Mary Lambert (singer)

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Mary Lambert
Born(1989-05-03) May 3, 1989 (age 24)
Seattle, Washington, United States
GenresR&B, folk, pop, spoken word
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, spoken word artist, gay rights activist
InstrumentsVocals, piano, guitar, cello
Years active2011-present
LabelsCapitol
Associated actsMacklemore, Ryan Lewis, Michelle Chamuel
Websitemarylambertsings.com
 
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Mary Lambert
Born(1989-05-03) May 3, 1989 (age 24)
Seattle, Washington, United States
GenresR&B, folk, pop, spoken word
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, spoken word artist, gay rights activist
InstrumentsVocals, piano, guitar, cello
Years active2011-present
LabelsCapitol
Associated actsMacklemore, Ryan Lewis, Michelle Chamuel
Websitemarylambertsings.com

Mary Lambert (born May 3, 1989) is a Seattle-based singer-songwriter and spoken word artist. She worked with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on a track on their album The Heist. Lambert is the featured singer and songwriter of their gay rights single,[1] "Same Love". Lambert wrote the chorus's hook in two hours. The "Same Love" chorus draws on Lambert's experiences as a lesbian growing up in a tumultuous, Christian upbringing. The repeating line, "Not crying on Sundays," for example, echoes the way she felt after leaving Sunday services in the Evangelical church.[2] Lambert took the content she created for "Same Love" and used it to develop the song "She Keeps Me Warm" which she released on July 30, 2013. A music video was released on Vevo on August 24.

Lambert's songs, often emotionally charged, have been considered a mix of Adele, Tori Amos and James Blake.[3][4] Her shows are described as "safe spaces where crying is acceptable and even encouraged."[2] Her debut EP, Letters Don't Talk, was released on July 17, 2012, and peaked at number 18 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts.[5] On December 17, 2013, Lambert released her second EP, Welcome to the Age of My Body, under Capitol Records.[6]

Early life[edit]

Lambert was sexually abused as a child, and has described herself as "end[ing] up being a depressed eight-year-old". She was raised as a Pentecostal, but her family was expelled from the church when she was six after her mother came out as a lesbian. Lambert later became an Evangelical Christian, attending Mars Hill Church beginning when she was in high school. She struggled for many years to reconcile her Christianity and her sexuality, even after coming out as a lesbian at the age of 17.[7] She eventually concluded that homosexuality does not conflict with Christianity, and that condemnation of gay people is antithetical to the Christian message.[8][9]

Lambert taught herself how to play piano and write songs at age 6, as an escape from her traumatic and abusive household.[2]

Originally from Everett, Washington, Lambert attended Mariner High School between 2003 and 2007. Her mother is also a singer-songwriter.[10] Lambert moved to Seattle in 2007 where she studied at Cornish College of the Arts, and graduated with a Bachelor's of Music in Composition.[11]

Lambert is known to be revealing in her poetry and music, often discussing her early childhood traumas, sexual abuse, body image, bipolar disorder, and her sexuality.[7][12][13] Lambert lives in Seattle, WA.[2]

Career[edit]

2008–11: Career beginnings and spoken word poetry[edit]

Lambert represented Seattle, Washington, in Brave New Voices International Poetry Competition in 2008, which was filmed on HBO. She co-founded Seattle's Collegiate team in 2009, and competed at the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational.[14]

2012–present: "Same Love", 500 Tips for Fat Girls, and debut album[edit]

In 2012, Lambert co-wrote and provided vocals for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's single "Same Love". In 2013 "Same Love" reached double platinum in the U.S.[15] and became a top ten single in six countries. A music video was released on October 2, 2013, and as of December 2013 it has over 100 million views on YouTube.[16]

In January 2013, Lambert independently released a book of poetry titled 500 Tips for Fat Girls.[17] The book has received positive reviews, with one critic stating that it was "moving and strikingly original exploration".[18] In the summer of 2013, Lambert released her debut single, "She Keeps Me Warm", which samples the chorus that she wrote for "Same Love". A music video was released on August 24 of that same year on Lambert's Vevo.[19] As of December 2013, the "She Keeps Me Warm" music video has reached over two million views.

On December 17, 2013, Lambert released her debut major label extended play Welcome to the Age of My Body under Capitol Records. The EP features a new version of "She Keeps Me Warm"; "Body Love", which was broken into two parts and was also featured on her last EP, Letters Don't Talk; and a new song, "Sarasvati".

On December 18, 2013, Lambert announced on her website that her debut album is scheduled for release in the Spring of 2014.[20]

For the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, Lambert was nominated for two awards, one for Song of the Year for "Same Love" and the other for Album of the Year for The Heist as a featured artist.[21] On January 26, 2014, Lambert performed "Same Love" alongside Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. During their performance, Queen Latifah read marriage vows for 33 couples on stage.[22] Shortly after Latifah read the vows, Madonna came on stage and began singing with Lambert.[23] After the performances, Lambert's debut single "She Keeps Me Warm" started gaining more airplay and selling more copies.[24] "She Keeps Me Warm"'s radio play reportedly increased by 24%.[24]

On February 9, 2014, Lambert announced on her official website that she was filming a video for "Body Love".[25] On March 17, 2014, Lambert announced on her website that she would be touring with Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson.[26] Eric Rosse is producing Lambert's debut album.[27]

Artistry[edit]

