“Hollis said, ‘Ryan’s going to send you the track. You have two hours,’” Lambert recalls. “I got off the phone and ran across the street to the bar where I worked and told my boss everything. We did a shot, then I sabered a bottle of champagne with a sword. Then I was like, ‘Okay, I’ve gotta fucking write this thing.’ Priorities.”
Macklemore, Mary Lambert, Madonna, Ryan Lewis and Queen Latifah perform “Same Love” at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles Jan. 26.
Her EP, Welcome To The Age Of My Body, was released in December, and she has a full-length album, produced by Eric Rosse (Tori Amos, Sara Bareilles), coming out next year.
“She Keeps Me Warm” peaked at No. 2 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart.
Anis Mojgani (left) and Shira Erlichman (right)
“There I am chain-smoking and watching YouTube videos in my bedroom at 6 a.m. when a spoken-word video comes on the screen,” she wrote. “I knew I had to do it, that it was another part of me that needed to be explored.”
“I have a very specific poem about rape that maybe I’ll be able to release someday, but it’s really important for me to perform it at my shows. You can literally see people sobbing. And I’m sobbing. So I feel like the only way that people are going to go home and not be severely depressed is if I start telling them jokes.”
“I wrote this as sort of a love song to death that also contains the sentiment of being sickly co-dependent within a relationship – in a way that you would allow yourself to totally self-destruct for another person,” she wrote on her website. “I don’t recommend listening to this for light background music with your mee-maw, but maybe if your grandmother is hard of hearing and likes a lot of chord changes, then go nuts for cowboy butts and take it to grams and gramps house for an after-pie listening party! Truthfully, my hope is that rather than seeing this as a sad song, you might see it as an exploration of vulnerability.”
“Yes, I would loved to have just sustained myself through my art, but less than one in a billion musicians gets that life,” she says. “So rather than being like, ‘I’m an exception!’, like a moron, I thought I’d get a real job.”
“After a show over the summer, a girl came up to me who was a pastor at her church, which was not accepting of same-sex relationships. She said that ‘Same Love’ allowed her to come out regardless of the consequences. The fact that music was able to do that? That I could have been a part of that, and that she felt safe enough to tell me? I know how strong you have to be to do that. If I can give that fight to somebody, then I want to keep doing it.”