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Faith Michaels 

How does playing and writing music make you feel? 
On stage doing my own music makes me feel alive.

What was the point in your life that you knew you were gay?
Girl! My parents knew when I was Wonder Woman. I didn't want to marry her, I wanted to be her. Looking back I knew at a very young age. I didn't think I was different, I was just me. People don't care... right? Everyone's different and that's OK. Well, in second grade some boys teased me for playing with Barbie dolls. Don't worry, my friend Stephanie beat them up. At that time I knew I had to be careful because not everyone would accept me for me. Now that I'm older I'll NEVA let someone tell me how to live my life.

If you were given one ‘do- over’ in your life what might you choose to do differently?
You know I don't think I would do a do over. Mistakes I've made and mountains I've climbed make me the person I am today.

Who would you like to do a duet with?
A duet... so many people. Let's see, Nina Flowers or Ru Paul are the first to come to mind. If Pink or Gaga could fit me in I would hop on that train right away.

Who do you have respect for?
I have respect for everyone and anyone who respects me.

What’s the side of you that the public never sees?
My goofy side. Just my boyfriend and close friends see that.

What is your definition of success?
My definition of success.. For me it's looking at all I've been able to do with a major record company. That's not easy.

How do you know when you are in love?
When your friends look at you and say," Why are you smiling." You don't even know your doing it. Truth is your thinking of that person at that time.

How have you changed in the last 10 years?
In the past ten years I've become a strong confident person. I'm doing things I never thought I would do and making dreams come true.

What changes would you still like to make?
I don't think I want to make any changes but I do want to continue to grow and learn as an artist and person.

Faith's WEBSITE

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Jamie Anderson

How does playing and writing music make you feel?
Awesome. If it was depressing, I'd stop.

What was the point in your life that you knew you were lesbian?
15, although I didn't have the words then. I just knew I liked kissing her.

If you were given one ‘do- over’ in your life what might you choose to do differently?
In my 20's, I would've practiced more guitar. 

Who would you like to do a duet with?
Bonnie Raitt! I've seen her in concert more than any other performer. Love. Her.

Who do you have respect for?
Out performers from the 70's and 80's - women like Alix Dobkin, and guys like Romanovsky and Phillips.

What’s the side of you that the public never sees?
The bookish side. I read like a fiend

What is your definition of success?
If you're happy and are making some kind of positive change in the world, that's success. Everything else - fame, money, appreciation, etc - is just icing, and frankly, I'm a bigger fan of cake.

How do you know when you are in love?
When I can't stop thinking about her.

How have you changed in the last 10 years?
I've become a better guitar player. Maybe I'm doing the practicing I should've done in my 20's.

What changes would you still like to make?
I want to make a new album.



Richard Barone

How does playing and writing music make you feel?
Sexy

What was the point in your life that you knew you were gay?
First Grade

If you were given one ‘do- over’ in your life what might you choose to do differently?
Nothing

Who would you like to do a duet with?
Janis Ian

Who do you have respect for?
Anyone who is true to themselves, spreads love and respects others

What’s the side of you that the public never sees?
The nerdy bookish geek

What is your definition of success?
Happiness

How do you know when you are in love?
When I care as much or more for someone as I do for myself

How have you changed in the last 10 years?
More muscles

What changes would you still like to make?
To make a difference

​Richard's WEBSITE

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Jamie's WEBSITE
KEITH HAMPTON

How does playing and writing music make you feel?
Writing songs is definitely a way I tap into the "flow," when I feel most creative and in touch with my true self. Performing is like a fun adventure for me. Time always flies while I'm singing.

What was the point in your life that you knew you were gay?
I'm not sure there was a single moment of recognition. I do remember the first time I admitted it out loud; I was 18 and traveling in Europe with friends. One of my buddies was openly gay, and at the top of Montmartre in Paris I confessed I was too! It was very freeing to respond to the question "are you gay?" authentically, because it wasn't being asked cruelly. And the best part was that it was a non-event. No judgments!

