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FILE - Elton John performs during his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, in New Orleans. Disney Original Documentary and Disney+ have landed the rights to the Elton John documentary “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: The Final Elton John Performances and the Years that Made his Legend,” the companies said Wednesday, May 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Derick Hingle, File)

Pride Month Spotlight: Elton John

Bringing an end to his touring career, Elton John is currently headlining in Farewell Yellow Brick Road The Final Tour. In each show of the tour, John exudes his thanks to his fans in between performances of his hit songs including Rocket Man, Crocodile Rock, and Tiny Dancer. Born in England, John showed a talent for music when he quickly learned how to play the piano. At 11 years old, he earned a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music and attended the school for five years. After obtaining a

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FILE - Melissa Etheridge performs in concert during her "Medicine Show Tour," at The American Music Theatre on Monday, May 6, 2019, in Lancaster, Pa. This year’s Love Rocks, which takes place at The Beacon Theatre in Manhattan Thursday night, March 10, 2022, boasts enormous star power – including headliners Etheridge, Keith Richards, with his “other” band The X-Pensive Winos, Mavis Staples, and others. Etheridge says the annual concert for the nonprofit God’s Love We Deliver, is exactly the kind of fundraiser she wanted to join. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)

Pride Month Spotlight: Melissa Etheridge

Rock singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge grew a passion for music at the young age of eight when she learned the guitar. Neither of Etheridge’s parents were musicians; her father was a psychology teacher and her mother was a computer consultant. This didn’t deter Etheridge from pursuing music. She began writing songs at 11 years old and briefly attended the Berklee College of Music. After a year at Berklee, Etheridge dropped out and moved to Los Angeles to perform. She was discovered by Island Records in 1986 where she began writing songs

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FILE - Brandi Carlile, winner of the awards for best Americana album for "By The Way, I Forgive You", best American roots performance for "The Joke", and best American roots song for "The Joke" poses in the press room at the 61st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 10, 2019. Carlile's memoir, "Broken Horses" is coming in April. Her publisher is calling the book an “evocative and piercingly honest” journey through the life that has shaped her “very raw art.” Carlile will also read the audio edition. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Pride Month Spotlight: Brandi Carlile

Country artist Brandi Carlile has become a six-time Grammy award winning artist after beginning her performing career by singing in bars around her hometown, Seattle, Washington. Inspired by country music, Carlile learned how to sing on her own as a young child. Carlile met the band the Fighting Machines when she was performing around Seattle. She and two members of the band, Tim and Phil Hanseroth, began their own group when the Fighting Machines disbanded. After spending time touring with the group, Carlile released her own music in 2000 by

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FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 2, 2019 file photo, singer Rita Ora poses for photographers upon her arrival at the British Fashion Awards in central London. British singer Rita Ora apologized Monday Nov. 30, 2020, for breaking lockdown rules by holding a birthday party, saying it was “a serious and inexcusable error of judgment.” (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

Pride Month Spotlight: Rita Ora

Growing up in London and performing at open mics led Rita Ora to get noticed by Roc Nation, Jay-Z’s record label. Ora signed a deal with the label in 2009. After getting her break with Roc Nation, Ora and DJ-Fresh earned the number one spot on the U.K. charts with their collaboration, Hot Right Now, released in 2012. Ora’s debut single, R.I.P., was released by Jay-Z’s label the same year in anticipation of her first album Ora. Having topped the U.K. charts with her album, Ora was nominated at the

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Ricky Martin performing, dancing, holding a microphone in his right hand, with purple and white spotlights on him.

