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Transgender Artists

Lisa Jackson comment (2004)
Lisa Jackson & Girl Friday - Beautiful Freak (2003)

Welcome to Queer Music Heritage, and this is JD Doyle. I'm heard every month as a part of Queer Voices on KPFT. If you listened to the show last month, you heard me say that since I began QMH in 2000, it was my tenth show devoted entirely to the music of Transgender Artists. Well, this is number eleven, because I just could not fit all the music and interviews I wanted to share with you into one month. Starting off, you heard Lisa Jackson introducing her song "Beautiful Freak," from her 2003 album "I Am AOK."The band was called Lisa Jackson & Girl Friday, and Lisa's real name is Steve Friday. I actually did this interview in early 2004, but somehow it never found its way into the show. Well, this is the perfect time. I continued by asking her to tell me about the artist behind the music.

Let's see. I think as an artist, as a musician, I just try to speak through my music, and that's what I have to say, it's I the songs. When I'm on stage I'm not there to preach to anyone. I'm more there to just celebrate being different and trying to be happy with that and whether or not anyone understands that or not, it doesn't really matter…acceptance, I don't think you have to understand something to accept it. So, hmm, what am I saying? As an artist let my art speak for what it is that I stand for.

And, can you tell me about the title track "AOK"?

Hmm, tell you about "AOK," "AOK" was written out of frustration out of people paying attention to tyrannies and gender-different people, kind of always making a big deal about it when there's so many things going on in the world today, as far as terrorism. It's had to imaging that people have enough time to look at me and judge me and worry about what I'm up to. I named the CD after that song because that was kind of the overall feeling and view that I wanted to put out there, is that I'm OK, don't worry about me.

Lisa Jackson & Girl Friday - AOK (2003)

I also asked Lisa about another favorite of mine, "Fabulously Done," but I'll save that for Part 2 of the show, as one word in the song, well, just demands that it airs on the internet only.

I did quite a bit of research for these shows in order to bring you some new and interesting voices, and one I found on his MySpace page. He's Mark Angelo Cummings and in addition to a number of songs he also has several videos he's put together. I edited one down from five minutes to about two to use as an introduction to his song "The Mirror Makes No Sense."

He's Mark Angelo Cummings and his MySpace page features a number of songs and videos. I particularly liked his song called "The Mirror Makes No Sense."

Mark Angelo Cummings - video excerpt (2008)
Mark Angelo Cummings - The Mirror Makes No Sense (2007)

And this next one is just for fun. It's by a straight artist, but it's sure an interesting approach to songwriting. He's local Houston artist Tim Walker and the song is called "Klondyke," and you'll miss the whole point if you don't pay close attention to the end of the song.

Tim Walker - Klondyke (2000)

I just love that surprise ending. Tim Walker, from his CD from 2000 called "Live."

And this is a good time to invite you to check out my website. If you visit it while you're listening you can see the playlist and follow along, while looking at photos of the artists and recordings. I've always considered our music history as a visual as well as an audio experience. And this is another one of my shows where I had much too much great material for just one hour, so you can find two more parts on my site. Again, that's at, Also, for more very queer programming, please listen to After Hours with Jimmy Carper, every Saturday night/Sunday morning from 1 to 4 am, on KPFT; it's Queer Radio, with attitude.

And now, on to the next interview of this segment. It's with Ingrid Eyen and Joe Stevens who are partners in life and partners in the duo Coyote Grace. I really admire their music, and did an in depth interview with them for my July 2007 show, covering their first CD "Boxes and Bags." Well, they've got a new one now, called "Ear to the Ground," so I wanted to revisit them about it. I started by asking Ingrid what song from the new album gets the most audience reaction.

I would say the song that gets the most reaction is the song called "Girls Like Me (Summertime)." It's one of my songs and it has a lot of really distinct imagery in it, and every time people come up to us they usually refer to it as, oh, the lightning bug song or the watermelon song…they quote lines from it and kind of the concept of the line "boys like her" often turns lots of heads as well, yeah, it seems to be popular as well as bring up a lot of intrigue.

