4 Queer Musicians to Discover This Pride Month
By: Mireya Perez
June is Pride Month and to celebrate, we’re spotlighting four musicians that you can stream to support queer women in the industry while discovering new music. We guarantee that their music will make you feel a range of emotions, so prepare yourself!
Zolita is an American pop singer that first gained success in 2015 with the single Explosion. Since then, she has released more music that touches themes such as female empowerment, sapphic relationships, and witchcraft. Her first full album, Evil Angel, came out in December 2020.
She identifies as a lesbian, and in 2019 she performed during LA Pride. On her YouTube channel, Zolita shares her experience coming out and being a queer woman in the music industry. You can listen to her latest single, Bedspell, here.
The Aces is an indie-pop band that consists of Ken Petty, Cristal Ramirez, Katie Henderson, and Alisa Ramirez(pictured left to right). The band was started by the Ramirez sisters when they were ten and eight years old. They have since been the supporting act for 5SOS, and are on track to lead their own tour in 2022.
Alisa and Cristal have shared that they were advised not to sing about girls, for fear their music wouldn’t sell. Both sisters are queer and were finally able to sing about it in their last album, Under My Influence, which came out last June. You can find the music video for their upcoming album here.
The Japanese House
The Japanese House is the pseudonym of Amber Bain, the British singer, and musician that uses a stage name to avoid being defined by her gender. Anonymity was another reason for this, and although she doesn’t hide her real identity, she’s not as open about her personal life as other singers.
She’s unlabeled but not straight, which is important to her, she’s androgynous, and she identifies as polyamorous. Her music touches on themes related to identity, alcohol abuse, and mental health.
You can listen to the single Something Has To Change here.
This singer-songwriter started her career in 2017 with the song Medusa. Her style is influenced by alternative fashion and icons like Avril Lavinge, and her music videos follow a dreamlike aesthetic. After gaining recognition, she collaborated with other queer singers such as Hailey Kiyoko and, more recently, Zolita.
She identifies as pansexual, and she came out on Twitter in 2018. Her second EP, Here In Your Bedroom, was released in 2020. Listen to her latest single, Knew You, here.