Pride Month Spotlight: Ricky Martin

Grammy award winning Puerto Rican artist Ricky Martin was destined to perform as he began his music career as the lead singer of Menudo, a Latin boy band. As a young child, Martin acted in various commercials. He auditioned for a spot in Menudo three times before being accepted into the band when he was about 13 years old. After spending his teenage years with Menudo, Martin moved to New York and released his debut self-titled album in 1988. While recording music, Martin earned acting jobs in shows including Alcanzar

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FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2012 file photo, British singer George Michael sings in concert to raise money for AIDS charity Sidaction, in Paris, France. A British coroner said Tuesday, March 7, 2017, that George Michael died of natural causes as the result of heart disease and a fatty liver. Darren Salter, senior coroner for Oxfordshire, says a post-mortem has found that the singer died of "dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver." Michael died at his home in southern England, on Dec. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

Pride Month Spotlight: George Michael

Singer of Careless Whisper George Michael became one of the top pop stars of his time in the U.S. and U.K. after dropping out of high school. Michael was born on June 25, 1963. Happy birthday, George! Growing up in London, Michael wrote his first song at six years old on a gramophone he found in his garage. He also spent his time listening to records his parents gave him as a young child, according to the Sun. When he suffered a head injury in his youth, Michael decided he

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Dusty Springfield in a white blouse, covering her cheeks with her hands, with golden hair, in front of a black background.

Pride Month Spotlight: Dusty Springfield

1960s British pop/soul singer Dusty Springfield, born as Mary O’Brien, began her music career as a part of the folk band, the Springfields.   Mary was welcomed to the existing musical duo made up of her brother, Dion O’Brien, and Tim Feild. After the siblings created their stage names, Dusty and Tom Springfield, the trio named themselves ‘the Springfields.’ In 196l, the Springfields’ first year of releasing music, they gained popularity in both the U.K. and U.S. with the singles Dear John, Breakaway, and Bambino. The band was able to release

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Hayley Kiyoko outside with wet hair, in front of a sunset, with purple lipstick and bangs.

Pride Month Spotlight: Hayley Kiyoko

Beginning her career by acting in Disney Channel originals, Wizards of Waverly Place and Lemonade Mouth, Hayley Kiyoko now writes music to encourage hope and positivity, especially for the LGBTQ+ community. While dancing and learning how to play the drums, Kiyoko acted in commercials as a child. Kiyoko then earned the role of ‘Stella’ in Disney’s Lemonade Mouth, released in 2011. She was also featured in productions including CSI: Siren and Warner Bros. Scooby Doo. After spending time singing in the Stunners, Kiyoko began releasing her own music in 2013.

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FILE - In this July 20, 1986 file photo, Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury performs, in Germany. A previously unheard and unreleased song by Mercury was released Thursday, June 20, 2019. Universal Music announced that the track, “Time Waits for No One,” was originally recorded in 1986 for the concept album of the musical “Time” with musician Dave Clark. A video to accompany the song was also released and includes unseen performance footage of Mercury. It was recorded in April 1986 at London’s Dominion Theatre. (AP Photo/Marco Arndt, File)

Pride Month Spotlight: Freddie Mercury

Musical icon Freddie Mercury built a rock legacy as the lead singer of the band Queen. His birth name was Farrokh Bulsara but he changed his name to Freddie Mercury in 1970 at Queen’s first show. While he was referred to as ‘Freddie’ since he attended school in India, he was inspired to add ‘Mercury’ to his stage name by a lyric in one of Queen’s songs, My Fairy King. When his family moved to London in 1964, Mercury enrolled in the Ealing College of Art and earned a degree

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SZA poses for a portrait on Monday, December 4, 2017, in New York, New York. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

Pride Month Spotlight: SZA

New Jersian R&B singer SZA (Solána Imani Rowe) did not grow up with the dream of being an artist. In Maplewood, New Jersey, SZA was raised by her mother, an AT&T executive, and her father, a CNN executive producer. Her family was the only Black family in the suburban neighborhood she lived in. Living without her siblings, SZA found a lot of random activities to do on her own. “Sometimes I was taking up sculpture, or doing martial arts on my own, or going to the library by myself and

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Omar Apollo in a purple pool, with green hair, playing a white electric guitar.

Pride Month Spotlight: Omar Apollo

Mexican American artist Omar Apollo was taught how to play the guitar by his uncle after his parents gifted him the instrument when he was 12 years old. Growing up in Indiana, Apollo was interested in skateboarding and worked at the music store, Guitar Center. When he was in high school, Apollo learned how to record his own music. He gained substantial popularity online when he released Brakelights and {} [], according to All Music. After a friend lent him $30 for the Spotify registration fee, Apollo released Ugotme on

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Marie Ulven in a red sweater, laying on the grass, surrounded by leaves, in a red sweater.