Coyote Grace - Girls Like Me (Summertime) (2009)

And, before we get to Joe, I'd like to hear you talk about the song "Picture Frame"

Sure, "Picture Frame" is a song I wrote a while back. It kind of speaks to a state of mourning of in between loss and the receiving of a new presence in your life, and holding space and appreciating both of those. And I did write it in relation to my experience of Joe's transition, but it definitely is relevant to lots of people who experience any kind of loss and mourning and holding space for that.

Coyote Grace - Picture Frame (2009)

How has your music changed since your first album?

I would say my songwriting has changed, in the way I've been focusing a lot on craft since the last album. I was able to take a lot of feedback from that first album and kind of apply it to this new one and just kind of a tailoring up of the craft aspect of it. But also emotionally the songs are a little bit more settled, and they're a little bit more content in a way, whereas the songs from the last album were very filled with this was a very painful time in my life and there's just a lot of deep processing that goes along in a lot of those songs and they are very raw. But this new album I would say the songs are…they can kind of foray into different…into like happiness. They describe a greater variety of states of being, cause I'm able to be more present with myself in the world.

Joe, Is there any song on the album you'd particularly like to talk about?

Well, there's one kind of special song on there…the last song, actually, it's called "Eyes," and I wrote that song in 2004, two weeks before I had my epiphany that I was trans. So I was in this very kind of weird state. I'd just graduated from college and I didn't know where I was going and I couldn't understand why things weren't, still weren't working. Looking around I supposedly should have had everything together, but I was just so very unhappy and I couldn't figure out why. And I wrote this song. It just sort of came out of nowhere, and I just sort of let it be for a while for a lot of years, and we didn't put it on an album. It was kind of a little poignant to me and I just sort of had enough poignant things going on in my life. But it's come back around and the arrangement on the album really was a spontaneous arrangement, with the piano on it and Courtney's (Courtney Robbins) solo was…I think all of us were just blown away by the piece of art that we created together. So it's really neat to have that song on the album. I wrote the song before my voice changed and I remember singing it that way, and I remember what key I sang it in, and now it's in a different key and it's sung differently. It's just such a trip to see here on an album with a new life, so that's a pretty special song to me.

Coyote Grace - Eyes (2009)

Have you started working on your next album?

We are. When we went into the studio we actually recorded enough material for two albums, so when we went in we had a lot of songs lined up and we came out we had a lot of recordings and we thought this is probably too many to put on one album, so we looked at the themes and the styles of the songs and decided, maybe we'll come out with a full-length album now and we'll come out with an EP later this year. Cause it's not enough for a whole full-length album, but it's enough, and we actually decided the theme of it is kind of more of our rare, more controversial B sides. So the EP is going to be called "Buck Naked," in honor of its revealing nature, and it will feature our song "Daughterson," which is one of the most requested songs that we have either onstage or otherwise, and it's what I call our transthem, cause it speaks a lot to the trans experience, in a more kind of explicit but comical but also celebratory kind of way, so we're really looking forward to having an album with that on it.

Would you talk a moment about that song?

Sure, yeah, I wrote that song actually…I think we were in Long Beach and I had a cold and I just was sort of stuck inside the house being sick. I wrote this song and just sort of cracked myself up one afternoon. Never thinking I would play it for anybody and now I get to play it all the time, and it's a pretty explicit funny song, you know, about the trans experience, so it's cool.

Coyote Grace - Daughterson (2009)

What transgender artists have really impressed you?

I'd have to say Namoli Brennet for sure. She is a singer/songwriter out of Tucson. Her songwriting is just amazing and she has a great voice, definitely definitely love her music. And she's definitely the one who's probably closest to me genre-wise.

And that's a perfect introduction to the two songs I want to share with you by Namoli Brennet. I've admired her work for many years, and there's been a lot to enjoy, as she's released seven albums since 2002. Her latest is brand new, and is called "Until From This (Dream) I Wake," and from it is "Jacob's Angel."

