LGBT record label signs first two artists

Chris Azzopardi
By | 2016-06-11T09:00:00-04:00 June 11th, 2016|Entertainment|

Last week, Wilderness Media & Entertainment President Matt Farber announced the signing of two artists to Music With a Twist (TWIST), the first major record label dedicated to identifying and developing LGBT artists.
ÒThese artist signings and compilations represent the vision for TWIST … to create a home for gay artists of all genres to experience mainstream success without having to compromise any part of their identity,” Farber said in a statement. “I am thrilled that The Gossip, Kirsten Price, the creators of ‘The L Word,’ and all the artists who are part of the ‘Revolutions’ compilation have chosen TWIST/Columbia as their major label home.”
Oregon-based band The Gossip blends rebellious rock and roll with catchy hooks and the power of Beth Ditto’s unique lead vocals. Recently, they landed an opening slot on the Scissor Sisters’ European Tour. Kirsten Price is a London-bred classically trained singer and multi-instrumentalist who defies definition. Kirsten has sculpted her material into a melting pot firmly based in (but transcending) old school soul.
“We are very excited and proud to be joining forces with Music With A Twist to help find and nurture these talented new artists,” said Steve Barnett, Columbia Records Group Chairman and CEO, in a statement.
“Revolutions,” a compilation album set for release in January, will feature 10 new LGBT artists spanning multiple genres.
The TWIST roster features LGBT artists who have mass appeal and hit potential across all musical genres. To send your information/demo to a TWIST A&R representative, send an email to
submissions@musicwithatwist.com. The label asks that musicians interested do not send MP3s.

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Chris Azzopardi
As editor of Q Syndicate, the international LGBTQ wire service, Chris Azzopardi has interviewed a multitude of superstars, including Cher, Meryl Streep, Mariah Carey and Beyoncé. His work has also appeared in GQ, Vanity Fair and Billboard. Reach him via Twitter @chrisazzopardi.