Well, friends? One thing’s for certain: When you ask UK pop star David Gray to “go wild for the camera”, HE DELIVERS! (As proven in the photograph above – ha!)
This week, as part of our ongoing “Keep Oregon Well” music series, we were joined in our stigma-fighting efforts by singer-songwriter David Gray in the Skype Live Studio, in advance of David’s sold-out performance at Edgefield.
David is a world-renowned musician and we are so thrilled that he lent his talents to our cause. Thanks also to everyone who came out and took the “Keep Oregon Well” Pledge to stand UP and speak OUT against stigma!
Sheila Hamilton and I caught up with David Gray backstage before the show and chatted about mental health, addiction and music (of course!)
Watch video of our conversation here:
David even tweeted about Trillium Family Services to his 222,000 followers the day of the show! Check that tweet out below, along with photos from the show: Read the rest of this entry »
As many of you know, May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This year, in my role as Chief Communications Officer of Trillium Family Services — Oregon’s largest provider of mental and behavioral healthcare for children and families — I have had the pleasure of creating and launching a Mental Health Heroes Awards program, a comedic video campaign designed to lampoon stigma, and a community storytelling and advocacy blog for the organization.
My undying love for Austin’s drag-punk-terror powerhouse Christeene is no secret. It takes a lot to shock me, but every time I find myself in the presence of this magical creature, she manages to take me there (and, more often than not, way beyond there).
This past year she also won the heart of Boy George, who, after watching her tear up the stage across the pond, tweeted, “What a fucking awesome hip hop, Beyonce, Evil Dead, queercore, unapologetic, sick show…KILL FOR A TICKET!”
The brainchild of performance artist and musician Paul Soileau, Christeene Vale is a self-described “human pissoire of raw unabashed sexuality; a gender-blending, booty-pounding, perversion of punk fully equipped with an arsenal of ferocious music intertwined with raw moments of strained intimacy and fiery stank” — which pretty well sums it up. Read the rest of this entry »
“Sweet Ophelia: An Interview with Musician Zella Day”
If you aren’t already listening to Zella Day, now is the moment to do yourself a favor and make things right in your world by putting on headphones and diving in. You can thank me later.
Zella’s debut self-titled EP has just been released, and she is receiving all kinds of love from critics and listeners alike — and it’s no wonder. Her EP is nothing short of magical, and in addition to being one of Spotify’s Top 10 Rising Stars to Watch, her new single, Hypnotic, just spent time as the iTunes Single of the Week.
Zella is heading out on tour this month, and I caught up with her this week to chat about her music, this whirlwind year she’s been having, and what the west coast has in store with her live performances just around the corner. If you have the chance to Read the rest of this entry »