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Must-Listen LGBTQIA+ Artists

These rising stars are capturing hearts and ears, pushing boundaries, and setting new trends—don’t miss their incredible contributions to the music world!

by Randi Zimmerman of Symphonic Blog

Pride month is upon us! Join us as we shine a spotlight on some of our favorite LGBTQIA+ artists in the game right now. Here are 9 talented artists we just can’t get enough of, this month and all year round. 🏳️‍🌈 🔊Check them out, stream their tracks and spread the love…

Ani Difranco

“Widely considered a feminist icon, Grammy winner Ani DiFranco is the mother of the DIY movement, being one of the first artists to create her own record label in 1990. While she has been known as the “Little Folksinger,” her music has embraced punk, funk, hip hop, jazz, soul, electronica and even more distant sounds. Her collaborators have included everyone from Utah Phillips to legendary R&B saxophonist Maceo Parker to Prince…” // Discover more on Spotify…

Carla Prata

“Carla Prata is an Angolan-Portuguese musician born in London. Singing in Portuguese & English, she has built an amazing career in Portugal and Angola. Returned to her hometown in South London Carla Prata’s heritage has helped solidify her versatility. From afro, to R&B, Carla is not afraid to cross genres, push boundaries & find new ways to express herself.” // Discover more on Spotify…

Cody Belew

“Blending raw emotion with Southern stomp, singer/songwriter CODY BELEW offers a unique point of view on faith and love which he approaches with fearless honesty. Assembling a mix of candid originals and well-loved classics by artists who inspired him, Cody Belew released his self-titled debut EP in early 2022 via Visionary Media. Last year also had Belew reimagining the Brooks & Dunn classic “Neon Moon” with GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Dave Audé which recently surpassed two million Spotify streams…” // Discover more on Spotify…

DON’T MAKE THIS WEIRD

“DONT MAKE THIS WEIRD is an artist from Wales exploring the alchemy of pop music. Their adventurous discography swerves between emotionally raw torch songs and glittering pop bangers. Support has come from CLASH, DIY, Attitude, Euphoria, I-D, Nylon, Line of Best Fit and Billboard as well as Spotify, KEXP & BBC Radio with The Jo Whiley Show making him ‘Obsession of the Week’… DONT MAKE THIS WEIRD directs and produces all of their own visuals which have been featured in NOWNESS, screened at Vienna Shorts festival and nominated for a Berlin Music Video Award… // Discover more on Spotify…

Honey Davenport

“The RAW and UNFILTERED Drag Legend and International Recording Artist from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11! Hailing from the legendary House of Davenport.” // Discover more on Spotify…

Jeff Roy

“Jeff Roy is a Los Angeles-based violinist, vocalist, and ethnomusicologist with a performance background in the classical musics of Europe, South Asia, and the Arab World. Their original compositions swim in the cinematic soundscapes of modern neoclassical, folk, and indie pop, finding resonance with artists like Sudan Archives, Agnes Obel, and Patrick Watson. Roy’s music interweaves melodious strings, elastic rhythms, subdued vocals, organic textures, and atmospheric sounds sampled from cityscapes and natural environments that have inspired them in their journeys.” // Discover more on Spotify…

Paula Cole

“Cole has been a truth-teller, provocateur, feminist, rebel, and autobiographical writer who has pushed for personal honesty and social justice. An artful weaver of genre, she is difficult to categorize. She is singular. Paula Cole rose to prominence in the mid-’90s’ with her critically acclaimed debut, Harbinger, and her work with Peter Gabriel. She became the first woman in history to be GRAMMY-nominated for “Best Producer” in her own right, for her follow-up success, This Fire… Paula Cole has pushed buttons and boundaries and followed her own path of iconic vision. 2024 marks the 30-year anniversary of the release of Harbinger, when Paula releases her first album of all original songs in nearly a decade and tours extensively.” // Discover more on Spotify…

RAEGAN

hiii i’m Raegan, im a 21 year old singer-songwriter and producer based in NYC. I write and produce all my music…my songs are my mind in a sonic form. I like to experiment with all different types of sounds and genres. I grew up doing musical theatre so I’m inspired by cinematic and theatrical atmospheres… so far I’ve released TIM BURTON, STALKER, HI MY NAME IS, STOCKHOLM, WALTZ, and MEAN but have lots more to come.” // Discover more on Spotify…

Tayls

“Tayls is a friendship punk band from Nashville, TN.
“Tayls makes unabashedly earnest art for a time that desperately needs it.” — Native Magazine
“East Nashville pop-rock outfit Tayls employs self-aware songs and ambitious live shows to combat disengaged and critical Music City crowds, promoting their ideal of a community free of pretension.” — Nashville Scene // Discover more on Spotify…

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