Musical style[edit]

Lambert wrote every song on her first two extended plays, Letters Don't Talk and Welcome To the Age of My Body. Lambert's songwriting style has often been compared to Adele, Tori Amos, Bon Iver, and James Blake.[3][4] Lambert stated in a Huffington Post interview that her music and poetry contain "A lot of darkness, and sadness and grief."[28] Lambert primarily writes about her early childhood traumas, sexual abuse, body image, bipolar disorder, and her sexuality. The "Same Love" chorus draws on Lambert's experiences as a lesbian growing up in a tumultuous, Christian upbringing. The repeating line, "Not crying on Sundays," for example, echoes the way she felt after leaving Sunday services in the Evangelical church.[2] Lambert wrote the chorus's hook in two hours. "Body Love" and "Sarasvati" both feature Lambert using a talk-rhythm singing style.

When asked why she wrote the chorus for "Same Love", Lambert said that she wanted to write a song that was "genuine and authentic to my experience."[29]

Stage[edit]

Lambert's live performances are described as "safe spaces where crying is acceptable and even encouraged."[2]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
U.S. Heat
[30][31]
U.S. Folk
[32]
Letters Don't Talk34
Welcome to the Age of My Body2023

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

YearTitlePeak chart positionsAlbum
U.S. Adult
[33]
2013"She Keeps Me Warm"20Welcome to the Age of My Body

As featured artist[edit]

TitleYearPeak chart positionsCertificationsAlbum
US
[34]
AUS
[35]
AUT
[36]
CAN
[37]
FRA
[38]
IRE
[39]
NL
[40]
NZ
[41]
SWI
[42]
UK
[43]
"Same Love"
(Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert)
2012111194196181336The Heist

References[edit]

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  4. ^ a b feckingdeadly (2013-04-03). "Mary Lambert | Letters Don't Talk | @MaryLambertSing - Deadly Music!". Feckingdeadly.com. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
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  6. ^ Caramanica, Jon (November 12, 2013). "Mary Lambert Breaks Out on Her Own". New York Times. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
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  8. ^ Nicole Brodeur (January 13, 2013). "Mary Lambert: ‘Same Love’ singer strikes out on her own". The Seattle Times. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
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  12. ^ Mary Lambert (April 9, 2012). "Body Love - music video". Live version of "Body Love". YouTube. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  13. ^ Prosser, Keegan (2012-08-21). "Mary Lambert: New Verse, Same Love". Seattleweekly.com. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  14. ^ "College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational". Acui.org. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  15. ^ a b "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - November 14, 2013". RIAA. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  16. ^ "Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Same Love feat. Mary Lambert (Official Video)". YouTube. 2012-10-02. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  17. ^ Vanessa (2013-03-06). "Almost Famous: Mary Lambert". Autostraddle. Retrieved 2014-01-11. 
  18. ^ Mary Lambert. "500 tips for fat girls by Mary Lambert — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists". Goodreads.com. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  19. ^ "Mary Lambert - She Keeps Me Warm (2013 Version)". YouTube. 2013-08-24. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  20. ^ "Welcome To The Age Of My Body Is Heeeeeeeeere". Marylambertsings.com. 2013-12-18. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  21. ^ "Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List". Billboard. 2013-12-06. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  22. ^ Dan Avery (January 26, 2014). "Macklemore, Madonna, Queen Latifah Host Gay Weddings". newnownext.com. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  23. ^ McRady, Rachel (2014-01-26). "Madonna Performs "Same Love" With Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert - Us Weekly". Usmagazine.com. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  24. ^ a b "Mary Lambert's 'She Keeps Me Warm' Rises At Radio After Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Success". Billboard. 2014-01-27. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  25. ^ "London! And the Grammys! Not Grandmas!". marylambertsings.com. February 9, 2014. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Tour Announcement - Mary Lambert". marylambertsings.com. March 17, 2014. Retrieved March 23, 2014. 
  27. ^ "Facebook - Mary Lambert - March 21, 2014". facebook.com. March 21, 2014. Retrieved March 23, 2014. 
  28. ^ Julie Gerstein (2013-08-26). "5 Things To Know About Mary Lambert, The Female Vocalist On Macklemore's "Same Love" Song". Thefrisky.com. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
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  30. ^ "Allmusic: Mary Lambert - Billboard Albums". Allmusic.com. Retrieved February 20, 2014. 
  31. ^ "Mary Lambert: Chart History - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved February 20, 2014. 
  32. ^ "Mary Lambert: Chart History - Folk Albums". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  33. ^ "Mary Lambert: Chart History - Adult Pop Songs". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved February 20, 2014. 
  34. ^ Peak positions for the featured singles in the US:
  35. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Mary Lambert". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  36. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Mary Lambert". Austrian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  37. ^ Peak positions for the featured singles in Canada:
  38. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Mary Lambert". French Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  39. ^ Peak positions for the featured singles in Ireland:
  40. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Mary Lambert". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  41. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Mary Lambert". New Zealand Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  42. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Mary Lambert". Swiss Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  43. ^ Peak positions for the featured singles in the UK:
  44. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2013 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  45. ^ "British single certifications – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert – Same Love". Manual search required. British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  46. ^ "Gold and Platinum Search (Macklemore)". Music Canada. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  47. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart – 26 April 2013". Recorded Music NZ. Archived from the original on April 26, 2013. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 

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