“I was that boy at school that decided to choreograph a dance routine instead of throw a football,” 25-year-old pop singer Adam Cola tells Billboard. “Anything that glittered and smelled good was very appealing to me. So my music is really about breaking free and being able to own the individual that I am.”
Cola is one of twelve LGBTQ artists featured on Heard Well’s latest compilation, Pride, out today (June 22). The release is a partnership with the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (or GLSEN) for Pride Month and includes artists like Love, Simon breakout star Keiynan Lonsdale, Katy Perry signee Cyn and Pentatonix offshoot Superfruit.
The first track on the compilation is synth-rock trio Muna’s “I Know A Place.” The track (and the band) made a cameo in Netflix’s new gay teen romcom Alex Strangelove.
“We’re really happy that people are connecting with the song that belong to the community that we also consider ourselves a part of,” Muna singer Katie Gavin tells Billboard.
“Every time we play it, it’s very centering because it reminds me every time why we’re doing this and why music can still matter,” adds guitarist Josette Maskin. “It’s like when you are laughing really hard and all of the sudden you are sobbing.”
Cola closes out the compilation with his club-ready “Dancin’.”
“The emotions I get when I dance are so volatile and so colorful,” Cola says. “Dancing is such a special experience that no two people can experience in the same way. Allowing music to move you and make you feel a certain way, that’s essentially what music is all about.”
The proceeds from the Pride compilation album will benefit GLSEN, which works to ensure that global school environments are safe, productive spaces for LGBTQ youth. Check out the full tracklist below. Pride is available for purchase on iTunes.
1. Muna, “I Know A Place”
2. Keiynan Lonsdale, “Kiss The Boy”
3. King Princess, “Talia”
4. Superfruit, “Hurry Up!”
5. Twinkids, “Jigoku Tengoku”
6. Blair St. Clair, “Now or Never”
7. Cyn, “Believer”
8. Dizzy Fae, “Don’t Hate Me For Me”
9. Girl in Red, “I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend”
10. Coco & Clair Clair, “The Love Song”
11. Rachael Cantu, “You’re The Most”
12. Adam Cola, “Dancin’”