Mary Lambert (singer-songwriter)

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Mary Lambert
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Lambert at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards
Background information
Born(1989-05-03) May 3, 1989 (age 24)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
GenresContemporary R&B, folk, pop, spoken word
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, spoken word artist, gay-rights activist
Years active2011-present
LabelsCapitol Records
Associated actsMacklemore, Ryan Lewis
Websitemarylambertsings.com
 
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Mary Lambert
Lambert at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards 2013-09-23 01-23.jpg
Lambert at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards
Background information
Born(1989-05-03) May 3, 1989 (age 24)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
GenresContemporary R&B, folk, pop, spoken word
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, spoken word artist, gay-rights activist
Years active2011-present
LabelsCapitol Records
Associated actsMacklemore, Ryan Lewis
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' 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]

She released her derivative of "Same Love", "She Keeps Me Warm" on July 30, 2013, which debuted at number 100 on the overall iTunes charts, and peaked at number 2 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart.

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]

Poetry and spoken word[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.[6] In 2011, she won Seattle's Grand Slam Poetry Competition, as well as the Northwest Regional Poetry Slam held in Portland, OR. Lambert independently released a book of poetry, entitled, 500 Tips for Fat Girls[7]

Personal 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.[8] She eventually concluded that while homosexuality does not conflict with Christianity, that the condemnation of gay people is antithetical to the Christian message.[9][10]

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.[11] 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.[12]

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.[8][13][14] Lambert lives in Seattle, WA.[2] She was officially signed to Capitol Records on November 13, 2013, according to the New York Times and her Instagram profile.

Awards[edit]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

TitleAlbum details
Letters Don't Talk

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

TitleYearAlbum
"She Keeps Me Warm"2013Non-album single

As featured artist[edit]

TitleYearPeak chart positionsCertificationsAlbum
US
[15]
AUS
[16]
AUT
[17]
CAN
[18]
FRA
[19]
IRE
[20]
NL
[21]
NZ
[21]
SWI
[22]
UK
[23]
"Same Love"[A]
(Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert)
2012111284196181336The Heist

References[edit]

  1. ^ Macklemore (July 18, 2013). "Blog post". macklemore.com. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/18/mary-lambert-same-love-songwriting-vulnerability_n_3295095.html
  3. ^ http://www.soundonthesound.com/2012/08/21/on-repeat-mary-lambert-forget-me/
  4. ^ http://feckingdeadly.com/mary-lambert-letters-dont-talk-marylambertsing/
  5. ^ http://marylambert.bandcamp.com
  6. ^ CUPSI
  7. ^ "500 Tips For Fat Girls"
  8. ^ a b Annie Hollenbeck (May 9, 2013). "Lesbian Macklemore Collaborator on 'Same Love' is Poised for the Big Time". SheWired.com. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
  9. ^ Nicole Brodeur (January 13, 2013). "Mary Lambert: ‘Same Love’ singer strikes out on her own". The Seattle Times. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  10. ^ Mary Lambert (December 29, 2012). "gay christians are totally okay dog". marylambertsings.com. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  11. ^ Nadia Elkharadly. "Love Talk with Mary Lambert". weraddicted.com. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Artist Bio". marylambertsings.com. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
  13. ^ Lambert, Mary. "Body Love". Live version of "I Know Girls (Body Love) off of the album, "Letters Don't Talk". Mary Lambert. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  14. ^ http://www.seattleweekly.com/2012-08-22/music/mary-lambert-new-verse-same-love/
  15. ^ Peak positions for the featured singles in the US:
  16. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Mary Lambert". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  17. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Mary Lambert". Austrian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  18. ^ Peak positions for the featured singles in Canada:
  19. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Mary Lambert". French Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  20. ^ Peak positions for the featured singles in Ireland:
  21. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Mary Lambert". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  22. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Mary Lambert". Swiss Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  23. ^ Peak positions for the featured singles in the UK: