with special guest JILLETTE JOHNSON
Presented by First Avenue
Inspired by confessional folk singers as well as spoken-word poets, Lambert is a fearless and candid songwriter, who empowers both herself and her listeners with her art. Nowhere is this better reflected than on her debut EP Letters Don’t Talk. The collection of songs, released in 2012, established Mary as a formidable Seattle artist and caught the attention of local hip-hop duo, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, with whom she wrote and sang the same-sex rights anthem “Same Love”. Lambert has earned widespread attention for writing and singing the hook on “Same Love” which has reached double-platinum status in the U.S. and peaked at No. 11 on The Billboard Hot 100.
Mary has performed it on the Grammy Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and The Colbert Report. The song’s hook, which Lambert wrote in two hours, draws on Lambert’s experiences as a lesbian growing up in a tumultuous, Christian household.In July, Lambert released “She Keeps Me Warm” (an extension of “Same Love” that Lambert calls “the other side of the story”), which peaked at No. 2 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart. Its accompanying video sets the song to a visual of the romantic love and devotion experienced in a same-sex partnership. “The video is about love and it’s about visibility,” Lambert says. “I could be wrong, but I’ve never seen a relationship like mine accurately portrayed in a music video.”
Capitol Records released her second EP, Welcome To The Age Of My Body and will release Mary’s first full length album in 2014. A graduate of Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts, where she honed her composition skills, Lambert has earned herself a devoted following for her breathy, haunting melodies and bracingly honest lyricism. She self-released her debut book of poetry, 500 Tips for Fat Girls in January of 2013. The book is a brutally frank depiction of rape, incest, bi-polarity, body image, and homosexuality and has, along with her music, established Lambert as a fearless and outspoken gay voice in contemporary culture. Out Magazine recently included her on its Out 100 list, while The New York Times profiled her, noting that “As a singer, Ms. Lambert has a lovely voice that also has a bit of growl to it, which she deploys selectively.”
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