While I love music, I don't always find artists that I really relate to, whether through their lyrics or their personal struggles. Mary Lambert is an inspiration to women everywhere. Before she achieved “quasi-stardom” (as she describes it in her typical self-deprecating way) for writing and singing the hook on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ marriage equality anthem “Same Love,” the Seattle native was an aspiring singer-songwriter who also worked as a brunch waitress and bartender. After years of struggling both financially and personally, Lambert suddenly found herself signed to Capitol Records, releasing an EP (“Welcome To The Age of My Body”), getting nominated for two Grammy Awards (for “Song of the Year” and “Album of The Year”), and making history performing on the Grammy telecast with Macklemore, Lewis, and Madonna, while Queen Latifah memorably married 33 same-sex couples (did you see it? It was incredible). It just goes to show you that with a ton of hard work and little luck, you can make your dreams come true.
I've only heard the first 11 of 14 tracks on the album, but I'm anxious to hear the additional three tracks.
Mary Lambert's mission on the album’s first single, “Secrets,” is to encourage vulnerability. “Secrets” is set to a bubbly pop melody. Lambert sings: “They tell us from the time we're young / To hide the things we don't like about ourselves / Inside ourselves / I'm not the only one / Who spent so long attempting to be someone else / Well I’m over it / I don't care if the world knows what my secrets are.”
“I felt like there were a lot of songs coming out about self-empowerment and challenging beauty standards, and I wanted to write a song along those same lines, but in my voice,” Mary Lambert explains. “It's easy to paint a pretty picture and tell everyone to love themselves, but it's way more complicated than that. There is so much shame and guilt in our society, and I think it has deprived a lot of people from living fully. We're all facing battles. We've all had someone who has hurt us, so let's talk about it. I believe vulnerability is what will save the world. I wanted to point the lens at myself in hopes of inspiring others to do the same. This song is my dirty laundry, and that's actually really freeing. Now I can walk around with accidental pieces of bagel in my bra and eat it anyway.”
What's not to love about this woman? She's honest and raw in a way that is empowering and inspirational.