Namoli Brennet - Jacob's Angel (2009)

Namoli Brennet comments (2009)

And I'm pleased to bring you a short interview with Namoli Brennet. First she talks about being out.
It's interesting being a sort of out trans musician to me, cause I think the sort of struggle with the idea of sort of wanting to be just known for your music and identified with that, but then I think that once you make the decision to be out, it's sort of out of your control, and there it is and it does good in its way. I think that early on I had this idea that…I think that before I did "Boy In A Dress"…I had this idea that maybe I could control it, and tell a few people or something, then I thought, oh the hell with it, once a few people know, they tell everyone and everyone knows anyway and why not just be open about it. I think it's good for…you know, it doesn't actually matter who it's good for, I think it's just who I am and I think I'd like to be honest about that. That's all there is to it.

What's your writing process like?

It's interesting I think, every artist sort of evolves. I think at some point early on I was exposed to a lot of sort of indie, LGBT artists and I thought maybe I should write more material like that, like more material like "Boy in a Dress" and "We Belong" and "Thorn in Your Side" and stuff that's really edgy and political and queer, but I started to realize that for some people that's really…it's who they are, and that's them really being true to themselves. And for me I think being true to myself means just writing about a huge diversity of experiences and stuff that I read about or dream up or empathize with. [You've got to write for yourself] Yeah, and I think that's part of growing into your…growing as an artist and becoming more and more yourself.

This JD Doyle with Queer Music Heritage and it's time to finish up the first part of this month's show. I thank you for listening and especially thank Lisa Jackson, Coyote Grace and Namoli Brennet for the very interesting interviews. If you have questions or comments about any of the music I've featured, please write me. There's much more to this show on the internet version, where you'll hear an interview with Venus Demars, of the band All The Pretty Horses. All this of course is found on my site, at

I've got one more song by Namoli Brennet and it's from her 2003 album "Welcome to the Afterglow." It's sort of become an anthem.

I thought wouldn't it be so cool to have a song that really could unify people and I think I set out to maybe write a song that was sort of LGBT specific. But the more I thought about it I guess the more I realized my community is not just the LGBT community. It's a lot of people who don't necessarily feel that they fit in, and I just look back at my friends in high school and the people I surround myself with…they tend to sort of be misfits in one way or another, but sort of proud misfits. It seems to have been a song that people can rally around, I think.

Namoli Brennet and "We Belong"

Namoli Brennet - We Belong (2003)

All The Pretty Horses - Falling In Love Again (1998)

"Falling In Love Again," and I really like that version of the classic Marlene Dietrich song. That by a Minneapolis band called All The Pretty Horses, and it's from their 1998 album "Queens and Angels." This is JD Doyle and welcome to Part 2 of the October edition of Queer Music Heritage. This month and last I'm devoting the shows entirely to Transgender Artists, and like last month there's way too much good stuff for one hour, so we're continuing here, and I thank you for joining me.

And to accompany the music of All The Pretty Horses I've got clips from a vintage interview. This is from 1998, and I wasn't doing radio then, but my good friend Jimmy Carper was. He featured a half-hour interview with All The Pretty Horses lead singer Steven Grandell on his show After Hours. The interview was done by one of his guest hosts, Gigi Raven Wilbur, and she did a great job. I've got about two and a half minutes of it here, but you can hear it all on my website. Now, there's a little bit of flutter near the beginning, because, well, this is an 11-year old tape, but it's good stuff so I wanted to share it.

Steven Grandell (Venus Demars) Interview (1998)

Wilbur: Now welcome to After Hours. I'm really glad to have y'all. Was that southern enough, glad to have y'all. First of all I'm dying to know how did you come up with the name for this group?

Well, that happened of course when we started a few years ago. The horses part of the came from a lot of dream imagery. I gather a lot of my imagery and artwork I do from my dreams. And a horse has been coming into my dreams more and more often as kind of a steady symbol in my work. So I started working with that, and then I was familiar with the title from the book of course and from the nursery rhyme and I like the idea of adding pretty into a rock & roll band's title, because that doesn't happen too often. You don't expect that, and I wanted to twist that and have people look at us a little differently and kind of hint around that there was something unique about our band.

