You’ll all know of Frank Ocean and Sam Smith. But when it comes to LGBT musicians producing great sounds, they’re not the only ones you should be keeping in mind. There are a number of artists, from a variety of genres, who are making major waves in the music scene. Here’s our rundown of 9 talented LGBT musicians that you need to add to your playlists, asap!
Pansexual Detriot-born rapper Angel Haze has been making music since 2010. Early on in her career she was most notable for releasing covers of popular songs everyday for thirty days. This series was called 30 Gold. Her most popular freestyle was an adaptation of Macklemore’s Same Love. Her latest single, No Limits was released this past month.
Syd is an American singer, songwriter and producer. She was most known for being a member of the Hip Hop collective Odd Future. She is now a lead vocalist of the alternative r&b group The Internet. Early this year she released her debut studio album, Fin.
The Japanese House
British Indie pop act, The Japanese House are fronted by lesbian solo artist Amber Bain. Bain contributes vocals and plays an assortment of instruments. Her songs are co-produced by George Daniel from The 1975. Her latest EP, Saw You In a Dream is available now!
MNEK is a 22-year old award-winning British pop singer, songwriter and music producer. Best known for his collaborations with Zara Larsson, Stormzy, Naughty Boy and Rudimental; MNEK is a star on the rise. His most recent single Paradise is out now!
American singer-songwriter Hayley Kiyoko is best known within lesbian audiences for her songs about loving women. Her third EP Citrine was released last September.
Years & Years
Years & Years are fronted by teen actor turned singer, Olly Alexander. Years & Years’ music has been described as electro-pop, mixing R&B and 1990s house elements. The band’s debut studio album, Communion, debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart in July 2015 and was the fastest-selling debut album of the year from a UK signed band. Olly Alexander is a vocal LGBT rights advocate and uses male pronouns throughout his music to refer to his sexuality.
British lesbian singer-songwriter Shura makes synth fueled electro pop music. Her debut album Nothing’s Real was packed with infectious deeply catchy pop songs which delighted her pre-established core lesbian fanbase.
Brooklyn native Young M.A. is known for her club banger Ooouuu. Her latest album is filled with lyrics about her two main loves, women and her city New York.
Karnage Kills is a gay rapper from London who is best known for his remix of Stormzy’s Shut Up and Big For Your Boots. Karnage’s feminine style and explicit lyrics make him stand out from the crowd. His debut single Hoe Diaries is the perfect example of this.