Pride Month Spotlight: Girl in Red

Norwegian singer-songwriter Girl in Red, also known as Marie Ulven, gained her popularity from her sincere, indie love songs. Her stage name, Girl in Red, originated from her teenage crush, according to Paper Magazine. “I was in love with my best friend, and I was at a festival and we were looking for each other in the crowd and texting, ‘Yo where are you? I’m here.’ Room in the crowd opened up, she walked into that space and it literally felt like I was in a movie. The girl happened

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In this June 16, 2020 photo, singer-songwriter Jason Mraz poses for a portrait at his home in Oceanside, Calif., to promote his new reggae album “Look for the Good.” The two-time Grammy-winner is donating all earnings from sales and streams of his album, including his $250,000 advance, to groups advancing equality and justice. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Pride Month Spotlight: Jason Mraz

Pop, reggae, and acoustic-rock singer-songwriter Jason Mraz initially had the goal of pursuing a career in musical theater, according to All Music. Growing up participating in musical theater in Mechanicsville, Virginia, Mraz has always been an artist. After he graduated high school, Mraz moved to New York to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. While studying musical theater, Mraz began playing the guitar and changed his career path from musical theater to songwriting. Elektra Recording Company offered Mraz a signing deal after he attracted attention while playing in coffeehouses,

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Singer Fergie performs the national anthem prior to an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Pride Month Spotlight: Fergie

Starting her music career in 1990 by creating a band called the Wild Orchids, Stacy Ann Ferguson (known as Fergie), is now a household-name as an American singer and actress. Wild Orchid was a three-member, pop band with Fergie and her friends, Stefanie Ridel and Renee Sandstorm. In 1996, the band released their first album Wild Orchid. Their next three albums Oxygen, Fire, and Hipnotic didn’t generate much success. After enduring and overcoming a crystal methamphetamine (crystal meth) addiction, Fergie was welcomed into the hip-hip group, the Black Eyed Peas

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CORRECTS DATE OF DEATH TO SUNDAY, JAN. 10, 2016 - FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2003 file photo, singer/songwriter David Bowie launches his United States leg of his worldwide tour called "A Reality Tour," at Madison Square Garden in New York. Bowie, the innovative and iconic singer whose illustrious career lasted five decades, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, after battling cancer for 18 months. He was 69 (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Pride Month Spotlight: David Bowie

British artist David Bowie, born as David Robert Jones in January 1947, was inspired by American music early in his life.  Jones grew a love for music during his childhood and  participated in choir at Burnt Ash Junior School. He began playing alto saxophone when he was 13 years old, and at 15, Bowie joined his first band named the Kon-Rads. Jones also played with bands named the Mannish Boys, The King Bees, The Buzz, and the Lower Third, according to Bryan Smith Music. It was not until 1967 that

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Miley Cyrus arrives at the LACMA Art + Film Gala on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Pride Month Spotlight: Miley Cyrus

From Disney channel child star, to pop singer riding a wrecking ball, to activist, the career of Miley Cyrus has been ever-evolving.  In Franklin, Tennessee, Cyrus was born as Destiny Hope Cyrus on November 23rd, 1992. During her childhood, Cyrus’ family and friends often called her “Smiley Miley.” In 2008, the singer officially changed her name to Miley. After acting in Big Fish, Cyrus auditioned and earned the lead role in the Disney Channel show Hannah Montana in 2005. Paving the way to her music career, the initial album release

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FILE - Tyler The Creator performs on day two of the Lollapalooza Music Festival on Friday, July 30, 2021, at Grant Park in Chicago. Tyler the Creator turns 31 on March 6. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Pride Month Spotlight: Tyler, the Creator

Founder of his own record label, Odd Future, Tyler, the Creator is a multifaceted, Grammy award-winning artist. In Ladera Heights, California, Tyler was born as Tyler Gregory Okonma in 1991. His fascination for music ignited when he was young. Tyler decided to learn piano on his own and quickly became a proficient musician at 14 years old. In 2007, Tyler assembled the hip-hop/rap group, Odd Future, with Hodgy Beats, Jasper Dolphin, and Left Brain. In November 2008, the group released their debut album The Odd Future Tape. In 2009 and

