Do you remember Seattle Based singer-songwritter Mary Lambert? Back in August we spotlit the debut of the VEVO supported music video for her lead single “She Keeps Me Warm”. Well, just before our holiday break she released her related major label EP Welcome To The Age OF My Body, through her new deal with Capitol Records. The four track effort produced by Eric Rosse ( Sara Bareilles, Tori Amos ), includes new versions of “She Keeps Me Warm”, and “Body Love” which was broken into two parts.
Lambert has earned widespread attention for writing and singing the hook on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ marriage-equality anthem “Same Love” and performing it with them on the MTV Video Music Awards, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and The Colbert Report. The fourth single from the duo’s album The Heist, “Same Love” has reached double-platinum status in the U.S. and peaked at No. 11 on The Billboard Hot 100. 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’s release of “She Keeps Me Warm” ( an extension of “Same Love” that Lambert calls “the other side of the story” ), peaked at No. 2 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart. Like “Same Love” 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.” Watch it here.
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 EP, Letters Don’t Talk, in July of 2012, followed by 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 on November 13th, noting that “As a singer, Ms. Lambert has a lovely voice that also has a bit of growl to it, which she deploys selectively.”
Cheers to you Mary. You inspire us. Keep up the great work.