Singer Mary Lambert Steps Out On Her Own
By Stacy Lambe
For those who are unaccustomed to your music, what should they know about your sound?
I write really vulnerable songs. I write songs to cry to. My shows are usually 200 people silently weeping. You could hear a pin drop and everybody's crying. I am an emotional writer. I feel like I really bare it all. I don't hide anything because that's the way you connect to people. I think human connection is one of the most beautiful things we have on this Earth. As much as I can, I want to foster that and encourage that for my listeners. And have that for myself as well.
So what you're saying is that you are the American version of Adele.
[Laughs] I don't know why I get that a lot. It's really, really flattering.
What can fans look forward to on your new album?
I'm really excited about a variety of what I do, whether it's spoken-word or a softer palate or really powerful vocals. The piece that really ties it all together is the lyricism and I really hope that translates. I want to release a single within the next two months. I want to record a new video for "Body Love," which is a poem I have about body image. … So I'm really excited to release some stuff that people aren't expecting or aren't used to.
I read that you are opening for Tegan & Sara.
I could scream! I could die! I'm going to die!
What does opening for an act like Tegan & Sara mean to you?
Seventeen-year-old baby gay Mary is dying. This is the biggest dream. I'm going to do my absolute best not to fan girl. Every time that I've met them and we've hung out or we've talked, I'm really playing it cool but in my head, I'm like, 'I've thought about you in bed so many times.' … I think they are heartthrobs! I can't even contain myself. Also, I just want to give the absolute best performance I have. I'm taking my string quartet with me. Hopefully it will be something like, 'Wow, we can't live without Mary Lambert. We have to take her everywhere.' Then we become best friends, wear pajamas and hold each other's hands (just platonically).
You are a total fan girl.
I really am!
Have you seen their performance with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis?
Yes. It was really sweet, they asked for my permission. I was like, 'Shut up! Of course you can.' I thought it was a really, really beautiful performance. I think they embodied it. I didn't feel threatened or anything. They made it their own. It was really flattering.
You are performing at this year's MTV VMAs. What are you looking forward to most?
I'm just so excited about performing and I'm excited for this song to have an even larger audience for people who are not aware of it yet. I want to have provide a really moving performance. I want it reach people and I want to change people's hearts. And I want to try to hold Beyonce's hand. There's just a lot of things I want to do. I want to wink at Justin Bieber.
Do you have a favorite music video?
I love Tegan & Sara's "Call It Off." I just watched it this morning. … I sound like the worst fan girl!
Fans can catch Mary Lambert's performance at the MTV VMAs on Sunday, August 25. In the meantime, watch her live performance on Seattle's KEXP.org below.
[Photos: Deborah Spencer]