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FILE - Lady Gaga arrives at the 64th annual Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2022, in Las Vegas. A gunman accused of shooting and seriously wounding the singer's dog walker and stealing her two French bulldogs was mistakenly released from jail on Wednesday, April 6 and is being sought, authorities said Friday, April 8. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Pride Month Spotlight: Lady Gaga

American singer-songwriter and actress Lady Gaga was born in Yonkers, New York on March 28, 1986. Named as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, her talent for music was revealed early in her life. At four years old, Gaga learned how to play the piano; however, she turned down her acceptance into the Julliard School at age 11. While she was a teenager, Gaga performed around New York City and attended an all-girls Catholic school. Two years into her college career at New York University, Gaga left school to pursue music on

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Ben Platt arrives at the 71st annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 11, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Pride Month Spotlight: Ben Platt

Tony Award winning actor and singer Ben Platt grew a love for performing when he was a young child. He was born in Los Angeles, California and graduated from the Adderley School for Performing Arts after ten years of studying musical theatre. Shortly after he began studying at Columbia University, he booked his first Broadway show, The Book of Mormon, in 2012. Platt dropped out of college for the show that has since grossed nearly 700 million dollars. Playing the role of Benji Applebaum, Platt’s first movie was Pitch Perfect,

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Dodie looking down, holding sunflowers, in a white shirt in front of a white wall.

Pride Month Spotlight: Dodie

Born as Dorothy Miranda Clark, singer-songwriter Dodie initially gained attention from her social media presence. 11years ago, Dodie uploaded her first YouTube video in which she sang her original song Rain. Although most of her YouTube content revolves around music, Dodie also uploads vlogs and “behind the scenes” videos.   As one of three siblings, Clark was born in London in 1995 and adopted the nickname Dodie early in her childhood. Quickly gaining a large social media following, Dodie began to feel immense pressure from her growing audience to engage with

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FILE - Frank Ocean attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Camp: Notes on Fashion" exhibition on May 6, 2019, in New York. Ocean turns 33 on Oct. 28. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Pride Month Spotlight: Frank Ocean

On October 28, 1987, Frank Ocean was born with the name Christopher Edwin Breaux. Shortly after his birth in Long Beach, California, his family moved to New Orleans. Breaux was influenced by music early in his life through his mother’s CDs and by going to the jazz clubs in New Orleans. It wasn’t until 2015 that Breaux officially changed his name to Frank Ocean, according to NME. Working various jobs to pay for studio time, Ocean started creating his own music in high school. Hurricane Katrina interrupted Ocean’s college experience

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In this Dec. 4, 2017 photo, singer SZA poses for a portrait in New York to promote her latest album, "Ctrl." The album is at the forefront of the alternative R&B movement, with SZA earning praise for her vocal delivery and direct lyrics that both female and male fans vibe. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

Pride Month Spotlight: Janelle Monáe

Eight-time Grammy nominee Janelle Monáe is a successful American songwriter and actress with hits including Make Me Feel, I Like That, and Primetime (feat. Miguel). The track Make Me Feel, from her album Dirty Computer, reached number nine on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs. Raised in Kansas, Monáe grew up a performer. She participated and won many talent shows and scored lead roles in multiple musicals put on at her school. Monáe also wrote plays and musicals during her time in Kansas City’s Coterie Theater Young Playwrits’. Monáe spent a

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FILE - In this Saturday, March 24, 2018, file photo, Demi Lovato performs "Skyscraper" during the "March for Our Lives" rally in support of gun control in Washington. Lovato says in her first public comments since an overdose put her into the hospital that she remains committed to overcoming addiction. In a post on Instagram, Lovato thanked her fans, family, team and staff at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles. She reportedly overdosed on drugs on July 24. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Pride Month Spotlight: Demi Lovato

Twenty-nine-year-old musician and actor Demi Lovato is an influential artist not only because of their music but also for being an avid mental health advocate. Having been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2011, Demi has struggled with mental issues including depression, bulimia, and addiction. In the first episode of their podcast 4d with Demi Lovato, Demi came out as non-binary. “I feel that this best represents the fluidity I feel in my gender expression and allows me to feel most authentic and true to the person I both know I

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Troye Sivan with angel wings, looking down, on a cloudy day.

