British R&B singer songwriter Estelle is taking over America by storm. In addition to have a chart topping hit with her singer "American Boy", which features uber-fab gay fave Kanye West, the early word is the soulful singer is on track on a Grammy nomination for her new album Shine.
Estelle talks all things gay, including fashion and Grace Jones, in her first gay media interview with UK homostyle magazine Attitude. The interview is online but member's only, in case you cannot register, here is a pdf. The singer says she grew up with gay men because "my mum made us aware of what was happening in the world and she always said that people are people... That's the attitude she raised with us." Estele is delighted gay men are embracing her because "I consider myself a hip-hop artist and a lot of hip-hop is pretty ignorant. So I appreciate when gay people say they like what I do, cuz I'm making music for everybody."
The interview was done in advance her first big concert at London's G.A.Y. "I've never had the invitation before so I'm really excited. I hve a lot of gay fans but no one has given me the option to get out there and speak to them, so that's why I'm happy to do this interview and the show."
How was the concert at G.A.Y? See for yourself. Here is a cameraphone video posted to YouTube and the quality is good. Estelle in London, performing "American Boy" for the gays at G.A.Y. Work it out, ma.
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