Paige Schilt

Queer Music Friday: LZ Love

Filed By Paige Schilt | September 24, 2010 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: coming out of the closet, dance music, disco music, soul, Sylvester, transgender women

Singer-songwriter LZ Love's career spans decades, genres, and genders. As a back-up singer, she has collaborated with LZ_lookin.jpgeveryone from the Godfather of Soul to Spearhead. As a solo artist, Love has made her mark on the European dance charts. Since moving to Austin, she's become a fixture in the vibrant local blues scene.

This past June, Love came out as a transwoman on the cover of the Austin Chronicle. And while the article was riddled with enough trans clichés to make Helen Boyd invent a new drinking game (let's all take a shot every time an interviewer asks an accomplished transwoman how she comes out to her dates, shall we?), it was powerful nevertheless, because it allowed Love to claim her impressive musical resumé, which includes a teenage stint singing back-up for Sylvester.

I met LZ through her volunteer work with Girls Rock Austin, where she's beloved for lifting spirits and helping younger artists shine. In that spirit, here's a remix of her UK club hit, "See the Light." (Her latest album, Mysterious, reflects a return to her beloved dance music. More after the jump.)

Mysterious was produced by Matt Smith (of The Monstas) and released in December 2009. A video for the track "Animal Instincts" is forthcoming in late 2010 or early 2011. In the meantime, here are a few clips that give a sense of Love's versatile range.


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I've never heard of LZ Love. She sounds fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing her sounds with readers. I love the MJ tribute :D