Out country music singer Ty Herndon – who has headlined Atlanta Pride and experienced the fineries of Swinging Richards – returns to Atlanta for a live performance on Jan. 9. But rest assured: the self-described “clean freak” makes sure coronavirus protocols are followed.
“I’m very strong-willed. That’s just who I am. But I have really specific rules to, number one, keep the people safe,” Herndon said in a new episode of Podcast Q.
“If you’re going to come to the show, you’ve got to play by my rules. Period,” he added.
The Grammy-nominated singer appears with James David Carter on Jan. 9 at Ponko Chicken Decatur. Herndon said to expect socially-distanced tables, masks, open windows and doors (weather permitting), no meet-and-greet and plenty of good music.
“I’ve got family and an 80-year-old mother, so I’m just very aware. I think that’s what we’ve all become. And if somebody doesn’t respect that, it can get me upset. If you don’t respect it for yourself, respect it for other people,” he said.
Herndon’s latest stop in Atlanta comes just six years after the now 58-year-old became the first male country star to come out as gay. He once struggled to reconcile his faith with being gay, but once he stopped letting the opinions of others stand in the way of his connection to God, that opened the pathway to his coming out, Herndon said.
“It’s been magical, quite honestly. It’s been not looking over my shoulder – looking straight ahead and being focused on music, helping others and my foundation. Just putting good things out on the planet. And actually, for the first time in my life, these six years have been – my bones are very authentic. They cohabitate with my skin very well,” he said.
During the Podcast Q interview, Herndon also discussed visiting Swinging Richards before coming out, working with Kristin Chenoweth and his upcoming new album and biography.
“I’ve been to Swinging Richards one time and it was with Leslie Jordan on I think it was his 50th birthday. It was crazy. I was not out at that time. I was highly anticipating paparazzi to come out from behind a swinging somebody,” Herndon said.
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Ty Herndon with guest James David Carter performs live on Jan. 9 at Ponko Chicken Decator. Limited tickets are available.
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