Wilbur: Well, I was really interested in the name because you're right it is unusual, and I was taking a look at the publicity pictures. We described to the audience what y'all looked like, and I made it pretty clear to think that this is a…I'm trying to think how to put this exactly…it has almost a Rocky Horror look but your music is very serious. And it's really unusual. How do the audiences react? Are you what they expect from you?

Often we are…well, I shouldn't say…they kind of know what we're going to be genre-wise, but they're not always prepared for me. My voice is deep but I don't look male, I look female. I'm transgender. Sometimes I get people kind of looking, taking second takes, figuring what's going on or who's singing, and then they kind of catch on. Once they get into the music then they like us.

Wilbur: Must be very interesting. I mean, you've got this ultra-femme appearance, and then this voice that comes out is just wonderful, but it's got to be quite a surprise to them.

It can be. I suppose with practice I could alter my voice. I play with it a little bit for different effects but I'm comfortable with the way it sounds and I think also that kind of calls attention to the fact that there are transgender people out there and people are just going to have to deal with it.

All The Pretty Horses - Boys/Revolution (2002)

And that was the track "Boys/Revolution" by All The Pretty Horses, taken from their album "Creature," from 2002. On the liner credits of their 1998 album you'll see the name Steven Grandell, but by their next album that changed to just Venus. More recently, in 2006, Venus released a solo CD, called "Trashed and Brokenhearted," under the name Venus Demars, and she also goes by Venus of Mars, and was subject of a documentary with that same title. From her solo release is "Electric Galaxy."

Venus Demars - Electric Galaxy (2006)

That was a little of "Electric Galaxy" by Venus Demars. And I've got another old interview clip in my archives, also from before I was doing QMH. It was done by my Audiofile co-producer Chris Wilson in 1999, with Steven Trask. Trask, along with Jon Cameron Mitchell, created the musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." Here's Steven giving a quick synopsis of the show's plot.

Steven Trask comments (1999)

Hedwig is a failed nightclub singer who more than anything wanted to be a rock star. She had been frustrated in her plans to be a rock star all her life. First, giving up her plans to be a rock star after having a failed sex change operation that left her neither being a man or a woman. Second she hooked up with a teenage boy who was a lover of hers, and a partner, and she taught him how to play music and write songs. She wrote songs for him and taught him how to sing and taught him how to dress and how to walk on stage and. And he left her and went on to become a celebrity singing her songs. And left her singing in dives, and she travels around trying to capitalize on his fame, with a band of Eastern European musicians. She tells her story in autobiographical songs and monologues to anyone who's willing to hear it.

Hedwig & the Angry Inch Soundtrack - Angry Inch (1999)
Lisa Jackson & Girl Friday - Is She a Girl (2006)

Following the song "Angry Inch" from the "Hedwig" soundtrack was Lisa Jackson & Girl Friday and "Is She a Girl." That's from their 2006 CD, and I promised in Part 1 that I would revisit that band here so we could hear her talk about the song "Fabulously Done."

Lisa Jackson comments (2004)

"Fabulously Done," that was a song that I wrote after we had been doing a lot of covers, as kind of…when we first got started it was as a cover band we were doing things…we were getting bored and I knew I needed to start doing original material, and literally that song was written in about five minutes, for the most part, and it sounded quite different when we went to rehearsal. Our keyboard player, Eddie Kociemba, started doing a very Cars kind of riff and feel to the song, and that's how it all came about.

Lisa Jackson - Fabulously Done (2003)
Katastrophe - Big Deal (2008)

And that was Katastrophe, a trans San Francisco rapper, and his song "Big Deal." That will be on his third full-length album, to be released in the fall.

I've got a couple new artists for you, Red Durkin and Alex Davis, and they both can be found on MySpace. Red is from Indiana and I'm sharing with you a very short track called "Straighttohell," and then you'll hear Alex Davis, from Los Angeles, and "If Only You Were a Boy."

Red Durkin - Straighttohell (2008)
Alex Davis - If Only You Were a Boy (2008)

I want to mention that Red Durkin and a number of the other artists I'm featuring can be found on the site, so that's a good source for learning about new trans artists.

