This follow-up to 2019’s holiday EP, Christmas at 7222, Vol. 1, continues the goal of creating new holiday originals with a hint of nostalgia. However, Vol. 2 takes a slight detour, tackling some issues that affected us in 2020, and still affect many of us throughout this holiday season. Mental heath, relationship challenges, and the ever-looming presence of mortality and how precious it is, are the main themes addressed on this album. Through it all, hope still springs eternal, and that is the defining theme of this album, and every holiday season.
Where Christmas at 7222, Vol. 1 focuses mostly on goodwill and good times with loved ones, Vol. 2 reflects on the year we’ve had with COVID-19, protests over racial injustice, and the wave of obstacles we’ve had to either endure, or overcome, as a result. From relationship strains, to mental health concerns, and the looming cloud of mortality – this latest EP invokes all those thoughts and feelings. Still, even through all the hardships and pain, the album still manages to leave space for hope, and ends on a high note. The moral of the album is this: storms don’t last forever – humanity will endure. Finding hope through it all is the hallmark of all holiday seasons.
Reserve your copy today, and thank you in advance for supporting this independent artist’s ambitions. Happy Holidays!
P.S. – If you have not done so, check out the lead-off single, “Not Enough (Wishful Thinking)”, featuring one of my many talented nephews, Wink, and Queens native and wordsmith SoSoon. You’re in for a treat – check it out below!
If you missed the live show interview with me on The Bad Filipinowith Myki Angeline, fret not, the replay is now available on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch, for your viewing pleasure.
I had such a fantastic time talking with Myki about things like my music, my life during the shutdown, and my queer little childhood (while my mother and brother were watching live! 😬). If you didn’t know much about me before, you’ll know A LOT more about me after this interview – trust me.
You can watch the full interview above, and also, please be sure to leave a comment below letting me know what you thought of it.
Yesterday (Sunday 9/13), Episode 94 of Ya Gay Aunties Live Show & Podcast happened, and it was an amazing experience to be a part of. I joined hosts Hanifah Walidah, Red Summer, and special guest Yoruba Richen (The Killing of Breonna Taylor documentary) for this magical afternoon of fantastic fun and amazing energy among women from all walks of life, celebrating one another. Towards the end of the show, I performed a song – “Vulnerable” – and then sat down and helped to answer a question from a longtime fan of the show. With the Patti LaBelle/Gladys Knight Verzuz battle just a few hours away, hanging with us was the perfect way to get your Sunday afternoon and evening off to a great start.
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I am extremely excited to announce that I will be performing on Ya Gay Aunties Live Show & Podcast THIS SUNDAY (9/13) at 1pm on YouTube and Patreon. Ya Gay Aunties is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Hanifah Walidah and Red Summer, talented queer artists in their own rite. After Hanifah picked me as her Spotlight Gem for Episode 93, she reached out to me and asked that I perform on the following episode, to which I eagerly accepted.
This is a great show and I’m looking forward to seeing you all cheer me on. I will represent my people proudly and promise to deliver an unforgettable performance.
Be sure to watch the reaction video below of Hanifah and Red as they weigh in on my music video and single, “Vulnerable”, off my 2019 debut LP, Songs About V. Reach out to me and let me know what you think of it.