The former teenage choirboy with an undying devotion to Lily Allen and an uncanny resemblance to Prince, released his debut album in 2009. 2 on the France Album charts, but it was his cover of Britney Spears’ “Womanizer” that brought him American attention. Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton signed him as the debut artist for Hilton’s Perezcious Music label.
These men have been a positive influence for GLBT youth around the world, and by their honesty they have helped shape the current climate and acceptability for being an openly gay male artist in today’s music industry.
These are artists who risked their careers to be true to their sexuality, and who make us proud to be the gay and bi men that we are.
Italian pop singer Tiziano Ferro got his start like numerous finalists these days by participating in a talent show – the Sanremo Music Festival in 1998.
While Ferro did not win the competition, he did make it to the 12 finalists, but more importantly he caught the attention of two producers in the audience – Alberto Salerno and Mara Maionch.
In the same year he participated in the True Colors Tour alongside Cyndi Lauper, the Indigo Girls and Joan Jett.
Ford appears in the music video for Lauper’s 2008 single “Into the Nightlife.” Ford’s second album features his versions of tracks from artists like Britney Spears’ “Trouble” and Robyn’s “With Every Heartbeat.” So what kind of man is someone like Colton Ford into?
We also decided to omit those musicians who appeared to flirt with being bisexual, but ultimately seem to consider themselves straight, such as David Bowie, or musicians who have talked in vague generalities about bisexuality but again ultimately seem clearly heterosexual, such as Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong.
So here we are with a list honoring those out and proud men who have paved the way for many others like them and many more who will surely come.
Ferras’ first album, He has since co-written several songs for artists including Adam Lambert and The Veronicas, and is currently working on his next album which he hopes to release in 2011. His debut album, was released in 2006 and the music video for the lead single “All Over Your Face” turned out to be too controversial to be aired on Logo due to the explicit lyrics and sexual themes.
(It is currently in post-production.) With his smooth, sweet voice and his incredible songwriting ability, Ferras is certainly a talent to watch. Massachusetts-born Luke Caswell, aka Cazwell, has been praised at the gay man’s Eminem and is a personal favorite of Sir Elton John. During 2007 Cazwell toured alongside Cyndi Lauper, Rufus Wainwright, the Indigo Girls and other special guests on the True Colors Tour.
He says he likes “a man who can be vulnerable, share his insecurities, be in the moment and be very honest and authentic. That’s a really, really hot quality.” The Texas born Brannan has been compared to Rufus Wainwright for his openness as a gay artist, and has been compared to Ani Di Franco and Joni Mitchell for his craftiness with songwriting, possessing the qualities of an “angry, sad woman.” In 2002, after just one semester of college in Ohio, Brannan set out for New York City hoping to break into the entertainment industry.