If you were given one ‘do- over’ in your life what might you choose to do differently?
I wouldn't take such an opportunity. Every experience is a lesson. That being said, I'd skip dessert and go to the gym more often before I turned 30!


Who would you like to do a duet with?
Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell, or the Indigo Girls.

​Who do you have respect for?
Myself. My parents. My siblings. My grandparents.

What’s the side of you that the public never sees?
I can be very silly, which doesn't come through much in my music.

What is your definition of success?
The ability to enjoy the little moments. 

How do you know when you are in love?
I have a suspicion that we are all MADE of Love, so "being in love" is simply recognizing in someone else that which is most true about you as well, in a way that feels uplifting. Oh, and with sexy feelings.

How have you changed in the last 10 years?
I have become more accepting and less reactive.

What changes would you still like to make?
I would like to devote more time to creative projects. I would like to start a family. I would like to travel internationally again.

Keith's WEBSITE
JENNIFER CORDAY

How does playing and writing music make you feel?
Playing: high. a rush but also strangely calm. in the zone and where I'm supposed to be.
Writing: magical. spiritual. blessed. and it's excited. It's very very exciting when a song is born. I imagine it's liek teh joy of giving birth but without the pain. LOL

What was the point in your life that you knew you were lesbian?

I had a crush on my camp counselor. Actually she was the cook. 

If you were given one ‘do- over’ in your life what might you choose to do differently?
More lunch dates with my mom before she died. I miss her so.

Who would you like to do a duet with?
Melissa E would be fun.
Madonna if we could make out.
Joan Jett and I would wear leather.

Who do you have respect for?
Women who are smart, who have set trends and who are entrepreneurs. 
Madonna and Ani DiFranco and Sarah McLaughlin come to mind.


What’s the side of you that the public never sees?
Fragile.
They only know that in my songs because I do show it there... 
songs like: Linger, Skin, I Know, Up All Night, and On The Moon.

What is your definition of success?
A sense of satisfaction and peace in your career but more importantly in your personal life.
Loving what you do.

How do you know when you are in love?
Those amazing butterflies that rush through you.

How have you changed in the last 10 years?
My definition of success has changed. It is less about things I do and accomplish and more about how it makes me feel inside.
My relationships (exes) have taught me so much about what I want and what I don't want, all for the better.
I have a greater appreciation for life and health and a greater desire to give to a cause.
I'm a better musician and vocalist and writer and producer. Getting old also means getting wise : )
I have way more tattoos.

What changes would you still like to make?
More balance in my life--
Music, love, health, leisure.
I am way too driven.

SILVER AND GOLD

How does playing and writing music make you feel?
Martin: Happy, excited, connected, frustrated, challenged, alive, validated, busy. 
Sara: Joyful, connected and alive.

What was the point in your life that you knew you were gay/lesbian?
Sara: When I was five and had my first crush on a girl from school.
Martin:In the 1st grade my classmates informed me of my gayness, and they were very sweet about how they told me (that last bit was sarcasm).

If you were given one ‘do- over’ in your life what might you choose to do differently?
Martin: Floss more
Sara: Self-acceptance regarding my sexuality at a much younger age... and I would have flossed more.

Who would you like to do a duet with?
Sara: Martin and I (Silver and Gold) are a duet band so I have to say Martin.
Martin: I duet all the time in my band and I don't have the desire to sing with anyone else. 


Who do you have respect for?
Sara: Everyone including myself.
Martin:I respect passion and humility. I respect my boyfriend and my friends. I respect children, and above all I respect art and music. 

What’s the side of you that the public never sees?
Martin: The public sees it all. That's what makes great art. 
Sara: I too, am pretty transparent but I will say most people never see me without makeup.

What is your definition of success?
Sara: Inner Peace, creative vitality and dear friends.
Martin:Being creative

How do you know when you are in love?
Martin:When I stop looking for it... I am in love now. 
Sara: I have never not been 'in love', so I am not sure the difference.

How have you changed in the last 10 years?
Sara: I feel more at one with myself, my art and my friends.
Martin: Wrinkles dahling, wrinkles!

