ is a song that means different things to different people, but it essentially, it is a song that deals universally with grief. For Corinna it was the grief she experienced through the end of a relationship, but for others it has touched them in a more profound way, such as the death of a loved one. It’s a haunting song that talks about those flashbacks that enter your mind in quite an unannounced and even intrusive way, which bring back a sense of bitter sweet longing, but simultaneously uncovers the pain that you’ve tried to bury.

Having supported Black Beard’s Tea Party, Marina Celeste from Nouvelle Vague, Leddra Chapman and been a guest vocalist/co-writer with German DJ Mark-Oh, it’s clear Corinna is ready to take the music industry by storm.

Find out more on Corinna here:


Jodie Dunn Releases ‘I Belong In Hell’

With the help of Andy Whitmore at Greystoke studios, who has worked with the likes of Elton John and Danni Minogue, singer-songwriter, Jodie H. Dunn has been able to transform her beautifully written songs into professionally finished products.

Jodie was involved in music from a young age, singing in the garden to imaginary audiences and teaching herself keyboard at the age of 9. However, during her early teens she was subjected to a lot of bullying, forcing her to change schools in the middle of her exams. The bullying then developed onto social media, giving Jodie no real escape.

After studying at the Academy of Music and Sound, music became Jodie’s diary whereby she expressed her emotions via her lyrics. Her songs have gradually increased in meaning and feeling, leading to ‘I Belong In Hell’, which is based on the idea of someone controlling you at your lowest point.


Track Review: ‘The Wayfarer’ by Glenn Harrold ft. Dean Rhymes

International, multi-million selling self-help author and hypnotherapist Glenn Harrold has collaborated with Dean Rhymes to release ‘The Wayfarer’, a song inspired by the amazing story of Peace Pilgrim. Their first release tells the emotional story of Peace Pilgrim’s incredible journey for peace.

‘The Wayfarer’ is a gentle, easy listening track that has a strong subtext, instantly enhancing the credibility of the song. It follows the story of Mildred Lisette Norman, a woman who spent around 28 years of her life walking across America in the pursuit of peace. Consequently, there is already an originality to Harrold’s song as it comes from such an organic place; he has chosen a completely original topic and story which will always provide quality material for songwriting.

The base of the song is a beautifully crafted finger-picked guitar line which is complemented perfectly by Dean Rhymes pure and crystal clear vocals. As the emotive nature of the song builds, in comes a simple beat and bass line that are careful not to overpower the deep meaning set within the lyrics.

Glenn Harrold is a multi-million selling celebrity self-help author and hypnotherapist who has been writing songs for a number of years. His hypnosis and meditation downloads and Apps have sold over 7 million copies worldwide and are perennial best sellers on Amazon, iTunes, the App Store and Google Play. Glenn has also written 7 books, which have been published by major publishers Orion in the UK and Europe and McGraw Hill in the US.

Glenn’s huge sales in the self-help world have given him a great platform to launch a songwriting career. The songs Glenn writes are inspired by many of the things that have influenced his self-help books and apps such as human consciousness, spirituality, shamanism, love and veganism.

Find out more on Glenn here:


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