Pride Month Spotlight: Troye Sivan

Initially attracting attention by his presence on social media, Troye Sivan is a 26-year-old multi talented artist. Sivan’s career in music started when he performed with Guy Sebastian, an Australian Idol winner, in 2006 on the show Telethon. In the year proceeding, Sivan released his first EP, Dare to Dream. In 2009, Sivan played the role of young Wolverine in the movie, Z-Men Origins: Wolverine. When he was 12, Sivan started making videos on YouTube including lifestyle vlogs, trendy challenges, and music videos. Around the time that he acquired 500,000

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Kehlani wearing w white shirt, shaking her hair on the beach.

Pride Month Spotlight: Kehlani

Getting her first recognition with her band Poplyfe on the American TV show America’s Got Talent, Kehlani Parrish is now a two-time Grammy-nominated R&B artist. Kehlani has always been an artist. When they were a child, they aspired to be a professional dancer and attend Julliard in New York: however, Kehlani decided to focus on music instead after enduring a knee injury in middle school. The album Cloud 19 was Kehlani’s first mixtape release in 2014. The year following, Kehlani released their second mixtape You Should Be Here, which was

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Artist floating above a rive with butterflies, rainbows, trees, and flowers around him.

Pride Month Spotlight: Lil Nas X

After breaking into fame with his first hit, Old Town Road, Lil Nas X has exponentially grown in popularity. Nas is an American rapper and creates a variety of music in the genres R&B/soul, country, and hip-hop. He writes music in a unique way as he often combines these genres. As a young child, Nas dealt with his parents’ divorce. Nas first lived with his mother and grandmother at six years old when his parents separated. When Nas was ten years old, his father gained custody rights. Nas and his

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Phoebe Bridgers Stranger in the Alps Album Cover

Pride Month Spotlight: Phoebe Bridgers

Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Phoebe Bridges has been a performer since her early childhood. Growing up in Los Angeles, California, Bridgers first began learning how to play guitar when she was 11. Bridgers started making a name for herself in LA by performing around the city and writing original music during her teenage years.   Joining as the bass guitarist, Bridgers first started her music career by being in the band, “Sloppy Jane,” in 2012. At one of the band’s performances, an employee for a casting agency was in the audience

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profile of Adam Lambert

Pride Month Spotlight: Adam Lambert

Featured in the series Glee and the musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Adam Lambert is a unique American singer-songwriter and actor. At 40-years-old, Lambert is a two-time GLAAD Media Award winner. Getting his first recognition in the eighth season of American Idol, Lambert has been a performer his whole life. In high school, he was a part of choir, jazz band, and theater. In 2000, he performed at his high school graduation and sang It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday from Cooley High. Competing in American Idol

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Album cover of Doja Car's Plant Her album

Pride Month Spotlight: Doja Cat

Doja Cat is a 26-year-old hip hop/pop artist. She was raised by her mother and moved from New York to OAK PARK, Calif. Doja grew up loving to dance after starting dance lessons when she turned 5 years old. She learned jazz, tap, and ballet dance but found a love for breakdancing in high school. While in high school, Doja participated in a competing poplocking troupe. Her love for dance outweighed her desire to complete school. Doja left high school during her junior year. Spending most of her time singing and rapping, Doja self-learned

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Black and white profile of Sam Smith

Pride Month Spotlight: Sam Smith

Academy Award and Grammy Award winning artist Sam Smith grew a passion for music at a young age. Although Smith’s parents were non-musicians, their mother a stock banker and their father a truck driver, they were encouraged to pursue their passion for singing. Born in England, Smith was a part of numerous musical groups including a jazz band, Cantate Youth Choir, and an operatic group at Bishop’s Stortford Musical Theatre Company (BSMTC). Attention was first attracted to Smith because of their first two collaborations with the artists Disclosure and Naughty Boy. Smith worked with Disclosure

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