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OCTOBER 2014 vv VOLUME 16vvISSUE 9nnnnn• FROM THE COVER

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 happened.
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 connection.
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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    _OCT 14 issue  

...we’re all battling something, we all have our
sh *t. Everyone has baggage and the sooner
we talk about it, it becomes les 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. “
—MARY LAMBERT



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