Fresh off the release of her "Secrets" single and a profile with Out, Mary Lambert sat down on Friday to speak with Elvis Duran on New York's Z100 Morning Show. Topics discussed included the inspiration for songs on the album Heart on My Sleeve, doing what feels good, and her Grammy performance of "Same Love."
On the inspiration behind "Secrets": "Well everybody's going through their own process of healing and that's why the judgments and the stigmas need to be gone. I think we're all at fault for sort of doing that to each other, so that's for me at least when I wanted to write the song, I wanted to come from the point of view of 'Yeah! Empowerment!' But I think the best way to ask people to be vulnerable, is to put the lens on yourself."
On the importance of honesty in "Secrets": "It's important! Everybody's got baggage! Everybody's going through something. Everybody's done something, everybody's had their parents do something, everybody's gone through something. So let's be honest and we can all come from a point of 'Okay, this happened to me and I'm over it.' At least we can come from a point of honesty, that way we can empathize with each other and that way everything will just be better."
On her girlfriend [The Voice] finalist Michelle Chamuel:
"We work on our music together! Yeah, she's a babe! ... We share a cat! It's her cat though, but I'm like a step-mom!"
On doing what feels good: "There has been some criticism of like, you should never settle and just accept whatever you're going through and not want to better yourself. Because I believe in doing what makes you feel good and for me, I go on hikes! That stuff makes me feel good I don't feel awesome after I eat a Twinkie! I want to do things that make my body feel good and that's what I'm about - doing what makes me feel good."
On her Grammy performance of "Same Love":
"So I cry a lot, that's sort of my thing and I cried pretty much collectively for 6 hours before Grammy night. Because I just feel everything all the time, and I just knew that this performance wasn't just an amazing step for me in my career. For me, I was taking part in a community that I feel very connected to you know, being a lesbian, this meant a lot to me being a member of the community and I was just really, really emotional know that this was going to be I think a point in pop culture where you could point that out and say this was really important."