What changes would you still like to make?
Martin:I don't make changes. I would like to think that I'm evolving naturally.
Sara:I hope to continue to learn, grow and expand. Always.

Silver and Gold's WEBSITE
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JANA FISHER

How does playing and writing music make you feel?
Playing and especially writing make me feel connected to my emotions and to all the people who have ever felt the emotion the song conveys. This is what makes me feel alive!

What was the point in your life that you knew you were lesbian?
I was raised as an Evangelical Christian, so that complicated things. I had crushes in girls in high school, but I dismissed them as shameful and deviant because being gay didn't mesh with my idea of what a good Christian should be. After I moved to New York, I started playing synths and singing backup for my friend Brett Gleason, who is also an out artist. We played a gig at Shelly Mars' variety show The Bulldyke Chronicles, and everything changed for me. I'd never been in an environment where lesbian attraction was acknowledged and celebrated like that, and I finally realized that what I'd been feeling for years was okay and simply part of who I was.

 If you were given one ‘do- over’ in your life what might you choose to do differently?
I'd record new music sooner! I spent a lot of time between my first album A History of Sleepwalking and my new EP Ideals & Deals lost in a lot of self-doubt, waiting for outside approval. It took me way too long to finally believe in myself.

 Who would you like to do a duet with?
I'd love to sing with Fiona Apple, though I'm not sure that's an appropriate duet because I think her voice dominates every song by default! Maybe I could do some pretty backup vocals.

Who do you have respect for?
I have a lot of respect for Aimee Mann, whose songs are all very self-aware and carefully constructed. She's still a fighter and making refreshing music into her 50s. I want that to be me. 

 What’s the side of you that the public never sees?
I'm kind of an introvert. I usually prefer to listen rather than speak my mind. Performing is sort of the opposite of my everyday life in that sense. It's the only time that I force people to sit down and listen to me.

What is your definition of success?
Clearing hangups out of your way to constantly move forward.

How do you know when you are in love?
I move past the infatuation of replaying the romantic moments to being really excited to find out what's going on in the other person's head.

How have you changed in the last 10 years?
Ten years ago I was barely in my teens, feeling lost and trying to be what I thought everyone wanted of me. I'm much more self-assured now. And I've learned not to take myself so seriously! 

What changes would you still like to make?
I'd like to know myself inside and out and be at peace with all of it.

Jana's WEBSITE

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How does playing and writing music make you feel?
Auto: Beautiful and encouraged
Andrea:I say making music gets to the core of me—the undistracted, essential part that doesn’t give a crap about opinions or social networking or cleverness. It makes all that stuff drop away so I can just connect with an audience, share some musical moments together, and that’s it—it’s beautifully simple.

What was the point in your life that you knew you were gay?
Auto: I was on a plane to Sri Lanka as a kid, and the stewardess was so friendly to me, and her eyes were so beautiful, I fell in love. I felt like we had a relationship because she was always checking in on me, bringing me milk and cookies and I felt like we could be in love forever. I was seven and I knew at that point I loved women.
Andrea: Looking back, it was probably obvious from the day I got a tail-cut in grade 2. I also “didn't like boys.” But it was the uncomfortable flurry of feelings during a tickle fight in grade 7 that really freaked me out. By grade 11 I was ready to admit this to myself. 
After re-reading our answers, Auto says, “God, I’m such a sap!”

If you were given one ‘do-over’ in your life, what might you choose to do differently?
Auto: It would be that first cigarette, in Grade 6, at Stardust roller rink
Andrea: You mean you would smoke more?
Auto: No
Andrea: To be honest, I always wonder if it was completely idiotic of me to drop out of McGill University’s opera program. ‘Nuff said.

Who would you like to do a duet with?
Auto: Pharis Romero (a founding member of popular Canadian roots band Outlaw Social)
Andrea: For me . . . maybe Ferron. I like older butches. I think that would make Auto jealous, though.
As I wrote that, Auto said, “Now I’m jealous.” No kidding!

Who do you have respect for?
Everyone unless they do something awful.

