Q&A: Mary Lambert Spins Success of Macklemore’s ‘Same Love’ Into Issues-Driven Solo Pop
By Kevin Rutherford
Look at Mary Lambert go.
The Seattle singer-songwriter-poet has had a big 2013, propelled by her unlikely ascent into the mainstream — just like fellow Washingtonians Wanz and Ray Dalton before her — as a featured artist on “Same Love,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ same-sex equality anthem. Not only did the GRAMMY Song of the Year contender score Lambert some face-time on this year’s VMAs alongside J-Hud, the success of “Same Love” has spun off into Lambert’s own major label deal with Capitol Records.
This week, the former Seattle Grand Slam Poetry champion will release Welcome to the Age of My Body, her first EP with Capitol before tackling a full-length release next year. The four-song set confronts issues with body image head-on (“Body Love”) while spinning the chorus of “Same Love” into a bona fide song of her own (“She Keeps Me Warm”). Lambert spoke to Radio.com about the new EP and tackling issues not generally confronted in mainstream pop.
So now you’re a major label signee. Does anything change now with your music or your approach or are you the same Mary doing the same thing you’ve always been doing, except on a grander scale?
I think that was one of the reasons I agreed to sign with Capitol and not a different major label. Every other label I talked to was like, “We love your music, but we don’t know what to do with your poetry.” For me, that was kind of heartbreaking because it’s one and the same; that encompasses me as an artist, both of those art forms.