Music

 

Kris Kelly, a Brooklyn-based queer artist and musician, traveled for five years through South America with only a suitcase and a guitar. During this time, he wrote the songs at the core of his debut album, “Runaways.” 

On Kelly’s record, listeners will find a journey of self-discovery that includes love, loss and hope — plus a chronicle of the relationship with his Argentinian then-boyfriend, now-husband.

This is proving to be the year for up-and-coming queer artists are ready to take things to the next level, challenging the mainstream’s views of image and sexuality along the way. 

Grayson, a nonbinary singer-songwriter, model and stylist, recently released “Cherry Pits,” a dreamy, sparse and hypnotic electro-pop song from their upcoming EP, “Head to Head.” 

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It’s kind of strange that P!nk is dropping a new album in the middle of the world tour for her last album (“Beautiful Trauma”). Then again, P!nk has always played by her own pop rulebook, so we guess this is fitting. 

Thanks to composer and voice coach Emily Bate, the Philadelphia choral-music scene just became far more diverse and accepting.

Trust Your Moves, an LGBTQ ensemble out of West Philadelphia, invites all genders and musical abilities. Rather than using traditional vocal terms like soprano, alto, tenor and bass, Bate uses gender-neutral language, referring to parts as high or low. Singers also can switch parts or sing lines in different octaves according to their comfort level.

Gender-nonbinary, transgender and transitioning individuals need not apply to TYM — because auditions aren’t required to join.

The Philly POPS are getting into the swing of spring with “Cole Porter’s Broadway: Too Darn Hot,” a tribute to the legendary gay composer, songwriter and Broadway icon. 

Philly native and musician David Charles Abell will guest-conduct the performances, which run April 12-14 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The shows also will feature guest vocal appearances by jazz stylist Catherine Russell and Broadway stars Lisa Vroman and Ben Davis.

In a chat with PGN from his home in London, Abell said he discovered and became enamored with Porter’s music back in an era when finding music was a more complicated task.

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