Mary Gauthier Gives a Voice to Veterans
Country music isn’t known for its queer inclusiveness, a discussion point Sarah Silverman brought up with singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier during her appearance on the comedian’s Hulu talk show, I Love You, America. But it’s not Gauthier’s sexuality that makes her upcoming Rifles & Rosary Beads, out Jan 26, unique -- it’s where the songs come from.
"Four and a half years ago, I was invited to do a songwriting retreat by the founder of SongwritingWith:Soldiers and I fell in love with the work,” Gauthier told Billboard. “I’ve been writing songs with members of the military and their families through this program ever since.” She credits her work on this project for a newfound understanding of what songs do on a higher level, adding, “The process of writing songs with veterans has been deeply therapeutic for me personally, and some of the veterans feel the same way. But what we’re doing is not therapy. It is the making of art.”
Calum Scott Is Only Human
English crooner Calum Scott gained international attention for his somber rendition of Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own” in 2016. His version even made an appearance on the Hot 100 at No. 93, besting Robyn's original, which astonishingly missed the chart completely. Flash-forward to the present, and Scott has released his music video for his piano-driven ballad “You Are the Reason,” out now. The rising star will follow the clip with his debut Only Human, out March 3. In addition to 11 original tracks, the album also includes a haunting acoustic version of Bob Dylan’s “Not Dark Yet.”
Wherefore Art Thou, Frank?
Will we be getting new Frank Ocean music in 2018? It’s unconfirmed, but the enigmatic crooner took to Tumblr to tease: “I made the album before 30. I just aint put that bitch out!” Ocean turned 30 this past October, so his comment suggests he’s got a new record ready to go. Earlier this week, the “Chanel” singer followed up with another Tumblr post, this time with a photo of a person wearing a green hat that reads, “IF YOU LIKED 2017, YOU’LL LOVE 2018.” Given his four new tracks in 2017 and a guest appearance on Calvin Harris’ “Slide,” we’re hoping he’s ready to bless us with a full-length sooner than later.