What’s the side of you that the public never sees?
Andrea: Auto was going to reveal one thing, but it is top secret. *Hint* something to do with martial arts.
For me, out of control giggling which segues into crying. When I’m tired. Really tired.

What is your definition of success?
Auto: Bannock, fried fish—
Andrea: You don’t eat fried fish!
Auto :I could—I used to. Bannock, fried fish outside at a campfire.

How do you know when you are in love?
We both say love at first sight because that’s how we fell in love. God,
we’re cheesy. But it’s true! We celebrated our 6th anniversary on St. Patty's
day by playing a house concert :) 

How have you changed in the last 10 years?
Auto:I haven’t, but a goal for me is to learn open spaces—in conversation, 
in music, in life and understanding. Make room for space.
Andrea: It’s true, she hasn't. She grew into a teenage boy and she stayed 
that way. Me, my hair is longer and I stay away from frumpy t-shirts. Phew. 
​Auto: What about all that deep stuff I wrote!
Andrea: Deep stuff is hard! That’s the non-public thing for me, maybe. What can I say? I've maintained my 90's sense of ironic detachment.

What changes would you still like to make?
Andrea: I would still—STILL--like to obsess less about my fat.
Auto has just pointed out that even if I was skinny, I would still have to have my pants hemmed by a tailor.
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How does playing and writing music make you feel? 
That's just it. It makes me FEEL! Alive! All the rest in life is a kind of 
lesser, more unfelt sub-life.
I don't really understand the impulse or the inspiration for playing and 
writing music - 
I think it's better left NOT understood. I like to call it the "dark engine"
that propels my creativity. 
I don't care to figure it out - I enjoy that at the center of things there is
a mystery. Is all more magical that way. 
But I can say that playing and writing is a peak experience for me -
 I'm drawn to it like a moth to a flame - 
In a way, I feel I lose myself in music; I let go. That's the joy of having 
done it for many years. But I do still get nervous before walking out 
onstage. That feeling never goes away! 

What was the point in your life that you knew you were gay?
There may not have been an exact "point", and is difficult to know exactly what 
my little gay-kid brain was aware of. But I actually "knew" at a very early age - pre-adolescent - 
and was lucky to have parents, siblings and for the most part, 
a neighborhood, childhood friends and schooling that did not threaten, punish or bully me. I was pretty 
much left alone to be who I was. And I took full advantage of it. As an adolescent I was free to take 
dance classes, perform music onstage, act in regional theater, etc. And of course there was my favorite thing - 
fronting a rock band with the boys! Looking back I think a lot of it was 
that people around me simply didn't quite know what to make of me - so they mostly just got out of my way. 
I was having same sex as soon as I could physiologically have sex. 

If you were given one ‘do- over’ in your life what might you choose to do differently? 
I actually don't think I was supposed to be a musician/performing artist - In my childhood mind 
I always wanted to be either a paleontologist or and architect. At least composing music is, after all, a kind of 
architectural endeavor. My other great love is gardening. 
I am more comfortable in the company of plants and animals than I am in the company of other humans. 
I think I ended up being a musician because I always loved hanging out and bonding 
with the boys. It was very sexual for me - even if ungratified, with all those straight guys. 
It's the best. I never grew out of it. It's a Peter Pan thing. 

Who would you like to do a duet with? 
This is a tough one because over the years I HAVE duetted with so many great LGBT musical artists - 
the number of collaborations comes to over 100. But if I could choose a name act - to duet or jam with - Oh… off the top of my head I would luv to play with Joni Mitchell, Robert Fripp, Jimi Hendrix, Jack Bruce, Curt Kobain, Leslie West, Chris Cornell, King's X, Bill Bruford, Marianne Faithful… This could just go on and on - 

Who do you have respect for? 
Musically - I have respect for "the guys in the band" - 
the non-divas. The drummers, bassists, keyboardists, guitarists, etc. 
I'm so over the American Idolization of rock - where all the greatness of the 
art is reduced to a cutesy facehead "star", over-singing mediocre material. 
Politically, right now I have respect for anything that's not a teabag. 
My greatest respect of all is for Nature and environmentalism. Devoting oneself 
to plants, animals, wildlife, the biosphere - is better than any religion. 

