Atlanta’s gay-run Sing For Your Life contest is in full swing again at Jungle each week. As the competition heads into Top 10 Night, we meet and preview its three gay guys vying for your LGBT cheers.
In its third season, Sing For Your Life pits a talented crop of hopefuls against each other for judge reactions every Thursday night. In “Idol” style, one person hits the bricks at the end of each performance showcase. This week includes Janelle Monae backup singer RaRae and former “American Idol” Top 12 contestant EJay Day as guest judges. You’ll also find a performance by yet another guest judge: former SFYL contestant and gay Atlanta favorite Elliott Alexzander. We love him.
Alexzander will also be pimping your new look. The various sayings on his awesome GenderFlux apparel are taking off. The cool shirts celebrate non-conforming gender roles and will be on sale during Sing For Your Life.
In the meantime, let's meet Season 3's Team Gay. In addition to perennial show runners Barry Brandon and Michael Robinson at the judge’s table, onstage talents this season include Talan Davis, Darius Jamil and Trevor Perry (photo, left-right). We got to know each of them and asked how the competition affects their lives. Their stories pair nicely with performance videos so that you can hear the golden pipes they’re packing.
Davis is a 22-year-old singer/songwriter/producer who wants to share his music with the world. When he’s not busy giving face, or cooking breakfast he’s in the studio trying to create something new and refreshing to bring to the music industry. This is not Talan’s first entertainment competition. He competed on Season 6 of “America’s Got Talent” and placed in the Top 16. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
“Sing For Your Life has taught me that it's okay to be yourself when it comes to performing,” Davis said. “There's so much more people don't see behind the scenes that we get to learn first hand. I think the one thing that I have learned the most so far is that you can't survive in the industry without the love and support of others. Alongside the trust and faith you have to have in yourself. With all things together, you have nothing that can stop you.”
Jamil discovered his musical ability at age 6 in his home town of Hazlehurst, Ga. He, his brother and two sisters were introduced to music by their father under the mantra “Practice, Practice, Practice!” believing that whatever you do, whether its singing or cleaning a toilet, make it perfect. After his dad left them and mom passed away when he was 12 years old, Jamil and his siblings carried on the family bond through music at local concerts in and around their hometown. Follow him on Twitter.
“Being a part of Sing for Your Life means that I am one step closer to finding my voice within myself,” he said. “I'm using this opportunity to grow as an individual and an artist. From here I can only reach greater heights with such a foundation as Sing for your Life allowing me a chance to grow.”
Trevor Perry is a native of North Carolina. He attended Western Carolina University and graduated with a degree in musical theatre. He has sung with the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus and looks forward to growing as performer during the SFYL process. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
“For me being in Sing For Your Life is about giving a voice to anyone that has ever felt like an outcast,” Perry said. “So often do we compartmentalize gay culture, I’ve always felt like I didn't quite fit in, and this show allows me to be myself and say it’s OK to be you. You don't have to look or act a certain way, just be true to who you are.”