Monday, April 28, 2014

Jen Foster Her Music & LGBT Equality

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with singer/songwriter Jen Foster about the SHE4ME Marriage Equality PSA that is airing on Logo TV. The 30-second spot features clips from SHE4ME the superb, award-winning marriage equality music video set to a remix of the iconic lesbian anthem “She” by Foster. The song has been a favorite within the lesbian community for over a decade and is often used in commitment ceremonies. Renowned music producer Eve Nelson (Chaka Khan, Nicki Minaj) reworked the song and this fabulous video was directed and produced by the legendary Nicole Conn (Claire Of The Moon, Elena Undone, A Perfect Ending). Foster who makes a cameo appearance in the video also served as executive producer along with Marriage Equality USA and Melke Pty Ltd. We talked to Foster about what she hopes to accomplish with SHE4ME and her spin on our LGBT issues.

When asked what her personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights Foster stated, “My personal commitment is on a personal level. When I first started writing songs in high school I was feeling like an outcast and I was always drawn to the kids that also felt like outcasts. So my personal commitment has always been just to put out music that’s honest about these subjects. I’ve written about bullying; I’ve written about equality but from a very personal level because I don’t think you can preach to people in a very clinical way about that, you have to come from personal experience. So that’s sort of my contribution but I’m definitely committed to it and committed to standing up for the right for everyone to be themselves and to love who they naturally love.”

Jen Foster has a list of musical accomplishments that should leave most artists satisfied but after years of owning her own record label Fosterchild Records, writing and recording four solo projects, touring and playing festivals across the country, writing music for film and television and growing an ardent fan base, she strives for more. Besides her She4ME project that helps support MEUSA, Fosterchild Records has spearheaded several other projects that aligns music with the charitable causes. Foster is passionate about “The Writer’s Share” a songwriter series at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee in which she brought together high-profile artist/writers including Richard Marx and Keb’ Mo to raise money and awareness for the TJ Martell Foundation for Cancer, Leukemia and AIDS. In 2013 her “Christmas Time Is Here” video project donated funds for “Hope For Paws” the animal rescue non-profit organization. Foster also serves on the Board of Directors for the Nashville Songwriter’s Association International. Currently Jen is working on a new song entitled “Not So Different” that she hopes to align with a cause and an album to be released in 2014.
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Marilyn said...

Jen Foster is fantastic! I love this interview; she's inspiring and her music is special. The video is very moving; very beautiful; very human.
Thanks so much for doing this one.

Jan Lee/ said...

Love this interview and her intelligent and compassionate responses that support all of us, gay and straight , to love freely.
The video I have watched many touches me love for the woman in my life and the the message that love is love and that is what matters .