And another artist I only heard of recently is Our Lady J. From the YouTube videos I've seen this is an amazing artist. Especially of interest is an audience favorite she does called "Pink Prada Purse," and I wish there were a studio recording of that one, cause it's wonderful. But another great track is available, on her new EP. She gets help from her own gospel choir, and it's called "A Picture of a Man."

Our Lady J - A Picture of a Man (2009)

Oh, I would love, love to see her live. That was Our Lady J.

Up next are a couple tracks you might call prior career songs. They are songs from the artists before they identified as trans. Meryn Cadell is a Canadian FTM and before he transitioned, and retired from the music business in the late nineties, he had several acclaimed albums, and a top 40 hit in Canada with a song from the 1992 album "Angel Food for Thought." And there's a very fun video for this song, called "The Sweater."

Meryn Cadell - The Sweater (1992)
Ceremony (Chaz Bono) - Could've Been Love (1993)

The band Ceremony released their only album, called "Hang Out Your Poetry," in 1993, and the song "Could've Been Love," was the single released from it. Sharing lead vocals on the album was Chastity Bono, and that was a couple years before she came out publicly as a lesbian, and just this year she came out as transgender, and now goes by Chaz Bono. She's been a high-profile activist since the mid-90s so I hope she can do further good with her new role, or I guess his new role. Sometimes picking the correct pronouns is hard.

I'm closing this segment with artist I interviewed for my August 2007 show. Jennifer Leitham is an acclaimed jazz musician. Here's how I introduced her on that show:

Since 1979 this artist has performed with a who's who of the jazz world, from Woody Herman, George Shearing, Doc Severinsen, Peggy Lee, Cleo Laine, and on and on. You've got to be pretty talented to work that long in those circles. Her very public transition was difficult enough without also facing the unknown reception she would get in the less than liberal jazz world. That hasn't slowed her down though, as she's just released her sixth album.

Well, now she has her seventh album, called "Left Coast Story," which is perhaps a little ironic because she just moved to New York City after many years in Los Angeles.

I'm going to play for you a little of the opening track, "Something's Coming," from "West Side Story," and then I'll tell you about the closing track.

Jennifer Leitham - Something's Coming (2009)

That's the sound that Jennifer's long-time fans have come to appreciate, but her new album offers some departures, which I think are very interesting. She writes in the liner notes: "The last tune, 'Ghost," written by Emily Sailers of the Indigo Girls, was my own request. It may not be of the jazz vernacular but it is a beautiful song with deep meaning for me…I hope our jazz world fans will listen with open minds."

Well, I think the song is gorgeous. This JD Doyle for Queer Music Heritage, thanking you for joining me on my latest two-month, six-part journey to showcase the music of transgender artists. Here's Jennifer Leitham and "Ghost."

Jennifer Leitham - Ghost (2009)

Sara Davis Buechner - Gerswhin's Rhapsody in Blue (1993)

That of course is "Rhapsody in Blue," and it's one of my favorite George Gershwin compositions, and I thought it would be a very cool way to start Part 3 of my Transgender Artists Special for October, and to also show again the variety of genres in which you can find these artists creating. This is JD Doyle for Queer Music Heritage and that acclaimed pianist started out life at David Buechner and in 1998 transitioned to Sara Davis Buechner. She's got over 15 albums under her belt since 1992 and her recording of Gershwin classics came out in 1993 as by David, and was reissued in 2005 with her new name.

And I'm going to go next to another artist who had pre-transition success, this time in the Celtic music field. Heather Alexander performed under that name for 25 years during which she released a dozen albums, and then in 2006 took a sabbatical for a year, and started his 2007 tour as Alexander James Adams. Two of his latest albums have included duets with his old and new persona, and their old and new voices. Now that's pretty unique. I guess you could say they released a holiday album in 2007. It was called "Winter Tide," and here they both are on "The Holly and the Ivy."

