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THE G-POD: “Here’s To Life” by Latrice Royale [VIDEO]

Latrice Royale

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum Latrice Royale has new music, and I am in love with his new single “Here’s To Life” for many reasons.

Royale has a new album, Here’s To Life, that is currently sold at online retailers.  The music is a modern-take on sophisticated jazz sounds of the 20’s and 30’s, which lyrics of self-reflection and celebration of life.  His first single “Here’s To Life” reflects all of that.

Let this slow burner ease you into mental state of how blessed you are to be able to celebrate your life and all the challenges you have survived.

Sidebar: I am soooooooooooooooooooo glad that Royale’s new music does not reflect the paint-by-number campy, trashy, random electro-pop/techno dance trash that became the norm of a famous drag diva who becomes a recording artist.

I love this song – both lyrically and sonically.  I look forward to more singles promoted from this album.

Check out the Latrice Royale’s new single “Here’s To Life” and its music video below.

Read more information on what to expect on Royale’s new album Here’s To Life, which is available on Amazon and iTunes:

Celebrating 100 years of Jazz, Latrice Royale, the larger than life star from RuPaul’s Drag Race, is bringing the energy and rawness of the roaring twenties back to the modern age with her debut album, “Here’s To Life.” The album developed as a natural expansion to her one-woman show of the same name. In “Here’s To Life,” Latrice shares her stories of growing up gay in the gang-infested streets of Compton, California. She also reflects on time spent behind bars; and her transformation into the grand dame drag fans know and love today. “It’s really the soundtrack to my life,” she says. “The good, the bad, and the emotionally-wrecked ugly.” Latrice Royale’s “Here’s To Life” is available on Amazon now.

“Ella Fitzgerald is clearly the queen of jazz,” continues Latrice Royale from her Florida home. “I have always loved her and Della Reese and have lip-synched to quite a bit of their music. Shirley Horn and Shirley Bassey are also favorites and had a lot to do with the shaping this project.”

In “Here’s To Life,” Latrice Royale isn’t trying to match the greatness of her jazz idols. She often jokes how her deep baritone voice sounds like Barry White in drag. “I’m not trying to sing like a woman,” she explains. “My goal is to be authentic to myself, my voice, and my experience.”

The album’s title track was written by Artie Butler and originally recorded by Shirley Horn (Barbra Streisand later recorded a version). “The song really sums up my attitude on life,” says Royale. “Though it recounts struggles, it is celebratory at its core. I want to share some of the lessons I’ve learned in a heartfelt, optimistic way.”

The album reflects Latrice Royale’s youth, growing up in a violently homophobic environment, and how the experience shaped her into the extravagant queen she is today. After all, the tough streets of Compton weren’t entirely wasteful. They taught her to pay attention, be aware and to not be stupid. They also gave Royale the fight and conviction to get the hell out and make something of herself.

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