By: Denise Warner
When we last left Mary Lambert in October
2013 she had just performed with Jennifer
Hudson on the VMA’s. She had landed
her first magazine with us. Her single “She
Keeps Me Warm” was climbing up the charts.
This past January, Mary shared the stage
with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at the 56th
Grammy Awards, just to later join the Material
Girl herself (how can we forget that
Grammy moment and the newly weds?).
Here we are, a full year later, catching
up with the singing sensation herself on
her new music and her incredible motivations.
Mary Lambert’s debut album, Heart
on My Sleeve, drops on October 14th from
Capitol Records as her tour kicks on October
10th in Toronto.
Here we are! A year later and so much has changed. You’ve been
on a major tour, you’ve got a new full length feature album finished, Heart On My Sleeve, a break-up, a new love—so much has
So much, I know. I’m really good, I’m so happy and this has been, literally, the
best year of my life. It’s truly amazing.
Heart On My Sleeve is a powerhouse of positivity, starting with “Secrets.” I have to tell you, when I first heard the song, I instantly
thought, “OMG, she gets it! She so gets it!” It feels like you wrote
it just for me, and yet so many people must feel that way.
It’s been amazing, that really has been the reaction across the board. The relatability
factor is there and I’m grateful for that. That’s what I wanted. I wanted
that connection. I mean, look, we’re all battling something, we all have our
sh*t. Everyone has baggage and the sooner we talk about it, it becomes less
stigmatized. There is something really freeing about letting your secrets go. It’s
more of a relief, rather than being filled with so much guilt and shame about it.
In my experience I’ve learned those are such useless feelings.
It’s like you have a knack for tapping into every woman’s thoughts,
especially those of us who don’t fit
into mainstream America’s idea of
what a woman should look like. How
does that even happen?
(laughs) I don’t know! I honestly don’t know!
It’s such a talent to take all of our secret
feelings, put them to music and
make this incredible new album.
Oh my God, thank you. That means so much
to me. I really just write from my point of view
and I’ve gone through the sh*tter, but I’ve
come out on the other side. Like I said, I’ve
just had the most amazing year of my life.
It would be silly not to celebrate it and offer
these little healing tips, maybe? This album is
kind of like a little lesson plan. I want to share
it. I want to offer the things I’ve learned on this
journey, like what the healing has been like. I
want to share it with people and make that
This album does play like a personal
diary, doesn’t it?
Yeah. I did most of the writing for this album
in the last six to nine months, so it is really a
reflection of where I am right now. And where
I am right now is a culmination of my past experiences.
So, yeah, it’s kind of about the past
journey and where it’s brought me, presently.
I heard there is a very unique cover of “Jessie’s Girl” on the new album. Let’s
talk about the twist you’ve put on it.
How did that come about?
Yes! I loved that song! It’s one of my favorite
songs. It captures such a very specific kind of
envy. And I’d guess any gay person can tell
you at some point in their lives they’ve probably
had their share of straight crushes, you
know? You’ve pined for someone who just
isn’t gay. It’s happened to me. It’s happened
to all my friends. So, I thought this could be
an awesome parallel of that experience and...
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