Heather Alexander & Alexander James Adams - The Holly and the Ivy (2007)
Wally Scott Orchestra - Too Little Time (1954)

Wally Stott Orchestra

The song is "Love Theme" from "The Glenn Miller Story" and my listeners know that when I play an obscure 45, in this case on the Epic label from 1954, there's got to be a story behind it. That 45 is by the Wally Scott Orchestra, and the conductor and composer had a long successful career in the UK, working and recording with artists including Mel Torme, Scott Walker, Shirley Bassey and Dusty Springfield, through the 50s and 60s. In 1972 Wally Scott transitioned to Angela Morley and was devoting a lot of time to scoring music for films, with probably the most well known being "Watership Down." She was nominated for an Academy Award for "The Little Prince" and "The Slipper and the Rose," and in those years was spending much of her time in California. She moved to L.A. in 1980, and in the following years she was nominated six times for an Emmy Award for TV composing and won three Emmy Awards for arranging, for such shows as "Dallas," "Dynasty," "Hotel," "Falcon Crest," "Cagney & Lacy," and on and on, obviously having a very successful career. She died in January of 2009 at age 84, but in 2003 she worked with John Wilson & His Orchestra on a CD compilation of her work, titled "The Film & Television Music of Angela Morley." From it I chose one she wrote in 1983 for a guilty pleasure of mine, the TV show "Dynasty." Here's a little of "Blues for Alexis."

Angela Morley - Blues for Alexis (2003)

Okay, let's change the pace and I've got sort of a wrong to make right regarding an artist I played on my show last November. I did an entire show called "Lesbians on Cassette," and had lots of fun with that. The premise was the music could Only have been released on tape, never on vinyl or CD, and I wanted to start off the show with something very lyrically lesbian, and could not do better than choosing one called "Lesbian Nation," the title track from the 1991 cassette tape by Sunny McHale Skyedancer.

I recently heard from Sunny, and the timing was great, as I was planning this show. Here's some of the email I got: "Wow. What a trip......a life time of listening, training, focus, learning, dissolving, re-inventing, discovering, revealing, renewing, and then starting all over again. And by happenstance, I find this site with a piece of incredible history. Thank you for the honor, the remembering of an incredible time in our history. Funny thing is, after decades of internal struggle, then finally finding solutions, I have lived as male for nearly a decade. Good to know the essence of the music though is alive and being appreciated!"

I thank Sunny for so graciously updating me, and I went back to that 1991 tape, and he agreed that a song on that tape was very revealing, as it started out with the line "I grew up wishin' that I was a boy." Here's the song "It Didn't Take Long."

Sunny McHale Skyedancer - It Didn't Take Long (1991)
ZJ Antolak - Gender Confused (2009)

Following Sunny McHale was a little spoken-word piece I found on the internet, from this year, by Chicago artist ZJ Antolak. That's from one of her YouTube videos, and here's the sound from another YouTube video, this time from 2007, and stand-up comic Ian Harvie.

Ian Harvie - comedy routine (2007)

That was Ian Harvie. For my two Transgender Artists shows last month and this I've decided to share some non-music tracks. Yes, I know, this is Queer Music Heritage, but I just feel since transgender artists are braving, very successfully, so many artistic genres, well, I want you to experience some of them. So next up is artist and poet Julia Serano, from her CD from 2002, "Either/Or." This one is called "Vice Versa"

Julia Serano - Vice Versa (2002)
Bitesize - Switch Hitter (1999)

Julia Serano was also in a band called Bitesize. That band was very active in San Francisco in the late 90's and their debut album was ironically titled "The Best of Bitesize." From it, that was my favorite track, a two-minute gem called "Switch Hitter."

And here's another spoken word artist, Ryka Aoki De La Cruz, and this track is almost seven minutes long, so my first thought was that I could edit it down. Well, no, it's all good. It's from 2007 and it's the title track for her CD "Less Than or Equal to One."

Ryka Aoki De La Cruz - Less Than or Equal to One (2007)

Spoken word, by Ryka Aoki De La Cruz. And here's another example of the power of the internet. I did several shows on Transgender Artists in 2007 and on one I featured an act called the Jupiter Rey Band, from 1978, and I included the band because the lead singer was a transgender artist named Lilly Rose. I didn't know much about Lilly but had set up a special page showing what information I had accumulated. Well, last spring I got an email from Dalton Rasmussen, who had found my feature and let me know he was getting ready to release a compilation of Colorado artists from the late 1970s, called "Rocky Mountain Low," and it featured two tracks by Lilly.
The CD is now out and I'm so pleased he sent me a copy, as it also includes a terrific 24-page booklet packed full of details about the CD's 31 tracks and on that scene. I love it when people become historians and preserve music. He also sent me scans of a wonderful 1978 interview with Lilly, which you can find on my site.

