Amoeba Music is proud to sponsor the new season of CIIS Public Programs & Performances concert series, which kicks off with with Seattle-based singer/songwriter/spoken word artist Mary Lambert and special guest Young Summer on Saturday, September 27th at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco.
Mary Lambert is good at two things: crying and singing. Nowhere is this better reflected than on her debut EP Letters Don't Talk. The collection of songs, released in 2012, established Mary as a formidable Seattle artist and caught the attention of local hip-hop duo, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, with whom she wrote and sang the same-sex rights anthem "Same Love."
The revolutionary single has allowed Mary's voice to reach millions. She has toured nationally and performed live on The MTV Video Music Awards, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, VH1, and The Colbert Report. "Same Love" has sold over two million copies in the US alone, peaking at number 11 on The Billboard Hot 100. Her recent single, "She Keeps Me Warm," from her new EP, Welcome To The Age Of My Body, received over one million views in its first week and debuted at #2 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart.
In many ways, Lambert isn't your typical major-label pop artist. Inspired by confessional folk singers as well as spoken-word performers, she is a brutally candid writer who deals directly in her art with such past traumas as being raised in a strict Pentecostal household, abusing drugs and alcohol before being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, surviving a gang rape at 17, and being molested repeatedly by her father as a child. "It's important for me to be completely and totally open," Lambert says.