What’s the side of you that the public never sees? 
Probably my professional garden design work - (my "day gig") which I do for a select 
number of upscale Manhattan clients - wanna peek?
 www.roberturban.com/gardens.html 
And very few people see me in the process of studio production as I record music for 
myself and 
arrange/produce tracks for singers - playing all the instruments - 
be it vocals, guitars, bass, keys, percussion, orchestral sounds - 
putting all the puzzle pieces together in the mix of a song. 

It's very "alone work" and pretty crazy - grabbing this or that instrument on an impulse - 
sometime learning to play the damn thing just for a special part - 
singing - matching vocal harmonies against every kind of voice you can imagine - 
can be pretty schizophrenic in a fun, solipsistic kind of way - (!) 
And can be very rewarding hearing the final product ~ 

What is your definition of success? 
Oh I have no idea - but it's NOT being one of the one percent. 

How do you know when you are in love? 
Well, I've been with my life partner Morgan for nearly 25 years now, 
so…. Darn! I should know this!!!! Wait… it's coming…. 
Being in love means never having to say…….. "excuse me". 

How have you changed in the last 10 years? 
I'm more reclusive. AND I'M FALLING APART!! Sigh… Life is becoming more and more 
an act of maintenance - Argh! Seriously, I'd like to say I've mellowed, but it doesn't 
seem to be happening…. 
It has been in the last 10 years or so that I stopped working for others and started my 
own sole-owned enterprises: URBAN PRODUCTIONS music creation & production studio, 
and GARDENS BY ROBERT garden design business. There's nothing better than being self-employed. 

What changes would you still like to make? 
For changes in myself I'd like to find some way to better help protect diminishing wildlife. More than just donating $ to environmental causes. I have a dream when I retire I'd like to live on a large tract of land that separates an endangered species from human encroachment. Or perhaps manage a safe haven for some endangered wildlife. In this way my presence and stewardship would act as a deterrent to poaching, etc. 
I have to figure out how to make it so. It doesn't even have to be for fauna - could be just a tract 
of land that harbors endangered florat, such as a rare wild-flower or tree. 
If you what changes I'd like to make in the world - you don't wanna hear it, trust me! 

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BORN IN CITIES
ROBERT URBAN
How does playing and writing music make you feel? 
Blessed. To me, music is a spiritual practice of giving to and receiving from God.

What was the point in your life that you knew you were lesbian?
Honestly, I'm not really sure. During that part of my life I was probably more focused on music and/or sports.

If you were given one ‘do- over’ in your life what might you choose to do differently?
The first instrument I fell in love with was the piano. I was 4 years old and fascinated with all the different sounds and pretty keys. My family couldn't afford to pay for a piano or lessons for me. If I had one "do-over", I would've been a more ambitious 4 year old and found a way to sneak into my neighbors house and play theirs.  

Who would you like to do a duet with?
Jon Bon Jovi

Who do you have respect for?
Everyone

What’s the side of you that the public never sees?
I enjoy cleaning and I'm a terrible cook. Cleaning is very therapeutic for me. Musical goals can take an awfully long time to accomplish due to people's schedules, finances, equipment, etc. Cleaning is a great way to accomplish short term goals and feel some satisfaction from the day's work. Food is something I tend to forget to think about until the last minute. Cooking involves planning, so that rarely happens. Often I find myself eating an apple, peanut butter, and crackers for dinner. Funny thing is, I celebrate that dinner like I've scored a touchdown. LOL  

What is your definition of success?
Creating your own something from your own nothing.  

How do you know when you are in love?
I puke.

How have you changed in the last 10 years? 
I speak through words less and listen to people's hearts more.

What changes would you still like to make?
I'd like to grow a deeper understanding that yesterday's barriers don't exist in today's realities. Some day I'll get that grand piano I've always wanted and understand some children don't receive music lessons for a reason.  
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ARRO VERSE
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