As for the music, the band was called Lilly Rose & the Thorns and nothing was ever commercially released by them, so I am pleased to share with you this 1978 track called "Fun."

Lilly Rose & the Thorns - Fun (1978)
Jeff Dahl - Transvestites, Transsexuals and Chicks with Dicks (2005, not trans)

Well, that artist is not trans but I thought it fit well with the punk sound of Lilly Rose, and gee, that fun song was very positive. It's from "Street Fighting Reptile," the 2005 album by Jeff Dahl, and how could I resist a song called "Transvestites, Transsexuals and Chicks with Dicks."

And that segue-ways nicely into this next song, by an act called the B-Cups. I don't think this is a trans act either but I like their anthem "CWD," which stands for Chicks With Dicks.

B-Cups - CWD (2007, not trans)

Baby Dee - Dance of Diminishing Possibilities (2008)

That interesting track was by an artist calling herself Baby Dee, and the song "Dance of Diminishing Possibilities" was from her album from last year called "Safe Inside the Day." And here's some trivia, Baby Dee is friends with Antony Hegarty and their releases are both on the same label, out of the UK.

I did lots of research for this show, and here's another artist I found. She's Lezlee Anne Rios and her latest CD is called "Queen of the World." Over the course of this decade the billing on the albums changed from Les Rios to Lezlee Anne Rios. Here's a song of hers called "Already Missing You"

Lezlee Ann Rios - Already Missing You (2008)

Well, this summer there was a TV show I paid no attention to whatsoever; it was Sean Diddy Comb's reality show "Making the Band," where the idea was that he was casting artists to back him up. The attention came when he was blown away by Jaila Simms, and could not believe this woman used to be a man. She's not released any recordings yet, but I found this song on her MySpace page. It was not titled but I'm calling it "That Bitch Is Hot."

Jaila Simms - That Bitch Is Hot (2009)

Jaila Simms. And I can't resist slipping in one more song by Lisa Jackson, which means she appears on all three segments this month. A film was made about her in 2007, called "The Lisa Jackson Documentary," and I don't know if it will ever make it to DVD but I'd sure love to see it. There are a few clips from it on YouTube, including some footage of Lisa with Dean Johnson, shortly before his death. At the website for the film you can hear this unreleased song from it, a striking ballad called "Sober and Insane." Here's Lisa Jackson

Lisa Jackson - Sober and Insane (2007)

Time for some more spoken word artistry, and I want to thank Kestryl Cael Lowery for sending me clips from his performance piece called "XY(T)."

Kestryl Cael Lowery - XY(T) (2009)
Kestryl Cael Lowery - Poison (2009)
Joshua Bastian Cole - I'll Be Different (2009)

Following the performance piece by Kestryl Cael Lowery was another track by him, called "Poison," and after that was Joshua Bastian Cole and "I'll Be Different." Both of those tracks came from an excellent various artist compilation of all transgender artists that was released last year. It was put out by Trans-Genre, a performance/art community found online at and AJ Bryce produced the album. It's called "Trans-Fusions" and includes a number of artists you've already heard me play, like Coyote Grace, Joshua Klipp, Jenny Slater and many more.

This is JD Doyle for Queer Music Heritage and I've run out of time for Part 3 of my Transgender Artists special, and I want to thank you for sticking with me. And I confess, I let this segment run a little longer so I could squeeze in a couple more songs. I'm closing with Modern Day Pinnochio, but I know that he is also AJ Bryce, who identifies as a "queer FTM rocker" and also produced the "Trans-Fusion" album I just mentioned. So I think it's fitting to close with a song by him, and I picked one called "Sober-Rated."

Modern Day Pinnochio - Sober-Rated (2009)