2015 was a difficult year for me, with the loss of several loved ones and family members. This third single from “M/F” is by far the saddest song on the new album and it undeniably captures the spirit of those beautiful family members who passed away, but it's most specifically a tribute to my childhood friend/ex boyfriend who tragically and unexpectedly died during the same year. It hit me hard, for several reasons, and I wanted to take all my feelings of sadness and grief and turn them into a positive, uplifting 'power anthem' (with some political commentary and anger thrown in for good measure, of course!) I'm so proud of this song. I hope you love it like I do. It will always be deeply personal to me but now, finally, I can hand it over to you, to whom it now belongs. And so, with no big frills or fanfares, I give you: "SOLDIERS" 💔🥀 M x
Hey everyone! Below you can hear and watch the official video for my new single "LGBTQIA (A New Generation)", which I'm crazy excited to finally share with you! For a long time, I felt a deep need inside of me to write and record this, so thought I'd just say a few words about my inspiration behind the song.
Firstly, it's a dedication to today's generation of fabulous youth around the world: increasingly open-minded, loving, caring and understanding of one another's differences and similarities. I've seen so many incredible, free-thinking, community-orientated, liberal young individuals in the comment sections of my videos over the last few years, and it's been massively heartwarming and inspiring to witness. Kids full of pride, who celebrate difference, unafraid to experiment and unashamed of labels; a generation able to flourish and find their voices in radically changed societies; people able to experience and enjoy their own identities from a young(er) age, under the protection of (new) law(s) and without fear of criminal persecution.
But at the same time, it's so important not to become complacent and to continue to call out those politicians, world leaders, governments and global institutions who, through misguided morals and often with malicious intent, actively stand in the way of equality being achieved. Those folks still lost in the past, on the wrong side of history, stuck in a war of ignorance. The ones who want to see this new generation's liberties quashed at every opportunity!
And yet mostly, this song is my heartfelt thank you to the hundreds of thousands who came before us; to the ones who paved the way and broke down the walls; to the generations who sacrificed and suffered through inequality and gross injustice, but who nonetheless challenged their systems and authorities and fought tirelessly to bring about the kinds of changes we're seeing today, so that people like me could experience the freedoms, happiness and, eventually, legal protections that so many of us now enjoy in our societies. This is for the ones who made it possible for folk like me to upload songs like this onto a global platform without fear of persecution or repercussion.
Tragically, this is still not always the case and the fight continues in many parts of the world even now. So we must never take our equality for granted, especially whilst so many of our brothers and sisters around the world still experience so much prejudice and, in many cases, physical danger. Those of us who are able to live freely and authentically within our own societies - we must carry on doing whatever we can so that everyone can enjoy these freedoms in the future. And we must never forget those who relentlessly gave everything (and still do) to make this “better world” a reality for everyone.
This song stands as my tribute to those trailblazers, pioneers, freedom fighters, activists and everyday people who gave their lives to fight for global equality. Hope you enjoy it! M x