Rising musician Julia Weldon released today her newest song, "Til the Crying Fades," and an accompanying music video, which honors the 49 lives lost on June 12, 2016, in Orlando’s queer nightclub Pulse. Weldon invited director Alessandra Lacorazza and producer Justine LaViolette to create a video that celebrates the diversity of the LGBTQ community, as drag queens, dancers and local artists are featured in the film's colorful cast.
The location of the video is aptly set within a queer bar, which Lacorazza says underlines the importance of safe spaces for marginalized communities. Lacorazza also felt it was important to highlight the tragedy as something that especially shook the Latinx community, saying, "While the attack on Pulse deeply affected the whole LGBTQIA community it disproportionately affected the Latinx community, as most of the victims were Latinx."
Weldon’s new album, Comatose Hope, focuses on the dark realities of the world, and how these occurrences deserve to be acknowledged rather than overlooked. She found inspiration to create the album after falling into coma a week after receiving gender affirming surgery. The singer experienced major setbacks after waking, as her damaged sensory perceptions made simple tasks like walking, talking and eating a challenge. Her perseverance led to a speedy recovery and to create a KickStarter page to fund Comatose Hope, now scheduled for premiere on July 13.
Click here to purchase tickets to Weldon's CD release show at NYC's Rockwood Music Hall and watch "Til the Crying Fades," below.